A Film by Katharina Woll


Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the ultra-othodox world she lost all her children, who she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a day care center watched by Rabbinical social workers. Sarah meets Heidi, daughter of chairman of the United Torah Judaism Party. She was raised ultra-orthodox in Bnei Brak and married at the age of 17. Always wanting to escape the religious life she managed to get a divorce and to take her two kids with her. Today Heidi fights for womens rights especially within the religious community. She helps Sarah to reopen her case at the Rabbinical Court and eventually get the custody of her children.


  • Picture of Katharina Woll © Juliane Eirich

    Katharina Woll

    Katharina Woll was born 1984 in Munich. After her A-levels she lived in Quito, Ecuador for a few months, assisting the German documentary filmmaker Sigmund Thies. From 2004-2009 she studied Film and Theater Studies at the Friedrich- Alexander- University Erlangen, Ludwigs-Maximilian University Munich and the University of Buenos Aires. During her studies she worked for the Munich film production company DENKmal Film GmbH. She also worked for Perfect Shot Films Berlin as assistant director for "Knistern der Zeit – Christoph Schlingensief and his opera village". In addition, she interned with Armin Petras at the Thalia Theater Hamburg and with René Pollesch at the Munich Kammerspiele. Since 2010 she has been studying Film Directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Recently she has directed various short fictions and documentaries.

Awards + Festivals

  • 51st HOF INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)October 24, 2017
    16th HYPERFEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)October 27, 2017
  • 13th EARLY BIRD INT'L STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)November 1, 2017
    6th WINCHESTER SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Winchester, U.K.)November 3, 2017
  • 2nd CUCIF - CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)November 8, 2017
  • 17th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Germany)November 15, 2017
  • 3rd SIFW - SIERRA INT'L FILM WEEKEND (Official Selection, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia)November 17, 2017
  • 15th WARSAW JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)November 24, 2017
  • 3th BAHIA INDEPENDENT CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil)December 8, 2017
  • 3rd BAYAMÓN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bayamón, Puerto Rico)January 24, 2018
  • HAUS DES STAATSSCHAUSPIELS DRESDEN (Best of Filmfest Dresden program, Germany) February 15, 2018
    3rd FESTMEDALLO - FESTIVAL INT'L DE CINE DE MEDELLIN (Official Selection, Medellin, Colombia)February 17, 2018
  • 4th LYONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lyons, CO, USA)March 23, 2018
  • 13th ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS REVIEW EYES AND LENSES (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland)April 10, 2018
    18th SHORTS FILMFESTIVAL - HOCHSCHULE OFFENBURG 2018 (Official Selection, Offenburg, Germany)April 10, 2018
  • 14th ACHTUNG BERLIN - NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD (Official Selection, Germany)April 11, 2018
    18th INDEPENDENT DAYS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Karlsruhe, Germany)April 18, 2018
  • 5th EMERGE FILM FESTIVAL OF MAINE (Official Selection, Lewsiton/Auburn, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 2nd VISIONÄR FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)May 2, 2018
  • 9th FIDÉ - FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU DOCUMENTAIRE ÉMERGENT (Official Selection, France)May 10, 2018
  • 11th LEIDEN INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE (Official Selection, Leiden, Netherlands)May 11, 2018
  • 3rd CHEAP CUTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, United Kingdom)May 17, 2018
  • 3rd INCA IMPERIAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lima, Peru)May 17, 2018
  • 17th SAN FRANCISCO DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, San Francisco, USA)May 31, 2018
  • 5th LITERALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Houston, TX, USA)June 6, 2018
  • 2nd THE BUDDHA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, Maharashtra, India)June 9, 2018
  • 12th WENDLAND SHORTS (Official Selection, Salderatzen, Germany)June 15, 2018
  • ZEITIMPULS KURZFILMWETTBEWERB (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)June 18, 2018
  • 1st LEBANESE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Beirut, Lebanon)July 12, 2018
  • 25th OPENEYES FILMFEST (Official Selection, Marburg, Germany)July 18, 2018
  • CRÉADOC INVITES FIDÉ 2018 (Official Selection, Angoulême, France)June 27, 2018
    4th MONTEVIDEO WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Uruguay)July 12, 2018
  • 3rd STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 15, 2018
  • 12th VUKOVAR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vukovar, Croatia)August 23, 2018
  • PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Edinburgh, UK)August 30, 2018
    5th FILMFESTIVAL MEXIKO DEUTSCHLAND CINEMA (Official Selection, San Luis Potosí, Mexico)September 1, 2018
  • 27th FESTEF - THE ETHNOLOGICAL FILM AND TV FESTIVAL KUCHEVO (Official Selection, Serbia)September 7, 2018
  • 20th INT'L FILM FESTIVAL ETNOFILM CADCA (Official Selection, Cadca, Slowakia)September 20, 2018
    3rd TRUJILLO INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Trujillo, Peru)September 27, 2018
  • MOSTRA INT’L AUDIOVISUAL CURTA O GENERO 2018 (Official Selection, Fortaleza, Ceará, Brasil)October 10, 2018
  • 4th MINIKINO FILM WEEK (Official Selection, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia)October 6, 2018
  • 1st LINZ INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Linz, Austria)October 11, 2018
  • 25th ASTRA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sibiu, Romania)October 15, 2018
  • 13th ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Orlando, FL, USA)October 18, 2018
  • 7th ART FESTIVAL OF MIAMI (Official Selection, Miami, USA)October 20, 2019
  • 6th ARLINGTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Watertown, MA, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 27th ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, St. Louis, MO, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 3rd IFF KINENOVA SKOPJE 2018 (International Short Film Competition Program, Skopje, Macedonia)November 3, 2018
  • 2nd SHORT LONG WORLD FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Corrientes, Argentina)November 8, 2018
  • 3rd IMAGINE THIS WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selections, Brooklyn, New York, USA)November 10, 2018
  • PROSPE(C)TIVA B.R.I.O. 2018 (Official Selection, Green Bay, Italy)December 1, 2018
  • 3rd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 29, 2018
    2nd MOSCOW SHORT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)January 31, 2019
  • 4th RÉSONANCES FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)June 2, 2019
  • 1st FEMALE FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL BERLIN (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)June 13, 2019
  • 4th MEXICO CITY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mexico City, Mexico)July 18, 2019
  • 8th SLUM FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nairobi, Kenya)August 23, 2019
  • 3rd MANIFESTO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)September 6, 2019
  • 5th FOOTCANDLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hickory, NC, USA)September 27, 2019
  • 4th GOLDEN TREE DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Frankfurt, Germany)October 10, 2019
  • 180’ BERLIN FILMFEST (Official Selection, Berlin, Germany)November 11, 2019


Katharina Woll
Katharina Woll
Director of Photography
Daniel Binsted
Markus Kaatsch, Dana Gal
Katharina Woll
Kfir Shay
Christoph Kozik


Running Time
23:30 mins
Shooting Format
Sony FS7
Screening Format
DCP/HDCam/DigiBeta/BluRay/HD/DVD (24fps)
Aspect Ratio
1:2.35 / 16:9



aug&ohr medien
Markus Kaatsch
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 30 61620068


Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie
German Film and Television Academy
Josephine Settmacher
Potsdamer Straße 2
D-10785 Berlin, Germany

+49 30 257 59 153 / -152


The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television
Tel Aviv University - TAU
Mexico Building, Room 116
Tel-Aviv University
6997801Tel-Aviv, Israel

+972 3 6408403


Katharina Woll
Lenaustr. 10
12047 Berlin, Germany

+ 49 (0) 176 23518173