Orly Revivo found emplopyment at the Presidential Residence, and at first everything looked great. "I knew him as a pleasant person, he was very interested in my family, in my sick father. Relations were nice at first," she says of Moshe Katsav. But with time, there began what she describes as a nightmare that destroyed her life. Up until today.
"Afterwards, he made romantic comments, ‘What are you wearing today? Wear a skirt, come in wearing panties, come in without panties’ ... I told myself to ignore it and it would end sometime, it was a matter of time to me," says Revivo, originally identified as ‘A’ from the Presidential Residence,
the woman who brought to light what was happening behind the scenes. This eventually led to Katzav's imprisonment – for the rape and assault of other women.
The film, to be broadcast Wednesday night on Channel10,
brings Revivo's story to the small screen via a documentary directed by Anat Goren, who followed Revivo, from the beginning of the affair in 2007. It was filmed at different points in time - in her home, with her family watching television stories on the issue, in conversation with friends, at strategy meetings with staff who volunteered to help her, and more.
Orly Revivo, complainant 'A'
One day in 2007, Orly tells how she took care to dress conservatively at the request of the president’s wife, Gila Katzav,
and went into work at the Residence.
"Ask my mother. Every morning I said, ‘Mama, am I covered up well enough?’ Whatever could be covered, I covered." Her mother expressed confidence that “justice would be served,” but the case of Revivo, which also describes the rape
she claims occurred, was not included in the indictment.
Goren confronts Revivo with the mistakes made along the way, accompanied by her feelings, her fears, her failed attempts to find work and rebuild her life. Today, at 37, Revivo still lives with her mother, unmarried, and works as a secretary in mediation. In this film, Revivo exposes herself for the first time, as well as shares the diary she kept since the beginning of the affair.
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