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Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival 2018

1938 - Diversi

Dir.: Giorgio Treves
| 62 minutes

Eighty years ago, the Italian people accepted the persecution of a minority which had been living in Italy for centuries. Through witness accounts and scholarly analysis, along with animated segments, 1938 - Diversi offers a new reading of this dramatic historical period. 

93 Queen

Dir.: Paula Eiselt
| 90 minutes

Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93 Queen follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to revolutionize the role of women and create the first all-female Emergency Medical Service corps in NYC. 

The Accountant of Auschwitz

Dir.: Matthew Shoychet
| 78 minutes

In 2015, 94-year-old former SS officer Oskar Gröning was tried for the complicity in the murder of 300,000 Jews in Auschwitz. Gröning’s trial reflects on the world’s responsibility to hold the worst of human horrors forever to public view. 

Back to Berlin

Dir.: Catherine Lurie
| 60 minutes

Retracing  the  tracks  of  the original 1930s Maccabiah Games riders, eleven  modern-day  Jewish  bikers take  an  epic  journey  to  deliver  the  Maccabi  torch  to  Hitler’s  1936  Olympic  stadium,  for  the  opening  ceremony  of  the  European  Maccabiah  Games.  .

The Birch Tree Meadow

Dir.: Marceline Loridan-Ivens
| 99 minutes

In this eloquent film, Myriam is a French holocaust survivor. 60 years after her imprisonment in Auschwitz, she decides to do something daring. She returns to finally confront her painful past. There, she meets German photographer Oskar, whose grandfather was an SS officer. 

Boy Erased

Dir.: Joel Edgerton
| 114 minutes

The son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, who is ousted to his parents, is faced with an ultimatum: attend a conversion therapy program – or be permanently shunned. An emotional coming-of-age and coming out drama about a young man’s journey to self-acceptance. 

Chasing Portraits

Dir.: Elizabeth Rynecki
| 77 minutes

Moshe Rynecki was a prolific Warsaw based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community in the interwar years. Unbeknownst to his family, many of his pieces survived the War. This documentary is a deeply moving narrative of the richness of one man’s art. 

City of Joel

Dir.: Jesse Sweet
| 90 minutes

Kiryas Joel is a modern shtetl in the small town of Monroe, New Jersey. Its Hassidic residents have lived harmoniously with their neighbors, but a recent request to annex a plot of land that would double the size of the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood prompts a campaign against them. 

The City Without Jews

Dir.: Hans Karl Breslauer
| 91 minutes

The City Without Jews, which astonishingly predicted the fate of European Jewry, was released 15 years prior to WWII. Presumed lost, a copy miraculously appeared in a Paris and painstakingly restored. Now, previously unknown images depict Jewish life in Vienna with clear anti-Semitic meaning. 

The Conductor

Dir.: Alon Zingman
| 80 minutes

A world-renowned conductor, abandons the stage to return to the home he left 30 years back. There, he finds his father in a progressive state of Alzheimer, takes over the local choir’s conductor’s job, and hides a personal secret that will change his life forever….  

Dovlatov

Dir.: Alexey German Jr.
| 126 minutes

Six days in the life of the brilliant, ironic writer Sergei Dovlatov who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 1970s USSR. Together with Joseph Brodsky, he fought to preserve his own talent and integrity while seeing their artist friends getting crushed by the iron-willed state machinery. 

Fig Tree

Dir.: Alam-Warque Davidian
| 93 minutes

Civil-war-torn Ethiopia. Mina is trying to navigate between a reality dictated by war and the last days of youth with her boyfriend Eli. When she discovers that her family is planning to immigrate to Israel, she weaves a plan to save Eli. 

Hitler versus Picasso and the Others – The Nazi Obsession for Art

Dir.: Claudio Poli
| 94 minutes

This is an incredible journey through five exhibitions, displaying masterpieces by Botticelli, Klee, Matisse, Monet, Chagall, Renoir, and Gauguin. Linked to each exhibition are moving stories of those who witnessed their systematic destruction and looting by the Nazis. The film offers a rare look at condemned art. 

In Search of Ladino

Dir.: David Perlov
| 49 minutes

A film that brings the richness and diversity of Ladino culture back to life, In Search of Ladino follows Ladino speakers, their culture, their memories and hopes for their mother tongue. The film provides rare documentation of their testimonies and songs.

Ink of Yam

Dir.: Tom Fröhlich
| 75 minutes

Poko Chaim and Daniel Bulitchev, two Russian tattoo artists, have created a unique space in Jerusalem, a tattoo studio open to everyone, regardless of religious or national background. Here, they eternalize the stories of the city’s inhabitants - the ink beneath their skin connects them all. 

Jerome Robbins: Something to Dance About

Dir.: Judy Kinberg
| 82 minutes

The film examines the life and career of dancer and choreographer Jerome Robbins who brought us the legendary performances in West Side Story, Gypsy, and Fiddler on the Roof. This meticulously-made film features fascinating excerpts from personal journals, archival footage, and rehearsal recordings.

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2020-06-06 11:00:00 2020-06-06 14:00:00 Asia/Jerusalem Two Steps Before Everyone Else <p>The Endless Creativity of Jerome Robbins, the Choreograph-Director Who Changed Broadway</p><p>Lecture by: <strong>Nir Cohen Shalit</strong></p><p>Concert performed by: <strong>The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir</strong></p><p><strong>Stanley Sperber</strong> conductor</p><p>In the program: <strong>Leonard Bernstein <span> - </span></strong>songs from <strong><em>West Side Story</em></strong><em>, <strong>On the Town</strong> </em>and<em> <strong>Gypsy</strong></em></p> Cinematheque Jerusalem Cinematheque
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The Kirshenbaum Diaries

Dir.: Ben Shani
| 135 minutes

Moti Kirschenbaum was a beacon in the world of journalism. In the days before his sudden passing, journalist Ben Shani proposed to set out on a journey in the footsteps of those mythological reports. The journey became one through the many stages in Kirschenbaum’s life. 

The Last Refugees

Dir.: Tanaz Eshaghian
| 40 minutes

The Kalaji family, from Aleppo, Syria, makes the arduous journey toward a new life in Philadelphia.  We learn that HIAS – the organization founded in 1881 to assist Jews fleeing pogroms – now welcomes persecuted refugees resettle in the US. But the family’s victory is short-lived. 

Memories of the Eichmann Trial

Dir.: David Perlov
| 65 minutes

A unique historic and cinematic document composed of interviews conducted by David Perlov seventeen years after the Eichmann trial. They reflect on how the Eichmann trial transformed Israeli perceptions of survivors and the Holocaust, and the way it affected them and their families.