Jewish and Israeli Documentary Films Course
In cooperation with NFCT – the New Fund for Cinema and TV
November 13 2019 – June 10 2010
Wednesdays, once a fortnight, 4:30pm-8pm
All lectures are held in Hebrew
Price: 850 NIS
Course producer: Rivka Aderet 03-7457908 [email protected]
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
- Various films from Beit Hatfutsot collections. Presented by Rivka Aderet.
- Kosher Beach – It’s only a half-hour drive from Bnei-Brak, a closed Orthodox city, to Tel Aviv’s shore. But for the women going there, it’s light-years away. “The Kosher Beach” is a gated and secluded 100 meter-long strip of beach with dedicated days for women and men to bathe separately, only a wooden fence separates between the freedom of the gay beach and them. The “Brave Bunch”, a secret female orthodox sisterhood, arrives at what is a source of quiet sanity for them and they consider it a safe haven away from social and family problems: their own private and free heaven. Here they can be themselves, take a deep ocean breath and open their hearts to the sea, until the day the Rabbies try to close the beach. What will the girls do? Will they give in or fight? After the film, a Q&A with the director, Karin Kainer will be held. (Israel / United States 2019, 62 min, Hebrew, English and Yiddish, Hebrew & English subtitles)
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
- Return to Zion (1920-1921) – the story of the 3rd Aliya was recorded in the 100 years old film by Yaacov Ben Dov, founder of Hebrew cinema. The film included footage of crucial events in the history of Zionism, such as the arrest of Zeev Jabotinsky and comrades in Acre, the arrival of the British High Commissioner, the city of Tel Aviv, pioneers, to name just a few. After the film, a Q&A with Hilli Gross.
- Intimate Strangers – thoughts on the encounter between recorder and subject in documentary films. Lecture by Dr. Shmulik Duvdevani
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Gathering Fragments – We grew up in Jerusalem during the British Mandate, lived through the 1948 War, bombings, and hardships. Some of us recall these times as an adventure; others were scarred for life. Will the confrontation with the past allow us to obtain closure? The film includes rare archival footage and personal keepsakes. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors, Ruth (Farkas) Geva and Leorah (Farkas) Kroyanker. (Israel 2018, 104 minutes, Hebrew, Hebrew subtitles)
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
- Phantom Chairs – In a luxurious furniture store in the small town of Weimar, human beings are trying out Bauhaus chairs. In-between customers, signs of life re-emerge from the past. After the film, a meeting with the director, Maya Klar will be held. (Israel / Germany 2019, 26 min, German, Hebrew & English subtitles)
- We, People of Siemensstadt – Three characters produce a portrait of the Siemens workers’ neighborhood in Berlin, which became an open museum of the International Style buildings. A lonely worker who yearns for the good old Siemens days, a Jewish single mother who lives in a building from the Nazi regime, and a girl from a family of Ghanaian immigrants who lives in Hans Scharoun’s original apartment. Their stories of detachment reveal the transformation of the German working-class family within the Utopian habitat for which it was created. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Ofir Feldman. (Student/Documentary / 26 Min./2019/Israel. Germany/Hebrew, English, Dutch, German, Hausa)
- Biba – This is the story of Biba Israeli, a Yom Kippur War widow who lives in Kfar Yehoshua in the Jezreel Valley. Her husband Uzi’s family was twice stricken by grief. This is a personal, human story, narrated by Biba and those close to her, providing a frank, unembellished look at pain and mourning. A newly-restored copy of David Perlov’s film from 1977. Restoration initiated by the Jerusalem Cinematheque — Israel Film Archive, Israeli Film Service, The Perlov Family. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Yael Perlov. (Israel 1977/2019 | 57 minutes | Hebrew | Hebrew, English subtitles)
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Diary of a Nazi – the Story of Wilm Hosenfeld. In the local school of Thalau, a small German town, a group of residents demanded to commemorate the Nazi officer Wilm Hosenfeld, who used to be the school principal before the war. Hosenfeld is known as the officer who saved the Jewish pianist Władysław Szpilman, in Polanski’s movie, “The Pianist”. Hosenfeld’s grandchildren explore his past, discover his personal diaries in which he described the atrocities of the Nazis, and find out that other people owe their life to their grandfather. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Hanoch Zeevi.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
- The Albanian Code – the untold story of Albania, in which most of the population is Muslim. It is the only state in Europe that saved thousands of Jews during the Second World War. Annie Altaratz takes her daughters to Albania where she was saved as a child by the Albanians, and manage to speak with the last living witnesses and meet the family who saved her. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Prof. Yael Katzir.
- The Last Fisherman in the Sea of Galilee – an intimate, spiritual encounter between a Japanese director who holds faith in the bible and the new testament, and an Israeli fisherman. The director was wondering since childhood, why did Jesus choose the Sea of Galilee’s fishermen of all men as his first disciples. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Taishi Tanaka.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
- Since Nadav – It’s been three years since Nadav was killed, and the Raymond family from Shadmot Dvora struggles to function after the loss. And then his mother, 49 old Yuval, decides she is going to have another child. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the directors, Inbal Sprinzak and Noam Pinchas.
- Bird’s Flight – Tzipporah longs to stretch her wings and fly but knows that without solid ground to return to, she will be lost.
Caught between two seemingly incompatible worlds, the stable orthodox Judaic lifestyle that she lives and the soaring thrill of Aerial Acrobatics, she feels incomplete in either place and struggles to find her true identity. How will she achieve balance? What part of herself must she sacrifice? The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Tal Kushner.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
The Little Things – The film follows Yudale, a religious youth from the settlements, as he experiences a crisis of faith. As he receives a camera from Michal, a Tel Aviv director who teaches him how to film,
Yehuda documents his life on the line between the settlement Tko’a and Tel Aviv: his final conversations with his dying father—Rabbi Menachem Fruman– their joint study, and saying goodbye to him. When his father dies, Yehuda chooses to take off his kippah. During the year of mourning, he continues to document his life outside the religious world: exploring Tel Aviv, talking to Michal, and his new perspective on his family and their way of life. Elisheva, a newly observant Jew orphaned from her mother, comes into his life as a soul mate exactly at the moment when he loses hope of finding his way. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers, Michal Aronzon and Adi Bar Yossef, and Yehuda Fruman.