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Last updated: 2004-09-27


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Get all the information on films being shown at this year's UK Jewish Film Festival. From comedy to drama and from documentary to animation, the festival provides a full spectrum of Jewish movies being made from around the world.


Rashevski’s Tango
Dir. Sam Gabarski
France/Belgium/Luxembourg, 2003. French and Hebrew with English subtitles, 100 mins.
Rashevski’s Tango
Dir. Sam Gabarski, Prod: Diana Elbaum
French and Hebrew with English subtitles, 100 mins.

Rosa leaves her family a legacy: a love of the tango in this comic drama exploring Jewish identity. When their Grandmother Rosa dies her assimilated family are in a dilemma about her funeral service and also their own positions regarding their Jewish observance. Rosa’s granddaughter, Nina, decides to return to her Jewish roots and find a Jewish husband, but the rhythms of the Tango have a powerful affect on the whole family.

A witty and warmly insightful drama which confronts some of the polarities of Jewish family life in the diaspora.

The director, Sam Garbarski, and the producer Diana Elbaum will attend the screening

Also showing at the Screen on the Hill,
Sunday 17 October 9pm

Vue Cinema,
Leicester Square, London
Gala benefit for the UK JFF
Reception and Screening £50
Tickets for Vue Cinema gala only: 01273 735 522

Vue Bar
7.00 - 8.00pm
Rashevski’s Tango

Guest of Honour:
Anthony Minghella

Only Human (Seres Queridos)
Dirs: Teresa de Pelegri and Dominic Harari
Only Human
with Norma Aleandro
Spain, 2004. Spanish with English subtitles, 89 mins.

Leni arrives home to introduce her fiancé Rafi to her Jewish family for the first time. Everything goes wonderfully until the lovers reveal that Rafi is Palestinian. With his future mother-in-law unhinged by the news, Rafi offers to take over in the kitchen. The problem is he accidentally drops a frozen soup out of the 7th floor window, hitting a pedestrian below. As if the evening’s not going badly enough, it turns out the pedestrian may be Leni’s father…Reminiscent of Billy Wilder and early Almodovar, Only Human is an optimistic and very funny film that explores relationships between lovers, families, Arabs and Jews.

“A sprightly family comedy… Only Human combines a deftly-turned script, fine performances and a feel-good message to delightful effect” Variety

...with: Backseat Bingo
Dir. Liz Blazer, USA, 2004. English, 5 mins.
Back seat Bingo

Sexy Senior Seeks Same.
An animated documentary about romance.

Twin Sisters (De Tweeling) - UK Premier
Dir. Ben Sombogaart
Twin Sisters
Netherlands, 2002.
German and Dutch with English subtitles, 135 mins.

Nominated for the 2004 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Twin Sisters is an epic love story based on the Dutch bestseller by Tessa de Loo. Lotte and Anna are twin sisters living in 1920s Germany. When their parents die, the six year-olds are separated by their family. Lotte is taken in by loving Dutch cousins, while Anna is sent to the pig farm with her brutal relatives. For years, both sisters believe her twin might be dead. Finally, they meet when Europe is on the brink of World War II, and their lives have taken very different routes. Anna is a maid for a rich countess and married to an Austrian officer, whilst the elegant musician Lotte is engaged to a Jewish boy.
With excellent performances and big emotions, Twin Sisters is a film guaranteed to tug at the heartstrings.

"Twin Sisters has the engrossing quality of a big historical novel” Variety

Saturday 16th October 6.40pm
Edelweiss Pirates (Edelweisspiraten) - UK Premier
Dir. Nikki von Glasow
Edleweiss Pirates
Germany, 2003, German with English subtitles, 95 mins.

In Cologne, Germany near the end of WWII, thousands of young people lived amidst the ruins of German cities and and called themselves Edelweiss Pirates. Around 3,000 ‘Pirates’ were listed in Gestapo files in Cologne. They were neither organised nor political but they no longer wanted to submit to the pressure of the Hitler dictatorship. They fought with the Hitler Youth, refused to do military service and sabotaged the war. Some went underground where they hid Jews, slave labourers and deserters on the run.

Only now, sixty years later, the Edelweiss Pirates are finally being recognised as resistance fighters and Israel has honoured them at Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations”.

The director, Niko von Glasow, will attend the screening which will be followed by a Q and A.

Sunday 17th October 1.45pm
The Yuri Morozov Archive of Silent Films
accompanied by The Sound & Light Cinematic Duo
Silent Films
100 mins.

This unique UK Premiere of the Yuri Morozov Archive (Kiev) contains some of the earliest cinematic representations of East European Jewish communities. Black and white silent films as early as 1910 depict the Jews of Ukraine and their daily lives in both narrative and documentary forms. Many of these films have never been seen outside of Ukraine and some have not been screened for over 80 years.

Accompanied by
The Sound & Light Cinematic Duo
Performing as klezmorim would have done in the early days of cinema, Merlin and Polina play Jewish music to accompany these silent films.

Full programme notes supplied at the screening.

The silent films:
Dir A. Mietr and K. Ganzer, 1910. 9 mins.
This film is considered to be the “birth” of Jewish cinema, and it is based on a Jewish folk song. Rukhele’s parents make her marry rich Matteus, but she loves poor Shlomo. In two years Rukhl has a child but she can’t forget Shlomo and so she leaves Matteus with her child to be with her lover.

Sore’s Grief
Dir A. Arkatov, 1913. 3 mins.
One of the first Jewish cinema dramas about moral, religious and emotional ethics. Unable to have children, Isaak visits his Rabbi who tells his that according to Jewish law, he and his wife Sore, must divorce. Isaak can’t bear this failure of their marriage. Overcome with grief, he commits suicide. After some time Sore realises that she is pregnant, but there is no comfort for her own torment.

Jews and the Land
Dir. Abram Room, 1927. 17 mins.
This extraordinary documentary describes Soviet Russia’s attempt to create a colony of collective farms of Jews, in Crimea in the 1920s. It is the only remaining art document of this fascinating period of Jewish (and Soviet) history. The film shows Jews working the land, handling animals, driving tractors! The text was written by Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky.

Against Fathers’ Will (Mabul)
Dir. Evgeny Ivanov-Barkov, 1926. 43 mins.
Based on Shalom Aleichem’s story, ‘Flow of Blood’, this film depicts the participation of Jews in the 1905 Revolution. Although of a serious nature,
the film contains many comedy elements including a wonderful revolutionary argument on seder night between Kaufmann and his daughter Esfir.

Sunday 17th October 12pm
Tribute to Jack Rosenthal
Introduced by Sir Sydney Samuelson CBE
Jack Rosenthal

Maureen Lipman CBE and special guest Bill Nighy

A celebration of the life and work of Jack Rosenthal with guests from the world of film and theatre including a clip from Jack’s final film ‘Ready When you are Mr. McGill’ starring Bill Nighy and Tom Courtenay, by courtesy of Working TitleTV.

The tributes will be followed by a special screening of Bye Bye Baby:

Bye Bye Baby
Dir Jack Rosenthal
Bye Bye baby
Screen Writer Jack Rosenthal, Edward Bennett, UK, 1992, 100 mins, Beta SP, with Ben Chaplin, Jason Flemyng, James Purefoy

Rosenthal’s only film as writer/director, Bye, Bye Baby owes much to Rosenthal’s national service in the Royal Navy in the mid-1950s where he trained as an eavesdropper on Russian naval radio transmissions, and in which he was conscious of being the object of not one but three different prejudices: as a Northerner, as a product of a working-class background, and as "about the only Jew in the navy". As such, the film explores the often hilarious world of a young Jewish lad conscript and how he survives the Russians, the Royal Navy and the relationship with his girl back home - all the while aided and abetted by the most famous sex symbol the world has ever known. Featuring early performances from stars-to be Ben Chaplin, Jason Flemyng and James Purefoy.

Sunday 17th October 4pm
Rosenstrasse - UK Premier
Dir. Margarethe von Trotta
Germany, 2003. English and German with
English subtitles, 136 mins.

An anonymous street in the heart of Berlin seems an unlikely location for one of the most amazing acts of resistance of World War II, but it was here that a small group of women took on Hitler’s SS and won. In 1943 Lena was a beautiful, talented pianist disowned by her aristocratic father because she married a Jew. When her husband is rounded up by the Nazis Lena tracks him down to an old building in Rosenstrasse where he and hundreds of others await deportation to the camps. Sixty years later, a New York journalist, Hannah Weinstein arrives in Berlin to talk to Lena Fischer, the woman who saved her mother’s life. As the director, respected German filmmaker, Margarethe von Trotta (Marianne and Julianne; Rosa Luxembourg) intertwines the stories of Hannah and Lena, Berlin 1943 and New York 2001, Rosenstrasse becomes a film about today, a plea for tolerance and solidarity as well as a compassionate love story.

"A splendid film celebrating the strength and resilience of women" LA Times

Sunday 17th October 6.30pm

Showing with Rashevski’s Tango: A Good Uplift
Dirs: Cheryl Furjanic, Faye Lederman and Eve Lederman
A good uplift
USA, 2002. English, 13 mins.

Magda wants to give you a good uplift. A light hearted look at this Lower East Side lingerie shop where Magda has been selling bras to women of all shapes and sizes for 33 years.

Sunday 17th October 9pm
Thursday 21st October 2pm

Documentary: Mame-Loshn, Kinder-Loshn
Dirs: Tommy Schwarcz and Avi Lehrer
Mame Loshn
Israel, 2003. Yiddish with English subtitles, 53 mins.

At the end of the 19th century, Yiddish was spoken by more than 12 million people and embodied 800 years of shtetl life – “Someone could go from Poland to Russia to Germany to Belgium and people could still communicate – it was the unifying language of the Diaspora.” Only 1 million people speak it today. This is the story of Yiddish in Israel where there has been a reluctance to embrace the language. It is also a search to find the writers and poets and ordinary people who are lovingly trying to revive the language. With warmth, humour and optimism the film explores the resurgence of Yiddish among the non-religious in Israel including the young performer Raquel Schwarcz who raps in Yiddish about her overbearing Jewish mother.

Executive producer Hirsh Perloff and Co-director, Tommy Schwarcz will attend the screening which will be followed by a Q and A.

One Day Crossing
Dir. Joan Stein
USA, 2001. 25 mins.
Budapest, Hungary, 1944.

A woman struggles to survive the brutality of war while protecting her family and hiding her own dark secret as she tries to ‘pass’ as a Christian.

Monday 18th October 2pm

Documentary: Arna’s Children
Dir. Juliano Mer Khamis and DannielDanniel
Arnas Children
Palestine/Israel/ Netherlands, 2003. Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, 84 mins

Arna Mer came from a Zionist family and in the 1950s she married a Palestinian Arab. On the West Bank she opened a theatre centre for children from Jenin to help them to express their frustrations, anger and fear. Arna’s son, Juliano, worked with his mother and filmed her passionate commitment to the children and the project over seven years up to her death in 1996. Five years later, he returned to see what had happened to these children. Juliano looks back at Jenin, trying to understand the choices made by the children he loved and worked with. Shifting back and forth in time, the film reveals the tragedy and horror of lives trapped by the circumstances of the Israeli occupation.

Tribeca Film Festival - Best Documentary 2004; HotDocs
Festival, Canada: Fipresci Award for Best Documentary; Human Rights Film Festival (Prague) Best Film 2004

The screening will be followed by a talk and Q and A with Alistair Little, former Protestant paramilitary, now connected to the Forgiveness Project.
The Forgiveness Project is an organisation working to promote conflict resolution and restorative justice as alternatives to the endless cycles of conflict, violence and crime that are the hallmarks of
our time.

Monday 18th October 4pm
Rose’s Song - UK Premier
Dir: Andor Szilagyi
roses Song
Hungary/Italy, 2002, Hungarian with English subtitles, 98 mins.

Slowly and surely the net tightens around the Jews of Hungary in 1944: with yellow stars, ghettos and the terror of the Hungarian Nazis. In an isolated house, Geza Halasz, the patriarch of a Jewish family bravely tries to keep up the morale of everyone he is sheltering and protecting. The familiar and evocative voice of the reclusive opera singer, Imre Rozsa, a world renowned opera singer, who is hidden away in the attic, resounds through the house every evening to give them hope and optimism. Nobody wonders why the eccentric singer does not try to make himself known to his fellow Jews seeking shelter in the house. Only fourteen year old Tomi, the son of the Halsz family is suspicious and is curious to discover the secret of the attic room. The story is based on the real experiences of a Budapest family.

A Little Bit Different
Dir. Rachel Gadot-Scheinfeld
A little Bit differe
Israel, 2003, Hebrew, 30 mins.

From the Ma’ale School of Television, Film and Arts
Chava, an ultra-orthodox young woman, called off her engagement a year ago. Now a new match has been suggested for her. The introduction is made but Chava experiences a sharp disappointment. Can she put aside her prejudices?

Monday 18th October 6.30pm &
Thursday 21st October 2.00pm
Nina’s Tragedies - UK Premier
Dir. Savi Gabizon
Ninas Tradegy
Israel, 2003. Hebrew with English subtitles, 110 mins.

A melancholic romp through a vast range of human emotions that transports its eccentric characters from the most mundane to the most profound moments. Nadav, a 14 year old boy, who is Oedipally smitten with his beautiful Aunt Nina tells the story of his broken family – his parents divorce, his dying father, his wild and promiscuous mother. When Nina’s husband is killed in a terrorist attack, only a couple of months after their marriage, she is devastated. Fearing the worst, Nadav is sent by his mother to be with her. So begins 'the happiest days of his life’. The problem is that Nadav, in his innocence and naivety, believes this to be the beginning of something much more. Nina herself is oblivious to this, seeing only a loving nephew and young boy.

Winner - 11 Israeli Film Awards 2003 including Best Feature.

Monday 18th October 9pm
Documentary: Behind Enemy Lines
Dir. Dov Gil-Har
Behind Enemy Lines
Israel, 2003. Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, 65 mins.

In this moving and compassionate documentary, Benny Hernes, a captain in the Israeli police force and Adnan Joulani, a Palestinian journalist, travel together through the landscape of the Intifada which takes them from Jerusalem and the Holocaust Memorial of Yad Vashem to the Temple Mount and the Jenin refugee camp. They first met on a peace mission to Japan four years ago and it was there that they formed a friendship based on optimism for their shared future. Now they reunite as two people on different sides of a bitter conflict in which a member of Adnan’s family has been killed by settlers and in which Benny has become a settler training special forces to combat Palestinian militants. With great compassion they try to see the situation from the other’s point of view and to communicate with each other across the violence that surrounds them.

The Director, Dov Gil-Har will attend the screening Adnan Joulani has been invited to attend (tbc)

Tuesday 19th October 4.30pm
My Father (Papa Rua Alguem 5555)
Dir. Egidio Eronico
My Father

starring Charlton Heston, Italy/Brazil/Hungary, 2003. English, 113 mins.

In a fictional reworking of the meeting between Mengele and his son, director Eronico sets out to bring to light the deep wounds behind this impossible relationship. The year is 1977 and Hermann decides to seek the father he has never met and who has been in hiding in South America for more than 35 years. But will the son of a man despised for his cruel experiments on children in Auschwitz ever be able to come to terms with such a horrific past?

Paul Minsky has been hired by New York's Jewish community to negotiate compensation for the twins who miraculously survived Mengele’s experiments. He tells Hermann that many people believe he helped fake his father's death to enable him to escape prosecution. Hermann sets out for South America to confront his father and to try to resolve his own hatred and guilt.

Tuesday 19th October 6.30pm

Le Grand Role - UK Premier
Dir. Steve Suissa
Le Grand role
France, 2004, French with English subtitles, 89 mins.

Maurice, Sami, Simon, Elie and Edouard are four actors in their late thirties still waiting for their big break. One day, Grichenberg, the famous American director, comes to Paris looking for the lead role in his Yiddish adaptation of the Merchant of Venice. Maurice gets the part!

It is the breakthrough he has been waiting for all his life. He hurries home to announce the news to his wife Perla but she also has news for him: she is terminally ill. When the part is given away to an American star, Maurice does not have the heart to tell Perla the truth. With the help of his friends he ends up playing the role of his life to allow his wife to be proud of him and to protect her from realising the truth.

The director Steve Suissa, and lead actor
Bérenice Bejo will attend the screening.

Tuesday 19th October 9pm
Paper Clips
Dir. Joe Fab, Elliot Berlin
Paper Clips
USA, 2004. English, 82 mins.

The small US town of Whitwell, Tennessee (pop. 2000) is almost entirely white and Christian.

In 1998, the children of Whitwell Middle School took on a project inspired by their principal’s desire to help her students open their eyes to the diversity of the world beyond their own valley. What happened would change the students, their teachers, their families and the entire town forever... and eventually open hearts and minds around the world. These students responded to the history of the Holocaust with a promise to honour the 6 million by collecting paper clips to represent each individual exterminated. The amazing result is an unforgettable lesson on how a group of children can change the world, one classroom at a time and create a highly original memorial to all who have suffered intolerance.

Wednesday 20th October 2pm
Nikita Kino - UK Premier
Dir. Vivian Ostrovsky
Nikita Kino
France, 2002, English language, 40 mins.

A travelogue of sorts. In 1960 the director’s family lived in Brazil when her father discovered his sister and brother were alive and living in Moscow.

He had not seen them for 40 years. At that time the Moscow family could not travel out of the USSR, so they went to see them annually for about 15 years. Ostrovsky filmed these family visits and then mixed the footage with Soviet found footage of feature films, propaganda and newsreels of the same period: 1960s – 1980s. The result is a kind of Khruschev-era cocktail with a collage of Soviet music and memories.

Orders of Love
Dir. Jes Benstock
Orders of love
UK, 2003. English, 10 mins.

“Maybe it’s not just your mum and dad who muck you up.” A documentary about how the past generations influence our personalities. It’s Steptoe and Son meets Heart of Darkness – in Weymouth.

Directors Vivian Ostrovsky and Jes Benstock will attend the screenings which will be followed by a discussion about family memories and stories.

Wednesday 20th October 4pm
Lullaby - UK Premier
Dir: Adi Arbel
Israel, 2004. Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, 52 mins.

More than 60 babies were killed during the last Intifada in Israel and in the Palestinian Authority territories. “My daughter was born on the day the Intifada set off. When she turned 6 months old
an Israeli baby was shot in the head; a month later a Palestinian baby was shot. This for me was intolerable” (filmmaker Adi Arbel).
In a heartbreaking account, Israeli and Palestinian mothers describe the essence of motherhood that had taken a fatal blow, and the unbearable pain caused by the killing of children in the region. Intimate confessions turn into one conversation about motherhood, bereavement and new pregnancies. A rare insight into private loss and bereavement amidst violent political conflict.

The screening will be followed by a discussion.
Facilitator to be announced.

Wednesday 20th October 5.30pm
Bonjour M. Shlomi - UK Premier
Dir. Shemi Zarhin
Bonjour M Shlomi
2003, Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles, 94 mins.

A surprising romantic comedy that focuses on the captivating character of one boy. 16 year-old Shlomi looks after everyone in his family. He feeds his grandfather, reminds his older brother to take his medication, calms his quick-tempered mother and mediates between her and his hypochondriac father. But no one in the family really sees Shlomi. Until one day, a routine maths test indicates that Shlomi is a genius and his school principal tries to encourage him to apply himself to serious studying. However, Shlomi is more interested in taking care of his family and Rona, the beautiful girl next door..

“Zarhin’s film is rooted in the culture of the Middle East” Variety
Waiting for Woody Allen
Dir. Michael Rainin
USA, 2003. English, 16 mins.

A parody of Samuel Beckett’s classic Waiting for Godot. Two quarrelsome Hasidic men, Mendel and Yossel, disillusioned with religion, therapy and their own friendship, wait on a bench in Central Park for Woody Allen to come and give meaning to their lives.

Wednesday 20th October 7pm.
A controversial new film from the director of Kadosh:
Promised Land - UK Premier
Dir. Amos Gitai
2004, Israel.90 mins.
Starring Anne Parillaud, Hanna Schygulla, Rosamund Pike

A night in the Sinai desert. A group of men and women are keeping warm around a camp fire under the moonlight. The women come from Eastern Europe. The men, who normally tend their herds in the area, are Bedouins. Tomorrow, they will secretly cross the border. Tomorrow, Diana and the others will be beaten, raped, and auctioned off. They will be passed from one hand to another, merchandised by Anne into Hanna’s hostess club, victims of an international white-slavery network. One night in the club, Diana meets Rose. She asks her for help. Their encounter is a sign of hope in the women’s descent into hell...
A Different War
Dir. Nadav Gal
A different War

Israel, 2004. The Sam Spiegel Film & Television School, Jerusalem. Hebrew with English subtitles 14 mins.

Jerusalem, during the Intifada: 4th grade student from the Gilo frontier neighbourhood, Nuni, has been chosen to play King David in the end of year school play to be attended by the Israeli Prime Minister. Yet deep down, Nuni longs to play a different role.

Wednesday 20th October 9pm

Documentary: The Mascot
Dir. Lina Caneva
The Mascot
Writer and Producer: Mark Kurzem, Australia, 2002, English language, 55 mins.

Instructed never to reveal his Jewish identity and indoctrinated with a new past and name, Alex Kurzem lived as a young Nazi. At the age of five in a village in Belarus, he escaped a massacre and was found hiding in the forest by the Nazi soldiers. He faced execution but in an astounding turn of events a soldier saved his life. He was then cared for by the soldiers and adopted as their good luck charm!

As a celebrated mascot of the frontline troops, complete with uniform and machine gun, he appeared in propaganda newsreels of the time. Eventually in 1949 Alex made his way to Australia to begin a new assimilated life and for nearly 50 years lived with the secret he did not reveal even to his wife and children. Then a series of remarkable events served as a catalyst to prompt him to search for his Jewish identity.

Mark Kurzem, Alex’s son, will attend the screening

Thursday 21st October 4pm
Hitler’s Hitparade - UK Premier
Dirs. Oliver Axer and Susanne Benze
Hitler hit parade
Germany, 2003 , German with English subtitles, 76 mins..

What is the power of music and popular images that plays on our emotions? This composition of archival footage from movies, commercials and propaganda films, accompanied by dance and popular music invites the audience to shed their usual safe distance and take a view from the inside on this journey through the Third Reich. The viewer is given the experience of observing how the German public were drawn into the roles they adopted during the Nazi era.

By foregoing didactic narration, Hitler’s Hit Parade addresses audiences, who are well versed in the historical facts of the time, on an emotional level.

Thursday 21st October 4pm
Drama: As If Nothing Happened
Dir. Ayelet Barghur
As If Nothing Happen
Israel, 2000. Hebrew with English subtitles, 50 mins.

This is the moment that every Israeli family dreads, the moment when the broadcaster announces that there has been another suicide bomb. Everyone telephones everyone else to check that they answer their phone and that they are unharmed. The young director, Barghur, has taken a tense situation and created a tense drama over a time span of nine hours whilst the family waits for news of their son, Zvi.

The question is ‘What if the worst has happened?’. A startling insight into current life in Israel.

Double Bill
Documentary: At the End of the Day
Dir. Ayelet Barghur
At the end
Israel, 2000, Hebrew with English subtitles, 50 mins.

An intimate and unique journey into the lives of four Israeli families whose sons were all commanders in the same paratrooper unit and were all killed within a period of a year and a half between 1995 and 1997. The relationships created between the four families are central to the film, and their shared sense of loss becomes the bond that binds them together as they meet and search for meaningful ways to commemorate their sons. Finally, it is the unsaid things and the unexpressed thoughts that connect the families and, ‘At the End of the Day’ after searching for answers, this is the most tangible point that enables them to deal with the absence of their sons.

The director, Ayelet Barghur will attend
the screenings

Thursday 21st October 6.30 pm
Walk on Water
Dir. Eytan Fox
Walk on water
Israel, 2004. Hebrew with English subtitles, 104 mins.

Eyal, a tough Mossad agent, is given the task of getting close to Axel and Pia, the brother and sister who are the grandchildren of one of the last surviving Nazi war criminals, in the hope of tracking down their grandfather who has recently disappeared. Axel, an attractive young gay teacher from Berlin has travelled to Israel from Germany to visit his sister Pia, who is living with her boyfriend on a kibbutz in Israel. Eyal poses as Axel's tour guide for the trip. As Eyal, the cold blooded professional agent, spends time with them, especially the spontaneous and engaging Axel, he finds his deep seated prejudice and preconceptions are challenged and begin to change. On another level the theme explores the role played by the past in the present day lives of young people in Israel and in Germany, and draws parallels with the conflict in the Middle East.

"Excellent" Tel Aviv Magazine

Thursday 21st October 9pm


A Saturday Walk (Samstagsspaziergang)
Dir. Nurit Tamir
A Saturday Walk
Israel, 2003, German with English subtitles, 11 mins.

After many years of living in Berlin, the filmmaker returns to Jerusalem. The encounter with the sights and memories connected to her childhood and her Jerusalemite identity raises questions regarding ‘her’ Jerusalem from then and today.

With special guest Lia van Leer, Founder and Director of the Jerusalem Cinemateque. This event will honour her recent prestigious award:“The Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievements”.

Thursday 21st October 9pm
I Am You Are
Israel, 2004
I am You
Arabic and Hebrew, English Subtitles, 90 mins.

A project for Jerusalem’s Israeli and Palestinian youth under the auspices of The Jerusalem Cinematheque, made possible by The Jerusalem Foundation with the generous support of a friend from England.
Initiated: 1999 and ongoing.

The film compilation will be presented by Gilli Mendel, the project initiator of ‘I Am You Are’, Director of Media and Film Education, at The Jerusalem Cinematheque, and workshop instructor Mamduh Afdila, film student at the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School, Jerusalem and project instructor of ‘I Am You Are’.

The five short films selected have been made by groups of young Israeli and Palestinian people working together on issues reflecting their identity and the reality of their day to day lives. The primary goal of I Am You Are is to provide an opportunity for these teenagers to collaborate and achieve a shared objective that challenges stereotypes and prejudices. In this project there are the seeds for a larger strategy for conflict resolution both in Israel and other regions of the world where people are struggling to cope with immigration and multicultural issues.

Film making offers the young participants the tools to document their personal narratives.
The format of mixed groups and the medium of video provide a unique opportunity to cope with a common challenge, founded in mutual respect and tolerance.

From 14th to 20th October. There will be four presentations during this period:

• The project launch at the
West London Synagogue:
Thursday 14th October 7.30pm
• Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton:
Sunday 17th October 2.30pm
• Cambridge Picturehouse:
Monday 18th October 10am
• The Screen on the Hill:
Tuesday 19th October 11am

Please contact the Festival Office if you are interested in bringing a school group:
Tel: 01273 735 522 or

With thanks to
our Anonymous Donors, the West London Synagogue
and the Jerusalem Cinematheque
The Barmitzvah Boy
Dir: Michael Tuchner
The Barmitz
Screen Writer: Jack Rosenthal, 1976. 75 mins.

A Jewish boy thinks seriously about the meaning of his forthcoming Barmitzvah and realises the limitations of his father and other male members of the family. Meanwhile his family prepare for the celebration, preoccupied with the food, guest lists, clothes and preparations for the event.

Jack Rosenthal’s script is brilliant, funny and touching with the build up of anticipation and mild foreboding as the ceremony looms and then the tears and anxieties with the momentum gathering for the final happy and ironic ending.

The Evacuees
Dir Alan Parker
The Evacuees
UK, 1975, 75 mins, Screen Writer: Jack Rosenthal

Directed by Alan Parker, the semi-autobiographical The Evacuees was Rosenthal’s first drama for the BBC and follows the story of two young Jewish boys uprooted from Manchester during the Second World War and sent to live in Blackpool. The pair face the trauma of being away from home and being attacked by gangs of kids because they are different. After a comically doomed attempt to escape on roller-skates, the brothers finally get the chance to tell all to their mother in the form of a story when she comes to visit.

With its brilliantly judged mix of humour and pathos, The Evacuees has long been considered a true classic of 70s television drama.

Dir. Mili Ben Hayl and Galit Gala Shaked
Fore Runners

Israel, 2004. Arabic, Hebrew and Russian, English subtitles, 60 mins.

What does it take for Israelis to 'Bend it like Beckham'? Three Israeli women share a dream: to form a football team, to get public recognition and play professionally. Salwa Amsis, 21, a Christian Arab from Ramleh is living her father’s dream by becoming a soccer player, but pays a heavy social price for it. Sylvie Jean, 28, starred in a Norwegian team and was considered to be the best in the world only to return to Israel four years later to a family tragedy. Inna Diditch, 26 from the Ukraine finds it difficult to fit into Israeli society and is forced to support herself with temporary jobs in order to continue playing soccer.

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