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Cours Toujours (Dad on the Run)

TITLE: Cours Toujours (Dad on the Run)
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Dante Desarthes
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
TIME: 92 minutes 35mm
SOURCE: mk2 productions 55 rue traversiere paris 75012 France ymarchet@ mk2.com www. Mk2.com Tel: 331 44 67 30 11
TEXT: Set against the backdrop of the Pope's August 1997 visit to Paris, when tens of thousands of Catholic youth were mobilized, this screwball comedy rises to the level of religious allegory. Jonas (Clément Sibony) and Paco (Isaac Sharry) are best friends and professional Bar-Mitzvah entertainers. Paco, a volatile young man off-stage, croons in an outrageously romantic style, as if trying to seduce every woman in the audience while Jonas, more reserved, and in love with one woman, plays keyboards. After the birth of his first child, Jonas' stable world plunges into chaos. Because their family is of mixed Sephardic and Ashkenazi heritage, he and Julie (Marie Desgranges) are unsure of which ritual to observe for their son's circumcision. Finally, they decide to follow a North African custom and, three days after the bris, Jonas must bury the foreskin. Exhausted from a grueling Bar-Mitzvah performance, Jonas loses the precious bit of flesh in an attempt to bury it in a construction zone, and goes off on a wild chase through the city.

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Golem

TITLE: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Golem
YEAR: 1997
DIR/PROD:Reena Katz
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 3 min video
SOURCE: Emaculate@ chickmail.com
TEXT: The Golem legend inspires a lesbian romance in a Toronto fish market.

Diogenes: Ansar 3

TITLE: Diogenes: Ansar 3
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Hans Fels, Eitan Wetzler
COUNTRY: Netherlands/Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50 min video
SOURCE: vpro television, postbus po box 11, jc hilversum, 1200 netherlands tel: 3135 671 23 81
TEXT: The Intifada that began in December 1987 was brought on by the frustrations of young Palestinians in Arab territories under Israeli control. With virtually nothing to lose and faced with being powerless to control their own future, they took their struggles to the streets, armed only with stones. They encountered armed Israeli soldiers and were subsequently arrested and jailed in detention camps specifically established for this purpose. One of the largest was Ansar 3, located in the Negev desert. DIOGENES ANSAR 3 was filmed after the camp was closed. A team of Dutch and Israeli filmmakers revisit the period, talking with former guards who reveal their confusion over how Israeli Jews had traversed in one generation from being inmates in concentration camps in Poland to a complete role reversal in the Negev desert. Former Palestinian inmates report on detention under horrible conditions, without due process of law. Some of the guards meet with former prisoners. They speak of emotional scars and of a future in which they hope peace is possible. This screening marks the first time we co-present a film with Cinemayaat: the Arab Film Festival. The screenings will be followed by onstage discussion with filmmakers and Israeli and Palestinian journalists. Amira Hass covers the West Bank for the Israeli paper Haaretz and lives in Ramallah. Hamdi Farraj is a journalist currently running a Palestinian TV station.

Return to Oujda

TITLE: Return to Oujda
YEAR: 1987
DIR/PROD: Charlotte Szlovak
COUNTRY: france
LANGUAGE: French and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 60 min 16mm
SOURCE: Charlotteszlovak @ caramail.com 25 blvd du temple, apris 75003 france
TEXT: This cinematic pilgrimage back to the Moroccan city of Oujda reconnects with a tradition that conceived of Morocco and Algeria as one country and of Jews and Muslims as two deeply interconnected communities, living together in friendship and symbiosis. For centuries before colonization, Oujda was a cultural crossroads, home to a thriving Judeo-Arabic civilization. French rule created strong economic and cultural ties between Arab Jews and Europeans and, following Moroccan independence in 1956, many Jews migrated to France. For the filmmaker, who left Oujda as a young woman, the journey has a profound personal significance: But even she cannot anticipate the swell of emotion her journey engenders. Friendship ties that have existed for generations are renewed spontaneously, between Jews who left and Jews who stayed and between Jews and Muslims, whose families had been neighbors for generations. The camera captures these reunions tenderly, against a beautiful Mediterranean backdrop.

Docteur Slovak

TITLE: Docteur Slovak
YEAR: 1995
DIR/PROD: Charlotte Szlovak
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
TIME: 3 min 16mm
SOURCE: charlotteszlovak @ caramail.com
TEXT: In 1972, when she was pregnant with her first child, the filmmaker visited her father in Oujda, Morocco. She returned to Paris with a roll of film, which she put in a box and forgot about for 23 years. This documentary is a tribute to her father, who taught her to always finish what you start.

The Brian Epstein Story

TITLE: The Brian Epstein Story
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Anthony Wall
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 140 minutes video
SOURCE: bbc room eg22 east tower, television centre, wood lane, london w12 7rj england Tel: 44181 895 6766
TEXT: This is the story of a man who had a hand in changing the world. His discovery of the Beatles burst open the door to a British invasion of pop and rock musicians the United States has not seen since. In the process, Epstein's life was changed dramatically. By 1963 he had become the most successful pop manager in history, with clients like the Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, Billy J. Kramer or the Dakotas dominating the U.S. pop charts in the number one spot for 37 weeks that year. Tracing the rise and fall of the man behind the biggest cultural revolution of our time, director Anthony Wall reveals Epstein's profound sense of himself as a Jewish and homosexual outsider. The realization that he was gay during the 1950s and 60s in the working-class city of Liverpool, before the emergence of the gay rights movement the normalization of homosexuality, only increased his despair. He was able to rescue himself and break out of his provincial existence by reinventing himself through his association with the Beatles. With an incredible archive of early Beatle footage and interviews with Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden, Billy J. Kramer, George Martin and Epstein's Aunt Stella, this one should not be missed by any fan of the Beatles and 1960s rock and roll.

King of the Jews

TITLE: King of the Jews
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jay Rosenblatt
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 18 min 16mm
SOURCE: jayr @ best.com www. Jayrosenblattfilms.com
TEXT: This lyrical and deeply personal film looks at popular representations of Jesus, filtered through the imagination of a Jewish-American child. 2000 SUNDANCE FILM .

Almonds and Wine

TITLE: Almonds and Wine
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Arnie Lipsey
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 5 min 35mm
SOURCE: lipsync@ interlog.com Toronto Phone: 416 406 2312. OR Arnie Lipsey at Zayer Shane Productions 416-406-2312 or 512-448-9776
TEXT: Animation. Earlier in this century, an arranged marriage takes place in rural Eastern Europe. Fleeing the threat of war, the young bride and groom arrive in Canada, establish a new life together, and hand down their traditions to the generations that follow. This film is set to a classic Yiddish folk song, "Di Mame iz Gegangen in Mark Arayn," performed with gusto Russian-style by the group Kapelye, one of today's best exponents of 'Klezmer' music with a remarkable vocal performance is by Michael Alpert. 2000 WINNER, JEWISH VIDEO COMPETION JUDAH MAGNES MUSEUM.

alpha Blondy's Jerusalem

TITLE: Alpha Blondy's Jerusalem
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Bill Westerhoff
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: Arabic, English, French, Hebrew
TIME: 4 min video
SOURCE: contact SFjff.com for information on access to the film
TEXT: Reggae great Alpha Blondy from the West African nation of Ivory Coast performed this plea for Jewish, Christian and Muslim coexistence live at Reggae on the River.

Moscow on the Mediterranean

TITLE: Moscow on the Mediterranean
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Yeud Levanon
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Russian and Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 60 min video
SOURCE: Home Pictures, 19 cremeiux Street Tel Aviv 64259 Israel, Tel: 9723 685 0617
TEXT: This cultural profile of Israel's largest immigrant community reveals how Russians have imported the spirit of Moscow to the shores of the Mediterranean. A decade of massive immigration from the former Soviet Union has resulted in a country where every fifth citizen in Israel speaks Russian. Roughly one million people live within a cultural "ghetto." They read 70 Russian language newspapers published in Israel, watch Russian programs on local and cable television, enjoy their own theatre and music, and send their children to a Russian-language supplementary school. Most Russian Israelis no longer consider themselves immigrants. They have become an influential force in shaping Israel's national identity, while fighting for equality, representation and control over their own lives. Director Yeud Levanon closely follows the formation of the Russian political parties for a year, documenting their dramatic effect on the outcome of the national elections that brought Ehud Barak to power.

Emma Goldman: The Anarchist Guest

TITLE: Emma Goldman: The Anarchist Guest
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Coleman Romalis
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 42 min
SOURCE: cromalis@ yorku.ca Coleman Romalis, 20 Windley Street, Toronto ON m6c 1n2 Canada
TEXT: This documentary fondly portrays a feisty Jewish woman whose disdain for authoritarianism was best expressed by the phrase "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution." Canadian sociologist and filmmaker Coleman Romalis explores Emma's political life as well as her remarkably liberated private life, including her often stormy relationships with younger men. J. Edgar Hoover pronounced Emma Goldman "the most dangerous anarchist in this country" after he arrested and deported her to Russia in 1919. She continued her crusades in Russia, Spain and Britain before finally settling in Canada.

Jazzman from the Gulag

TITLE: Jazzman from the Gulag
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Pierre-Henry Salfati
COUNTRY: France/Netherlands
LANGUAGE: English and Russian w/ English ST
TIME: 58 min video
SOURCE: Ideale Audience, 6 rue de l'Argent Bailly, paris 75009 France. Clatour@ ideale-audience.FR Tel: 331 53 20 14.09
TEXT: This fascinating documentary retraces the life of a legendary figure whom Louis Armstrong himself nicknamed the "White Louis Armstrong," a wandering Jew who moved through the history of Jazz, Europe and the Soviet Empire. Eddie Rosner was famous throughout the world, then suddenly forgotten. Born in 1910, in a Polish-Jewish family, Rosner quickly became a child prodigy as a classical violinist. He studied to be a conductor at Berlin's Music Academy, but felt increasingly drawn to music developed by African Americans, which had a particular resonance for many European-Jewish musicians. When the Nazi's took power in Germany, Rosner fled eastward to the Soviet Union. There he became a heroic German refugee, consecrated by Stalin as a State musician. After the war, Stalin accused him of "rootless cosmopolitanism" (the crime of being Jewish) and sent him to Siberia. Through rare documents, extraordinary film archives and astonishing accounts from Rosner's contemporaries, French director Pierre-Henry Salfati and Russian writer Natalya Sazonova chronicle the moving and glorious adventures of an endearing and generous man, who had it all and lost everything -- except his love of jazz. 2000 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL GOLDEN GATE AWARD

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy

TITLE: Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Daniel Anker, Barak Goodman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 min video
SOURCE: Social Media Productions, 325 Riverside Drive #52, New York, NY 10025. Bgood21635@ aol.com Phone 212.864-5455
TEXT: As seen at Sundance 2000 and SFJFF 2000. Riveting and compelling, this documentary tells a crucial episode in the often-forgotten prehistory of the civil rights movement. In the early years of the Great Depression, nine Black youths were charged with raping two white women on a train near Scottsboro, Alabama. The Communist Party, the NAACP and Alabama segregationists all saw the case as a test of American apartheid. One of the era's most famous attorneys, Samuel Liebowitz, fresh from defending Al Capone, led the defense, but Liebowitz himself became one of the accused as a "Jewish carpetbagger" and frontman for Communists. The Alabama prosecutors implored the jury not to listen to the Jew money and fancy Northern Jew lawyer. The ultimate outsider, the foreign Jew defense attorney, became the issue of the trial. Even though the rape "victim" at the trial admitted to making up the story, the jury found the black men guilty and they were sentenced to death by electrocution. The editor of the Mongomery newspaper lashed out against Liebowitz as an arrogant stupid lawyer. Was his Jewishness the reason they were convicted, or was it their blackness. Having lived through the trial, Liebowitz bonded with his Jewishness (which was on trial) and the civil rights struggle. He appeared in Harlem at rallies after the trial. Judge Horton, doubted the case (the semen was dead, there were no bruises, there was no attempt to escape the train, how could men have raped her on a slow moving train), and set aside the verdict on June 22, 1933. Judge Horton was removed from the case by the state, he never won reelection, and for the third trial, the appointed Judge acted as a prosecutor, excluding objections and key evidence. At the end of the trials, all 9 were re-sentenced to death. They were sent to a prison that tortured them. Their cells were next to the electric chair. The prisoners fought among themselves. Liebowitz appealed to the Supreme Court of the US (Norris vs. Alabama; Blacks were not allowed to serve on juries). The Supreme Court found for Norris, and sent the case back for retrial. The editor of the Montgomery newspaper called for a compromise and parole, but only if a Southern lawyer served as the defense attorney. The 13 year old, the blind kid, the one with syphilis, and 2 others were paroled. Five were re-sentenced. By 1946, all but one were released quietly. Paterson was kept as a chain gang member, although innocent, Alabama punished his pridefulness (He escaped in 1948 and fled to Detriot). Scottsboro caused the creation of a black-Jewish, white-Jewish, interracial struggle for equality. Filled with exciting characters-- including the defendants, communist organizers, segregationist leaders, the two alleged rape victims and Liebowitz himself -- the film reveals the intensity and limits of Black-Jewish relations and sympathies.

The Return of Tuvia

TITLE: The Return of Tuvia
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Akiva Potok
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 5 min 16mm b/w
SOURCE: Akiva Potok, 141 1/2 N. Swall Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 potok@ scf.usc.edu Tel: 310 652 8681
TEXT: Fifty years later, a survivor walks into a clockstore hoping to find employment; instead, he finds a fragment of his past

The March

TITLE: The March
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Abraham Ravett
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English and Yiddish w/ English ST
TIME: 25 min 16mm
SOURCE: Abraham Ravett, 193 Nonotuck Street, Florence MA 01060 Avarett@ hampshire.edu Tel: 413.586.6588
TEXT: Utilizing a series of conversations conducted over a 13-year period, influential experimental filmmaker Abraham Ravett details his mother's recollections of the 1945 "Death March," when the SS hastily liquidated Auschwitz as Soviet troops drew near.

Kurt Gerron's Karussell

TITLE: Kurt Gerron's Karussell
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Ilona Ziok
COUNTRY: Germany / Netherlands
LANGUAGE: German w/ English ST
TIME: 83 min 16mm
SOURCE: tvfilmvent@ aol.com
TEXT: This haunting film, which includes cabaret performances by some of today's young German stars and rare archival material from Weimar and Nazi Germany, tells the story of the Jewish actor who played the original Mack the Knife. Kurt Gerron was the toast of Berlin for his performance in the first Brecht/Weill stage production of THE THREE PENNY OPERA. The effervescent Gerron also made more than 70 films, working with the greatest German talent of the 1920s, including Marlene Dietrich. At Hitler's command, he directed THE FUHRER GIVES THE JEWS A CITY, a propaganda film for which Gerron remains infamous. German Jewish documentary filmmaker Ilona Ziok paints a masterful portrait of a wildly talented, blustery and conceited artist who needed a stage or a film set as much as he needed breath. 1999 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL. 1999 TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL. 2000 SF JFF.

Timbrels and Torahs

TITLE: Timbrels and Torahs
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Miriam Chaya, Judy Montell
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 30 min video
SOURCE: jmontell@ worldnet.att.net Tel: 510 548 6521
TEXT: During the last decade, Jewish women have reclaimed their tradition by inventing or reinventing rituals that respond to their needs. One of these rituals is a 60th birthday celebration. In a culture that disregards older women, the evolution of "Simchat Chochma" or "Celebration of Wisdom" provides aging women with a Jewish spiritual context and satisfies their desire for a community in which they are fully included. Featuring Jewish musician Deborah Friedman, writer/lecturer Marcia Cohen Spiegel, Blu Greenberg, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, author of the forthcoming book Lesbian Rabbis: First Generation, and scholars Marcia Falk and Savina Teubal. Co-director is Judy Montell (1991 Academy Award Nominee FOREVER ACTIVISTS).

Snow Day

TITLE: Snow Day
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Madeline Schwartzman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 5 min video
SOURCE: mks1@ columbia.edu www. columbia.edu/~mks1
TEXT: A snowy round-trip journey from Manhattan to Boro Park Brooklyn, on the B train, evokes family memories and history

Next Year in Jerusalem

TITLE: Next Year in Jerusalem
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: David nahmod
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 103 minutes on video
SOURCE: Water Bearer Films, WaterBearer.com 212-242-8686
TEXT: Charlie (Peter J. Bymes) is an out and proud gay man, but in the closet about being Jewish. Manny (Daniel Nardicio) is a young Orthodox jewish man who married the rabbi's daughter under pressure. He feels guilt over his desires for men. The love affair between the two men bring them each out of their closets. Georgina Spelvin plays Charlie's Orthodox Jewish mother (Spelvin acted in 'The Devil and Miss Jones') Music by Richard Barone and Jill Sobule

American Lives: Jewish Stories

TITLE: American Lives: Jewish Stories
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Michelle Brafman-Helf
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: 202-261-2465 ventana productions
TEXT: Three intimate narratives focus on the challenges and joys of being Jewish in America. The documentary opens at a scenic Jewish summer camp in Wisconsin. Three teens contrast their diverse jewish home lives. Next is a Jewish woman's raw account of her love for a Catholic man. Finally, a 38 year old Baltimore mother recounts her journey back to Judaism.

Toothache

TITLE: Toothache
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Alon Zingman
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 20 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Guy Loel, Dana Ivgy, Alon Dahan. An ex-prisoner tries to rehabilitate himself in a hot, humid mediterranean neighborhood. An encounter with his neighbor's teenage daughter threatens to undermine the order he wishes to put in his life. (20 minutes). Dept. of Film Television, Tel Aviv University

Cockfight

TITLE: Cockfight
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Sigalit Lipshitz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 13 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Uri Gavriel, Dirar Suliman, Chaim Barbalat On a hot summer day, Marciano and his Romanian worker are driving a truck full of chickens. The Palestinian checkpoint is declared closed just as they arrive, and as Marciano argues to get the checkpoint opened, he discovers that the officer there is Nabil who formerly worked in his chicken coop. (13 minutes) Sam Spiegel Film TV School, Jerusalem.

Cohen's Wife

TITLE: Cohen's Wife
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Nava Heifetz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Yiddish with English ST
TIME: 24 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Emuna Zvi, Omer Koren, Esti Svidenski. Rivki Cohen, a young ultra-orthodox woman, opens the door for a strange man who come for Tsedaka (charity). She is raped. Now she is awaiting rabbinical court's decision whether her Motle, must divorce her. According to the Jewish Halacha, A Cohen's wife who is raped is forbidden to her husband. (24 minutes, Yiddish, subtitles) Ma'ale School of Television, Film and the Arts

Bicycle

TITLE: Bicycle
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Ronen Menachem
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 22 minutes
SOURCE: Menron@Zahav.net.IL Ronen Menachem Catznelson Number 1, Bat Yam Israel 59431
TEXT: With Amos Lavie, Gal Hason, Sharon Alexander. Tom wants a new bike like his friends have. Eli, Tom's father can't afford to buy a new bicycle and so chooses a cheaper way. The joy of the child turns into deep disappointment and shame when he discovers the source of the shiny bike, but it also brings him to resolution and rapprochement with his father. (22 minutes). Yemenite-Israeli film student Ronen Menachem follows in the footsteps of Vittorio de Sica's classic THE BICYCLE THIEF. Here too, a father resorts to bicycle theft for the sake of his son. 2001 Berlin Film Festival. Camera Obscura.

Operation YY

TITLE: Operation YY
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Oded lotan
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 18 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Pini Tavgar, Avi Pnini, Yishai Golan. 22-year-old Ron still lives in his parents' house. He sleeps all day and divides his night hours between editing wedding videos, chatting on the internet and daydreaming. This gets him into trouble and makes him risk a real personal confrontation. (18 minutes). Sam Spiegel Film TV School, Jerusalem.

Reaching for Heaven

TITLE: Reaching for Heaven
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 8 hours
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: The eight chapters of the mini-series Reaching for Heaven deal with an exposed nerve in Israeli society. The episodes tell the story of a central Tel Aviv family shaken to its foundations when Roni, the head of the family, adopts orthodox Judaism. The series does not examine the process of hazara bitshuva but presents its symptoms and describes how it affects the members of the family. This is an honest and authentic description of a family facing a great crisis. The secular-religious conflict, on the one hand, and the attempt to preserve the unity of the family and the marriage on the other, constitute the central conflict between husband and wife and between father and children. The framing story of the series is Nurit's meeting with a divorce lawyer to whom she turns for counsel following Roni's adoption of orthodoxy. Gradually, she exposes all that has happened to her from the moment she became aware of Roni's religious awakening, which began secretly and becomes increasingly overt in the following episodes. The warm and loving family attempts, at least in the beginning, to preserve its wholeness, though none of its members is willing to join Roni on his new path. Roni and Nurit face difficult questions. The inner voice telling him to live according to his belief places the continued existence of the family and the marriage in doubt.

Up Side Down

TITLE: Up Side Down
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Rashid Masharawi / Arin Omary
COUNTRY: Palestine
LANGUAGE: Arabic
TIME: 10 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Mak'lube (Upside-down), the Palestinian national dish, is a culinary poem. The stages of its preparation on the backdrop of village landscapes is transformed, under Rashid Masharawi's hand, into a cinematic ode. Part of Bethlehem 2000 program at Jerusalem 2000 Film Fest.

Cyber Palestine

TITLE: Cyber Palestine
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Elia Suleiman / Avi Kleinberger
COUNTRY: Palestine
LANGUAGE: Arabic
TIME: 15 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Serin Alhamyel, Khadar Abu Sway. The tribulatations of a modern-day Joseph and Mary on their way from Gaza to Bethlehem anticipating the birth of their child. In the same style that he used in Chronicle of a Disappearance --- a script stripped of dialogues but packed with surprises, and with a unique visual purity, Elia Suleiman meditates on the impossible Palestinian situation. The result is ironic, amusing and brilliant. Part of Bethlehem 2000 program at Jerusalem 2000 Film Fest.

ALI, HIS FRIENDS AND THEIR WISHES

TITLE: ALI, HIS FRIENDS AND THEIR WISHES
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Sobhi Al-Zobaidi
COUNTRY: Palestine
LANGUAGE: Arabic w/ English ST
TIME: 7 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: For the coming new year and the new millennium, Sobhi Al-Zobaidi looks into the wishes of Ali and his friends. They have nationalistic aspirations, of course, but also simpler things. One wish they even manage to fulfill on their own: to build a comfortable seat for Ali, who was hit by a bullet and left handicapped, so he can be with them while they play. Part of Bethlehem 2000 program at Jerusalem 2000 Film Fest.

The Optimists

TITLE: The Optimists
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jacky Comforty/ Jacky and Lisa Comforty
COUNTRY: Israel/USA
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Bulgarian and English, English subtitles
TIME: 82 minutes on BETA
SOURCE: Comforty@Comforty.com Telephone: 847-475-0791 USA Comforty Media Concepts
TEXT: Seen at Jerusalem Film fest 2000 and Israel Film Fest 2001. On March 9, 1943, police arrived at the home of Jacky Comforty's family in Bulgaria. This was to be the beginning of the end, the start of the journey to Treblinka. His grandparents, his aunt, then fifteen years old, and his uncle, aged four, were marched to the deportation center set up at a neighborhood school. The Comforty's (minus Jacky's father, 22 years old, who had already been interned in a near-by forced labor camp) were part of 8,500 Bulgarian Jews scheduled to depart for Poland for extermination, brought to gathering places to await transport. They waited all day and then, at the end of the day, they were simply sent home. Jacky Comforty has been a film and video maker for nearly 20 years, and has been researching the rescue of Bulgarian Jewry for the past 16. The Optimists (named for the Jazz band in pre-war Bulgaria, of which several interviewees in the film were a part) is the story of how Bulgarian Christians and Muslims helped save 50,000 Bulgarian Jews during the Holocaust despite their government's collaboration with the Nazis. Shot by three cameramen in Israel and Europe, the footage includes oral histories from witnesses and survivors; unique archival film footage from newly-opened Bulgarian archives; and rare photos of Bulgarian Jewish life before and during WWII. In the making for 12 . Cinematography: Yoav Ben-David, Ivan Varimesov, Sid Lubitsch

A VIEW WITH MEIR PICHHADZE

TITLE: A VIEW WITH MEIR PICHHADZE
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Lisa Chaplin/ Mirit Toovi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Georgian and Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 75 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: A painter from Georgia. He left there years ago and never looked back, because Meir Pichhadze hates nostalgia. He returns to there with Aaron, a childhood friend, and also with the black eyes of his sister Makavela. Makavela commited suiced a year after they arrived in Israel. They say that she died of longing. Nostalgia. Time has passed and that vague feeling captures Meir as well, and leads him to Georgia to awake sleeping nerves. Pichhadze is a total artist. He doesn't let emotions rule his life. His diary is written on cigarette boxes. He thinks in Hebrew. Writes in Georgian. Wakes up in the afternoon. Paints until the early hours of the morning. In Georgia he looks for the sculptor Rezo, he that taught him to love art. Kutaisi `99. He discovers that ghosts of the past have their own logic, and there are no magic words to make them disappear. They are bound to appear in all sorts of unintended ways, sometimes illogical, but never unexpected. I look at myself and at my friend and wonder what immigration did to us, how we struggled to continue to create in a strange place, in an incomprehensible language, we who couldn't even love in Hebrew. . . To make a film about Meir Pichhadze is as close as I can get to making a film about myself. (Lina Chaplin)

A Matter of Reputation

TITLE: A Matter of Reputation
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Yoram Kislev
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 92 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: A very famous middle aged film director, that reached a few years ago the top of the film world and won an American academy award and today he's a pathetic alcoholic living in a miserable apartment on a young working girl's money. A young extremely talented pianist that was expected to reach the top of music's world and now is a dangerous criminal. A senior surgeon in a hospital that has to wait before he enters a surgery for the drugs he takes to fade away. A young hospital nurse whose parents she's caring for, lament the death of their son, mourning that she should be the one that's dead. All these characters meet when a sleazy producer shows up and pulls the directors out of the gutters ordering from him his final `requiem-like' film. Producer: Haim Mecklberg, Haim Avni. Cinematography: Nimrod Hiram Acting: Assi Dayan, Efrat Ben-Zur, Nir Levi, Alon Dahan, Arik Lavi, Yitzhak Hizkiya, Michael Koresh, Arik Mishali, Liron Lebo, Yosef Tzerpinski

Sunshine

TITLE: Sunshine
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Istvan Szabo / Robert Lantos, Andras Hamori
COUNTRY: Hungary/Germany/Canada/Austria
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: A Central European shtetl in the mid-19th century. Grandfather Sonnenschein explodes with his little village distillery. The recipe for his brew remains with his son Emmanuel, who decides to move to Budapest. Their tonic quickly becomes a great success and his two sons, together with his brother's daughter, enjoy the good life. The sons do not follow their father's path; one studies medicine and the other law. The lawyer becomes a conservative judge who protects the interests of the Austo-Hungarian Empire. The doctor is a leftist concerned with human rights. The two sons change their name to a pure Hungarian one, but pledge not to convert. Thus, we follow the fate of the Sonnenschein line. Not all are able to survive the Holocaust, and those who remain must still endure the communist era... Veteran filmmaker Istvan Szabo(Mephisto (`81) and Colonel Redl (`85)) knows how to spin a tale, evoke emotions, select a cast, navigate between characters, develop a plot in accordance with historical patterns, and employ sophisticated illustrative strategies. Sunshine is a film of epic proportions. Through its clear and focused narrative, it tells the story of four generations of a Jewish-Hungarian family and the moral dilemmas of each, unveiling a full and complex picture of Jewish life through a crucial century. Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle, Deborah Kara Unger, Molly Parker, William Hurt

The Bourgeoisie

TITLE: The Bourgeoisie
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Eitan Zur / Ami Amir, Arik Bernstein
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 92 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: An Israeli television drama starring Shai Avivi, Ephrat Ben-Zur, Ilana Berkovitz, Rami Heuberger, Sarit Vino-Elad, Keren Mor, Tamar Michael, Dov Navon, Menashe Noy, Gidi Gov, Hani Furstenberg. The `90s will probably go down as the years during which the bourgeoisie once more became the main economic and, of course, political force. Moreover, it has become a particularly important force in the sphere of culture... Though the bourgeoisie doesn't call itself by that name, it is a true bourgeoisie... It prefers to consider itself a new middle class... but merely scratching the surface reveals the unmistakable signs of bourgeoisie (Amir Ben Porat, Heichan hem haburganim hahem) The Bourgeoisie in this series are Yoni and Daliya, Benny and Nili, Malka and Asher, Israel and Nina. Yoni and Daliya have a daughter and so do Benny and Nili. Malka, Benny's sister, is married to Asher. Israel has a young girlfriend,Gali, and Nina is alone.

SATURDAYS AND HOLIDAYS

TITLE: SATURDAYS AND HOLIDAYS
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Rani Bleier / Anat Assoulin
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 80 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: An Israeli television drama. Stars Alon Abutbul, Dror Keren, Yael Abekasis, Merav Gruber-Franck, Eti Ankeri, Eyal Rozalis, Koby Stamberg, Romi Abulafia. An 80-minute television drama that documents two weeks in the lives of six men and women, and a 14-year-old girl. A mosaic of human episodes describing a web of relationships in one typical social/family unit in Tel Aviv, winter `98. Rafi, a 38-year-old schlock photographer, divorced and father of 14-year-old Daniella, has fallen in love with Ella, a stewardess who is returning from Paris in two days. Rafi decides to buy an apartment for the two of them. He plans to get a mortgage, but has no guarantors. He asks Hagit, his ex-wife, to sign but she is raising Daniella and caring for another child from her second marriage, and refuses to sign. Hagit's husband Dudy's birthday arrives and Hagit decides to invite all of the friends in order to ease the growing tension between the two of them. Yoel, Rafi's childhood friend, 38 years old, is a professional pastry chef, married to Shira, a sales manager in the hotel business. Shira's career is going great, so Yoel has left his job to act as surrogate mother to Omer, their 10-month-old baby. He's done it lovingly up to now, but has grown fed up and is looking for something else to do with his life. He barely sees Shira and feels superfluous in her life. The series of events in Saturdays and Holidays attempts to bring the viewer life itself, authentic and documentary-like.

One All

TITLE: One All
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Naomi Elani
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 23 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Iftach Klein, Adam Horowitz, Ronen Ifrach Three guys in one jail cell. Vitzman will be out in a month. Eli now has a month to prove his loyalty so that he won't be forgotten on the outside. Daniel has unfinished business with Vitzman from ten years earlier, and Eli can use this information. The question is who will be the first to blink. (23 minutes) Tel Aviv Univ. Dept. of Film and TV

8 Ball (SHOVAV)

TITLE: 8 Ball
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Avner Matsliach
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 18 minutes
SOURCE: Sam Spiegel Film TV School at NADAV@isfs.CO.IL Tel 972 2 6731950 4 Yad Haritzim Street POB 10636 Jerusalem 91103 Israel, or Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: with Itsik Konfino, Yossi Madmoni. Yoel is an outcast who tries desperately to be accepted by the gang and his brother. Not only is he an outcast but he is somewhat mentally and emotionally slow and challenged. An old friend, also an outcast and mentally slow, returns to the neighborhood and reminds Yoel what a real friend is, but also of his place in society. (18 minutes). Quite disturbing with an amazing performance by both men. Sam Spiegel Film TV School, Jerusalem. Music by Shem Tov Levi

Everythings Under Control

TITLE: Everythings Under Control
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Hillel Roseman
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 13 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Liron Levo, Adi Eisenman. Hadar, a young officer, goes orienteering in the desert with one of his soldiers. New truths from their common past shed light on their relationship and Hadar finds himself put to the test. (13 minutes) Sam Spiegel Film TV School, Jerusalem..

Winning One For Eli

TITLE: Winning One for Eli
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Oren Stern
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 23 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Shmil Ben-Ari, Anat Brazilay, Eli Falach. A day before a crucial Israel-France football match, Eli passes away. The funeral is set for the next day, precisely at the time of the match. Baruch, his son-in-law and an ardent football fan, attempts to persuade his wife to postpone her father's funeral but she is furious at the mere request. (23 minutes). Camera Obscura

GRIEF

TITLE: GRIEF
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Hadar Friedlich
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 22 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Eli Guy, Gal Barzilai. A day in the life of a Jerusalem taxi driver, on which he buries his son who committed suicide while in the army. Having no family, he finds himself at work as usual. He meets with blunt reality as it exists in Israel, and with grief. (22 minutes)

Yes To The Bird

TITLE: Yes To The Bird
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Gonen Glazer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 16 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: With Sharon Alexander, Daniel Rotem 12-year-old Yoav lives on a northern kibbutz with his father and is having a hard time finding his place. His only friend is an aggressive dog who is taken from him after attacking people. In order to get his father's attention, he sets out on a battle to get the right to raise a chicken as a pet. (16 minutes) Beit Berl College, Kfar Saba.)

The Institution

TITLE: The Institution
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Uri Barabash / Uri Sabag, Einat Biekel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 103 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: An Israeli Television drama, with Sason Gabai, Tatyana Canellis-Olier, Yigal Naor, Dafna Rechter, Dalia Shimko, Yuval Segal, Naomi Promovitch, Dana Berger, Shmulik Shilo. The drama series The Institution takes place in a psychological treatment institution that employs radical methods. The head of the institution and the staff of psychologists feel that they are not only clinical psychologists utilizing their professional skills, but see their work as a way of repairing the individual and society. Treatment there differs from the conservative methods whereby the patient and the professional communicate from a certain distance. These doctors do not hesitate to take part in the climactic private dramas in their patients' lives --- with their families, spouses, friends and enemies; they are constantly sensitive to the patient's needs, while taking on personal and professional risks. The series follows the meetings between doctors and patients -- primarily those dealing with love and marriage -- exposing love and the difficulties encountered on the way to its realization at different ages, between different partners, and under varying social conditions. The relationships between the staff members themselves are intense, based on the one hand upon competition and manipulation, and on the other upon mutual assistance and love. At the center of the story is the director of the institute, whose family and personal crises are a major source of inspiration for the development of the institute as a laboratory for the study of the soul.

Westerbork Camp 1939-1945

TITLE: Westerbork
YEAR:1999
DIR/PROD: Karel Margry, Wolfgang Bauer / Bengt von zur MuÅhlen
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Documentary. In 1942, the Nazis set up a central concentration camp for Jews at Westerbork, a remote place in the northeast of German-occupied Holland. Jews from all over the Netherlands --- summoned for deportation, rounded up from their homes or arrested in the streets --- were sent to this prison camp. Some stayed only a few hours, others spent months, sometimes years in this hutted camp on a barren sandy heath, awaiting in agony what the future would bring. Every Tuesday, a train carrying thousands of inmates in cattle cars left the camp for an unknown destination in the East. A staggering 102,000 persons (mostly Jews but also gypsies) were deported from Westerbork to be murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz and Sobibor, or to perish in other death camps. This documentary describes the full history of Westerbork, from its early days as a Dutch camp for Jewish refugees, to its take-over by the Nazi authorities, to final liberation in 1945. Survivors of the holocaust tell of their experiences in the camp. Footage from a unique film shot in the camp in 1944 on orders of the SS illustrates all aspects of daily life there; the dramatic images from this film of deportation trains leaving the camp platform have become world famous. Also included is a rare interview with the former SS camp commander of Westerbork, Alfred Konrad Gemmeker.

The Promised Land. The Return

TITLE: The Promised Land. The Return
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Alexandr Rekhviashvili / Vladilen Arseniev
COUNTRY: Russia
LANGUAGE: Russian w/ English ST
TIME: 52 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Documentary. Pioneers; a Yemenite worker; ultra-orthodox Jews at prayer; the port of Acco; a group of monks; the walls of Jerusalem; the Western Wall; Western tourists in the Holy Land; the Ottoman railway line; a herd of sheep; looms; Lord Balfour; immigrants disembarking in Jaffa; pioneers making the desert bloom; a hora; a camel caravan in early Tel Aviv; noisy traffic on the streets of the first Hebrew city; the lower city of Haifa; British Mandatory soldiers; curfew over Jewish Palestine; a detention camp for illegal imigrants; the King David Hotel; Ben-Gurion proclaiming the State; joyous throngs in the streets; Jordanian Legion soldiers; Arab refugees; a matza factory; Purim celebrations; a cemetery; no-man's land. Rare images filmed in Palestine from 1910--1948, with the addition of shots from Germany and the U.S.S.R., are utilized by Alexandr Rekhviashvili, a veteran Russian documentary filmmaker of Georgian origin, in a survey of Jewish history during the first half of the 20th century. The old footage and intelligent soundtrack help us to enter the time machine. Harnessing fresh stylistic energies, The Promised Land. The Return attempts to bring the viewer closer to the atmosphere of the years during which the most significant events in the modern history of the Jewish people took place - destruction on the one hand; construction of a national home on the other. Berlin Film Fest. Jerusalem Film Fest 2000.

The Journey

TITLE: The Journey
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: David Ofek / Rony Shvartz, Dana Cohen
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and English with English ST
TIME: 48 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: On the obvious superficial level, the film describes the travels of the successful play Bustan Sepharadi through the U.S. The play is about the folkways of Sepharadic Jews in Jerusalem at the beginning of this century. It was presented in the ultra-modern and alienated cities of the U.S. (New York, Miami and Los Angeles) to Hebrew-speaking audiences, consisting mainly of Israelis who reside in the U.S. On another level, in each city the film focuses upon a distinct hero from among the participants in the play, for whom this journey, to that specific city, was more than a mere performance. Thus, a parallel emerges between the search of Ya'akov Cohen, the narrator of the play, in the recesses of his childhood in Sepharadic Jerusalem of the turn of the century, and the heroes of the film, each of whom in his or her own way undertakes a similar search, at a different time. The final result is a multi-leveled film about searching, identity and meaning.

COMPANY YASMIN - Women Field Officer School

TITLE: COMPANY YASMIN - Women Field Officer School, also Company Jasmine
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Yael Katzir / Yael Katzir, Dan Katzir
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 56 minutes
SOURCE: www.company-jasmine.com or contact Yael at Katziry@hotmail.com or contact Katzir Film productions in Tel Aviv
TEXT: The IDF is a mirror of Israeli society. In recent years, the IDF has started to include women in positions that were previously solely a male domain. Their success in these positions has resulted in the opening of a course for female field officers. A prestigious and difficult course for a new generation of energetic, beautiful, motivated women, determined to fill professional field positions. They contend with the desire to be the equals of men, and deal with significant questions: their identity, in their own eyes and in those of society, femininity and the military, battle-readiness and command. This is the story of Company Yasmin (Company Jasmine), a story focusing upon five female cadets --- Tal, Efrat, Yafit, Noa, Sivan --- and their female commander, Rotem Gabay, who represent the various faces of Israel's female population. The film accompanies the course on exercises, orienteering/navigating, on the shooting range and in command exercises and shows how these women cope in a high-pressure, competitive framework: the need for support and mutual assistance (cooperation and competition), accepting discipline and authority, the fear of being demoted or brought up on court martial, and in moments of relaxation. The film documents young women in a field officers' course from the point of view of a woman and former officer (Yael Katzir, the director). These young women demonstrate that they are able to go farther and that they are beginning to break the slowly-changing glass ceiling of Israeli social consensus. They show that they, the new generation, can be assertive, leaders, and retain femininity. The do it for themselves, and not a a symbol for their communities (in most cases). Seen at The Jerusalem Film Festival 2000, Israel Film Festival 2001. Theme Song by Sy Heiman (should become the theme of the women's corps)

Foreign Sister

TITLE: Foreign Sister
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Dan Wolman
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 86 minutes
SOURCE: Dan Wolman Dan Wolman Productions 15 IDO Street Ramat Chen 52233 Israel DanWol@Internet-zahav.Net 972-3- 5742 683.
TEXT: Stars Tamar Yerushalmi, Askala Markos, Zvi Salton, Miriam Nevo, Neli Tagar, Yosi Vasa. Fifty-year-old Naomi is a woman who has everything, including a handsome husband and nice kids, but she is collapsing under the ordinariness of her successful life. She loses herself in the circle of housework and children. Just before the breaking point, she agrees to take Nigiset, an Ethiopian Christian illegal worker, as a maid. The encounter between the two women channels Naomi's life in a new direction and exposes her to the world of migrant workers living among us. Paradoxically, parallels emerge between the problems of the two women, though their hardships have entirely different origins. This makes possible a temporary friendship between two women who represent two entirely different worlds. The events take place against the background of Israeli society, in which some 300,000 foreign workers live. Since the beginning of the 1980s, some 80,000 Ethiopian Jews have arrived in Israel. This unique wave of immigration attracted great public attention. Few are aware, however that among the workers who arrived to Israel from various African countries, there is also a community of several thousand Ethiopian Christians. The film Foreign Sister tells the story of this small and little known group. Jerusalem Film Fest 2000 and SFJFF 2002
Writing in The Forward, Judy Stone wrote in 2002: “Empathy for the plight of Israel's Ethiopian immigrants animates a film that won first prize at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in 2000 …. Dan Wolman, an Israeli film director with childhood roots in Ethiopia and years of TV work there, explores their problems in "Foreign Sister," a dramatic story about a Jewish housewife and her maid, linked by loss and laughter. Wolman's empathy can be traced to his father's background and an almost forgotten page of World War II history. After receiving his medical education in Mussolini's Italy, Wolman's father immigrated to Palestine and joined the British army. He served under the daring leadership of Major General Orde Charles Wingate, who led a guerrilla force into Italian-occupied Ethiopia to help restore Haile Selassie to the throne in 1941. Dr. Wolman became the emperor's personal physician, eventually bringing his wife and 1-year-old son Dan to join him, before returning to Palestine in 1946.
After finishing high school in Jerusalem, Dan studied cinema at New York's City College and New York University. He became known abroad in 1975 for "My Michael," based on the novel by Amos Oz, and received the Jerusalem International Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. When the immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel began with Operation Moses in 1982, Wolman, who had studied Amharic as a child in Ethiopia, began training the immigrants to cope with the new problems they faced in Israel.
Speaking recently to the Forward in San Francisco — along with Askala Markos, the star of "Foreign Sister" — Wolman said he "had the feeling there was a lot of patronizing in the way the media treated [Ethiopian immigrants to Israel]. On the one hand, they were romanticized, and on the other hand, there was a lot of patronizing them as the carriers of disease and as people who didn't know how to use toilet paper." Believing that the immigrants should tell their own stories, Wolman inaugurated an Amharic-language television program in Israel called "Through Our Own Eyes," which remains on the air today. Meanwhile, Wolman and the show's Ethiopian co-producer began frequent travels to Ethiopia to set up a training course there for directors, writers and editors so they could produce their own programs for all Ethiopians.
Markos met Wolman when she acted in several TV programs he produced. Speaking in Hebrew and occasionally in English, she said she has lived in Israel for 12 years. Born in Addis Ababa, Markos is the daughter of an Eritrean journalist and an Ethiopian-Jewish mother. When she was 16, against her parents' wishes, she married an Ethiopian Jew who wanted to immigrate to Israel.
Expecting to be taken to a modern town, she said she "cried for a year" when they were temporarily housed in a caravan in a small absorption center near Beersheva. After her divorce, she supported her three children by doing housekeeping, but became depressed when told she couldn't leave her children and visit her dying mother in Ethiopia. Six months later, her father became ill and she was told she could go if the children's father took care of them. But after visiting her mother's grave in Ethiopia, she was unable to meet her father in Eritrea because war had broken out between Ethiopia and rebels fighting for Eritrean independence. Trapped in Ethiopia for a month and a half, she finally returned to Israel, too weak to go to court and regain custody of her children. She currently lives in Jerusalem, works as a hostess in the dining room of a nearby kibbutz and manages to see her children once a week.
Although she is Jewish, in "Foreign Sister" Markos portrays Negist, an Ethiopian Christian immigrant who becomes a part-time maid for Naomi (Tamar Yerushalmi), a good-hearted, over-worked Jewish housewife. In the course of becoming close to Negist, meeting Negist's friends and trying to help a seriously wounded man in a wild car ride from Tel Aviv to a Jerusalem hospital, Naomi begins to learn some things about herself and her own community.
The fearful life of illegal Ethiopian Christian immigrants came to Wolman's attention years before when, at an airport, he observed Israeli Ethiopians flying back to visit their old hometowns while handcuffed illegal immigrants were being deported. The story of Israel's foreign workers — not just Christian Ethiopians but Romanians, Bulgarians, Turks, Thais, Poles and West Africans — is an important one, Wolman said. "There is a lot of unemployment among Israelis who think certain jobs are beneath their dignity, but there is a bad feeling about foreign workers who were brought in because they thought Palestinians could not be trusted. Now a lot of prostitutes are coming in from the Eastern bloc countries and the trafficking is a really horrible story." But what Wolman said he always bears in mind is his favorite line from Deuteronomy: "Love the sojourner for you were sojourners in Egypt."

Gloomy Sunday

TITLE: Gloomy Sunday
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Rolf Schubel / Richard Schops
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German w/ English ST
TIME: 114 minutes
SOURCE: Elisabeth Ohlendorf at Studio Hamburg Tel 011-49-40-668 823 93 Fax: 011-49- 40- 668 855 22
TEXT: Stars: Joachim Krol, Stefano Dionisi, Ben Becker, Erika Marozsan, Sebastian Koch, Laszlo Kish. Restaurant Szabo in Budapest. Hans, an elegant old German who's come here to celebrate his 80th birthday, collapses and dies at the sounds of an old song played in his honor. Sixty years earlier the same Hans is a regular at the restaurant of the Jew Laszlo Szabo and his lover Ilona. For Szabo the restaurant is a symbol of his harmonious life. This perfection isn't even marred when Ilona falls in love with the new, shy piano player, Andras. After all, he believes in freedom of choice, and the musician is really a pure soul. Three years pass and Hans is once more a regular at the restaurant - this time in the uniform of a Nazi colonel. He still protects his "friend" but meanwhile takes control over property belonging to Budapest's Jews... Gloomy Sunday provides all the elements of a good film: flowing script, ironic final twist, appropriate production techniques, professional direction, smooth editing, a romantic and meticulous soundtrack, credible characters and a talented cast of actors. Despite the period during which the events take place, this is more a romantic melodrama than a Holocaust film; nationalistic Hans, who becomes a Nazi, who becomes a thief, who becomes rich after the War, is not the stereotyped Nazi, nor is Nazism utilized as a tear-jerking mechanism. The historical background, as much as the song "Gloomy Sunday", plays an integral part in the fate of the love-triangle. Screened at Jerusalem Film Fest 2000, and NYC Jewish Film Fest 2000.

CUT

TITLE: CUT
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Nizar Hassan / Danae Elon, N Hassan
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 70 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Haim Dokumanji arrived at Moshav Agur a year after his brother. They came from Turkey in 1953. Haim, who arrived with suit and tie, was shocked by what he found upon his arrival in Israel. During his first days, he wandered around the settlement, wondering to himself about his future and his bitter fate. One day, he arrived at the house of Palestinians who had been forced to flee, and near the house he saw a pool of blood. In the thicket of prickly pear cactus nearby, he found the bodies of two members of the nearby kibbutz, murdered by fedayeen. On his way to get help, he saw a young woman with beautiful long hair --- Salume Jamu, who came from Iraq with her family several years before him. It was love at first sight, and Haim and Salume married despite their families' disapproval. Later, when the Jewish Agency decided to make the settlement a cooperative, the fathers and brothers found the marriage useful. The two small families made a political agreement that lasted for several years, but came to an end with the beginning of the wild west era in Agur. This film is the saga of the lives of ordinary people who arrived to this place out of belief and accepted the values and laws of an unexpected reality. Within this small story is hidden a larger, self-perpetuating tragedy whose roots lie in identity.

The Investigation

TITLE: The Investigation
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Marek Rozenbaum
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 100 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Stars: Moshe Ivgi, Aki Avni, Osnat Fishman, David Danino, Assi Levy, Itzik Juli, Sharon Zelikowsky, Eyal Roseles, Renan Haim. The story involves police investigator Micha Stein and former singer Shalom Shalom. Stein is a hard working, ambitious officer trying to prove himself and his abilities. He receives information that Shalom is behind a recent robbery and apprehends him for further investigation. Shalom is a proud and irrepressibly optimistic fellow, and it soon becomes apparent that this is no ordinary investigation. The singer's provocative personality, his line of work, his way of life, and his special relationship with his wife, all undermine the inflexible Stein. Zohar, Shalom's wife, a strong woman at a crossroads in her marriage, captivates the investigator with her charms. What first appeared to be a simple case grows increasingly complicated. Besides the police, there is also a pair of delinquents who are trying to get their hands on the cash. And, during the course of the investigation, Stein discovers someone else involved in the episode and in Shalom's life - Sylvie, a wedding photographer who is crazy about Shalom. Like everyone else, she craves the loot. So, the investigation continues and Shalom continues to provoke his interrogators. A dead-end investigation, an intransigent main suspect, and increasing emotional pressures on the ambitious officer how will it be resolved?

The Wandering Jew

TITLE: The Wandering Jew
YEAR: 1933
DIR/PROD: George Roland
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: Yiddish w/ English ST
TIME: 66 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact brandeis at Jewishfilm.ORG
TEXT: Script: Jacob Mestel. Acting: Jacob Ben-Ami, Ben Adler, Natalie Browning. The contemporary story of a Jewish painter and academic living in 1930s Berlin. He is at first oblivious to the political reality in which he lives, then, later, he is angered at being drummed out of the Berlin Academy. His story is intercut with newsreel footage of World War I, Nazi troops, a huge bonfire of burning books in Berlin; period films depicting the Babylonians pillaging Jerusalem, the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition and Czarist pogroms. Finally comes a vision, of Theodore Herzl and the new Jewish state that the founder of Zionism envisioned in Palestine. . . Made in 1933, just months after the Nazi rise to power, The Wandering Jew was intended to be the first of a series of films depicting the problems of the Jews in Germany. The prophetic film was released in the U.S., though without subtitles (the censors said this made it seem too much like a propaganda film), then re-released under a different title in 1938. It was lost, then found, and now it has been restored by The National Center for Jewish Film at Brandeis (Jewishfilm.ORG). The Wandering Jew, a one-hour history-in-images of anti-semitism --- and a crushing indictment of Nazism and all its works, (The New York Times), joins the more than 30 films that the Jewish film center has brought back to life.

D'VEKUT -- Hasidism Jewish Mysticism: A Personal Journey

TITLE: D'VEKUT -- Hasidism Jewish Mysticism: A Personal Journey
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Willy Lindwer / Avi Armoza and W Lindwer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Yiddish w/ English ST
TIME: 62 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: The documentary film D'vekut tells the fascinating story of Hasidism and Jewish mysticism in Israel, through the personal experience of the Dutch Jewish filmmaker Willy Lindwer. The film shows unique footage -- some of it shot with a hidden camera -- of a mystical world unknown to many. Thanks to very close and personal contacts of the filmmaker, it was possible, for the first time, to penetrate the Hasidic sects in Israel. D'vekut is a highly personal film that presents a story of great contrasts. It takes us into the world of the Hasidim -- a world normally closed to outsiders, where cameras and television are considered anathema. D'vekut presents Hasidic society and its leaders -- rabbis standing at the head of Hasidic sects, as well as scholars of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism and Hasidic thought. The film explores some of the main Hasidic streams, but also provides an insight into their way of life, which is strictly separated from secular society. The filmmaker was able to penetrate this closed, protected world to obtain an inside view into their habits, lifestyles and opinions. The Hasidic world of today is one of the fastest growing of all the mystical worlds. D'vekut was filmed entirely in sites in Israel, between 1998 and 2000.

The Battle of Tel Hai

TITLE: The Battle of Tel Hai
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Oded Ruskin / Uri Sabag, Einat Bikel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 100 minutes
SOURCE: Paralite Productions. Tel 972.3.560.8217 Fax: 972.3.560.7947
TEXT: Israeli television drama. Acting: Shay Kaminski, Irena Shulman, Vladimir Fridman, Lior Ashkenazy, Yankale Alperi. The battle of Tel Hai took place on March 1, 1920. In this battle, Joseph Trumpeldor, Israel's most mythical warrior, found his death. Isa was there, next to Trumpeldor when the latter spoke his famous last words: It's good to die for our country. That sentence remains the most famous moment in the history of the Jewish settlement in Israel. But no one remembers Isa, maybe because he didn't die, or just because he didn't have anything interesting to say. 59 years have passed and now Isa is living in a home for the elderly. With no family and no work, Isa spends most of his time dreaming of past glory, and watching TV. Neil Armstrong is on the television, live from the moon: One small step for man, one great leap for mankind. Another famous sentence. The historical moment triggers Isa's memories, reminding him of Trumpeldor's last words. He starts telling the story of Tel Hai to his roommate. He speaks of impulsive settlers, his passion for guns, and about Trumpeldor, who was already a legend at that time. But more than all, Isa describes his love for, Dvora, one of the woman settlers. This unfulfilled love led indirectly to the beginning of the battle.

The Big Animal

TITLE: The Big Animal
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jerzy Stuhr
COUNTRY: Poland
LANGUAGE: Polish with English ST
TIME: 75 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: A peaceful village in a far corner of Poland. One day a camel appears on the doorstep of Mr. Sawicki, a respected and well-loved bank clerk. The camel becomes Mr. and Mrs. Sawicki's beloved pet. Soon, the exotic animal becomes the target of neighbors' attacks -- it dirties the streets, bothers the schoolchildren, poses a health threat, etc. As time passes, the Sawicki's themselves become victims -- the authorities demand a special tax, parents remove their children from Mrs. Sawicki's kindergarten, Mr. Sawicki is no longer wanted in the local orchestra, architects complain about the aesthetics of the barn. Some want to exploit the animal: The local photographer wants to do business using the camel's hump, the television wants to use it for a commercial. But the couple's love for the camel only increases... Can somebody love. . . . a camel? This question seemed absurd to me and simultaneously fascinating, once I had read the script of my friend --- then a young man, Krzysztof Kies(lowski. But how to make people in a cinema believe that a camel can be loved? Because if people would believe in that sort of fairy-tale, they might as well believe in the more important message: by choosing something that isn't comprised by norms and stereotypes, we choose solitude, misunderstanding, ill-disposition and anger of others. This is a film on how intolerance arises. Acting: Anna Dymna, Jerzy Stuhr. 75 Minutes. Polish English subtitles

David Shahar

TITLE: David Shahar
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Eglal Errera / Lucie Pastor, Fabienne Servan Schreiber
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with ST
TIME: 43 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Israel may have neglected one of its most original and demanding authors, but David Shahar, like Borges, met fame and success outside his home country -- namely in France, where he has been translated, read and honored. It won't come as a surprise for those who know this amazing literary fate, that the first film dedicated to Shahar should appear on a French program celebrating the great writers of our century. Between Jerusalem and Paris, Shahar lived, loved and built his work away from the literary circles, a solitary figure totally devoted to the writing of his novels. A Hebrew Writer might be a suitable subtitle of the film as his city of Jerusalem and the Hebrew language itself form the substance of his writing, his very life. For this reason the film, apart from a few shots in Paris, was shot exclusively inside Jerusalem. The camera eye works to combine the dreamy gaze of the passer-by and the sharp look of the writer. The film is structured like a musical trio of three voices reflecting the pattern of his life: The voices of David Shahar, his wife Shulamit Shahar, and his translator and friend, Madeleine Neige. Yet another subtitle to this film might be a man.

Ransom of the Father

TITLE: Ransom of the Father
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Aner Preminger
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/English ST
TIME: 70 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Mister Preminger writes, "Ransom of the Father, an exhibit of the work of Zvi Lachman presented at the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat-Gan, is a tribute to the father of the artist, who died in spring 1999. The exhibit, containing sculptures that combine the myth of the sacrifice of Isaac, motives of the Christian pieta and from ancient art ..., formulates questions about belonging and identity from a personal and from an artistic-cultural point of view. The camera followed the work of Lachman for two years, during which I documented the artist at the foundry, in his studio and at exhibitions. I accompanied him when he erected the sculpture `Akeda' in memory of captain Tzahi Bentov who fell in Lebanon, and when he sketched his father before his death. . . Through the shooting, I became aware of the amazing layering that characterizes his work: layering of materials, of the stages of production; the coordination of abstract forms; dialogue with artistic tradition; and in his human self-image. Lachman projects the image of a man who has experienced emotional, geological and cultural upheaval: a man whose humanity survived all stages of this process... The camera tears an opening into the being behind the finished sculpture, from the initial working of the material through the interaction between the completed work and the viewers."

Sister Wife

TITLE: Sister Wife
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Timna Goldstein, Hadar Kleinman / Marek Rozenbaum
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 58 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: In the outskirts of Dimona, lives another society -- coloured, unique, closed to the world and living according to its own set of laws. Our first encounter with the Hebrew Israelites three years ago was enshrouded in a sense of estrangement and suspicion. Eventually, however, we were shown an intimate, intriguing and contradictory world to which no filming crew had ever been exposed. The film follows the story of Zipora, a religious and loving woman, who after 21 years of marriage, wakes up one morning to a new reality. According to the customs of the Hebrew Israelites, who adopted their version of the Law of the Torah, a man can marry up to seven women. Her husband, Hazriel, is about to take a second wife who is 14 years younger than she. Both will have to live under the same roof and share the same man. Sister Wife deals with the role of the woman in a patriarchal religious society, with her freedom of choice, the role that society gives her and the place of her individual emotions within the religious laws. It is a film by women about women who may live in another community, but who in many ways reflect upon us. How do two women share the same object of love? How much feminine wisdom is required to cope with such a situation? And, can the two eventually form a bond together?

Noyman

TITLE: Noyman
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: David Tour
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 70 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Television Drama. Acting: Lior Ashkenazi, Dalya Shimko, Shmil Ben Ari, Yitzhak Hizkiyah, Yosef Carmon, Tamara Dayan, Galit Berman, Jay Koller. Ami Noyman, the young, ambitions editor of an impudent newspaper, Today, was convinced that life is a picnic. He had everything: exciting work that gives him authority; intensive, adrenaline-pumping activity; personal acquaintance with and access to all the key figures in the country; and a direct continuation of his merry military service at the Army Radio station. Noa, his older girlfriend, is a lawyer in her early 30s. Noa wants to marry and raise a family. This doesn't suit Noyman. He still hasn't had his fill of life. He likes it the way it is. And he has a good friend from his Army Radio days, Eli Galon, the military correspondent for Channel 1, a born journalist who is always in the thick of things. One day, Galon is killed by a car bombing in Gaza. Noyman is shocked. He decides to get involved, to find out who killed Galon. Someone from the political establishment pushes Schneider, the owner of the newspaper, not to let Noyman do his work as a reporter. Schneider applies pressure on Noyman and blames him for the bad financial situation of the newspaper. Noyman begins to lose his moral balance. Crossing the border between news reporter and news maker becomes inevitable. Noyman finds himself in Gaza working with Musa Halikat, Hamas master terrorist. The General Security Service intervenes and matters grow complicated until their final resolution.

Kaddish for Naomi

TITLE: Kaddish for naomi
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Avi Hemi / Tsafrir Kohanovski
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 54 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Following work on the play Kadish for Naomi by Allen Ginsberg, the film attempts to understand the factors that affect the theatrical experience. For the first time in Israel, a film crew was permitted to join a major production and follow its work for two and a half months. The result is a moving documentary that describes the atmosphere of the theater from an authentic point of view. The lives of Gila Almagor, Yoram Hatab and Alex. Peleg, the chief actors, and of Hanan Snir, the director, are followed through the entire period. Difficulties during course of the work, frustrations and anger, ego conflicts, intimacy, love and especially, loneliness -- all appear before the almost invisible camera. Work on the play, which deals with the madness of Naomi Ginsberg, reveals a strange symbiosis between them and the characters they portray. Toward the end, on the night of the premiere, when Gila Almagor leaves her dressing room and slowly goes to the hall, kisses the other actors and wishes them success, we the viewers shed a tear. The film, which opens with the beginning of work and rehearsals, concludes when the actors are swallowed onto the stage at the premiere.

Fortuna

TITLE: Fortuna
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Timna Rosenheimer / Hagai Levi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 53 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Once a year, the six unforgetable D'vash sisters -- Rachel, Rina, Dina, Shoshi, Yaffa and Nitza -- leave their homes, children, grandchildren, husbands and work, to retreat together into a private world for a holiday in Eilat. This yearly experience is a sort return to their childhood, to the warm glue that held them together and helped them to survive. Only here do they allow themselves the real freedom to what they really want to do. The film follows one of these annual holidays, during which the personal and touching story of the six remarkable sisters unfolds. Knowing that they were being filmed, for the first time in their life they had a voice. For them, through the vehicle of film, the paradoxical traumas of their lives unexpectedly enter another psychological world. The overpowering influence of their formidable uncaring mother, Fortuna, overshadows their memories. Why was this mother loved by everybody except by her own children? Fortuna is a film about a family where all the men died and only the women survived. Their memories create a great sense of sisterhood and express a unique natural wisdom, humor and warmth between themselves. This film also explores the complexities and difficulties of the Jewish immigration from North Africa to the newly founded state of Israel.

Routine

TITLE: Routine
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Dan and Noit Geva / sigal Landesberg of the Israel Film Service
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 65 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Itzik was born in the border town of Kiryat Shemonah. Since he was a child, over 4,000 Katyusha rockets have fallen over his head. He has lived his entire life in the shadow of fear. Itzik's great dream is to bring a child into this world. He has been trying for seven years and hasn't succeeded yet. Itzik and his friends, Efi, Ofer and Nissim, grew up in the same apartment block. In spite of life under fire, they never thought about leaving Kiryat Shemonah. Since the Grapes of Wrath campaign in 1996, nothing has been the same. Ofer left, Nissim became religious, Efi is going to the army and Itzik is getting married for a second time to try to have a child. The film follows a five-year period through the eyes of Itzik, who narrates the story -- from the Grapes of Wrath campaign to the IDF's withdrawal from Lebanon (May 2000), covering the daily routine of Itzik, Efi, Ofer and Nissim as they try to live normal lives in an abnormal place. When the dream of a child becomes a reality, Itzik is also forced to make decisions about his future.

BESAME MUCHO

TITLE: BESAME MUCHO
YEAR: ISRAEL
DIR/PROD: Joseph Pitchhadze / Mosh Dannon, Shai Goldman, Joseph Pitchhadze, Dov Steuer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 114 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Besame Mucho is a modern love story laced with elements of film noir. Ten marginal characters living in southern Tel-Aviv are involved in the theft of a stolen Christian icon from an international crime syndicate. The cruel outcome of this theft will alter their conception of love forever.

CRAZY

TITLE: CRAZY
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Heddy Honigmann / Pieter van Huystee
COUNTRY: Netherlands
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 100 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: Former Dutch UN forces soldiers reminisce about unforgettable and traumatic experiences. "Crazy" is the word nearly all of them use to describe the situation. The eldest of them, a veteran of the Korean War, tells of the feeling of loss, of friends who never returned from battle. A soldier who served in Lebanon of Israeli Airforce bombardment, a trauma concerning which he published a book. Others speak of horrifying experiences in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo. They recount the feelings of shock and responsibility, fear of death and the helplessness experienced by UN peacekeeping forces - is there any need for them at all? Heddy Honigmann is associated with a series of documentaries presented at past JFFs: Metal and Melancholy (1994), O Amor Natural (1997), The Underground Orchestra (1998) and 2 Minutes Silence, Pleas(1999). Her new film, winner of the Public Award at the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, is a personal work that creates an intimate closeness with those interviewed, thanks to a relaxed approach and numerous close-ups that capture the most minute details of facial expression. But by far the most important aspect is the use of music - music as a means of survival, music as pure emotional territory in contrast to the external horrors.

Hanela / Henele

TITLE: Hanela / Henele
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Karel Kachynla / Alice Nemanska, Helena Slavikova
COUNTRY: Czech Republic
LANGUAGE: Czech with English ST
TIME: 85 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000 or the Karlovy Vary Film Fest in Slovakia, Summer 2000
TEXT: Acting: Lada Jelinkova, Miroslav Noga, Jiri Ornest, Tana Fischerova, Milan Lasica, Eva Holubova. The synopsis from the Jerusalem Fest is as follows: Hanele is the granddaughter of the wealthy Abram Shafar. Once, he had a large house and prestigious inn. The family welcomed the Sabbath with candles in gilt candlesticks. But an aggressive competitor forced the grandfather to sell his lands, and now nothing remains of Hanele's dowry. Emissaries arrive from Palestine to win souls for the Zionist cause, but of all the residents, only Hanele volunteers for preparatory training. Hanele works hard for the Zionist group in the city, until one day she is surprised by the courting of a young man. The girl falls for him, is kicked out of the training course, and then discovers that while Ivo's roots are Jewish, he has renounced Judaism. Marriage is out of the question as far as her father is concerned: Ivo's statements about equality, free-thinking or even about love, are badly received. But the other alternatives facing Hanele are equally terrible... Karel Kachyn1a is one of the most experienced Czech filmmakers - one of the first graduates of the acclaimed FAMU film school in Prague. His new film deals with Hasidism, Kabala, Zionism, Hebrew prayers, assimilation and pogroms and all the other things that topped the Jewish agenda of the 20th century. He navigates the emotions of his protagonists well and presents a polished period melodrama about love, belief and family and the difficulty of making choices.
The synopsis from the Karlovy Vary Slovakian Festival is as follows: A psychological drama inspired by the Ivan Olbracht story "The Sad Eyes of Hana Karadiová" which takes place in Sub-Carpathian Ukraine, in the Hasidic village of Polana. The heroine of this tragic tale is Hanele, a poor girl who falls in love with an entrepreneur named Ivo Karadi. He has abandoned his Jewish faith and so Hanele is eventually excommunicated, a fate which, in orthodox religious communities, is tantamount to death. The shame of course falls not only on her but on her entire family as well. As as experienced director, Kachya places the emphasis in this film on effectively depicting the environment of a "lost world" protecting itself from the onslaught of external civilisation, and also on the psychological backdrop to the protagonist's decision. Hanele appears to be an integrated woman who finds herself in a classically irresolvable and tragic situation. To be able to live a respectable life with the man she loves and admires and to escape from a world delimited by poverty and age-old traditions means that Hanele must sever ties with her roots, her life and all those closest to her. NOTE TO FILE: Filled with errors and a few stereotypes, including some big nose jokes. Screened at Jerusalem Film Fest, Summer 2000

The Mevorach Brothers

TITLE: The Mevorach Brothers
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: nadav Levitan / uri sabag, Doron halperin, einat bikel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 80 minutes
SOURCE: Fest programmer please contact the Jerusalem Film Fest 2000
TEXT: 55-years old, Samo is the manager of a small branch of a bank; Viki, 50 years old, owns a stationery store; Itzko, 45 years old, is an expert in business failures. They are the Mevorach brothers, Israelis of Bulgarian origin, married and fathers of grown children. They are good-natured, lovers of life and, despite their age, are primarily interested in sex. They pursue this interest together, individually, and each very secretively with the others wives. The Mevorach brothers, members of the urban middle class, lead double lives. On the outside, they share all of the conservative values that circulate within their socio-economic class. In reality, they are like teenagers obsessed with sexual entertainments. But unlike adolescents, their bodies sometimes betray them by less than perfect performance and they suffer from fears of impotence. As Mediterranean machos, they push their sons to be "men" like them, worry about the "femininity" exhibited by their younger sons, and suffer from homophobia. The Mevorach Brothers is a biting, unrestrained comedy, sometimes caustic, but full of life and Israeli light, about the sexuality of men (and of women) at mid-life. The film combines several stories, reveals family secrets and holds surprises for both protagonists and viewers.

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