Ensemble screens at Jewish Eye – Jewish world film festival in Ashkelon 2012

Publié: octobre 12, 2012 dans Festival history

Ensemble continues to travel on the festival circuit

The Jewish Eye Festival held this year will be the ninth Festival of Jewish Film with a theme of Jewish culture and identity. In the world there operate nearly a hundred of Jewish films Festivals every year and the Festival "Jewish Eye" is gaining momentum and a place of honor among them.

All films shown during the Festival are Israeli premiere and sometimes this is an only show in Israel. Otherwise Israeli audience could not see them.

Main theme of the program will be "The Courage in saving Jews lives". There will be the presentation of 14 films from 7 countries that tell stories of risking life for saving Jews.

The Festival opens on -16.10.12 with the film "Follow me – the Yoni Netanyahu story" About the commander of the Entebbe raid that freed the hostages of the Air France plane at the cost of his own life.

Another film called "Turkish passport" tells about Turkish Diplomats who managed to save the life of hundred of Jews by giving them Turkish (false and real) passports that allowed them to freedom.

Like the story of Giorgio Perlasca, Italian, who served as the Spanish Attaché in the Spanish Embassy in Budapest saving over 5000 Jews from their death.

Another film is about the Swiss Carl Lutz to whom thousands of inmates of the “Glass House "owe him their lives.

Among the films we will show a film on Raoul Wallenberg, the best knownamong the Righteous, and a film on a Kady (Muslim leader) who hid over 600 Jewish kids in his mosque in Paris thus saving them.

And more stories of heroism and humanity which gave life to Jews and opened doors to hope in life.

A special evening will be dedicated to a French-Moroccan director who filmed a particularly exciting story of the Jews from the Atlas Mountains. They had lived for 2000 years with the local Berber population, then suddenly, with the creation of the State of Israel left the villages all as one and moved to Israel.

Before the screening there will be a performance of singer Micha Bitton singing and telling about his childhood between Jerusalem and Shderot.

Another special event we called "a Glance to the (Orthodox) Cinema" offers diverse audience Orthodox Films produced and distributed among orthodox audiences. On this theme we shall meet with the creator behind the film "The dreamers" and the author MERLYN VINIG who wrote about the fascinating world of Haredi Cinema.

Moreover, the Festival salutes the Film Department of Tel Aviv University now celebrating 40 years of existence and creation, which will include graduates’ films concerning Jewish issues in an unusual cinematic way, and a festive screening of the film "BABYLON BLUES" which raises aromas ofrhythm, music, and especially something different that not yet seen on the screen.

The Festival serves as variegated junction of Jewish culture: stories from Eastern Europe, North Africa, Asia, North and South America and of course Israel, Jewish history, Holocaust memories, customs and Festivals in Israel, faith and Jewish life, Israel-Diaspora Relations, personal stories that reflect universal and private themes.

All this will be a great celebration of Jewish culture.

As in former years awards competition will be held under three categories – feature films, documentaries and TV films each offering a cash prize.

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The Festival Team


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