From Cinema Sabaya, film by Orit Fouks Rotem
Jewish and Israeli Documentary Films
A course by ANU – Museum of the Jewish People and The New Fund for Cinema and TV
Wednesdays, once in two weeks, at 4.30pm
Series producer: Rivka Aderet
All meetings are held in Hebrew
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
- Gila and Baruch – My grandparents, Gila (84) and Baruch (95) have been living and working together for 65 years. Although Baruch suffers from Dementia, Gila lets him come to their architects office every morning. While Baruch is coloring children’s coloring books, Gila copes with the mental separation from her partner and the emotional turmoil that follows. After the film: a meeting with the director, Matan Abramovitz.
- Summer Nights – How does the world look through the eyes of a 6-year-old child? Summer Nights offers a window into a child’s world: his fears, his desires, his way of thinking. It is a journey into the subconscious of an innocent and ingenuous child, as he falls asleep and drifts into the depths of his own mind. After the film: a meeting with the director, Ohad Milstein.
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
- Cinema Sabaya – Eight women, Arab and Jewish, take part in a video workshop hosted by Rona, a young filmmaker. With each camera take, the group dynamics force the women to challenge their beliefs as they get to know one another. After the film: a meeting with the director, Orit Fouks Rotem.
Wednesday, December 8, 2021
- The Fourth Window – Behind the international success of Amos Oz, a symbol of the Israeli conscience, whose literary work was translated into 45 languages, lurked a double tragedy. When he was 12-years-old his mother committed suicide, and a few years before his death his daughter accused him of being physically and mentally violent, ending all communication with him. A series of conversations with his latest biographer presented in the film, weaves biographical passages, literature and conversations with the main people in his life, as Amos Oz tells his last story. After the film: a meeting with the director, Yair Qedar.
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
- Queen Shoshana – Shoshana Damari was the first Israeli diva. She graced local and international stages, stirring millions with her beguiling voice and spectacular performance. Yet we knew little about the woman behind the larger-than-life persona. This is a story about fame and loneliness, acclaim and loss, daring and compromise. For the first time, the woman behind the crown, the cloak and the palace will come to light. After the film: a meeting with the producers, Kobi Farag and Morris Ben-Mayor.
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
- The Last Chapter of A.B. Yehoshua – The story of A.B. Yehoshua, the greatest Israeli author living today – who is dealing with illness, widowhood and loneliness, but chooses love as he embarks on his final journey. A rare and fascinating look at one of our beloved writers. After the film: a meeting with the director, Yair Qedar.
- Footage from the ANU Museum film collection. With Rivka Aderet (A).
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
- Contemporary Jewish Art, a guided tour through the new ANU Museum, with curator Dvora Liss and director of Professional Engagement, Assaf Gamzou.
- The Round Number – Is the number six million – the sacred tally of Jews killed under Nazi rule – a collective symbol that must not be questioned, or is understanding it the only way to defend it? After the film: a meeting with the director, David Fisher.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
- I Am Not – Oren Levi is struggling to find his place in the world. Born in Guatemala and adopted by an Israeli couple as a baby, Oren had a troublesome childhood. Misdiagnosed with autism and mental illness, put into a psychiatric ward after a suicide attempt, he found it even harder to connect with the world that labelled him as “not normal” in many different ways. Armed with a simple video camera, Oren embarks on a journey to meet his biological parents and things begin to change. After the film: a meeting with the director, Tomer Heymann.
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
- Hadar HaCarmel – In the 1950’s Haifa’s Hadar HaCarmel neighborhood was the lively heart of the city. Today it’s abandoned and neglected but its past is still present everywhere you look. The film presents the quarter through the stories of a few intriguing residents. After the film: a meeting with the director, Hila Chessen.
- Moments of Truth – director and producer Micha Shagrir has been documenting Israeli society since the 1960s, forming a profound Israeli portrait viewing the development of television, cinema and society. Before the film, a short documentary will be presented, about Castel Productions founded by Micha Shagrir and Dan Arazi. After the film, a meeting with founder and director of the Micha Shagrir Collection, Ruth Diskin, and content manager, Benjamin Freidenberg.
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
- Yamna’s Blessing – Yamna is an 82-year-old miracle-worker and righteous woman from Sderot. The film depicts her unique character and rituals, her eastern culture and her effort to bequeath her mystical power to the next generation. Yamna’s daughter, Shula, has the technical know-how of her mother but is still searching for the special spark she needs to honor her birthright and become a righteous woman. After the film: a meeting with the director, Ilanit Swissa.
- Ha-Eda – Behind the scenes of a 5 years ongoing documentation of the Samaritans in Mount Gerizim and in Holon. After the film: a meeting with the producer, Moshe Alafi.
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
- Black Notebooks – A man learns from a Moroccan fortune-teller that his sister is about to die. Together, they embark upon a fictional journey in an attempt to alter the prediction, revisiting the past and the present to defy an implacable future. But the prophecy still shadows them – as in life, so in cinema. After the film: a meeting with the director, Shlomi Elkabetz.
Wednesday, April 6, 2022
- The End of Light – Dariusz Popiela, a Polish Olympic canoeist, leads a project dedicated to restoring Jewish heritage sites in Poland. The project is documented in Wojciech Szumowski’s film. After the film, a meeting with Karolina Przewrocka-Aderet, a journalist, the Krakow Tygodnik Powszechny weekly magazine in Krakow.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
- Shlomo Bar – a Musical Documentary – Shlomo Bar is one of Israel’s most important and original musical artists. His music is a stirring blend of East and West that yields compositions of exceptional beauty, while also expressing social protest and pain. In the film, which is presented in musical format, Shlomo examines his life’s trajectory through a series of encounters with key figures from the past and present, interwoven with excerpts of his songs that complement and drive the film’s story line. After the film: a meeting with the director, Gilad Inbar.
- Documenting Home – a family documentary, with Dr. Shmuel Duvdevani.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
- Footage from the ANU Museum film collection. With Rivka Aderet (B).
- A documentary still in production. A meeting with Avida Livni, media consultant of ANU Museum.
Wednesday, June 8, 2022
- Viral – Seven YouTubers from around the world document their lives during the Corona Pandemic: the story of a generation that was born into social media, and now has to grow up in a viral world. After the film: a meeting with the directors, Udi Nir and Sagi Bornstein.