Virtual screening

Paul Newman, Behind Blue Eyes

His beauty, intelligence, and of course, color of his eyes, followed Paul Newman throughout his life. Annoyed by incessant references to his physique, the actor consistently challenged Hollywood, taking on serious roles in political and civic discourse. Paul Newman played in over 60 films, working with some of the most iconic directors in history; his career as director, reflects the diversity and richness of his artistic vision. Modest, shy, and determined to protect his own privacy, Newman often used humor to distance himself from the media frenzy and exercise freedom of thought.

Runtime:  52 minutes

Director: Pierre-François Gaudry

Contains brief nudity

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Taking Steps

Stav, newly married, is about to fly abroad with her husband for the mountain trek of his dreams. When she breaks her foot a week before they are due to leave, the couple must settle for a much less glamorous trip. But for Stav at least, it”s a journey that will allow her to examine for the first time ever, her needs and desires within the relationship.

Length:  22 minutes

Cast: Yarden Endevelt

Director: Liel Sharon Gur

Writer: Liel Sharon Gur

Presented with the support of:

Introduction from director Liel Sharon Gur.
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The Mohel

Few rights in Judaism are as important as the Brit Milah – the circumcision. James and his wife Lola, a recent convert, live in a community without any Mohel’s, and after celebrating the birth of their first son have to fly one in to perform the ceremony. Family expectations and financial strain force James to confront his ideology, and the realities of maintaining old traditions in a modern world.

Length: 14 minutes

Cast: Daniel Maslany, Kaelen Ohm, Sam Rosenthal, Sherry Smith, Bob Mann, Joanne Miller, Breton McKay

Director: Charles Wahl

Writer: Charles Wahl

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Tikkun Olam

A short, fiction film about a good-hearted boy in Washington, D.C. who has a life changing encounter with a homeless veteran. The film was inspired by the director”s own experiences while living in the nation’s capital, which has the highest homelessness rate in America, compared to the states.

Length: 11 minutes

Cast: Alexander Barnett, Alexander Fox, Katherine Caruso

Director: Bob Ahmed

Writer: Bob Ahmed

Introduction from director Bob Ahmed.
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Woman of Valour

Following the loss of his son in childbirth, a religious student longs to restart his family, but in order to reconnect with his distraught wife, he will first have to acknowledge his own hidden pain. A journey of self-discovery and a study into how grief can deeply affect a relationship.

Length: 15 minutes

Cast: Aaron Vodovoz, Molly Osborne, Robert Neumark Jones, Katie Bernstein

Director: Dominic Davey

Writer: Jason Collin

Introduction from director Dominic Davey.

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The Chop

The Chop tells the story of Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who finds himself in a moment of crisis upon losing his job. After ringing around numerous other kosher butchers to no avail, he takes the unusual decision to work in a halal butcher. However, to do so, he must use all his guile and charisma to hide his true identity. It is a story that aims to explore the relationship between Jewish and Muslim culture in modern London life, incorporating ”fish out of water” humor with moments of laugh-out-loud slapstick.

Length: 17 minutes

Cast: Amir Boutrous, Andy Linden, Daniel Kramer, Sajid Varada, Waj AMir, Waleed Akthar, Taryn Kay, Andrea Miller, Laila Alj, Grahame Rose, Tamir Haziza

Director: Lewis Rose

Writer: Lewis Rose

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The Angel of History

A border in Europe. A painting by Paul Klee. A poem by Walter Benjamin. A film about borders, escape and migration. About yesterday and today, and how difficult it is to recognize one behind the other.

Length: 10 minutes

Director: Eric Esser

Writer: Eric Esser

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L’Inspection (The Inspection)

Julia, an experienced history teacher in a rather quiet high school, faces a school inspector. He wants to talk to her. But what about, exactly? Her heated debates with the principal? The freedom she takes with the school program? Or the way she teaches the Shoah?

Length:  16 minutes

Director: Caroline Brami and Frédéric Bas

This event is supported, in part, by:

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Majesty and Tenderness: The Art of Maurice Schmidt

Majesty and Tenderness: The Art of Maurice Schmidt is a rare glimpse into the genius of a very unusual Texas artist who finds the majesty of beauty in everything. His artistic vision of over seventy prolific years, peers through a unique lens of Judaism, claiming that over decades of study, he has become “one with the Torah”. As an articulate academician, Maurice Schmidt candidly describes how his spiritual interpretations become a congruent mastery of beautiful craftsmanship and pure visceral expression that plays out seamlessly through his powerfully dynamic portrayals of daily life, agricultural landscapes and religious subjects.

Length: 28 minutes

Director: Vanessa Reiser

Introduction from producer Ben Livingston and director Vanessa Reiser.
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A Common Goal (online)

Almost half the players on the Israeli National Soccer Team are Muslim, including the captain. The team’s diverse group of players causes controversy, especially during an important European tournament, most of it provoked by racist fans and the media. The players have their loyalty questioned by all sides while trying to guide Israel’s national team through the year’s biggest international challenge.

Adult language.

Length: 52 minutes

Director: Shuki Guzik

Writer: Shai Lahav

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