Documentaries: History
 
         
  BUREAU 06 - the architects of the Eichmann trial (Lishka 06) 
Director: Yoav Halevy / Israel 2013
Production: Yoav Halevy: Open Doors Films/Tmuna Communication Ltd.; Supported by The Second Authority for Television & Radio, Israel and The Makor Foundation for Israeli Films.
Category: History
Language: Hebrew, German. Subtitles: English
Length: HD / 58 minutes

Synopsis: The dramatic story of "Bureau 06", the team of police investigators formed for the intent purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought up by the Jewish people against Adolf Eichmann. The charges told the story of the Jewish Holocaust to the entire world in a way that it had not been told before. These charges cried out, exactly 50 years ago, the cry of "J'accuse" at the Eichmann trial and changed the collective Israeli consciousness forever. 
This film tells the unique personal and group stories of this team of investigators, their hardships, their confessions and the emotional turmoil they experienced, together and alone. Among them the story of Avner Less the personal interrogator of Adolf Eichmann who left Israel after the trial and took back his Germany Identity card. Click to read more >

Festivals & Awards: Jerusalem F.F. 2013 /Honorable Mention
Jury Statement: « Bureau 06 is an energetic, well-researched examination of the police unit assigned to interrogate Adolf Eichmann before his trial. This documentary takes us behind the scenes of this dramatic historical moment in dynamic and surprisingly moving fashion »

Watch Video: Testimony of Police Investigator Avner Less at the Eichmann Trial (1961)

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Movie Reviews:
* « A moving and educational cinematic experience.The film captures the tragedy and horror while still finding room to inspire and move. It is profoundly moving, profoundly shocking and profoundly important. » (Igor Shteyrenberg) Sergio Carmona / Sun-Sentinel
* « A gripping docu-drama on the team of investigators that prepared the charges brought against Adolf Eichman and the effect on their personal lives » UKJFF 2013
* « ''Bureau 06'' by Yoav Halevy examines the Eichmann Trial in an interesting and less familiar perspective » Yael Shuv / Time Out Israel
* « Halevy’s film, thoughtful and deliberately understated, relates the experience of Bureau 06’s members for the first time.» Akin Ajayi / Midnight East
* « An amazing story... an exciting and shuddering movie… A must-see-film »
Prof. Michael Bar Zohar - Radio interview on IDF radio station Galei Zahal
* « This film is a superbly researched historical document which succeeds in integrating the emotions and personal hardships of those who worked in the bureau, and even touches on some of the terrible stories that they uncovered in their research. » Amy Kronish /  IsraelFilm.blogspot

Read: Interview with Director Yoav Halevy

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  LIVE OR DIE IN ENTEBBE    
Director and Producer:
Eyal Boers / Israel 2012
Associate Producer: Michael Treves: JMT Films Distribution & Co-productions 
Co-Produced: with SRC - Télévision Radio Canada: Commissioning Editor: Jean Pelletier
Category: History
Language: Hebrew, French, English, Subtitles: English, Narration: French/English 
Length: HD / 52 minutes

Synopsis: In June 1976, an Air France flight was hijacked by German and Palestinian terrorists who diverted the flight to Entebbe airport in Uganda. A week later, Israeli planes flew 4000 kilometers over hostile territory to Entebbe and in less than 60 minutes Israeli commandos stormed the premises and rescued more than 100 hostages. ''Operation Entebbe'' is considered as one of the most brilliant military rescue operations in military history. It put a temporary stop to plane hijacking as a means for terrorist groups to impose their demands. However, those who were not saved by this rescue operation have been almost totally forgotten. Four hijacked persons did not survive the raid, among them Jean-Jacques Mimouni, a 19 year-old French-Israeli hostage, who died during the operation in mysterious circumstances. Israel's most heroic myth is the Mimouni family's greatest tragedy.
In “Live or Die in Entebbe,” Eyal Boers examines the rescue operation from a new angle and accompanies Mimouni’s nephew, Yonathan Khayat, on a personal journey of reconstruction that is complemented by many eyewitness testimonies.

Watch Video Teasers: Video #1; Video #2

Festivals & Awards: About Operation Entebbe (BBC) 

Movie Review
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'' “Live or Die in Entebbe,” a new film directed by Eyal Boers, examines the rescue operation from a new angle...''
Yoni Netanyahu wasn't the only one who died at Entebbe. Why have we forgotten the others? / Gili Izikovich / Haaretz English Edition-International Herald Tribune)

3 Radio Interviews with Eyal Boers about ''Live Or Die In Entebbe'':

Interview with Phillip Adams #Late Night Live, ABC (Australia)
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Interview with Margaret Throsby #ABC Classic FM (Australia)
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Interview with Nitza Lowenstein #SBS (Australia)
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Video interview #Eyal Boers with Lowell Gallin, Jerusalem (Video)

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  LACI BACSI (Uncle Laszlo)
Director:
Elena Hazanov and Claudio Recupero  
Category: History
Production: Association Façonneurs de Mémoire / Switzerland 2012
Language: French, Hungarian. Subtitles: English / German 
Length: 66 minutes

Synopsis: Lazslo Somogyi Singer, a Hungarian Jew born in 1929, survived the Holocaust and Stalinism. A group of six young students have met him regularly in Geneva, during a full school year, and took a trip with him to Hungary to the scene of his youth.
The film ''Laci Bàcsi'' (''Uncle Lazslo'') is about the difficulty in collecting the words of a witness and in this case the testimony of an exemplary life and the absolute need to do it while there is still time. This film is also about the importance of listening and sharing.

Watch: Video Features & Interviews:
Swiss Television (French): Video #1 ;
Swiss Television (French): Video #2

Festivals & Awards:
  • Visions du Réel Documentary Film Festival - Switzerland 2012

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  SIX SIDES OF A BRICK (Six faces d'une brique) 
Director:
Damien Monnier 
Category: Creative Documentary / History
Production: Maud Martin: L'image d'après / France 2012
Language: English, French, German, Portuguese, Polish. Subtitles: English 
Length: 52/73 minutes

Synopsis: A man has restored part of the wall of the former Jewish ghetto in a courtyard in Warsaw. Neighbours and travellers pass through, live there, come and see. Tourists and local people walk before Damien Monnier’s camera. Some stop, tell stories, discuss; others brush past in silence.
A powerful reflection on memory as substance and space to be measured.

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Festivals & Awards:
  • Visions du Réel Documentary Film Festival - Switzerland 2012
  • Corsica Doc Documentary Film Festival - Corsica 2012

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  THE CHABAD REBBE AND THE GERMAN OFFICER
Director: Larry Price
Category: History
Production: Price Communications Inc. / Israel 2011
Associated with IBA, Channel One, Israel
Language: English, Hebrew. Subtitles: English 
Length: 56 minutes

Synopsis: The story of the rescue of the 6th Lubavitch Rebbe, Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, from war-torn Warsaw in 1939 by half-Jewish German Spy Maj. Ernst Bloch working under direct orders of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, head of the Abwehr, German Military Intelligence. Canaris was part of a back-door deal between Germany & the US government.

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  A MATTER OF TIME - The story of the Jewish communities of North Africa during WWII - a film in two episodes
Director: Serge Ankri and Marco Carmel / Israel 2005
Category: History
Production: Zvi Shefy, Alain Jakubowicz, Nani Weller 
Language: Hebrew, French. English translation.
Length: 2 x 52 minutes

Synopsis: This film tells for the first time, the story of the Jewish communities of North Africa (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco) during World War II, revealing how, had fate not intervened, it was only "a matter of time" until they would share the fate of their co-religionists in Europe. The film describes the Historical evidence of plans by German and Italian occupiers to carry out "the final solution" far from the shores of Europe.

Festivals & Awards:
  • New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - USA 2006
  • Festival of Jewish Cinema - Australia 2005
  • Jewish Eye, Jewish Film Festival Beer Sheba - Israel 2005
  • Medimed Sitges - Spain 2005

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  RIVKA'S TRIBE  
Director: Sabrina Van Tassel / France 2010
Category: Human Interest / History
Production: Marc Andréani: Injam Production 
Language: French. Subtitles: English
Length: 58 minutes

Synopsis: The Zalcbergs, a joyful, close and solid family are gathering in order to celebrate the Jewish New Year. Six siblings, living life to the fullest, recall their childhood spent during the Second World War in France. Brought up in a Jewish family of Polish immigrants, the eldest brother is fifteen when his father is arrested by the French police and sent to Auschwitz. From then on, he has only one goal: save his entire family from death. This film tells the amazing story of survival of a family united by mutual love and faith, and today numbers over sixty people.

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Web Site: http://latribuderivka.com

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  THE CHILDREN OF TEHERAN 
Director and Producer: Yehuda Kaveh, David Tour, Dalia Guttman / Israel 2009
Category: History.
Language: Hebrew. English dubbed & subtitled
Length: 59 minutes

Synopsis: ''The Children of Teheran'' is the story of the rescue of 700 children from occupied Poland and their grueling journey to Palestine/Israel in the winter of 1943. This unprecedented operation took the children, many without their parents, on a tortuous path that led them to distant lands, including Teheran, before they arrived safely in Palestine. The Children of Teheran was the first large group of Holocaust survivors to reach Palestine/Israel from occupied Europe.

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Web site: www.yaldeyteheran.com

 

 
  OPERATION MURAL: Casablanca 1961  
Director: Yehuda Kaveh / Israel 2007 
Category: History
Production: Ronit Dor Productions 
Language:Hebrew, English, French. Subtitles: English / French 
Length: 55 minutes

Synopsis: Forty-five years after their clandestine mission, three Mossad agents return to Casablanca to retrace their steps in a humanitarian mission whereby 530 Jewish children reached Israel in 1961, under the guise of holidays in Switzerland. This film vividly documents how “Operation Mural” succeeded beyond all expectations. The key actors relive their undercover activities, as well as many precious testimonies of children and key Mossad figures in Israel and the Littmans in Switzerland. The film was filmed in Switzerland, Morocco and Israel.    

Festivals & Awards:
  • Remi Award Winner: Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2008
  • Winner: Best Jewish Film: DeREEL Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2008
  • Nominee for Best Documentary : Israel Academy Awards - Israel 2008
  • Victoria Independent Film Festival, Melbourne - Australia 2009
  • Barcelona Jewish Film Festival - Spain 2009
  • Toronto Jewish Film Festival - Canada 2008
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - USA 2008
  • NYC Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - USA 2008
  • Santa Cruz Jewish Film Festival, California - USA 2009
  • Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, North Carolina - USA 2009
  • Jewish Eye-World Jewish Film Festival Film, Ashkelon - Israel 2007
  • Fipatel, FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Biarritz - France 2007

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  END OF WAITING TIME 
Director: Antonio Perez Molero & Jesus Sanjurjo 
Category: History.
Co-Production:  Inicia Films (Valérie Delpierre) with ITVS International / USA / Spain 2009 
Language: Spanish. Subtitles: English / French 
Length: 52 / 78 minutes

Synopsis: In 1936, General Francisco Franco led a coup d' état against the Spanish Republic that gave rise to a brutal civil war. During his long dictatorship, hundreds of people were arrested, executed or disappeared. Today, the families of those who vanished have begun to search for answers about their relatives.

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  MADRID BEFORE HANITA – Jews from Palestine in the International Brigades 
Director and Producer: Eran Torbiner / Israel 2006 
Category: History.
Language: Hebrew, Spanish, Polish and German.
Subtitles: English / French / Spanish
Length: 58 minutes

Synopsis: The story of 300 Jews from Palestine/Israel who departed to fight fascism and joined the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939.
Many of them were Jewish communists who believed Fascism was the main enemy of humanity in general and of Jews in particular. This film follows their stories in Palestine and the decision to go to Spain and documents their complex relationships with the civilian Spanish population and their loves, disappointments, hopes, and deaths. The leading characters in the film are the last of volunteers still living today, and family members and relatives of others who were killed or have since died. The film is set with a voice-over narration of segments from their letters and diaries, and uses Spanish and Israeli archives extensively, combined with current footage of Israel and Spain . 

Festivals & Awards:
  • Winner: Platinum Remi Award : Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2007
  • Chicago International Documentary Film Festival - USA 2007
  • Haifa International Film Festival - Israel 2006

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  THE BIRTHDAY PARTY  
Director: Ruth Walk / Israel 2004 
Category: Creative Documentary
Production: Yael Perlov
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English /French 
Length: 64 minutes

Synopsis: Among the few children surviving Auschwitz was a group of little Jewish boys, who re-united after the War. The film portrays the 25 living survivors, who still call themselves “Children”. Its culmination is their collective birthday party, celebrated yearly on Liberation Day, May 5th. The film tells their stories of survival - as children in Auschwitz and as adults who must learn to live beyond their memories of a lifetime ago. 

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  ICH BIN JUDE! ICH BIN JUDE! - Jewish Youth Movements' Resistance in Occupied France 
Director and Producer:  Nicole & Barak Bard / Israel / France 2005 
Category: History.
Language: French. Subtitles: English
Length: 53 minutes

Synopsis: The film recounts the resistance of Jewish youth mouvements in France during WWII, particularly the Jewish Scouts of France (EIF) and the Zionist Youth Movement (MJS), in response to German occupation and especially to the anti-Jewish laws and oppressions set in place by the occupant. They saved Jewish lives by the thousands and then joined the French Resistance as distinct Jewish combat units. The entire story is told only by those who lived it.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Fipatel, FIPA International Festival of Audiovisual Programs, Biarritz - France 2007

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  THE RINGWORM CHILDREN 
Director and Producer:  David Belhassen and Asher Hemias / Israel 2003
Category: History
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English, Available: French
Length: 58 minutes

Synopsis: In the early 1950's, approximately 100,000 immigrant children, primarily from North Africa, received X-ray radiation treatment for ringworm upon their arrival in Israel. At the time, the medical establishment thought ringworm was a grave danger to public health. It was later discovered that these treatments caused high rates of infertility, cancer and death. This tragic affair was hidden from the public eye for decades until now. Through exhaustive research and testimonies of survivors, this emotional documentary illustrates how stereotyping immigrants can have horrific consequences.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Honorary Mention: International Prize for Mediterranean Documentary & Reportage - France 2005
  • Haifa International Film Festival - Israel 2003

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  UNDER THE STRAW ROOF 
Director and Producer: Miri Rader-Zamft / Israel 1995
Category: History
Language: Hebrew. Subtitles: English 
Length: 40 minutes

Synopsis: The film depicts the story of the Levin Family, a Dutch family who survived the Holocaust. When the war was over the family reunited. As a result of their reunion they felt the need to add Jewish orphans, who lost their parents during the Holocaust, to the family . The film raises the problematic issue of the new relationships that emerged within the family.

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