Documentaries: History
Director: Katya Soldak 
Production: Katya Soldak: Ante Media, Inc. / U.S.A. 2020
Category: History, Personal POV
Language: Ukrainian, Russian, English. Subtitles: English 
Length: HD / 85 minutes

Logline: Ukrainian-American journalist Katya Soldak, of Forbes Magazine, now living in New York City, tells the story of Ukraine, her country of origin, as it exits the USSR, works through two revolutions, and endures a war with Russia—all through the eyes of her family and friends in Kharkiv, a large Ukrainian city just 18 miles from the Russian border. 

Synopsis: The Long Breakup is a feature-length documentary about Ukraine’s struggle to escape Russia’s embrace, leave its Soviet past behind and become an independent nation. Ukrainian-American journalist Katya Soldak of Forbes Magazine, now living in New York City, tells the story of her country of origin as it exits the USSR, works through two revolutions, and endures a war—all through the eyes of her family and friends in Kharkiv, a large city near the Russian border.
The documentary takes viewers on an intimate journey that illustrates how big geopolitical changes affect people on a personal level and explores what happens when a nation must fight for the right to choose its future. The tale offers insight into the experience of an immigrant watching her native country go through crises from afar, but, most importantly, it is a personal story about life in the former Soviet republic and the struggle for freedom forming a backdrop to so many lives.
Filmed over the course of a decade, The Long Breakup features an original soundtrack as well as music from Ukrainian and Soviet artists. The film is intended for global audiences with general interests and those interested in the USSR and post-Soviet developments. 

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Watch Ukrainian Film Club Discussion: "The Long Breakup"

Watch interview with Katya Soldak, the director of the documentary: "The Long Breakup"

Festivals & Awards:
  • ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival - Croatia 2022
  • Moldox International Documentary Film Festival for Social Change - Moldova 2022
  • UNAFF United Nations Association Film Festival, California - USA 2022
  • GPFF Global Peace Film Festival, Florida - USA 2022
  • DocLands Documentary Film Festival, California - USA 2022
  • MSPIFF Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival - USA 2022
  • Fort Myers Film Festival, Florida - USA 2022
  • NewFilmmakers NY Film Festival - USA 2021
  • Eastern Oregon Film Festival - USA 2020
  • Excellence Award: Docs Without Borders Film Festival - USA 2020
Director's statement:
When I went to Ukraine in 2005, after the Orange Revolution, to make a film, I thought it would be a short documentary about a post-soviet country that found its new path towards a democratic future. However, the story didn't add up: that bright future didn't happen, the characters didn't evolve, Ukraine and its people slipped into stagnation. Despite that, I became very intrigued by Ukraine, its history and complex identity. <>
As a Ukrainian who grew up in the USSR, having lived in an independent Ukraine for a decade before moving to the US, I realized I had a very vague idea about Ukraine and its story. So, I kept coming back: to follow up, to do more interviews, to look for clues and deeper understanding of why this rich country with such potential is stuck in economic decline and a post-soviet mentality. Why the statues of Lenin and communist leaders are still standing in central squares? Why people still appreciate soviet symbols and hold on to old habits? <>
I've lived through some of those historic moments: communism, Gorbachev's perestroika, the fall of the Berlin wall, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the beginning of Ukrainian independence. When life took me overseas, my Ukrainian family continued living through tumultuous times: revolutions, fear of separatism, war. Through my story and my family's story I'm opening up a window into the personal lives of ordinary people who were forced to live through a series of historic cataclysms, showing how they handled daily challenges and what they thought and felt in the moment. <>
The Long Breakup is my attempt to take the viewer on an intimate journey, and show how big geopolitical changes -- the ones most only hear about in the news -- affect ordinary people on a personal level.

Movie Reviews:
* « This film just tells the story of the relationship between Ukraine and Russia or Ukraine and the USSR, historically, in such a simple but such a human way that it should be required watching.
It really will open the eyes of our viewers to what is happening, and in a sense, why it's happening. » 'The Long Breakup' gives context to conflict in Ukraine / John Rash / Star Tribune
* « “The Long Breakup” passionately, honestly and suspensefully chronicles how a woman of mixed ethnicity became a truly independent spirit and forged her own identity. » What does it mean to be Ukrainian enough? / Adriana Klisch / The Ukrainian Weekly

Director: Dani Rotstein, Felipe Wolokita and Ofer Laszewicki / Spain 2022
Category: History
Language: English, Spanish, Catalan. Subtitles: English 
Length: HD / 63 minutes

Logline: Discrimination. Humiliation. Stigma. Many native Catholic Mallorquins with Jewish heritage have suffered greatly for centuries - this documentary unveils recent conflicts within the only synagogue on the island and explores many historical aspects of the Inquisition and its effect on the infamous fifteen family lineages.

Synopsis: Xueta Island explores the fascinating legacy of the Xuetas (Chuetas): a unique group of families on the Balearic island of Majorca who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population. Though they were practicing Catholics, the Chuetas were discriminated against up until the middle of the 20th century, always forced to marry within their subgroup population. Our story follows Dani Rotstein, a Jewish-American expat who moved to the island recently & quickly became fascinated with the story. Rotstein currently works as a social activist & filmmaker on the island, where he uses discoveries from his ongoing investigation to help rebuild the community.

Background: When the Inquisition decreed the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492, there were no Jews officially left on this Mediterranean island. In 1435, the entire Jewish community underwent a massive baptism in order to save them from further persecution. But many converts - or “crypto Jews” - preserved the law of Moses. They lived secretly until 1691, when the “Autos de Fe” saw them publicly burned at the stake in front of the larger Mallorquin society. Their descendants, the chuetas, are bearers of 15 surnames harshly stigmatized by the Church due to their Jewish past. Marginalized and subjugated, they were forced to marry between their same families for centuries - a dangerous breeding ground for the transmission of hereditary diseases, such as the “Mediterranean fever.” The trauma they suffered was silenced by an ironclad social taboo, fostered even by themselves, eager to permanently forget the dark past.

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Watch BBC Interview with Dani and Miquel 

Watch CNN Interview with Dani Rotstein (Spanish)

Movie Reviews:
* « Beautifully shot, Xueta Island is both a riveting portrayal of Rotstein’s quest to unearth and document Majorca’s rich, and tragic, Jewish history and an inspirational glimpse into attempts to revive Jewish life on the island. » Rediscovering Majorca’s Jewish Past /  Dina Gold / Moment Magazine

* « The turbulent saga of the Xuetas is recounted in Xueta Island, a fascinating documentary by Felipe Wolokita, Dani Rotstein and Ofer Laszewicki. » Xueta Island / Sheldon Kirshner / Times of Israel

* « Like the Sabbatai followers in Turkey who converted to Islam, the story of the Jews on the island of Majorca, who did not escape from Spain and somehow accepted Christianity and lived their religion inside, is very interesting. Aside from the tone of Catalan that caresses our ears, the cheerful heroes of the film win the hearts of the audience with their sincerity. » Those with secret religions / Murat Türker / Istanbul / Bianet Biamag Magazine

(Taalumat Hasefer HaShahor)  
Director: Boris Maftsir / Israel 2019
Production: Zvi Shefy - Productions, produced for Kan the Israeli Public Broadcast Corporation (IPBC); Supported by The Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and The Avi Chai Foundation, Israel. 
Graphics and Animation: Studio Jewboy (Yaron Shin)
Category: History, Shoah, Animation
Language: English, Russian, Hebrew. Subtitles: English 
Length: HD / 70 minutes

Logline: In 1947, "The Black Book", a collection of testimonies and articles about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union was to be published in Moscow, but it was banned by the Russian authorities. Why did Stalin decide to hide the solid and documented evidence of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union?

Synopsis: Famous Soviet Writer Ilya Ehrenburg initiated and gathered comprehensive information about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union. It was named ''The Black Book''. In October 1947, the book was to be published in Moscow - a collection of testimonies and articles about the murder of 2.7 Million Jews under Nazi occupation in the Soviet Union. The book was shelved by the authorities, as if the  Holocaust of Soviet Jews had never occurred at all. Why did Stalin decide to hide the solid and documented evidence of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union? Did Soviet Jewry’s enthusiasm on the establishment of the State of Israel cause collective punishment against them by the government? Since the revolution, Soviet Jews had been considered loyal partners in the building and administration of the Soviet Union. Why and how did they become suspects of dual loyalty, potential traitors, second class citizens?

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Festivals & Awards:
  • The Together Plan Special Screening, Hertfordshire - U.K. 2022
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival - Germany 2022
  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival - Denmark 2021
  • JIFF Jewish International Film Festival - Australia 2021
  • San Diego Jewish Film Festival - U.S.A. 2021
  • Diaspora - Israeli Russian Film Festival, New York - U.S.A. 2020
  • Bronze Remi Award: Features - Documentary: WorldFest International Independent Film Festival, Houston, Texas - U.S.A. 2020
  • Winner: Merit Award: Ogeechee International History Film Festival - U.S.A. 2020
  • ArtDocFest International Documentary Film Festival, Moscow - Russia 2019
  • IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam: Docs For Sale - The Netherlands 2019
  • Haifa Film Festival - Israel 2019
Director's statement:
The Fifth World Holocaust Forum that took place in Jerusalem in January 2020 to mark the International Holocaust Remembrance Day was the first declaration by the President of the Russian Federation about the sacrifice of Soviet Jews.
For decades, since the "Black Book" in 1947, the truth has been hidden from public knowledge. Only after the disintegration of the Soviet Union was it possible to begin documenting and commemorating murder sites in cities, towns and villages throughout Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Belarus and Estonia. More than 1,000 cities and villages have been added to the Holocaust Memorial Map. Half of Soviet Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. Those who were fortunate to have suffered state antisemitism throughout the Soviet regime, severely compromising Jewish culture and identity. Hiding the "Black Book" was the first step of the repressions of Jewish culture by Soviet authorities - and of the Jewish identity of Soviet Jews. The circumstances surrounding the concealment of information about the Holocaust in the Soviet Union remained unclear and left many questions open.
This film presents, for the first time, the hypothesis that the ban on publication of the "Black Book" was a planned stage in the removal of Soviet Jews from leading positions in Soviet society and the change of status of Jews in the Soviet Union. The film, based on the story of a single book, becomes the first attempt to understand and explain the destruction of Soviet Jewish culture - and the fate of the Jews of the Soviet Union after the war - a cry for historical justice and reflects the memory of the Jewry murdered during WWII in the Soviet Union.
We have chosen an innovative and original cinematic style - combining interviews with historians and archival materials, and special graphics and animation.

Movie Reviews: 
* « Boris Maftsir’s new film examines the story of the Black Book, which, if it had been published, would have changed for all of us the way we perceive the Holocaust, modern antisemitism and Jewish life in the Soviet Union. The Mystery Of The Black Book / The Together Plan 
* « Based on a black book, never published during the Soviet period, on the murder of Jews across the then territory of the USSR, this is a poignant, oppressive reflection on the role played by the Jewish people during Stalinism that also stands out stylistically. » Kino Fermished - The Mystery of the Black Book / JFBB
* « This film packs a fascinating, sophisticated and nuanced understanding of this complex history into its seventy minutes.  An excellent educational resource. Highly Recommended. »
Programming recommendations / David Shem-Tov / Jewish Film Review


(Ata Met Rak Pa'amayim)  
A Film by Yair Lev and David Deri
Director: Yair Lev / Israel 2018
Production: David Deri: D.d Productions, for Yes-Docu: Commissioning Editor: Guy Lavie, Israel. Supported by The Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Israel. 
Co-Production: Markus Glaser: Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion (NGF), Austria
Supported: ORF Austria, Fernsehfounds Austria and BR (Bavarian Broadcasting), Germany
Category: History, Thriller, Personal P.O.V.
Language: Hebrew, English, German and Serbo-Croatian. Subtitles: English 
Length: HD / 88 minutes

Logline: A documentary thriller. Yair Lev, a documentary filmmaker becomes a detective and sets out on a personal and historical journey to uncover the true identity behind the man who stole his grandfather's identity. 

Synopsis: Surprisingly, the film director’s mother became the heiress of a cottage in posh North London. She had only to prove that she is the daughter of Ernst Bechinsky. But then came an astonishing discovery: another death certificate was discovered in Austria, revealing a man with the same name and I.D., born on the same date and in the same place as Ernst Bechinsky. A suspenseful thriller exposes a man, who lived with an S.S. family and became president of a Jewish Community through deception, leading to an extremely charged meeting between descendants of Jews and Nazis.

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Festivals & Awards: Doc Aviv IDFF: Research Award
Jury's justification: ‘’Research is the heart and soul of this film, a film where the director works as investigator, uncovering a personal mystery to reveal a profound truth about family, brotherhood and forgiveness.’’

Director's statement:
After making two films about my father Hugo, a Holocaust survivor, revolving around his extraordinary experiences during the WW2 and our complex relationship (the film ‘’Hugo’’ in 1989 and the sequel "Hugo II" in 2008) - "You Die Only Twice" took me on a detective journey to solve a mystery concerning my mother's father, my grandfather Ernest Bachinsky. At the end of a six year's quest full of twists and turns, I found myself back in WW2, between survivors and rescuers, persecuted and persecutors. This time, however, the boundaries between them proved to be more blurred than ever.

Movie Reviews:
* « I saw You Only Die Twice for the first time at the festival (Diagonale, Graz, Austria), and it was right away one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. On one hand it is thanks to  the incredible story, but on the other it is thanks to the great film direction. » Mara Hollenstein-Tirk  / Film Plus Kritik
* « The most thrilling film playing at the moment in Israel and maybe the best thriller I've seen in years…a documentary as a mystery that as much as it evolves it reveals its humane substance …as the plot develops so does its capacity to surprise, enrich and empower the experience it fulfills…the tension it creates is built on solid foundation » Uri Klein / Haaretz daily newspaper
* « You Only Die Twice, a film by David Deri and Yair Lev, is a compelling historical and personal mystery. The filmmaker, a second generation survivor, sets out on a journey to solve a family mystery. » Identity Theft / Amy Kronish / IsraelFilm.blogspot  
* « Yair Lev’s Israeli-Austrian-German co-production You Only Die Twice is a Jewish detective story set in the Alps and revolves around the former president of the Jewish Community of Tirol, Ernst Bechinsky. A man with the same name dies twice: in 1969 in Israel and in 1987 in Innsbruck. Who was Ernst Bechinsky really? Given the category, it’s not all that difficult to guess – but why be a spoiler? » Grapevine : Diplomatically speaking / Greer Fay Cashman / Jerusalem Post
* « Blurs the border between reality and imagination and the result is a rare and stirring family story…a family story that every documentary filmmaker would long for, and no fiction filmmaker would come up with » Shmulik Duvdevani / Ynet
* « "You Only Die Twice" is extremely suspenseful, intensive and intimate…it contains a long series of powerful scenes that leave the audience glued to one's sit and eventually totally satisfied » Avner Shavit / Walla!
* « A moving story unfolds in a fascinating way » Yael Shuv / Time Out

(aka "Remember Them All'') (Venizkor EtKulam)  
Director: Simon Shechter and Yuval Haimovich-Zuser  / Israel 2017
Production: Emanuel Shechter, Ronen Machlis Balzam, Hila Guy: Metaphor Visual Storytelling: 
Category: History
Language: Hebrew, German, Polish, English Subtitles: English 
Length: HD / 61 minutes

Synopsis: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world, but its generally accepted story is incomplete. Among the uprising fighters was a group that was not granted commemoration: the Jewish Military Union (ZZW) which was better armed than other groups fighting in the rest of the Ghetto and was responsible for the uprising major battle. This untold story is based on the documentation of SS General Juergen Stroop.

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Watch news item/Israeli Television Channel 10 (Hebrew)
* incl. video sequences from the film

Movie Reviews:
* « “The dead live long,” says 88-year-old Ziuta Hartman in a new documentary retelling a relatively unknown chapter of the story of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.  » (The dead live long / Lily Galili / i24News)
* « "Les morts vivent longtemps", proclamait Ziuta Hartman, du haut de ses 88 ans, dans un nouveau documentaire racontant un chapitre relativement peu connu de l'histoire de l'insurrection du ghetto de Varsovie. » (Journée du souvenir de la Shoah: "les morts vivent longtemps" / Lily Galili / i24News)


(Il Ghetto di Venezia, 500 Anni di Vita)
(Le ghetto de Venise - Une histoire des juifs de Venise)
Director: Emanuela Giordano  / Italy 2015
Production: Roberto Levi: Tangram Film (Italy), Co-produced with Arsam International (France) and Cerigo Films (France). In collaboration with RAI Cinema (Italy) and Toute L'Histoire TV Channel (France).
Category: History
Language: Italian Subtitles: English, French Narration: Italian
Length: HD / 54 minutes

Synopsis2016 was the 500th anniversary of world's first ghetto: the Ghetto of Venice. Imaginative docu-fiction techniques bring alive the paradoxical wonders of Europe’s oldest Jewish ghetto and its integration into Italian society, in this edifying and heartwarming film.
Lorenzo a Jewish teenager, of Venetian origin, born and raised in New York, leads us in this journey, guided by his aunt and two young Venetian cousins who offer him the stimulus to enter more and more into a world unknown to him. The history of the Venice ghetto offers us an opportunity to reflect on the story of an immigration and of a slow integration, an example of the enormous wealth that the exchange of diverse cultures can give us.

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Festivals & Awards: Movie Reviews:
* « Sous la forme d’une quête des origines, Emanuela Giordano retrace l’histoire du plus ancien ghetto d’Europe, à Venise » (Daniel Psenny / Le Monde)

Venice Days Poised for its 12th Edition 
''This year the Venice Days brand is clearly a "seal of quality" that transcends the confines of the Official Selection. In fact, three films screening at theVenice Film Festival will do so announced by a new formula: "in agreement with Venice Days". The titles are ... the documentary Il ghetto di Venezia: 500 anni di vita by Emanuela Giordano, screening at the Cinema Giorgione on September 6''  

500 Years of Jewish Life in Venice / David Laskin / NY Times

Venice’s Jewish ghetto is turning 500. Is it finally time to celebrate? / Anna Momigliano / Washington Post

500 years of the Venetian ghetto: commemoration and history / Marie-José Gransard / The Guardian

Venice's Jews celebrate their history on 500th anniversary of world's first ghetto / Livia Albeck-Ripka / Haaretz English Edition-International Herald Tribune

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Director: Carol Gordon, Natalie Cunningham / Australia 2014
Production: Carol Gordon: Shira Productions Pty Ltd.
Category: History
Language: English, Greek, Hebrew Subtitles: English, Narration: English 
Length: HD / 50 minutes

Synopsis: More than 60,000 Greek Jews perished in the Holocaust, yet this tragic history remains relatively unknown. This groundbreaking documentary features interviews with Greek Jewish Holocaust survivors, second and third generation survivors and community members who are fighting to keep their Jewish traditions and culture alive. Filmmakers Carol Gordon and Natalie Cunningham explore the history of the once thriving Jewish communities of Greece and the present-day communities that are determined to survive.

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Festivals & Awards:
  • ''Recordings of Memory'': Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival - Greece 2015
  • New Hope Film Festival - U.S.A. 2015
  • Reading Film Festival, Reading, Pennsylvania - U.S.A. 2015
  • LAGFF Los Angeles Greek Film Festival - U.S.A. 2015
  • GFF Greek Film Festival - Australia 2014
Movie Review
''A heart-gripping Greek Jewish odyssey''
(Following Shira's Journey / Nelly Skoufatoglou Neos Kosmos)


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  BUREAU 06 - the architects of the Eichmann trial (Lishka 06)
(BUREAU 06 - les architectes du procès Eichmann) 
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.

Festivals & Awards:
  • Special Screening: 60 years anniversary capture of Adolf Eichmann: CinéONU: United Nations Vienna (UNOV) - Austria 2020
  • Cinémathèque Leipzig - Germany 2015
  • PBIFF Palm Beach International Film Festival - U.S.A. 2014
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival - U.S.A. 2014
  • ASN Annual World Convention (Association for the study of Nationalities) Columbia University - U.S.A. 2014
  • UK Jewish Film Festival, London - U.K. 2013
  • Berlin Jewish Film Festival - Germany 2014
  • Israeli Film Festival, Paris - France 2014
  • Israeli Film Festival Montreal - Canada 2014
  • Toronto Jewish Festival - Canada 2014 
  • Judaica Jewish Film Festival, Lisbon - Portugal 2015
  • Festival of Tolerance Jewish Film Festival, Zagreb – Croatia 2015
  • Holocaust Center New Zealand (HCNZ) Wellington (special screening) - New Zealand 2015
  • JIFF Jewish International Film Festival: Holocaust Film Series, Sydney, Melbourne – Australia 2014
  • Finalist for Best Israeli Documentary Award: The Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards) 2013
  • Honorable Mention: Jerusalem International Film Festival - Israel 2013
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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(Vivre ou Mourir 
à 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
Supported by: IBA - Israeli Television, Channel One: Commissioning Editor: Itay Nevo Landsberg
Category: History
Language: Hebrew, French, English, Subtitles: English/French, 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

''LIVE OR DIE IN ENTEBBE'' / on i24news TV 
"Histoires et Découvertes" / 2021 / Interview with Eyal Boers and Jean-Michel (Michael) Treves and excerpts from the film)

''LIVE OR DIE IN ENTEBBE'' / on i24news TV 
Culture / 2014 / (Interview with Eyal Boers and Jean-Michel (Michael) Treves and excerpts from the film)

''LIVE OR DIE IN ENTEBBE'' / on ''Late Night Live''/ ABC RN Australia
(Interview with Eyal Boers and excerpts from the film)

Festivals & Awards: About Operation Entebbe (BBC) 

The Raid that Changed the World (commentarymagazine)

Movie Reviews:

''.... Eyal Boers, the director of a 2013 documentary called “Live or Die in Entebbe,” explained that “Israel needed a huge myth after the national trauma created by the Yom Kippur War of October 1973.” Operation Thunderbolt helped to heal that trauma...''
Rescued From the Realm of Legend: Israel's 1976 Entebbe Raid Revisited /
Andrew Esensten / Haaretz English Edition-International Herald Tribune

'' “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)

''Mention the name Entebbe to any Israeli and they will tell you the story of Yonatan (Yoni) Netanyahu, the heroic paratrooper and older brother of the current prime minister who died commanding the daring raid to free the 105 Israeli hostages hijacked to Entebbe, Uganda, in July of 1976…'' (''The forgotten dead'' by Eetta Prince-Gibson)
Entebbe Raid series /New Vision / Uganda's leading Newspaper 

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

Radio interview with Phillip Adams #Late Night Live, ABC (Australia)
Listen: Download Podcast Audio #ABC (Australia)

Radio interview with Margaret Throsby #ABC Classic FM (Australia)
Listen: Download Podcast Audio #ABC Classic FM (Australia)

Radio interview with Nitza Lowenstein #SBS (Australia)
ListenEmbed Player #SBS (Australia)

Radio interview on #TLV1 (Israel)

Video interview #Eyal Boers with Lowell Gallin, Jerusalem (Video)


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  LACI BACSI - Uncle Laszlo
(L'oncle 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 faces d'une brique) 

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
  • Projection spéciale: Paroisse de Saint-Pierre-Fusterie, Geneva - Switzerland 2012
  • Festival ''Les Ecrans Documentaires'' - France 2012
  • Corsica Doc Documentary Film Festival - Corsica 2012
  • Festival of Tolerance Jewish Film Festival, Zagreb - Croatia 2013

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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 parts: “From Tripoli to Bergen-Belsen” by Marco Carmel, ''Common Fate’’ by Serge Ankri 
(Étoiles de Mediterranée)
Director: Serge Ankri and Marco Carmel / Israel 2005
Category: History
Production: Zvi Shefy, Alain Jakubowicz, Nani Weller 
Language: Hebrew, French. English subtitles / French subtitles (''Étoiles de Méditerranée'').
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:
  • Los Angeles Sephardic Jewish Film Festival - USA 2022
  • 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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(La Tribu de Rivka)
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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Festivals & Awards:
  • Shoah Memorial (Mémorial de la Shoah), Paris - France 2011
  • Family Memories: Museum of Jewish Art and History (Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme), Paris - France 2011
  • Projection spéciale: Paroisse de Saint-Pierre-Fusterie, Geneva - Switzerland 2011
  • UDA (Union des déportés d'Auschwitz), Paris - France 2011
  • Cinéma du Casino Barrière de Deauville - France 2011
  • Club de l'Etoile, Paris - France 2011

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  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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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:
  • «De la guerre civile à la dictature» Spanish Cinema: 5th Ciné-Rencontres Trait d’Union - France 2018
  • Jews and the Spanish Civil War: Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw - Poland 2016
  • Winner: Platinum Remi Award : Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas - USA 2007
  • Chicago International Documentary Film Festival - USA 2007
  • Medem Center, Paris - France 2013
  • Israeli Film Festival Montreal - Canada 2007
  • MJB Bruxelles - Belgium 2007
  • Haifa International Film Festival - Israel 2006

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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 
(ICH BIN JUDE! ICH BIN JUDE! – Mouvement de résistance des jeunesses juives dans la France occupée)
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.

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

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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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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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