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Jewish Motifs
May 7, 2015   
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The annual Jewish Motifs International Film Festival will be held for the 11th time at Warsaw’s Muranów cinema May 8-10. Its program includes over 20 selected films from Israel, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States, which will compete for the Golden Warsaw Phoenix Award. During the festival, audiences will see intriguing feature films, documentaries, and shorts focusing on the history and tradition of Jews and on their cultural identity as well as on current social and political problems. Festival screenings will be accompanied by discussions with the filmmakers.

Audiences will have an opportunity to see Boris Dorfman – a Mentsch, a documentary in Yiddish directed by Uwe and Gabriela von Seltmann (Poland/Germany). In it, a 90-year-old man tells a dramatic story of the Jewish Lvov of yesteryear.

Another film, Gett, is this year’s Israeli submission for an Oscar. Directed by Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz (Israel), this is a dramatic contemporary story in which divorce proceedings before a rabbi court become a struggle for dignity and independence for the main character.

In Magic Men, directed by Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor (Israel), Holocaust survivor Avraham travels with his son to Greece to find a man who saved his life over 70 years earlier.

Watching the Moon at Night, a creative documentary filmed in six countries and directed by Joanna Helender and Bo Persson (Sweden), deals with the problem of contemporary terrorism in a unique way, by combining testimony from victims of terrorist acts with opinions from experts. The film will be shown on May 9 at 4 p.m. at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and will be a starting point for a debate.

Admission to all festival screenings is free.
The Jewish Motifs Association is the organizer of the festival.
More information: www.jewishmotifs.org.pl
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