Films screening at this event

Canvey – The Promised Island

Director
Riete Oord
Country
UK
Year
2018
Duration
47 min

Stamford Hill has been associated with its ultra-Orthodox Jewish residents since the 1800s but as properties have become increasingly out of reach, some families have decided it is time to move. A community has started to develop in Canvey Island, which in 2013 was voted the most English place in Britain. This extended version of the fascinating BBC documentary follows one family from London as they adjust to their new home and explores the challenges of integration awaiting both the newcomers and the existing, non-Jewish Canvey Islanders.

Starboy

Director
Joëlle Bentolila
Cast
Barney Harris, Tallulah Haddon, James Larkin
Country
UK
Year
2018
Duration
18 min
Producer
Tibo Travers

Winner – Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film 2018

Yehud, 19, a young married Hassidic man raised in a sheltered community, has all of his life been on the path traditionally followed by all Hassidic Jews. But when he immerses himself in the deep dark secrets of the Kabbalah and the study of quantum mechanics, his pious young wife doesn’t understand why there are suddenly so many unorthodox books in their small cramped Stamford Hill flat. And why he is no longer content with raising their baby son and just happy with the regular study of the Torah. What is he trying to tell her? And what will happen to him – and to them?

As Yehud obsessively searches for answers to his many burning mystical questions, increasingly doubting his own identity, and the nature of being, their conflict grows – with irreparable and shocking consequences.