Films screening at this event

Encirclements

original title
Hakafot
Cast
Lior Ashkenazi, Uri Gabriel
Country
Israel
Year
2014
Duration
98 min

Approaching his bar mitzvah, Aharon Ninio is chosen to carry the Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah, but the neighbourhood’s belief that those who carry the Torah can request gifts on behalf of others awakens age-old tensions in his family. His father wants another child; his mother Rosa, having endured miscarriages, refuses to mourn another loss. Aharon himself just wants to be loved by popular local girl Aliza. But after dropping and shattering the Torah during the honorary round, life takes an unexpected and devastating turn.

Nominated: Best Film – Ophir Awards

The Guitar

Director
Richard Beecham
Country
UK
Year
2015
Duration
13 min

Gateshead, North East England. Chaim is a 12-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy. His mother has just remarried and he’s not happy. 16-year-old Kayleigh has been kicked out of her house and has nowhere to go. When an incident forces them together, unexpected things happen. ‘The Guitar’ is a bittersweet story about being Jewish, being Geordie and being different.