Films screening at this event

The Bentwich Syndrome

Director
Gur Bentwich
Country
Israel
Year
2015
Duration
70 min

“Being born into British Jewish aristocracy comes with benefits but also lots of baggage.” – Ha’aretz

From humble origins in Whitechapel, the eccentric and ambitious 19th century lawyer Herbert Bentwich set out to establish an aristocratic Jewish dynasty, having a profound impact on British Jewish life and on the new state of Israel. In this brilliantly wry documentary, Bentwich’s great-grandson Gur sets out to discover the truth about this much-maligned and enigmatic family. Along the way, he uncovers a remarkable story, funny and sometimes tragic, of fervent Zionists, inspired artists, and outrageously determined rebels.

Read interview with Gur Bentwich about the film on The Times of Israel.