Films screening at this event

Why the Jews?

Director
John Curtin
Country
Canada
Year
2018
Duration
70 min

Modesty may be a virtue but the stats don’t lie: 22% of all Nobel prizes have been won by Jews, and don’t get us started on Jewish accomplishments in literature, film and art. This fascinating documentary turns to Jewish luminaries, including Howard Jacobson, Shimon Peres, Alan Dershowitz and Lord Jonathan Sacks, to find out the reasons for Jewish achievement. A lively debate is guaranteed.

 

100 Faces

Director
Benjamin Till
Country
UK
Year
2018
Duration
13 min

Winner – Pears Short Film Fund at UK Jewish Film 2018
World Premiere at the UK Jewish Film Festival 2018
Winner, Gold Prize – Robinson International Short Film Competition 2019

BAFTA-nominated composer and director Benjamin Till explores what it means to be Jewish in this quirky and heartwarming musical film.

Till set himself the task of finding 100 British Jewish people, one born in every year between 1918 and 2017. The first shot belongs to a one-year-old in Leeds, and from then on in, with each new shot, the person featured is a year older than the last. By the end of the film, an entire lifetime of faces will have passed in front of viewers’ eyes. 100 Faces is a true celebration of the diversity of Jewish people filmed in Manchester, Northampton and London. Holocaust survivors, Kindertransportees and those who fought at Cable Street rub shoulders with chazans, rabbis and atheists. Some speak, some sing. All are accompanied by a specially-written soundtrack recorded by the Israel Camerata orchestra.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime film, which Till describes as “a musical postcard from British Jewish people to the rest of the world”.

Official Selection:
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2019
Washington Jewish Film Festival 2019

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