Event details

Introduced by the film’s producer Tal Recanati.

Followed by panel discussion with Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE, author Thomas Harding, Prof. Catherine Hezser and Janina Quint.

+ Short Film: Gloomy Sabbath


Attending this event

Tal Recanati

TAL RECANATI was born in the US and raised in both the US and Israel. She is an entrepreneur and the former chair of the Advisory Board of the Arnhold Institute For Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She is a member of the board of Seeds of Peace. She will be introducing Germans and Jews.

Rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger DBE

RABBI BARONESS JULIA NEUBERGER DBE is Senior Rabbi of the West London Synagogue. The second woman in Britain to become a Rabbi, and the first to have her own synagogue, she has long held active charity and philanthropic roles. She will be participating in a panel discussion of the documentary Germans and Jews.

Thomas Harding

THOMAS HARDING is a British/ American non-fiction author, journalist, and former documentary maker. His international bestseller Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz earned huge critical acclaim and has been translated into 18 languages. Thomas will be taking part in a panel discussion following our screening of Germans and Jews.

Catherine Hezser

CATHERINE HEZSER is a professor of Jewish Studies and has been teaching in the Department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS since 2005. She is an expert in the social history of Jews in Roman Palestine in late antiquity and has published widely in her field, including the book Jewish Slavery in Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Janina Quint

JANINA QUINT grew up in Germany. B.A. Courtauld Institute (London), M.A. New School for Social Research (New York). Her internationally recognized videos from the 1990’s address the tension between technology and authenticity. She is the co-director of the film festival Senza Frontiere/ Without Borders and serves on the board of Film Ohne Grenzen. She will be joining us for a discussion following Germans and Jews.

Amit Epstein

Amit Epstein studied theater at the “Thelma Yellin High School for Dance, Theater and Performance”, and also at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, where he was granted the Bezal’el Prize for Excellence in 2001 & 2002 and the Meisler Prize for design 2002.

Since 2007, Amit has worked as a costume designer, dramaturge & author for dance, opera and theater productions in Europe and Israel.

As a director, Amit has made video-art-films which were shown in several film festivals, such as international short film festival Hamburg, interfilm International Short Film Festival, Berlin, and the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam.

Films screening at this event

Germans and Jews

Janina Quint
76 min

“Don’t expect simple answers in “Germans & Jews.” Just prepare for formidable questions. Those are the real reasons to see this incisive documentary.” – The New York Times

There are more than 200,000 Jews living in Germany today, including thousands of young Israelis. How has Germany progressed from the Nazis’ aim to obliterate Jewish life forever to being the country with the fastest growing Jewish community in Europe? Can Germans today accept Jews as merely fellow citizens rather than the children or grandchildren of victims? And why is philosemitism just as dangerous as antisemitism? Bringing together Germans and Jews, this fascinating documentary explores the dramatic changes in German-Jewish relationships since liberation day in 1945.


Gloomy Sabbath (Short)

Amit Epstein
15 min

Selling a valuable painting to raise money for their son’s new Berlin flat, Christian’s parents unleash a dark family secret about its origins.