the 2008 festival of jewish cinema

2008 festival of jewish cinema

Premiering the best in Jewish cinema from around the world.

Wednesday 5 - Sunday 23 November, 2008

Opening Night Film & Party $20
Single Sessions $16
Gold Pass $87.50
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Films restricted to persons 18 years and over except where noted.

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surviving with wolves

The opening night film, Vera Belmont's powerful and controversial drama tells the story of the Holocaust from the perspective of a young girl.

children of the sun + go in peace, rain

Ran Tal's award-winning documentary explores the fabled world of the kibbutz. Screens with Go in Peace, Rain, tracing the Israeli anthem's history.

just an ordinary jew

Based on a book by Charles Lewinsky, this mesmerising screen drama addresses the thorny issue of what it means to be Jewish in contemporary Germany.

one day you'll understand

Veteran Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's newest film is as moving as it is profound, telling the story of a Parisian searching for his family's past.

max minsky and me

Set in present-day Jewish Berlin, a heart-warming coming-of-age comedy about a star-struck young girl who strikes up an unlikely friendship.

a touch away

This wonderful TV series, spinning a marvellous drama around two Tel Aviv families, broke ratings records when first broadcast in Israel in 2006.

shoah by bullet

In this extraordinary documentary, French priest Father Patrick Desbois criss-crosses the Ukraine piecing together its experience of the Holocaust.

modus operandi

In this powerful documentary, director Hugues Lanneau and screenwriter Diane Pelersztejn claw away at the post-war mythology of their beloved Belgium.

steal a pencil for me

An inspirational documentary telling two intertwined stories: of Dutch Jewry during the war and of two unlikely lovers caught up in the mælstrom.

zone libre

Actor-turned-writer-director Christophe Malavoy's heartwarming and at times hair-raising portrait of Jewish life in France under the Occupation.

my father, my lord

There may be no more perfectly realised a film than this début from gifted Israeli writer-director David Volach.


In this powerful drama from Israel's most celebrated filmmaker, Juliette Binoche stars as a French woman reunited with her Israeli half-brother.

the year my parents went on vacation

Partly autobiographical,  Brazilian director Cao Hamburger's 2006 film is a graceful, lucid and moving experience for the whole family.

the clown and the führer

Europe during the 1940s: bombs are going off everywhere, and Europe's most famous circus performer is trapped in Copenhagen as the Nazis roll in.

circumcise me + dancing alfonso

Stand-up comedian Yisrael Campbell's hilarious journey towards Judaism, screens with the delightful story of a troupe of elderly flamenco dancers.

the seven days

Old rivalries and passions are ignited as three generations of a Moroccan-Jewish family gather in war-time Israel for seven days of confined mourning.


A major departure for veteran Israeli filmmaker Amos Kollek, Restless is an edgy drama exploring the underbelly of contemporary Israeli identity.

blessed is the match

Roberta Grossman's inspirational documentary is a pæan to the courage and creativity of Hungarian Jewish resistance fighter and poet Hannah Senesh.


Back by popular demand,a beguilingly beautiful film which begins as an ensemble piece, then transforms into a magical mosaic of modern life in Israel.

letters to jenny

The continuing vitality of contemporary Spanish filmmaking can be seen in this compelling film that tells not one but two stories of life and love.

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