TBE Jewish Film Series: “The Boy” and other Israeli short films

March 16, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm

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Our Jewish film series continues with a collection of short films. RSVP to Bob Krovetz if you’re able to join us. The films will be screened in the Library followed by a discussion. Zoom participation is welcome for the discussion. RSVP to get the Zoom link. These films are being co-sponsored by TBE’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood.

The Boy is a short film (25 minutes) by Yahav Winner.  It tells the story of Avinoam and Barak, father and son from a Kibbutz bordering the Gaza strip.  They are forced to deal with another round of rockets and combat, each in their own way.  One night, Barak reaches a boiling point and Avinoam is forced to absorb the heat.

Yahav Winner was murdered by Hamas terrorists on October 7th. He was attempting to stall them in order to allow Shaylee Atary, his wife and a filmmaker as well, to escape with their newly born daughter Shaya. The distributor of the film, Go2Films, is not charging a normal licensing fee, and instead they are giving the money that is donated to Yahav’s family. It won the Best Cinematography Award at the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival in 2023.

Besides this film, we will also show Sirens, directed by Erez Tadmor,  Asa Turns 13, directed by Sali Elimelech, and Dear God, directed by Erez Tadmor.

Sirens:  As missiles rain down on Tel Aviv, a frustrated Israeli couple faces a series of misadventures after an early morning call from the fertility doctor, in this frantic, funny and surprise-filled Israeli Academy Award winner for Best Short Film.

Asa Turns 13: Asa is about to celebrate his Bar-Mitzvah, a young Jewish boy’s entry into adulthood. Asa wanders through the Southern Israel town of Netivot in order to flee his helpless father and in order to draw closer to his mother who betrayed him through her death. His father demands that Asa prepares for the Bar-Mitzvah ceremony, which will also require the adolescent to cope with his mother’s death. This situation causes Asa to rebel and to embark on a sad and sometimes humorous journey through the neighborhoods he explores. His mother’s grave, which he has never visited, is waiting for him at the end of the street. The film was created by students from Sapir Academic College in Sderot.  That city experienced profound losses during the attack.

Dear God: This film depicts romantic Jerusalem seen through the eyes of Aaron, a guard at the Wailing Wall. One day, a beautiful mysterious woman puts a note between the holy stones and Aaron decides to fulfill her deepest wish, while learning that love is all about communication.

The films are about an hour and a half all together. We will start the discussion at 8:45. RSVP to Bob Krovetz.