Documentary Features

Safer in Silence

Corinne Niox Chateau, USA, 2020, 90min

At sixteen, Corinne receives a phone call from a mysterious woman in a heavy foreign accent, claiming to be her grandmother. The woman tells Corinne she has found her through a private detective, has just arrived from Brazil. Can they meet? Thus begins a lifetime quest to understand her family’s hidden past. Uncovering Jewish roots, Corinne is pulled on a complex journey that spans 30 years and five continents. One startling revelation leads to another. “Safer in Silence” is a story about hiding and family secrets; about identity and inter-generational trauma. Ultimately, it’s a story about one woman’s search for wholeness.

20.11, Friday | 20:00 |

The Memory of Auschwitz

Manfred van Eijk, Netherlands / Poland, 2020, 49min

“The memory of Auschwitz” is a documentary about the dilemmas, paradoxes and divergent feelings in preserving the infrastructure of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. A group of curators has worked hard over the years to secure the remains of this location where over a million individuals were murdered in the period 1942-1945. Director Manfred van Eijk and camera operator Chris Blokhuis followed the team during the meticulous conservation operation of - among other things - one of the barracks in the huge complex. Many artefacts tha[...]

16.11, Monday | 20:00 |

Comrade Dov

Barak Heymann, Israel, 2019, 75min

Goddamned communist. Internal enemy. Privileged Tel Aviv Ashkenazi. It seems Dov Khenin has been called almost everything during his 13-year tenure as Member of Knesset for the Jewish-Arab party ‘Hadash’. For years, director Barak Heymann has been following this leading legislator, creating a film that examines the open wounds of contemporary Israeli society: from the forced removal of the residents of Givat Amal to turbulent meetings of the Knesset’s Finance Committee, and down to the violent events at Umm al-Hiran. "Comrade Dov" is a surprising, thought-provoking portrait of a unique politician, who refuses to give up even as reality deals him one cruel blow after another.

17.11, Tuesday | 18:00 |

Love Rituals: In Israel

Jascha Hannover, Germany, 2019, 45min

German author and presenter Charlotte Roche travels to Israel in search of love rituals and traditions. She encounters an age old belief that there is a soul mate for every person, somewhere in the world. You just have to find them. Every year at Tu Be´av hundreds of young Jews go on pilgrimage to receive a blessing in prayer to help quickly find the Bashert - the God-destined partner, the absolute soulmate. God "gave" or made available such a Bashert for every person before birth and it is the task of a religious Jew to find it as quickly as possible. Why? Because one of the highest Jewish principles is the foundation of a family.

16.11, Monday | 20:00 |

The young Kadyas

Yvonne Andrä, Eyal Davidovitch, Wolfgang Andrä, Germany, 2020, 102min

They want to sing about chirping crickets and falling stars - the Arab and Jewish girls from Israel together in one project with girls from Germany and France. But the path to joyous live performance is exhausting! They are being taught in English, they have much to learn and the songs are in Yiddish, a completely foreign language for almost all of them. Two very different choir cultures have to merge and become one and controversies about religion, politics and history of their home countries force their way into their teenage lives.

18.11, Wednesday | 20:00 |

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