SHORTS WJFF: TOUCHING THE INTANGIBLE
dir. multiples, FRANCE, ISRAEL, GERMANY, POLAND, 2021, 100min
It can be visible on the surface of the skin, hidden in the accent or rooted in the back of your mind. Between politically correct and personal responsibility, in the realm of the hectic present and the memory of the past, five films asks – is it still possible to track hints of individual voices and basic humanism?
We live in an era of blurred hierarchies and alternative realities so why are we still so racists? Can we really learn a lesson from the past? Five stories reveal the endless Jewish-German-Israeli-Palestinian (negative) symbiosis. Each one demonstrates how much the personal is political.
Julia, a dedicated history teacher in France, faces the changing reality in her school when she dares talking more personally about the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Will she lose her job? („The Inspection“). Reanacting the Nazi past in film becomes a capitalistic trend in the last decades. How can Uli and Didi from a village in Brandenburg-Germany cope with the demands of their clients who make a so-called historical film? Who will end up in the fake concentration camp’s oven? („Kollegen“) Ali, a young Palestinian, who immigrated to Berlin, returns to a family visit in Israel. When he understands that he made a mistake returning to his homeland, he drives to the desert of Sinai, Egypt only to encounter a group of Jewish Israelis. Will he reveal his identity to them? („Paradise“). A Polish girl is in love with a Palestinian boy. She comes to Israel to meet him and finds herself in the realm of all the stereotypes about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Will her love survive? („Once Upon A Time In Israel“). Tikva Gideon, an Israeli woman with Ethiopian origins wins the BIG BROTHER ISRAEL 2020. Such a victory to the openness of the society! Or not? Taking a taxi back home after her winning, Tikva learns more about the Israeli society in times of the pandemic. Will she overcome? („Please Behave“)
FIVE SHORT FILMS FROM FRANCE, GERMANY, ISRAEL AND POLAND THAT ASK US IF IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO TRACK HINTS OF INDIVIDUAL VOICES IN THE HECTIC PRESENT IN WHICH WE LIVE:
The Inspection, dir. Caroline Brami, Frederic Bas, France, 2021, 13'
Paradise, dir. Asaf Saban, Israel, 2021, 33'
Kollegen (Good German Work), dir. Jannis Alexander Kiefer, Germany, 2020, 14'
Once Upon A Time in Israel, dir. Weronika Szyma, Poland, 2021, 11'
Please Behave, dir. Maor Zaguri, Israel, 2020, 29'