Film screenings: Jewish Motifs

Please join us for the screenings of selected films from the International Film Festival Jewish Motifs 2016

Courtesy of Jewish Motifs Association.

All films subtitled in Polish. Free admission.

Feb 8 – March 14, 2016, every Monday at 6 pm.


Jan 16, 6 p.m.

Roni Ninio
Israel, 2016

Yakov Kozalchik was known as “The Warden of the Death Block”. He was also a Jewish Kapo in Auschwitz, who sacrificed his life to save Jews, and was a well-known strongman who performed all over the world. But his heart could not stand the accusations that he collaborated with the Nazis, and at the age of 53, already living in Israel, he took his own life. His 68 year old son, is now embarking on a remarkable journey to recover the past and discover his father.

Andrzej Titkow
Poland, 2016

A story like many others – a man meets a woman. But a simple story may be unique. Aleksander was born in a family stigmatized by the Holocaust. He felt a Pole but during the anti-Jewish campaign in 1968 he suddenly understood what it means to be a Jew. Interned during the martial law he decided to emigrate to Norway. Bente was born in Oslo, in an orthodox Jewish family. Now they both live in Wrocław. A foundation established by Bente restored the beauty of the synagogue Pod Białym Bocianem. Aleksander is the chairman of the Jewish community.

Jan 23, 6 p.m.

Igal Bursztyn
Israel, 2016

The film starts in the Warsaw prison where the author’s mother was incarcerated for illegal Communist activities. 60 years later, during military reserve service, he was appointed to guard the Palestinians in an Israeli prison on the West Bank. Based on the story of a family, the film discusses moral and political ideas which shook Europe and the Middle East through the 20th century. They still reverberate today. A film about victims and perpetrators, often both, who took part in events which changed the world.

Jan 30, 6 p.m.

Reuven Brodsky
Israel, 2016

The film follows Liza’s visit to St. Petersburg, where she will have the chance to hug her son for the first time in 12 years. Liza immigrated to Israel following her son Leonid. A year later he decided to return to Russia, and she remained in Israel with the rest of her family. Their encounter is a tumultuous emotional journey, through which they eventually reach at a moment where one true hug is possible. It will also be their goodbye hug, unless Liza succeeds in realizing her dream to bring Leonid back to Israel despite the heavy price he’ll have to pay – a year and a half in jail.


Noa Ben Hagai
Israel, 2016

In February 1932 when Albert Einstein arrived in Palestine there were 85,000 Jews living there – and judging from newspaper headlines of the time, it seemed that each and every one of them came to greet and cheer the most famous Jew of his generation. For the next 12 days, Einstein would note his impressions of the emerging Jewish State in a personal travel log he was writing, a journal not meant to be published. Using this never before seen travel log, the film traces the visit to the Holy Land and paints a portrait of the Jewish genius.

Feb 6, 6 p.m.

Herz Frank, Maria Kravchenko
Israel, Latvia, Russia, 2014

The main characters of the film have made choices, which change their lives forever. In 1995 a young man Yigal Amir assassinates the Prime Minister of Israel and becomes the most hated prisoner in the country. Larisa, mother of four, divorces her first husband, marries the assassin in prison and gives birth to his son. For many years authors of the film have been trying to solve and perceive this complicated story.