MOVIES BROUGHT TO YOU BY TBJFF
WINTER SPOTLIGHT SHORT-FILMS
LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Drama Israel (2017) 19 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/208324784
A middle-aged history teacher finds what he needed when a chance encounter with his former students plunges him into a night of pure rebellious energy.
I THINK THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO HOW THE FOOTAGE LOOKED
Documentary Israel (2012) 10 minutes| Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/194729082
Filmmaking and life intersect around the problem of lost footage. A husband records his dying wife. A grieving son loses the tape. Directors Yuval Hameiri and Michal Vaknin, using simple objects to great effect, recreate the lost sequence. The resulting documentary effectively captures what was lost in the original footage, a much deeper loss that no recreation will replace.
THE JEWISH QUESTION
Documentary UK (2019) 7 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/339937594
London-based artist Doug Fishbone explores the reality behind the myth about Jews and money. An amusing, personal and political meditation on one of the main tenets of antisemitism.
Drama UK (2013) 17 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/58646255
Mbwana and his best friend Juma are two young men with big dreams. These dreams become reality when they photograph a gigantic fish leaping out of the sea and their small-town blossoms into a tourist hotspot as a result. But for Mbwana the reality isn't what he dreamed and when he meets the fish again, both of them forgotten, ruined and old, he decides only one of them can survive.
Drama Israel (2006) 21 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/36288915
'Shpitzer', a soldier in the Israeli army, attempt to preserve his self-respect while forced to pay last respect to a dead colleague.
Drama Israel (2018) 15 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/263187349
Gideon, a frustrated middle-aged accountant, wakes up after a heart attack and decides to continue his grandfather's legacy and start making wine.
OUR WAY BACK
Drama Israel (2018) 26 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Direct Link: https://vimeo.com/252525491
Uri, a 50-year-old family man, has a romantic secret relationship with Oded, a young man from their small town in the south of Israel. During a trip in the desert, the two are forced to deal with the tragic consequences of their type of relationship.
JUDIT KINSZKI: LOVE ON A PAPER AIRPLANE
Biography Hungary (2012) 6 minutes | Hungarian w/English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/1hI1frgf52Q
When we interviewed Judit Kinszki, she told us, "All my life I've been waiting to find someone who I could tell about my father. Because he was taken from me at such a young age, I feel that when I describe him, I can draw closer to him." Judit takes us back to the early days of the 20th century.
Music UK (2018) 6 minutes |English
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/iZaXiYq158k
An 85-year-old Holocaust survivor named Janine and a young Afro American rapper named Kapoo collaborate to deliver a Hip-Hop message to the youth of the world. A poignant and uniquely challenging fusion of prose, music, and rap. For the first time, one of the world's darkest stories is told in an entirely new way.
Drama Canada (2012) 7 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/46398400
Glue is a story about boredom, infidelity, and sticking by your partner no matter what. Tom's job is not as demanding as he would like his wife, Sophie, to believe. He is working 'overtime', but it's the mundane one that constitutes an affair. When Tom is nervous that Sophie might be suspicious, he decides to come home early and finds that Sophie has changed the banality of their relationship with a single tube of glue. The best kind of glue.
FROG HUNT / TSEID TSFARDEIM
Comedy Israel (2012) 15 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/95192826
Tel Aviv, 2011. Hanna, a retired underground warrior against the British Empire occupation in Palestine is forced by her daughter to pack her stuff and move to a retirement home. Hillel, Her no-good of a grandson is sent over to help her pack, but Hanna is determined not to go, not until they’ll have a look at a new housing project built for foreign residents in the middle of her beloved hometown.
Drama UK (2018) 14 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/419895401
GOLD STAR is the story of Joanna, an 18-year-old Jewish schoolgirl, who, after a one night stand with a non-Jewish boy at a party, gets pregnant. She begins to turn to Orthodox Judaism, as a way of taking control of her life, and to decide what to do about her unborn child.
Drama Israel (2018) 6 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Direct link to the film: https://youtu.be/k43b3CLn0_I
One man’s attempt to marry off his daughter — the Jerusalem way.
KIDS OF THE ROCKET SIREN
Documentary Canada (2013) 18 minutes | English
Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/89138994
The alarm sounds. A deafening explosion ricochets through the night. As the Kids of the Rocket Siren bunker down in their family's rocket shelter, each one can tell by the sound of the boom whether the projectile fell in a distant farmers field or on the house next door. The reality for the kids who live in Sderot, an Israeli town that neighbors the Gaza strip, is a constant reminder that they are in the midst of a deadly conflict.
Drama Israel (2017) 14 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles
Direct link to the film: https://youtu.be/qpFR3eaLfhM
A peculiar graveside encounter forces an emotionally detached and introverted widower to cope with all he has struggled to suppress.
Drama Germany (2017) 8 minutes | German w/English Subtitles
Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/189951575I
A child is spared while his family is forced into a Nazi gas van with the help of a neighbor. Now an old man, he relives the childhood guilt of his past, unable to move beyond the trauma.
THE EISENBERG BROTHERS
Comedy USA (2010) 15 minutes | English
Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/77880908
When you have three boys, one babe, two parents, and one determined boyfriend in a family deli, can there be a happy ending? This short film was shot in one of the few remaining authentic New York City delis.
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