Spotlight Short Film Program
HUNGER TOOK HIM HOME
Drama Hungary (2015) 8 minutes |Hungarian with English Subtitles
Direct Link: https://vimeo.com/354287900
A simple and true story of Bandi and how he pursued the girl he loved and found his home.
A KISS IS A KISS
Documentary Israel (2003) 7 minutes| Hebrew with English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/236330532
Boaz has never kissed a man before. Neither did Gaddy. Gali has a problem Kissing Arabs, while Ibrahim thinks that kissing Gali means giving up the hope for the Palestinian nation. Yehudit is reluctant because she fears the kiss will repulse Maor, and Maor thinks it’s just weird to kiss a 72-year-oldgirl. That is exactly why I asked all of them to do just that.
MENAHEM-MENDL FROM TEL-AVIV
Drama Israel (2016) 12 minutes | Yiddish with English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/35LcQEQsAlw
This short film from Eran Torbiner and Yaad Biran is based on a feuilleton (a kind of literary supplement in newspapers) by Yosef Tunkel, a Yiddish writer from Belarus, that he wrote during a 1931 visit to pre-state Israel. The character Menahem-Mendel was created by Sholem Aleichem, one of the best-known Yiddish writers, and came to refer to someone who made money from nothing.
FIRST LESSON IN LOVE BY TOMER WERECHSON – ISRAEL DRAMA SHORT FILM | VIDDSEE
Drama Israel (2012) 8 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://www.viddsee.com/video/first-lesson-in-love/k26hd?locale=en
A chance meeting of two worlds leads to a love story between a young Jewish religious girl and a street musician at a train station in Jerusalem.
FRANKIE MANNING: NEVER STOP SWINGING
Documentary USA (2009) 30 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/Rp8Zc15gCCI
Legend meets Lindy Hop in this 30-minute “documentary of dance” featuring Frankie Manning, a man who, in the words of director Julie Cohen, “truly LIVED every moment of his life.” Frankie made his mark at Harlem’s legendary Savoy Ballroom, which was the vision of Moe Gale, a Jewish man, and Charles Buchanan, a black man. One of the first racially integrated public places in the country, the Savoy was known as “the world’s finest ballroom.”
A KID’S GAME BY NISAN HANANIA – ISRAEL DRAMA, COMEDY SHORT FILM | VIDDSEE
Drama Israel (2013) 6 minutes |Hebrew with English Subtitles
A melodramatic couple, who are both actors, are going to buy a kitchen. Things get problematic when the woman, who thinks she is more famous than her partner, asks for a celebrity discount.
Drama USA (2017) 9 minutes | English
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/f8EVAeccMbM
In order to complete her thesis, a young PhD candidate must film the Holocaust testimony of her estranged grandmother, but it's not always clear who is interviewing who.
POLANSKI AND MY FATHER
Documentary France (2009) 8 minutes | French with English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/y23eq1zuR_s
Documentary filmmaker Pauline Horovitz’s father believes the only two credible professions are medicine (his own) or law. When he agrees to let her film him, Horovitz’s wry portrait – the dozens of eye shades hanging on the wall from plane flights, the two books he’s been reading for 20 years – legitimizes the filmmaker’s profession. So what if her dear dad remains convinced that Roman Polanski’s praise of her work is due to his love of the name “Horovitz?”
Drama Israel (2004) 12 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/23827842
Flora was born in the field, that's what she keeps telling everyone, that is. She is a waitress in a coffee shop that requires complex acrobatic skills. Flora cannot take it anymore. But she still hasn't lost her dramatic talent...
A TALE OF A WOMAN AND A ROBE
Documentary Israel (2015) 30 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles
Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/fhhcac7SIME
The Mikveh ritual is the final step in the process of joining the Jewish people. The converts, both men and women, are required to immerse themselves in the Mikveh in the presence of three rabbinical judges, while the women wear nothing but a robe. This ceremony served as the basis for the "'A Tale of a Woman and a Robe- Ritual Immersion of Female Converts", video art performance and exhibit at Tel Aviv Artist's House in 2013.
Documentary US (2009) 14 minutes | English
Direct link to the film: https://youtu.be/lWxQ9mp02VY
Messages… messages written on underwater
Drama UK (2018)19 minutes | English
Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/449749284
Now in his eighties, Ralph revisits his youth – remembering the time he arrived in England as a 15-year-old boy and how he fell madly in love with the beautiful English girl who lived across the hall.
AND THOU SHALT LOVE
Drama Israel (2007) 28 min | Hebrew w/sub
Direct link to the film: https://youtu.be/8LuON00TKAw
Ohad, a young orthodox Jew, is torn between the man he loves and god. Who will he choose?
Documentary US (2015) 54 min | English
Direct link to the film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9RaVEK39Yo
A heart-warming coming-of-age story about an ordinary American teenager who faces extraordinary challenges when he sets his heart on donating baseball equipment to young Cuban players—an act of thanks to the country that gave his grandfather refuge during the Holocaust.
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