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WELCOME

Resilience

Dear Film Lovers, Welcome to the 16th Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival! We're proud to once again bring you a jam-packed week of films showcasing high-quality international talent and creativity. With a mix of satire, suspense, the serious and the surprising, we have chosen exceptional films to suit every taste. Some will keep you on the edge of your seat, while others will make you laugh til you cry. Though there were several close contenders for a theme this year, we picked Resilience. Many of our films have strong protagonists who take fate into their own hands, acting wisely in the face of adversity and making tough decisions that affect their world, and at times the course of history itself. The ability to overcome challenges while turning misfortune into success is something we can all aspire to... A special thank you to our many supporters and sponsors, who make this Festival a reality. Thank you also to my wonderful committee, without whom there would be no festival at all. Looking forward to seeing you at the movies, and as always we welcome audience feedback, because this Festival is for you.

Debby Amias chair


ď€ ď€ Message from the Israeli Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong

Congratulations on the 16th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival! We are dedicated to promoting trade and development between Hong Kong SAR and Israel for mutual benefit. Our loyalties lie first and foremost with our members, acting as their voice in advising the Israeli Government in matters affecting businesses and the economy, providing members with business information and opportunities, and facilitating networking through a variety of Chamber activities. The Jewish Community and the Chamber members have enjoyed the spectacular movies we have seen the past 15 years. Thanks to Sharon Ser and her team. Movies are wonderful entertainment. You can express happiness, love, sorrow and harmony. I see this event as a significant culture exchange between the Jewish nation and the Chinese society in Hong Kong as well as the rest of the community. We couldn’t have come this far without you. Best wishes

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Looking forward to the 20th Maccabiah Games in 2017 *World’s 3 rd Largest International Sports Event* Congratulations on the 16th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival! The Maccabi spirit is working wonders all over the Jewish world. MWU has enjoyed a year of excellent mass events infused with Jewish and Zionist motivation, all working towards the Maccabi answer to the difficult times that we live in. Ten years ago, the 17th Maccabiah Games took place on 11th July 2005 in Israel was absolute success, especially when China, Hong Kong and Macedonia participated in the games for the first time since 1932. We, Hong Kong brought some medals back. I would like to share with you my personal experience at the European Maccabi Games which opened in Berlin on 28th July this year at the stadium where Hitler (May his soul be forgotten forever!) opened the 1932’s Olympic Games. The significance of Jewish athletes returning to the Olympic Park of Berlin, the very place where 79 years ago Jews where prohibited to participate in the Olympic Games, cannot be stressed enough! It is difficult to describe the emotional feelings I had during the opening ceremony, again showing the survival and revival of the Jewish people! There, at the center of Hitler´s Olympic Park when thousands of Jewish athletes and supporters from 36 countries sang the Hatikvah and said the Kaddish by the Chief Rabbi of Berlin for the memory of our love ones, we proved that we are alive. Many great sports results were achieved, and many medals were awarded in the 19 types of sport fiercely contested at the 14th European Maccabi Games in Berlin, all in the wonderful spirit of friendship that marks Maccabi events, but another type of record – the really important, and my personal favorite – was set on the Friday evening, when 2370 athletes and guests set the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the Largest-ever Kabbalat Shabbat under One Roof! Today, we are looking forward to the 20th Maccabiah Games in 2017. With even a larger team from Hong Kong, Macau, China which will participate in the games. Please start saving your money for the trip to Israel. I promise you will have the best time of your life.

CHAZAK CHAZAK V'NITCHAZEK!

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Acknowledgements: The Festival would never happen were it not for the tremendous assistance from these people… Thank you! The Board of Directors: Debby Amias Stephanie Karni Sharon Ser

Eli Bitan Josephine Mogelof Dina Wosner

Michael Every Sarah Morgan

Samantha Gershon Tanya Rabinowitz

The Viewing Committee: Debby Amias, Eli Bitan, Tessa Codron, Cindy Waldman, Michael Every, Samantha Gershon, Aliza Levine, Josephine Mogelof, Sarah Morgan, Tanya Rabinowitz, Sharon Ser and Dina Wosner A very big thanks to: Nicole Izsak and Sharon Cooper And special thanks to: Stanley Kong, Winsome Tam, May Tam, Andrew Lau, Chan Ka Lok, Lo Tsz Lok Angus Hui, Kyle Chung, Crystal Leung at the Asia Society and Neil Morgan & the JCC HKJFF Society Limited is a registered charitable organisation licensed under the laws of Hong Kong.

We thank our sponsors and participating organizations for their generous support: Film Sponsors:

Amias Family

Anonymous

香港猶太大屠殺及寛容中心

Supported By:

A Better Tomorrow

Consulate General of Canada

Asia Society Hong Kong Center

Consulate General of the Czech Republic

Champion Technology Holdings Limited

Consulate General of France

Goethe-Institut of Hong Kong

Consulate General of Hungary

Consulate General of Israel

Kantone Holdings Limited

Consulate General of Italy

Consulate General of Spain

In kind Sponsors:

Amnesty International

Asian Jewish Life

Bellissima Italia

Marvino

Israel-Asia Center Israel Asia Center

El Al Israel Airlines

Wine Merchants Limited

Jewish Times Asia

JWA

Marvino Wine

World Cultural Relics Protection Foundation

American Consulate General


Resilience

Generously donated by Anonymous


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Sabena Hijacking My Version

Israel 2014 | Docu-drama Hebrew with English and Chinese subtitles | 100 mins Director: Rani Sa'ar

SATURDAY

NOVEMBER

14

7:30 PM

OPENING NIGHT

On May 8 1972, hijackers from the Palestinian terror organization Black September took control of Belgian Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv, an event that marked the beginning of 30 nerve-­wracking hours that riveted Israel. This captivating docudrama recalls the tense series of events surrounding the hijacking, through exclusive interviews with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as former prime minister Ehud Barak, former president Shimon Peres and the sole surviving hijacker, Therese Halsa. The film juxtaposes different versions of the hijacking, alongside archive material and cinematic re-enactment of the dramatic events. Recently premiered in Jerusalem in the presence of the prime ministers, who are depicted as young men in the film, Sabena poses tough political and historical questions that are not only still important, but have shaped Israel today. 1972 年 5 月 8 日,一班由布魯塞爾往特拉維夫的比利時航空 571 號班 機被 4 名巴勒斯坦恐怖組織黑色九月組織成員劫持,驚心動魄的 30 小 時在以色列同時起航。這部劇情式紀錄片喚起了當年劫機緊張的氣氛, 透過一連串獨家的訪問,包括以色列現任總理班傑明•納坦尼雅胡、前 總理艾胡德·歐麥特、前總統希蒙·佩雷斯及唯一生還劫機者 Therese Halsa。電影從不同角度將劫機事件重現觀眾眼前,真實歷史記錄檔案 配合演員及美術效果重現案件。多位總理亦有到臨於耶路撒冷的首影 會,Sabena 不單單刻畫了政治與歷史的問題,更塑造了今天的以色列。

希伯來語 / 中、英語字幕

Awards Nominated for best documentary film The Ophir Awards (Israeli Academy Awards) 2015

Kindly sponsored by Anonymous Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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FILM & SYNOPSIS %#$,$"$#$'*#" %#+ $#'$#$%$#" stage interpreting the children of Izieu (which enables the former members France 2012 | Documentary the colony to speak of their experiences) and moments «of life,” for as soon F r e n c h w i t h E n g l i s h $" and  -#$$( $ !(#" 

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Kinderlekh

Chinese subtitles | 52 mins 親愛的孩子 Director: Audrey GordonThrough their adventures, we discover a way of transmitting history to you

children today, without traumatising them.

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

1:00 PM

( 法語 / 中、英語字幕

In preparing for a play, a class of fourth graders from a small town in France discover a tragic episode of the Second World War - the story of 44 children detained and deported in 1944. The nine year olds travel to Izieu, the house where the Jewish children had lived, to perform in the garden of the house. This is a beautiful lesson in the transmission of memory, as seen through the playful and authentic eyes of the children.

一班來自法國小鎮的小學四年級生正為他們的話劇籌備,竟意外揭開了 二次世界大戰中悲慘的一幕 —— 於 1944 年納粹大屠殺中 44 名猶太 兒童遭驅逐出境。九歲的孩子們回到了伊齊厄,回到當年那些猶太兒童 曾居住過的小屋,在那庭院中上演一齣動人的話劇。在回憶與歷史的交 疊中,這些孩子們俏皮真摯的眼眸見証著這美麗的一課。 Supported by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre

香港猶太大屠殺及寛容中心

To be shown in schools throughout Hong Kong Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of France

*Free entry for this film, compliments of the HKJFF and Asia Society Hong Kong Center.


Resilience The UIA is proud to support the HKJFF and the film Beneath the Helmet. Keren Hayesod-UIA, in partnership with the global Jewish community, works to further the national priorities of the State of Israel and Israeli society, with special emphasis on advancing weaker communities; nurturing disadvantaged and marginalised youth; encouraging Aliyah; implementing rescue operations; and connecting young Diaspora Jews to Israel and Jewish life. This sponsorship has been donated personally by individual members of the board in HK to honour the work of the UIA.


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Beneath the Helmet

USA, Israel | 2014 Documentary | English, Hebrew with English subtitles | 80 mins Director: Wayne Kopping

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

2:00 PM

A coming-of-age story that follows the journey of five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country, Beneath the Helmet illustrates how these young men and women are defending not only their homes, but also the values of peace, equality, opportunity, democracy, religious tolerance and women’s rights. At the age of 18, away from their homes, families and friends, these young individuals undergo a demanding, inspiring journey, revealing the core of who they are and who they want to be. Following the film there will be a Q&A with ex-IDF soldier, Hadar Shabat

Presented in honour of

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel, and the American Consulate General


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Israel 2014 N a r r a t i v e | Hebrew with English subtitles | 96 mins Directors: Arik Lubetzky, Matti Harari

Apples from the Desert

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

3:35 PM

The rebellious teenage daughter of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents journeys into the secular world in Apples from the Desert, a successful adaptation of an award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and reconciliation. Awards The 28th Israel film festival: Best Feature Film Audience Choice Award: Haifa International Film Festival San Diego JFF 2015 Special Jury Award Winner Atlanta JFF 2015 Winner of Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature

Press 'Apples from the Desert' a peach of a movie - Sheryl Rowling San Diego Jewish World

Kindly sponsored by the

Amias Family Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel

Nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards, Apples from the Desert is a timeless and moving tale of tradition versus modernity.


Resilience We Wish the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival A Very Successful Year debby, jeremy and ellie amias


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France 2015 Documentary|French with English subtitles | 62 mins Director: Michaël Prazan

The Forgers of History (Les Faussaires De L'Histoire)

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

5:25 PM followed by Crossing the Line 2

Almost 70 years after the liberation of the Nazi extermination camps, some anti-Semites continue to deny the planned execution of the Jews by the Nazis. According to French historian Annette Wieviorka, the issue lies in the fact that following the war, many survivors did not wish to speak of their experience, or were simply silenced. This opened the doors to past perpetrators, collaborators, or anticommunist extreme rightists, to fill the silence with denials and their versions of history.

Supported by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre

香港猶太大屠殺及寛容中心

To be shown in schools throughout Hong Kong Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of France

It took twenty years, at the Eichmann Trial in Jerusalem, to finally hear the testimony of 111 survivors. Nevertheless, despite the facts, deniers are still prevalent, focusing on technicalities of the Final Solution; and today, accusing Israel of having “invented” the Shoah to serve its own interests. Riveting and disturbing, this important documentary focuses on the evolution of different anti-Semitic tendencies.


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Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of AntiSemitism on Campus

USA 2015 | Documentary English | 30 mins Director: Shoshana Palatnik

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

5:25 PM preceded by The Forgers of History

Israel is under assault on American college campuses today, as never before. Anti-Israel activities to alienate, demonize, and delegitimize Israel are increasingly crossing the line into anti-Semitism, in the form of hate speech, harassment and intimidation. Crossing the Line 2: The New Face of Anti-Semitism on Campus is a new documentary that reveals the rise of anti-Israel activity and anti-Semitic rhetoric on North American university campuses, and demonstrates when reasonable criticism of Israel ‘Crosses the Line’ into anti-Semitism.

Presented in cooperation with the American Consulate General


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Israel 2014|Dark Comedy Hebrew with English subtitles 92 mins Director: Oren Stern

Hill Start (V tichu)

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

7:00 PM

Israeli comedic genius Shlomo Bar-Aba stars in this comic drama about the Geva family from Jerusalem. Following a tragic car accident, Ora falls into a coma and her broken family members are willing to do anything to try to help her regain consciousness. They enlist the help of a host of colourful characters including a plastic surgeon, a wheelchair-­�bound marathon coach, a tough private investigator, a yoga instructor, a sensitive belly dancer and a big star in the Arab cinema. All the while tensions flare, passions run high, and a wedding looms...

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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Sacred Sperm

Israel 2014 | Documentary Hebrew with English subtitles 74 mins Director: Ori Gruder (a.k.a Or Yashar)

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

15

8:45 PM

This eye-opening documentary explores the hidden concept of 'sacred sperm' within the ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, through the personal journey of the director Ori Gruder. We follow Gruder's attempts to fully understand one of Judaism's most difficult and important prohibitions - for men to avoid spilling their sperm - and his struggles to explain to his teenage son why he should keep this commandment, perceived by many as unreasonable and impossible to fulfil. Sacred Sperm highlights how we are all vulnerable in some way, as we watch Gruder, who became Orthodox as an adult, ask himself, “Am I worthy of teaching my son?" Press Following this film there will be a Q & A session with director Ori Gruder

"It is a delicate subject which has been taboo since biblical times, but now an Israeli documentary has broken new ground ..." (The Guardian)

Awards Award of Excellence, Accolade Global Film Competition 2014

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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France 2014 Documentary| English 34 mins Director: Gilad Inbar

Jewish Identity in France: Between Past and Future

Monday

NOVEMBER

16

7:00 PM followed by The Estigma? (The Stigma?)

As the reality for Jews in Europe is shifting, this documentary attempts to paint a picture of Jewish life in Paris today. Through conversations and interviews with leading thinkers, leaders and artists, as well as a number of different French Jews, we are presented with an in-depth look at the complexity of Jewish life in France and the challenges the community must face with regards to rising anti-Semitism.

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel and the Consulate General of France


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The Estigma? (The Stigma?)

Spain 2014 | Documentary Spanish with English subtitles 72 mins Director: MartĂ­ Sans

MONDAY

NOVEMBER

16

7:00 PM preceded by Jewish Identity in France

W h o a re t h e J e w s ? A n d w h a t d o t h e y l o o k l i k e ? T h i s documentary, set in contemporary Spain, unravels the history and mutations of Judeophobia, from the Christian denunciation until the emergence of the modern State of Israel. The ignorance and rejection of Judaism are still present in many sectors of our society. The Estigma? proposes to challenge key ideas inherited from centuries of misunderstanding and intolerance that deserve to be rethought. A timely film about a very relevant topic.

Awards Audience Award – Punta del Este Jewish Film Festival, 2015

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Spain


Congratulations to the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival on its 16th Anniversary from Jewish Times Asia

www.jewishtimesasia.org

Celebrating 9 years of Jewish news in Asia


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The Farewell Party

Israel, Germany 2015 Dark Comedy | Hebrew with English subtitles| 95 mins Directors: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon

MONDAY

November

16

9:00 PM

Residents of a retirement home build a machine for selfeuthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. They are faced with a series of dilemmas when rumors of the machine begin to spread. The Farewell Party is a compassionate and dark comedy about friendship and knowing when to say goodbye.

Awards Israeli Film Academy Awards: Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Sound Israeli Film Academy Nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Casting, Best Art Direction, Best Music

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel and the Consulate General of Germany


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SCHEDULE All films are at Asia Society Hong Kong Center 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong Book now on www.hkjff.org

14 NOVEMBER SATURDAY 7:30 PM

OPENING NIGHT

Presented with Chinese subtitles

Sabena Hijacking – My Version

( 有中文字幕 )

15 NOVEMBER SUNDAY 1:00 PM

Kinderlekh

Presented with Chinese subtitles

親愛的孩子

( 有中文字幕 )

2:00 PM

Beneath the Helmet

3:35 PM

Apples from the Desert

5:25 PM

Forgers of History + Crossing the Line

7:00 PM

Hill Start

8:45 PM

Sacred Sperm

16 NOVEMBER MONDAY 7:00 PM

Jewish Identity in France + The Estigma?

9:00 PM

The Farewell Party

17 NOVEMBER TUESDAY 11:30 AM

Brave Miss World

Presented with Chinese subtitles

最勇敢的世界小姐

( 有中文字幕 )

7:00 PM

Hate

8:10 PM

A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs)


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18 NOVEMBER WEDNESDAY 7:00 PM

My Italian Secret

8:50 PM

Encirclements (Hakafot)

19 NOVEMBER THURSDAY 12:00 PM

Regina + The Lady in Number 6

7:00 PM

My Mayim +

The Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

21 NOVEMBER SATURDAY 7:30 PM

Fauda Screen-a-thon (episodes 1-6)

22 NOVEMBER SUNDAY 12:30 PM

Voice of Peace

1:30 PM

Touchdown Israel

3:10 PM

Silicon Wadi

5:00 PM

Rock in the Red Zone

7:00 PM

Fauda Screen-a-athon (episodes 7-12)


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USA, Israel, Italy, South Africa 2014 | Documentary, Biography, Drama English with Chinese subtitles 88 mins Director: Cecilia Peck

Brave Miss World 最勇敢的世界小姐

TUESDAY

November

17

11:30 AM Matinée

英語 / 中文字幕

“The essential documentary of 2014.” – Mark Warren, Executive Editor, Esquire “The coming together of two remarkable women, Linor and documentary filmmaker Cecilia Peck.” – Amy Goodman, Democracy Now.

Awards Chicago International Film Festival: Audience Choice Award 2013 Nominated for a 2014 Emmy for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking

Thank you to

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel and the American Consulate General

Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was abducted and raped in Milan two months before being crowned Miss World in 1998. Ten years later, she resolved to confront her past and returns to Italy to find the prosecutor who collaborated with Israeli authorities to arrest the serial rapist. Now a globe-trotting victims’ advocate, Linor encourages others to stand against sexual violence by putting an end to their silence. Abargil’s progression from rape victim to empowered activist/attorney, and her journey of becoming more religously observant, is moving and brave in this uplifting documentary. Linor is an unforgettable heroine. 以色列裔佳麗莉娜·阿巴吉爾在米蘭慘遭綁架性侵,事發兩個月後, 莉娜當選 1998 年世界小姐。遊歷世界過後的莉娜鼓勵所有有著相同遭 遇的受害人,千萬不要只是沉默,呼籲各界正視性暴力問題。由國際反 性暴力運動至荷里活的鎂光燈下,莉娜一直都得到很多支持。而與此同 時,積極推廣反性暴力運動卻讓那些慘痛經歷再一次浮現,莉娜在正統 猶太教中找到了心靈的慰藉。莉娜在事發後首次回到意大利,與檢察官 及以色列政府合作拘捕連環強暴犯。 在冥冥之中命運的安排下,莉娜 遇到了另一位被同一強暴犯在同一埸境遭性侵的女性。 與性暴力抗戰, 受害者在這征途仍有漫漫長路。莉娜·阿巴吉爾 -最勇敢的世界小姐, 也會繼續以她不畏縮的精神去對抗這些惡行。


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Hate

(A Voyage to the Dark Heart of Anti-Semitism)

Israel 2014 | Documentary Hebrew, English, Ger man with English subtitles| 51 mins Director: Nadav Eyal

TUESDAY

NOVEMBER

17

7:00 PM

Nadav Eyal, an acclaimed Israeli journalist, presents this mesmerizing documentary film concerning the resurfacing of the ancient hatred of anti-Semitism. Eyal tries to understand how the virus of anti-Semitism survives and continues to infect.  Moving from victims of anti-Semitism to experts and finally to the bigots themselves, the film generates a credible and frightening document. The film explains some areas of anti-Semitism's resilience, and supplies a variety of dramatic encounters and confrontations with the perpetrators of racism.

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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Israel, Germany, France 2014 Drama | Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles | 104 mins Director: Eran Riklis

A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs)

TUESDAY

NOVEMBER

17

8:10 PM

Eyad, a talented Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to attend a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he struggles with the language and culture and desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish classmates, Eyad realizes that in order to be accepted as an equal and in order to allay people's suspicions he has to make personal sacrifices. “As usual for a Riklis film, actors are all perfectly cast and the production values are high.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Awards Israeli Film Academy nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Art Direction, Best Sound

Kindly sponsored by the

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel, the Consulate General of Germany and the Consulate General of France

Through the journey of one young man, this coming of age story sensitively examines the complex interrelated identities of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis, two peoples divided by a shared culture.


Resilience Chouraqui Family Foundation We wish continuous success to the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival


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My Italian Secret: The Forgotten Heroes

USA 2014 | Documentary English, Italian with English subtitles | 92 mins Director: Oren Jacoby

WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER

18

7:00 PM

Would you risk your life to save a stranger? This is the story of sports idol Gino Bartali and other courageous Italians who carried out ingenious schemes to rescue Jews, partisans and refugees from Nazi-occupied Italy. Bartali, a Tour de France champion, smuggled fake identify documents in the frame of his bicycle. Dr. Giovanni Borromeo invented a fictitious disease to scare the SS away from the hospital where he was hiding Jews. Oscar-nominated director Oren Jacoby reveals the dramatic stories of a secret underground that has remained largely unknown until now.

Awards Rome International Film Festival: Official Selection Hamptons International Film Festival: Official Selection

Kindly sponsored by

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Italy and the Consulate General of Israel


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Israel 2014 | Drama Hebrew with English subtitles 96 mins Director: Lee Gilat

Encirclements (Hakafot)

WEDNESDAY

NOVEMBER

18

8:50 PM

Thirteen year old Aharon Ninio, an only child, is determined to win the honour of carrying the Torah scrolls on the Jewish holiday of Simhat Torah. The belief that he who carries the Torah may ask God for anything on behalf of others can elevate Aharon's status in his neighbourhood and win his distant father's love and approval. But his selection causes age-old tensions between his parents to sur face, and on the night of the ceremony the symbolic happy ritual becomes a life-threatening struggle.

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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Hungary, UK 2014 Documentary| English 63 mins Director: Diana Groó

Regina: The First Woman Rabbi

THURSDAY

NOVEMBER

19

12:00 PM followed by The Lady in Number 6

Matinée

Awards New York Jewish Film Festival Critics Choice Winner of the Lia Award Jerusalem Film Festival 2013 Winner - Grand Prix Szolnok International Film Festival of Cultural Arts, History and Sciences 2013 Hungarian Film Critics Award 2014

Supported by

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Hungary and the Consulate General of Germany

Diana Groós’s poetic documentary tells the story of Regina Jonas who made history by becoming the first properly ordained woman rabbi in the world. The daughter of an Orthodox Jewish peddler, Jonas grew up in Berlin and was ordained in 1935. During the Nazi era and the war, her sermons and her unparalleled dedication brought encouragement to the persecuted German Jews. Regina Jonas was murdered in Auschwitz in 1944.


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

The Lady in Number 6

Canada, UK, USA 2014 Documentary| English 39 mins Director: Malcolm Clarke

THURSDAY

NOVEMBER

19

7:00 PM preceded by Regina

The Lady in Number 6 is one of the most inspirational and uplifting stories of the year. 109 year old, Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor shares her story on how to achieve a long and happy life. She discusses the importance of music and how it saved her life: both during her time at Theresienstadt concentration camp and in the years afterwards. She died aged 110 a week before the film won an Oscar. Awards Academy Awards, USA 2014, Oscar: Best Documentary - Short Subject Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival: Best Documentary New Media Film Festival Award 2013: Best Trailer NOMINATIONS: Camerimage 2014: Golden Frog, Presented in cooperation with the Short Documentary

Consulate General of Israel, Consulate General of France and Consulate General of Germany Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Canada, the American Consulate General and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Israel 2015| Drama | Silent 10 mins Director: Galia Albin

My Mayim

THURSDAY

NOVEMBER

19

7:00 PM followed by Gett

Following this film there will be a Q & A session. Director Galia Albin will be in attendance

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel

The latest short film written, directed and produced by Galia Albin, My Mayim tells a silent story about love, family and parenthood. A divorce drama, it plays out in the courtroom and in the imagination of a child.


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

France, Israel, Germany 2014 Drama | Hebrew, French, Arabic with English subtitles 115 mins Directors: Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz

THURSDAY

NOVEMBER

19

7:00 PM preceded by My Mayim

The trial story of Viviane’s five year fight to obtain her divorce in front of the only legal authority to preside over divorce cases in Israel, the Rabbinical Court, Viviane faces the uncompromising attitude of her husband, who refuses the divorce (gett) even though they’ve been separated for years.

Following this film there will be a Q & A session with Osnat Sharon, head of Yad L’isha, the leading organisation in Israel for Agunot (wives refused a divorce by their husbands) “an emotionally charged powder keg”

Awards Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes 2014

Kindly sponsored by

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel, the Consulate General of France and the Consulate General of Germany


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Fauda

(TV Drama/Thriller)

Israel 2015 | Thriller, Action, Drama | Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles 6 episodes, 40 minutes each Directors: Avi Issacharoff, Lior Raz

SATURDAY

NOVEMBER

21

7:30 PM (episodes 1-6)

and SUNDAY

NOVEMBER Fauda (Arabic for 'chaos') is a stunning Israeli TV drama that depicts a special undercover IDF unit Mista'arvim chasing down terrorists in the West Bank, while also showing the world of those terrorists themselves. Fauda tells the story of Doron, commander of the unit operating in deep cover inside Palestinian territories, and his team’s hunt for a fictional Hamas terrorist Abu-Ahmed. On the other side of the fence, the show portrays the tragic life of Abu-Ahmed and his family.

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7:00 PM (episodes 7-12)

Deemed “The Wire” of Israel, Fauda is exciting like “Homeland”, and mind-blowing like “The Hurt Locker”. The show will knock you down and sweep you away.

Middle-Eastern snacks will be served in the interval “Thrilling” Public Radio International (PRI)

Kindly sponsored by

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

France 2014 | Documentary French with English Subtitles 52 mins Director: Frédéric Cristéa

Voice of Peace

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

22

12:30 PM

Former fighter pilot turned political activist, Abie Nathan dreamed of a more peaceful world and not least a more peaceful Middle East. In 1973, he established the Voice of Peace, Israel's first pirate radio station anchored off the Tel Aviv coast. During the 70's the radio station had more than 20 million enthusiastic listeners all over the Middle East, and Nathan's concept of peace, love and good music elicited support from artists such as John Lennon and Bob Dylan. He also worked tirelessly behind the scenes to bring Israeli and Arab politicians to the negotiating table. A fascinating portrait of a visionary dreamer.

Awards 2014 Official selection FIGRA 2015 Australia Jewish International Presented in cooperation with the Film FestivalGeneral of Germany Consulate 2015 Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of France


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Touchdown Israel

USA, Israel 2014 | Drama English | 85 mins Director: Paul Hirschberger

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

22

1:30 PM

At the epicenter of the Middle East conflict, Israel's weekend warriors team up, suit up, don helmets over their kippahs, and charge the field in a season of full-足contact American Tackle Football. Secular or religious, Israeli-足born or not, these Jews, Muslims and Christians are transformed from ordinary citizens into fierce gridiron competitors on a quest for Israel Bowl glory. Providing a unique insight into the incredible religious and cultural diversity that is Israel, the film profiles players, coaches, officials and fans from three teams throughout one playing season. The film's coverage includes pre-season, regular season and playoffs, culminating in Israel Bowl V. Awards Boston Jewish Film Festival: Official Selection

Presented in cooperation with the San Francisco Jewish of Film Festival: Consulate General Germany 2014 Official Selection

San Diego Jewish Film Festival: 2015 Official Selection

Presented in cooperation with the American General Consulate and the General Consulate of Israel


16th


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Silicon Wadi

Israel, USA 2014 Documentary | Hebrew with English subtitles | 82 mins Directors: Daniel Sivan and Yossi Bloch

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

22

3:10 PM

Israel is known to the world as the start-up nation. There are actually more startups in Tel-Aviv than in the whole of Europe and more Venture Capital is invested per person than anywhere else in the world. This film follows four startup teams over the course of two years, as they progress from a simple idea on a napkin, until they hit the jackpot or go bust. Throughout their journey, we catch an intimate and exciting glimpse of how the 'High-Tech Nation' really works.

Kindly sponsored by

Presented in cooperation with the American General Consulate and the General Consulate of Israel


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Israel, USA 2014 Documentary | Hebrew and English | 87 mins Director: Laura Bialis

Rock in the Red Zone

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

22

5:00 PM

Rock in the Red Zone is an intimate portrayal of life on the edge in the war-torn city of Sderot. Once known for its prolific rock scene that revolutionized Israeli music, for thirteen years the town has been the target of ongoing rocket fire from the Gaza strip. Through the personal lives and music of Sderot's diverse musicians, and the personal narrative of the filmmaker, who ends up calling the town home, the film chronicles the town's trauma and reveals its enduring spirit.

Press "Rock in the Red Zone" is the best and most important Israeli documentary I've seen in years. Nothing comes close to getting inside the Israeli psyche and soul." -Yossi Klein Halevi

Presented in cooperation with the American General Consulate and the General Consulate of Israel


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Mazal Tov on 16 years of the HKJFF U.S./HK Tax Services and the Kaminsky Family

Thank you to

Marvino

Wine Merchants Limited

for kindly donating their wine


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FILM & SYNOPSIS

Israel 2015 | Thriller, Action, Drama | Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles 6 episodes, 40 minutes each Directors: Avi Issacharoff, Lior Raz

Fauda

(TV Drama/Thriller)

SUNDAY

NOVEMBER

22

7:00 PM (episodes 7-12)

FESTIVAL CLOSING

Fauda (Arabic for 'chaos') is a stunning Israeli TV drama that depicts a special undercover IDF unit Mista'arvim chasing down terrorists in the West Bank, while also showing the world of those terrorists themselves. Fauda tells the story of Doron, commander of the unit operating in deep cover inside Palestinian territories, and his team’s hunt for a fictional Hamas terrorist Abu-Ahmed. On the other side of the fence, the show portrays the tragic life of Abu-Ahmed and his family. Deemed “The Wire” of Israel, Fauda is exciting like “Homeland”, and mind-blowing like “The Hurt Locker”. The show will knock you down and sweep you away.

Middle-Eastern snacks will be served in the interval “Thrilling” Public Radio International (PRI)

Kindly sponsored by

Presented in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel


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OUR SPONSORS + DONORS We hope to see your name here! Find out more on the Donate page of our website www.hkjff.org Without the support of the following people and organisations, the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival would be just a dream. Please support them just as they have supported us. A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

OSCAR WINNER SPONSORS: (HK$100,000+) Sharon Ser – Withers Solicitors The Ohel Leah Synagogue Trust FILM SPONSORS: (HK$36,000+) Debby & Jeremy Amias Anonymous BHI Investment Advisors (Asia) Limited Babette & André Chouraqui Directors of UIA in honour of UIA Fabio Caviglia Robert Meyer ANGELS: (HK$18,000+) Rafael Aharoni – Israel Chamber of Commerce Anonymous Andrew Cohen Sheri & Robert Dorfman Judy & Michael Green Thierry Zeitoun

SUPERSTARS: (HK$1,800+) Anonymous Rabbi Martha Bergadine & Rabbi Stan Zamek Brigitte & Alain Chemla Sylvie & Russell Davidson Tara & Joe Diestel Hayley & Peter Goldberg Katish & Daniel Green Maddy & Joshua Green Corinna & Doron Nagar Dayana Poller Ana & Eddie Scherer Louise & Rey Soloway-Chan Sabrina & Glen Steinman Glenn Timmermans Marc Wathen Yael & Simon Zion Joy & David Zweig

PRODUCERS: (HK$10,000+) Anonymous DIRECTORS: (HK$5,000+) Sarah & David Feith Ketty & Clive Grossman Karen & Neil Hyman Deborah & Michel Lowy Tanya & David Rabinowitz The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong The Webber & Wosner families

*This list is correct as we go to press, apologies if your name isn't here – it will be on the website.


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TICKET INFORMATION

HOW TO GET YOUR TICKETS Our opening night and the whole Festival will take place at Asia Society Hong Kong Center. Opening Night tickets are available right now through our website www.hkjff.org Tickets are available through Asia Society Hong Kong Center’s website http://asiasociety.org/hong-kong. The website accepts all major credit cards and PayPal. Service charges may apply. Credit card and membership discounts will not apply during the festival. INDIVIDUAL TICKETS

Adults: HK$90 each Students and seniors (over 60): HK$80 each Good for one admission to all screenings except the Opening Night screening and the post-film Kosher Dessert Party. Fauda Screen-a-thon HK$200 for 6 episodes

OPENING NIGHT TICKETS

Adults: HK$380 each Students and seniors (over 60): HK$350 each Good for one admission to the Opening Night screening and the post-film Kosher Dessert Party.

MACHER PASSES

HK$1,800 each Good for one admission to each screening. Includes admission to the Opening Night screening and the post-film Kosher Dessert Party. Also entitles you to show your friends you really are a macher (“big shot”)!

Festival Macher passholders only need to arrive at the cinema at least 15 minutes before each film to get a prime seat. No prebooking is required. Now that’s another reason to get a pass this year! PASSES ARE LIMITED!

THE FINE PRINT ON TICKETING AND SEATING

Please be advised that there is no reserved seating and NO eating or drinking will be allowed in the theatre.

The best seats in the house are available for Festival Macher pass holders but empty Festival Macher seats will be released for general sale 15 minutes before each screening. Please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Purchased tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged unless a show is oversold (which can happen). Festival Macher pass and complimentary coupon holders are not entitled to a refund if they arrive at the cinema after a show is sold out.

Complimentary coupon holders are advised to exchange their coupons for tickets well ahead of the start of the festival.* Festival Macher pass holders only need to present their passes to one of the festival volunteers at the entrance prior to each screening to gain entry.

*Please contact info@hkjff.org for more details.


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