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The Sundance Film Festival, which runs January
21-31 in Park City, Utah, will honor participating Israeli filmmakers
in an event called 'Shabbat at Sundance' to be held on January 29. The
Sundance Institute (which helps filmmakers develop their movies) and
local Jewish leaders will fete Israeli directors Yael Hersonski and
Yasmine Novak, whose films are competing this year at Sundance, the
premiere showcase in the world for independently made films.
Hersonski's documentary, A Film Unfinished
is an exploration of the infamous 62 minutes of film footage the Nazis
filmed in the Warsaw Ghetto shortly before it was liquidated. Hersonski
explored what was really happening in each frame. She came to the
conclusion that although some of the film is clearly staged, the
portions that were once thought to be true documentary footage are
actually carefully scripted, and their participants coerced into
Novak's short film, Bus, looks at the complex intersections
between the Israeli and Palestinian bus networks. Israeli films are
regularly featured at Sundance and Dror Shaul's Sweet Mud won the World
Cinema Competition there in 2007.