Commentary through storytelling

Two filmmakers use starkly contrasting approaches to deal with contemporary social and political issues.

December 14, 2016 15:44
Jewish Thessaloniki

With his parents divided over whether he should be circumcised prior to his bar mitzva, 12-year-old Simon decides to take matters into his own hands. (photo credit: COURTESY / SEVENTH ART RELEASING)


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Jewish family conflicts are at the heart of two films having their Israeli premiere at this year’s Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival.

In the German comedy, “Time to Say Goodbye,” a father and mother are at loggerheads over whether or not to have their child circumcised; while in the Greek historic drama, “Cloudy Sunday,” a young Jewish woman’s love for her Christian boyfriend runs into tragic parental opposition. Also, both films derive their inspiration from filmmakers eager to use narrative film to comment on contemporary social and political issues.


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