A look back at festival day 1

Successful start: JFBB excites with film screenings and Q&As

Yesterday, the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg (JFBB) offered an exciting programme with three special films and interesting Q&A sessions at the Filmkunst 66 cinema. Numerous film enthusiasts were on hand to make sure they didn't miss out.

"Reflections in Synagogue"

The day began with the film "Reflections in Synagogue". Director Amir Moverman, producer Sam Greenspan, cameramen Nia Whitmal and Griffin Conner and editor Zachary Kahn presented the documentary film. The work is a visual archive of all the synagogues in Manhattan and thus becomes the occasion for a reflection on Jewish life and community today, its worries and fears, and a future worth striving for.

The crew of "Reflections in Synagogue" at the Q&A in Filmkunst 66


"Südsee" was screened next. Director Henrika Kull and lead actress Liliane Amuat shared interesting insights into the production and answered the audience's questions in the Q&A session. "Südsee" accompanies Anne, the German, and Nuri, the Israeli, in their search for genuine exchange and connection.

Director Henrika Kull and leading actress Liliane Amuat from the production "Südsee"


The evening ended with the documentary "Vishniac". Director Laura Bialis and producer Nancy Spielberg were present. The film is about the Russian-American photographer Roman Vishniac, whose work still shapes our perception of Eastern European Jewry on the eve of the Shoah.

Director Laura Bialis and producer Nancy Spielberg present "Vishniac"