On 21 November 2021, two of the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival's David Camera Awards went to films screened at the JFBB.
The award for Best Feature Film was won by Emma Seligman's SHIVA BABY (USA, Canada 2020). The aptly and lightly directed chamber play about a young woman caught between the process of sexual self-discovery and the pressure of family expectations opened the JFBB. Efim Graboy's THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA (Israel 2020) was named Best Documentary. The unusual portrait of a Leningrad veteran who now lives in Israel reflects the protagonists' life-historical experience with a mixture of great respect, restrained irony and extremely imaginative visual language. In the process, the relationship between the protagonist and the director, who is 62 years younger, is repeatedly brought to the dissecting table. THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA also won the Grand Prix of our partner festival in Warsaw, donated by the Polin Museum and endowed with 10,000 Złoty, chosen from the winners of a total of four competitions. THE WAR OF RAYA SINITSINA took part in the JFBB competition for documentary film.
The prize for Best Short Fiction Film went to Asaf Saban's PARADISE (Israel 2021), which reflects the identity of an Arab Israeli - on two chairs or between two chairs? - while Best Short Documentary was awarded to TOWARDS THE LIGHT (Poland 2021) by Beata Hyży-Czołpińska, the portrait of a young woman searching for her family roots in the Polish province between Christianity and Jewish origins.