Israeli directors’ work featured at local film festival

The Africa World Documentary Film Festival at the University of Missouri-St. Louis will feature two films from Israeli directors among the 46 films featured. The festival takes place on March 1-3 at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard. It is free and open to the public.

This is the sixth year of the festival, featuring films by independent filmmakers from various African countries, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.

The two documentaries by Israeli directors will be shown with a third U.S.-directed documentary, from from 2 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The films are:

• “Holyland” (53 minutes), directed by Anna Somershaf. The film tells the story of Solomon, a Pastor of a foreign workers’ community from Ghana who reside in Tel Aviv. Solomon has to function as a father for his community while he is coping with the void created by the loss of his 2 sons: one left behind in Ghana, and the other died in Israel. A visit to Ghana, and a reunion with his eldest son, will bring up the pain and regret that he wouldn’t deal with for many years.

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• “One Day After Peace” (86 minutes) directed by Erez Laufer, Miri Laufer. Robi Damelin was born in South Africa during the apartheid era and she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in overcoming years of enmity. This thought-provoking journey, through South Africa past and present and through the cooperation of bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents shows Robi and the viewers that even from a place of deep personal pain one can see a glimmer of hope and a possibility of a better future.

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