You may remember the film and audience favorite, Wedding Doll, from the 2016 AJFF. After the festival, Israeli writer and director Nitzan Gilady returned to Atlanta as a filmmaker in Residence at Emory University. Gilady’s residence at Emory is supported by the Israel Institute, which is dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and study of modern Israel. One of Israel’s leading documentary filmmakers, Gilady is famous for directing and writing compelling, award-winning works about family relations, religion, and politics that have been screened at film festivals around the world.
Emory’s department of Film and Media Studies and the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies will be presenting a screening series in partnership with AJFF of work by Nitzan Gilady, beginning March 15, 2017.
Screenings are Wednesdays at 7:30 PM in White Hall and are free and open to the public. Parking information can be found here. Gilady will be on hand to introduce the films and take part in a Q&A following each screening. Links to all of the films with more information is available below.
March 15 at 7:30 PM
In Gilady’s first fiction feature, a wedding-obsessed girl with mental disabilities becomes fixated on the son of the owner of the factory where she works, much to the chagrin of her protective mother. Wedding Doll received nine nominations and two wins (for Best Actress Moran Rosenblatt and Best Costume Design) at the Israeli Academy of Film and Television (Ophir Awards) and won Best First Feature, Best Actress and Special Mention at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Introduced by the filmmaker with Q&A to follow the screening.
The Last Enemy
March 22 at 7:30 PM
Nine Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian actors work together to prepare an Off-Broadway play about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict written especially for them by American playwright Jim Morrione. Winner of the Grand Jury Award at the Brussels International Independent Film Festival. Introduced by the filmmaker with Q&A to follow featuring actress Naomi Ackerman.
In Satmar Custody
March 29 at 7:30 PM
The Satmar Hasidic Sect encourages a Yemenite Jewish family to emigrate to America, but then gains custody of their children while the parents fight to get them back. Nominated for Best Documentary by the Israeli Academy of Film and Television (Ophir Awards). Introduced by the filmmaker with Q&A to follow.
Jerusalem is Proud to Present
April 5 at 7:30 PM
Jerusalem’s LGBT community struggles to stage their city’s 2006 World Gay Pride March after violent attacks against the marchers the preceding year and against the opposition of orthodox Jews, evangelical Christians and conservative Muslims. Winner of the Movies that Matter Human Rights Award at IDFA (Amsterdam), the Silver Hugo (Chicago) and Best Documentary at Outfest. Introduced by the filmmaker with Q&A to follow.
April 12 at 7:30 PM
A conservative Yemenite Israeli father and his wife take their three sons on a transformative trip to the Grand Canyon. One son suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, the second is gay, and the third left Israel. The trip in a crowded RV reveals the fractures and varying perspectives among the family members. Introduced by the filmmaker with Q&A to follow.