Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

The Testament


Year: 2017
Run Time: 94 minutes

The Testament
The Testament
The Testament
The Testament

Dr. Yoel Halberstam, a historian at the Holocaust Institute, is trying to halt construction in a small town in Austria where 200 Jewish laborers were said to have been massacred in 1945. The mass grave was never located, documents are missing, and the town’s current officials tend to deny the event took place. Yoel has two weeks to present evidence; otherwise construction will resume and the graves may be forever lost. Yoel will not relent, even when a new document reveals a shocking truth about his own mother, one that could destroy his family. Powered by an extraordinary lead performance and a fearless and intelligent script, THE TESTAMENT generates the suspense of a thriller without a single gunshot and conveys the utter horror of the Holocaust without a single image of atrocity. Based on true events, this is emotional and cerebral cinema of the highest order. It will chill you, even as you cheer Yoel’s unstoppable crusade to uncover history and the truth, no matter the cost. (In English, Hebrew, German, and Yiddish with subtitles) —C.R.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:45 PM

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:05 AM

Jewish and Israeli Visions

International Narrative Competition


Amichai Greenberg

Amichai Greenberg is a graduate from the Ma’ale Film School in Jerusalem. He has been writing, directing, and producing for TV, film, and new media for over 15 years. His work includes projects for education and commercial institutions such as Mendel Institute, Yad-Vashem, and the Spielberg’s Shoah Visual History Foundation.


Yoav Roeh, Aurit Zamir

Amichai Greenberg

Moshe Mishali

Gilad Inabr

Principal Cast
Ori Pfeffer, Rivka Gur, Hagit Dasberg Ori Yaniv, Orna Rothberg, Daniel Adari

Print Source

Community Partners

Kol Israel Foundation

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

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