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Country: United States
Language: English, Arabic, German, Hebrew
Run Time: 94 minutes
When Jerusalem-born trauma expert, Ofra Bloch, first set out to make this documentary, her original focus was on the legacy of the Holocaust in Germany and creating conversations between the children of Jewish survivors with the children of Nazi perpetrators. But after beginning her interview process in Germany, she felt there was a piece missing in the story she wanted to tell—the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. As a young girl growing up in Israel, Ofra was taught to fear both Germans and Palestinians. Today, with bravery, compassion, and a willingness to listen, Ofra creates a unique space for raw and honest conversation with her perceived enemies. Using her personal experience as a focal point, AFTERWARD explores the very real trauma that has been passed down through generations—not only in Jewish families, but also in German and Palestinian families. By listening to and acknowledging each other’s transgenerational suffering, can we create a path that leads to peace? (In English, German, Arabic, and Hebrew with subtitles) —G.S.
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:05 PM
Jewish and Israeli Visions
Strangers in a Strange Land
Voices of the Arab World
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition
Ofra Bloch is a filmmaker and psychoanalyst based in New York City. She grew up in Israel where her deep interest in the short-term and long-term effects of trauma originated. She earned her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University, and she volunteered with Doctors of the World where she interviewed victims of torture and wrote their affidavits. She began making short documentaries ten years ago.
Jack Riccobono, Abigail E. Disney, Adam Schlesinger
Michael J. Palmer