New York Jewish Film Festival 2012

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Ronit Kertsner , 2011
Israel | Hebrew, English, French and Polish with English subtitles | 72 minutes

Tue Jan 17: 6:00 pm Francesca Beale Theater. Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, south side of West 65th St between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave

Wed Jan 18: 1:00 pm Walter Reade Theater, north side of West 65th St between Broadway & Amsterdam Ave

Can one be a Catholic priest and an observant Jew at the same time? Twelve years after he was ordained as a priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents. This powerful documentary by Ronit Kertsner (The Secret, NYJFF 2002) follows his amazing journey from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew on a religious kibbutz in Israel. Romuald is torn between two identities. Unable to renounce either one, he finds himself rejected by both religions and the State of Israel.

PRECEDED BY:

The Moon is Jewish | Michal Tkaczynski
Poland | 2011 | 45m | Polish with English subtitles

Pawel was a skinhead in Warsaw, obsessed with soccer and violence, when his girlfriend discovered he had Jewish ancestry. He underwent a complete spiritual and physical transformation and is now an Orthodox Jew. This compelling documentary, which takes its title from provocative poet Marcin Świetlicki, tells an extraordinary story of identity and belonging. New York Premiere!

Series: New York Jewish Film Festival 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Francesca Beale Theater

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