Spring 2022 Festival

The dates for the screenings are January 26 – March 2. (Every Wednesday). All movies will be screened at the Wesleyan University Center for Film Studies, at the Goldsmith Family Cinema, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT at 8pm.

Free Admission. On site parking.

Wesleyan is a vaccinated campus and full vaccination (including a booster) is required to attend. In addition, masks must be worn in all indoor spaces.

The Festival is organized by Dalit Katz, Professor of the Practice in Religion and Director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Wesleyan University. It is sponsored by the Ring Family, the Center for Jewish Studies, and co-sponsored by the College of Film and the Moving Image.


The Women’s Balcony-Screening of Two TV Episodes (February 2, 8:00 p.m.) 
Speaker: Yaniv Feller, Jeremy Zwelling Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Created by: Shlomit Nehama and Directed by: Ariel Benbaji, 2021   

Watch trailer The cast of the acclaimed hit movie The Women’s Balcony is reunited for a new series that moves the film’s story forward—giving us a chance to revisit the warm-hearted, tightly-knit neighborhood of Jerusalem’s Bukharim Quarter. The Bukharim Quarter is home to a moderate Orthodox sect whose lives revolve around friendship, support, humor and their local synagogue. When a real estate developer earmark the neighborhood for wholesale transformation, and the ultra-Orthodox politicians try to model the neighborhood on their own, it is up to four women not only to save their neighborhood but also their way of life.


Honeymood (February 9, 8:00 p.m.) 
Speaker: Avner Shavit, Jewish Studies Silberberg Scholar in Residence
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Talya Lavie, 2020   

Watch trailerFrom the breakthrough director of Zero Motivation and the producers of Foxtrot comes Honeymood, a romantic comedy set over the course of one night in Jerusalem. A bride and groom arrive at a lavish hotel suite after their wedding. Instead of relaxing and enjoying a romantic night together, they get into a fight that soon develops into a dazed, urban journey, confronting them with past loves, repressed doubts, and the lives they have left behind.


The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem (February 16, 8:00 p.m.) 
Speaker: Avner Shavit, Jewish Studies Silberberg Scholar in Residence
Directed by Oded Davidoff, 2021   

Watch trailerThe Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a melodramatic series about three generations of Jerusalem’s Ermosa family stretching from the early days of the 20th century against the backdrop of resistance to the Turkish regime, through the underground war with the British and the establishment of the State of Israel. Based on a novel by Sarit Yishai-Levy, The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem is a colorful, passionate and tragic series interwoven with Judeo-Spanish traditions and the history of a nascent country.


Plan A (February 23, 8:00 p.m.) 
Speaker: Yaniv Feller, Jeremy Zwelling Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies
Directed by Doron Paz & Yoav Paz, 2021   

Watch trailer Plan A is based on the incredible true story of the “Avengers”—a group of Jewish vigilantes who after surviving the Holocaust are vowing to avenge the death of their people, “an eye for any eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Max, a Holocaust survivor has lost all his family in the camps. Full of rage and with nothing left to live for other than revenge, he helps the Jewish Brigade, soldiers under British command, to  clandestinely find and execute Nazis accused of leading positions in the Nazi system. When the brigade is called off, Max follows Anna and a group of former partisans to Nuremberg, where they soon realize that they will not find redemption in the upcoming Nuremberg trials.


Asia (March 2, 8:00 p.m.) 
Speaker: Lisa Dombrowski, Professor of Film Studies
Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles
Written and Directed by Ruthy Pribar, 2020   

Watch trailerAsia’s motherhood has always been an ongoing struggle rather than an obvious instinct. Becoming a mother at a very early age has shaped Asia’s relationship with her teenage daughter Vika. Despite living together, Asia and Vika barely interact with one another. Asia concentrates on her job as a nurse while Vika hangs out at the skate park with her friends. Their routine is shaken when Vika’s health deteriorates rapidly. Asia must step in and become the mother Vika so desperately needs.

The Dinner (March 9, 8:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Roman Utkin, Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Hebrew and Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Matti Harari and Arik Lubetzky, 2020  

Watch trailerEmma and Gregory, immigrants from Russia, are finding it hard to adapt to Israel. Their lives cross paths with Alon, an amateur artist, and owner of a high-tech company, whose marriage to Yael is on the brink. Alon is preoccupied with his business, while Yael finds passion in her affair with his good friend, Amnon. To make ends meet, Emma starts modeling in Alon’s art classes. By chance, Gregory starts working at Alon’s company and when Alon invites Gregory and Emma to a festive dinner at his home, the unexpected encounter changes everyone’s lives forever.