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Mensch! Festival

 

 The Mensch! festival is taking place for the first time this year at the Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Cinematheques. A joint effort of Switzerland, Austria and Germany, the festival celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a milestone in the history of human rights and in the recognition by all countries of the inalienable dignity of all human beings.

The Mensch! festival offers an original selection of movies chosen for their artistic quality and their “human” content. Central to both languages, the word “Mensch” refers to a human being in the German language, and to a person who can be relied on to act with honor and integrity in the Yiddish language. Being a “Mensch” is acting with humility and empathy, being sensitive to the feelings and needs of others.

From Croatia to Switzerland, Austria and Germany, from Argentina to Israel, the movies deal with social and human rights issues such as hunger and climate change, total surveillance and the right to privacy, dehumanizing technology leading to alienation, poverty, racism, discrimination, war, missing people and truth commissions. Above all, they pay respect to women and men who struggle – through diverse acts, including journalism, banking or punk music - to make the world a more human one. 

 

Following the screening, a conversation with director Werner Boote

Everything's Under Control

Dir.: Werner Boote
| 93 minutes

Facebook, Amazon and Google provide us with access to the digital world. Surveillance cameras on the streets take care of our security. But who actually collects our digital fingerprints? Werner Boote travels around the world to explore the “brave new world” of total control. 

Wild Heart

Dir.: Charly Hübner, Sebastian Schultz
| 90 minutes

Feine Sahne Fischfilet is one of the most successful German punk rock bands. Thanks to their supposed subversive activity, the band is under constant governmental surveillance. This intense and personal portrait has become alarmingly timely.

House | A Letter to a Friend in Gaza

Dir.: Amos Gitai
| 86 minutes

Two bookend films in Amos Gitai’s oeuvre epitomizing his unique view on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The first is a new digital version of House,the second is his latest film, Letter to a Friend in Gaza.

 

Following the screening, a conversation between the film’s director Cyril Schäublin and director Yaelle Kayam

Those Who Are Fine

Dir.: Cyril Schäublin
| 71 minutes

Alice’s life is defined by her taking advantage of the elderly – either selling them products they do not need, or pretending to be their relative in need of money. Cyril Schäublin, with ravishing aesthetics, presents a brilliant work. 

Black Box BRD

Dir.: Andres Veiel
| 102 minutes

Black Box BRD portrays late 20th century German history as a violent ideological struggle which emotional and social consequences cannot be quantified. 

Chris the Swiss

Dir.: Anja Kofmel
| 90 minutes

Croatia, 1992. In the midst of the war, a young journalists’ body is found dressed in the uniform of and international mercenary group. 25 years later, his cousin, Anja Kofme, sets out to uncover the truth behind her cousin’s mysterious death.

Population Boom

Dir.: Werner Boote
| 91 minutes

Are dwindling resources, mountains of toxic waste, hunger and climate change the results of overpopulation? Who says that the world’s overpopulated? And when is one too many? Werner Boote explores the question of whom or what is driving this catastrophic vision? 

James’ Journey to Jerusalem

Dir.: Ra’anan Alexandrowic
| 88 minutes

In an imaginary African village, young James is chosen to undertake a mission – a pilgrimage to Holy Jerusalem. At the airport, James is suspected of trying to infiltrate the country in order to work illegally.