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Streaming January 14-26, 2022 Digital Screening Room

Israel | 84 minutes | 2021

Promised Lands

North American Premiere

Thirty-two children from an Israeli school class pose for a photo in 1988. When they part ways they have been shaped by experiences of war and yet remain full of hope for peace. Yael Reuveny (MJFF 2015 film Farwell, Herr Schwarz) is the only one to leave Israel and today lives and works as a filmmaker in Berlin. In Super 8 shots of a peaceful childhood and in pertinent short portraits of her classmates from the time, she explores her relationship towards the founding generations of Israel and thus reflects on her own concept of self.

Accompanying the film premiere is a discussion with director Yael Reuveny and moderator Rabbi Lyle Rothman. To view the conversation please click here.

Director's Bio

Directed by Yael Reuveny

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Yael Reuveny was born and raised in Israel. Her first documentary feature film, Farewell, Herr Schwarz, premiered at the 2015 Miami Jewish Film Festival and went on to win several notable prizes, among them the award for outstanding German documentary at DOK Leipzig and the Best Documentary Award at Haifa International Film Festival. Promised Lands is Yael's second documentary feature film.

Cast and Credits


Yael Reuveny


Yael Reuveny


Andreas Kohller


Assaf Lapid, Betty Blickwede


Moshy Cohe, Keren Harel, Avi Akirav

Film Info






84 minutes


Hebrew with English subtitles
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