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Jewish International Film Festival 2022



Jewish International Film Festival 2022

alla vitaAfter the shortened edition of last March (resumption of the missed 2021 edition due to the pandemic), with the definitive reopening of the cinemas, the Jewish International Film Festival returns in style.

The Italian Cultural Institute is pleased to inform members, students and friends that the collaboration has been renewed for this edition as well.

A well-tested collaboration that has allowed the local organizing body to include over the years some of the most significant Italian or Italy-related films dealing deal with topics focusing on Judaism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

For this edition of the Festival, which will be held at the Ritz Cinema in Randwick from 24 October to 28 November, the Institute is pleased to support the screening of two films: Where the life begins (Alla vita), a very recent Italian-French co-production (June 2022) by director Stephane Freiss and the documentary Promised land (Terra promessa, D. Tommaso, 2021).

The first is a comedy in which a French girl, the daughter of Orthodox Jews, will have toterra promessa find a compromise between the stringent rules set by her father, a Rabbi, and her need to emancipate herself as a woman and to give space to the feelings that arose from meeting an Italian peer.

The second is instead a documentary that evokes the Aliyah Bet, the great illegal immigration plan of thousands of Jews who escaped the extermination camps and, between 1945 and 1948, left illegally for Palestine (Eretz Israel). Thanks to the help of many Italians, they were able to leave our ports, escaping the control of the British Army who did not allow entry to the territories under their mandate.

Where the life begins will be presented to the audience on 30/10 at 6.40 pm by Ass. Prof. Jane Mills, of the University of New South Wales, film critic and expert in cinematography, First Nation cinema, film literacy, visual media and communication, censorship.

ritz logoAss. Prof. Avril Alba, Chair of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies Department at the University of Sydney, will introduce Promised land on 17/11 at 6.50 pm.

For more details on screenings and bookings visit the Randwick Ritz Cinema website: 


Date: Da Monday, October 24, 2022 a Monday, November 28, 2022

Organized by : Randwick Ritz Cinema

In collaboration with : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : With fee


Cinema Randwick Ritz