BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
USA, 2011, documentary
Directors: Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow
"...essential viewing, opening up a space in which conversations that urgently need to take place can occur." B. Ruby Rich, Film Critic
"One of the best films I've ever seen about the contractictions of American Jewish LIfe." Peter Beinart, Author and Journalist
Filmed in the US and Israel, this first-person documentary begins with a near riot over the screening of a particular film at the 2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, which Kaufman founded and directed for 13 years. It reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself. Even the filmmakers’ own families are battlegrounds over issues that are re-defining American Jewish identity and politics: loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage and ethical questions over freedom of speech, loyalty and generational change. Who gets to decide what being Jewish means? Who speaks for a divided community at the crossroads? The filmmakers use insight, humor and their dedication to the conversation itself in the search for answers.
POST-FILM DISCUSSION WITH filmmakers Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow