The documentary takes a critical and ironic look at Jewish tradition and it's interpretations, questions the significance of initiation rituals, and attempts to explore the diffuse terrain of adolescence. Ruth Beckermann accompanies four 12-year-olds, as they prepare for their bar or bat mitzvot.

At the Wailing Wall or in the spotlight of a stage, wearing a Zorro costume or a designer dress, solemn or rollicking: crossing the threshold to the adult world can take place in very different ways.


Director: Ruth Beckermann
Running time: 90 minutes
Genres: Documentary and Jewish Identity Country
Country: Austria
Year: 2006