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This year, JFI has awarded $100,000 in film completion grants, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000, to filmmakers who are expanding and evolving the Jewish story for audiences everywhere in every genre — narrative, documentary, short, episodic program and web series.
Recipients include REMEMBER THIS, 1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR, THE LIEGNITZ PLOT, SONS OF DETROIT, A REEL WAR: SHALAAL, and I WILL TAKE YOUR SHADOW.
Read the official press release for more information and read below for the full list of winners
Special Congratulations to 1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR for being selected as this years' recipient of the Albert and Judith Goldberg Award.
1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR
Director: Ran Tal, Producer: Sarig Peker, Ran Tal/ Feature Documentary
With unique access to an extraordinary archive of over half a million negatives and documents spanning from 1930’s Germany to today, 1341 FRAMES OF LOVE AND WAR tells the story of Israel’s most celebrated war photographer, Micha Bar-Am.
A story that begins in Berlin in 1930, moves to Palestine in 1936 and becomes a love affair with Zionism in the 1950s, turns into a journey of self-doubt and questioning, through the camera camera.
REMEMBER THIS (USA)
Directors: Jeff Hutchens, Derek Goldman
In a virtuoso solo performance, Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn (Nomadland, Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln) portrays Jan Karski in this genre-defying true story of a reluctant World War II hero and Holocaust witness. After surviving the devastation of the Blitzkrieg, Karski swears allegiance to the Polish Underground and risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of war-torn Poland to the Western world, and ultimately, the Oval Office. Escaping a Gestapo prison, bearing witness to the despair of the Warsaw ghetto and confronted by the inhumanity of a death camp, Karski endures unspeakable mental anguish and physical torture to stand tall in the halls of power and speak the truth. Strathairn captures the complexity and legacy of this self-described “insignificant, little man” whose timely story of moral courage and individual responsibility can still shake the conscience of the world.
THE LIEGNITZ PLOT (USA)
Director: Dan Sturman, Prodcuer: Dylan Nelson / Documentary Feature
Part mystery story and part comedic heist, “The Liegnitz Plot” is the surprising tale of how Gary, a risk-averse father of four and an original “Seinfeld” writer/producer, drops everything, enlists the help of a team of adventurous friends and filmmakers, and flies halfway around the world to attempt to find and rescue a priceless stamp collections collection the Nazi stole from concentration camp victims, buried somewhere in Poland. His tactic: a fake movie shoot. His goal: to return the stolen stamps to their rightful owners, delivering a small measure of justice more than 70 years after the Holocaust.
SONS OF DETROIT (USA)
Director: Jeremy Xido, Producer: Amanda Burr/ Feature Documentary
The story of a family forged in 1970s Detroit. Two boys — one white, one black — raised as cousins. As the city teeters on the edge of economic collapse, the boys’ lives take radically different turns, each shaped by violence, opportunity, and race. Now, more than 20 years later, they each return to the city to reckon with the loss of home and family — and their roles in the destruction.
A REEL WAR: SHALAAL (Israel)
Director: Karnit Mandel, Producers: Gil Sima, Karnit Mandel / Feature Documentary
History is written by the victors. But is it also archived by them? While researching footage for a documentary, an Israeli archive researcher comes across a box of tapes titled “Loot.” She manages to copy six tapes. This is a story of a lost Palestinian film archive, delving into three historical events through the POV of eyewitnesses on both sides: the victors and the vanquished. It is the story of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict—from a new viewpoint. The real war is a reel war, fought not with firepower but with access to historical records and visual archives.
“SHALAAL” means “looting” in Hebrew and “paralysis” in Arabic.
I WILL TAKE YOUR SHADOW
Director: Ayala Shoshana Guy, Producer: Ayala Shoshana Guy, Ehud Guy / Feature Documentary
An animated experimental autobiography, an intimate impression of a personal journey of the film’s director, Ayala, along the loosely historic and mostly imagined track of losses that tore her grandparents’ family apart in the late 1930s and ever since.