Jews by Choice

Recipient of a 2023 JFI Completion Grant

In a picturesque Czech town, an alliance of ordinary citizens become inspired to renovate their local synagogue, convert to Judaism, and give birth to the first Jewish community in the region since the Holocaust. As they fight for recognition from the Jewish authorities, internal strife threatens the future of their close-knit fellowship.

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Tomer Slutzky is an Israeli documentary director and cinematographer, who served as a director and editor in the filming unit of the Israeli Air Force between 2008 and 2011. He holds a BA in Philosophy and film theory from Tel Aviv University. Filmography: 2018 - DP of Apologies for the delay (Shlomo Slutzky - INCAA, winner of Latinamerican film festival in Trieste); 2019 - DP of 100 Million Views (Itamar Rose - Yes Docu, ARTE, ZDF); 2020 - DP of Chelsea fans (Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas - BBC); 2022 - Director of Bronca, Israeli-Argentinean co-production, International premiere in Warsaw Film Festival, Honorable mention in Haifa Film Festival 2022 (KAN 11, INCAA); 2023 - DP of Murky Skies, 3 episode mini-series (HOT8, ARTE, ZDF, VPRO).

Justyna Gawełko is a graduate of Cultural Studies and a student in a screenwriting program at Wajda School in Poland. For several years she has been working in the documentary industry within CoPro Market Israel and currently CEDOC Market in Poland. She directed Yehudis (2018).

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