Festival Programme selection

Programme selection

Nicola Galliner was born in London and has been living in Berlin since 1969. She directed the Jewish Adult Education Center of the Jewish Community of Berlin from 1988 to 2008. In 1995, she founded the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg. She has served on the juries of the International Film Festival Jerusalem, the Haifa International Film Festival, the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival, and the FilmFestival Cottbus. She has co-edited numerous books on Jewish history in Berlin, including Wegweiser für das jüdische Berlin (Nicolai Verlag 1988), Als wäre es nie gewesen (exhibition catalogue, Samson Verlag 1988), “Öffne deine Hand für die Stummen” – Die Geschichte der Israelitischen Taubstummen-Anstalt Berlin-Weißensee (Transit Verlag 1993), Im jüdischen Leben – Erinnerungen des Berliner Rabbiners Malwin Warschauer (Transit Verlag 1995)Jewish Film Festival Berlin – Die ersten zehn Jahre (be.bra verlag 2004), and Celebration! – 25 Jahre Jüdisches Filmfestival Berlin & Brandenburg (Neofelis Verlag 2019).

Thomas Abeltshauser is a freelance journalist and film critic based in Berlin. He writes about current film releases and reports on international film festivals for numerous daily newspapers as well as magazines. Magister in film sciences from the Freie Universität Berlin. Member of the jury at numerous film festivals, including Berlin, Cannes, Guadalajara, Thessaloniki. Member of the Verband der deutschen Filmkritik and FIPRESCI. Online editor for the European Film Academy.

Dr. Lihi Nagler is a film scholar affiliated with the Department of Literature, Art & Linguistics at The Open University of Israel. She serves as a curator at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. She was a Max Planck Gesellschaft–Minerva Foundation post-doctoral fellow at the Seminar for Film Studies, Freie Universität, Berlin, and was previously a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and a lecturer at Tel University and Sapir Academic College in Israel and at Freie Universität Berlin. Her main research interests are: images of Jews in contemporary cinema, Israeli and German cinema. She lives in Berlin with her husband and their two children.

Petra Palmer is a programmer and researcher of film and cinematic practices and has worked for several film festivals in the past, including the Jewish Film Festival Berlin &; Brandenburg, Berlin Film Festival and go East – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, and Nippon Connection – Festival for Japanese Film in Frankfurt and at the Internationales Forum des Jungen Films at the Berlinale. As a curator she is interested to stress forms of presentation and the reception of film and any kind moving image and her research fields involves aesthetics and narratives in documentary, essay and experimental film.

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