Yolande Zauberman’s excellent film about sexual abuse in an Orthodox community shows the problem as a global topic that must not be swept under the rug.
Director: Yolande Zauberman IL/FR 2018, documentary, Berlin premiere, 105 min., Yiddish/Hebrew with English subtitles Production: Charles Gillibert for CG Cinéma (Non-Fiction, Knight + Heart, Mustang); Fabrice Bigio & Yolande Zauberman for Phobics Films International distribution: Indie Sales, France Sound: Sélim Nassib Editing: Raphaël Lefèvre
M tells the story of Menahem Lang, a formerly Orthodox Jew from Bnei Berak, who returns there
after 15 years with director Yolande Zauberman. Menahem and other boys were abused in their
community when they were children. The audacious endeavor to return to the place of the
perpetrators and confront them is practically cathartic and makes everyone involved come to terms
with the past, in a sense therapeutically. How can people live with these experiences – is it possible
for them to find closure? Yolande Zauberman gives the victims the voice they deserve and places the
problem of the perpetrators in a global context. The film shows and reiterates that one must not be
silent if the spiral of violence is to be stopped.
Locarno Film Festival 2018 (Locarno’s Special Jury Prize); Hamburg Filmfestival (2018); Göteborg Film Festival, Sweden 2019; FICUNAM, Mexico 2019; Vilnius International Film Festival 2019; Hong Kong International Film Festival 2019
WOULD YOU HAVE SEX WITH AN ARAB? (FR 2012) UN JUIF À LA MER (FR 2005) PARADISE NOW - JOURNAL D’UNE FEMME EN CRISE (FR 2004 LA GUERRE À PARIS (FR 2002) CLUBBED TO DEATH (FR 1996) I IVAN, YOU ABRAHAM (FR 1993) CASTE CRIMINELLE (FRA 1990) CLASSIFIED PEOPLE (FRA 1988)
Yolande Zauberman was born in Paris and studied art history and economics before collaborating with Amos Gitaï. In 1987, she made her first documentary CLASSIFIED PEOPLE about apartheid in South Africa, and her next film, CASTE CRIMINELLE (1990), was invited to the Festival de Cannes. She is an extraordinary voice in French documentary filmmaking, daring to take up controversial and sensitive topics.
Guests: Peter Stefan Jungk (Paris) talks with Yolande Zauberman (Paris)