Ponevezh Time


Israel, 2012 | Documentary, 53 min.

Director: Yehonatan Indursky

Producers: Einat Pinsky – Goldschmidt , Talia Kleinhendler
Co producer: Osnat Handelsman-Keren

"A delicate masterpiece

charged with cumulative emotional power..."

"A rare document of a world

that hasn't been exposed yet..."
Jerusalem Time


For the first time, the world largest Ultra-Orthodox seminary opens its doors to a camera crew.The Ponevezh Yeshiva, founded in 1943, was the first Yeshiva to be established in Israel. Among the constant prayer and scholarly study of 1,200 students, stand fragile confused young men. The filmmaker, former student of the Yeshiva, captures daily authentic moments of hopes as well as sadness and loneliness in a place where an individual can be swept away by the massive crowd.

Awards and Festivals


Warsaw Phoenix for the best documentary film, International Film Fesdtival ''Jewish Motifs" 2014

The Best Debut Film Award from the Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum 2013

The Israeli Film Academy Nominee for the Best Documentary Award for 2013


Sardinia International Ethnographic Film Festival, September 2014
Duke University Library, June 2014
University of Florida, May 2014

International Film Festival Jewish Motifs, April 2014
Tartu World Film Festival, March 2014
Religions and Movies Festival Brazil, December 2013
Australia Jewish Film Festival, November 2013
Leipzig International Film Festival, October 2013
Hangzhou Asian Film Festival, China 2013
Film IsReal Holland 2013
Sao Paulo Israeli Film Festival 2013

Haifa International Film Festival



Spiro Ark Film series, London, March 2014

Princeton University


Directors: Yehonatan Indursky
Producer: Einat Pinsky – Goldschmidt ,Talia Kleinhendler
Co-Producer: Osnat Handelsman-Keren
Produced with the help of: Reset ,chanel 2, The new fund for cinema and TV
The Avi Chai foundation
Screenplay: Yehonatan Indursky
Cinematographer: Philippe Bellaiche
Editor: Tali Halter-Shenkar
Sound designer: Yossi Appelbaum

Original Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English


"The filmmaker allows his subjects to express themselves in a relaxed way, and it is refreshing to see people on camera who seem natural, in sharp contrast to the often artificial-feeling participants in so-called reality television or many other documentaries. Indursky’s portrait of Ponevezh makes its subjects more human and less remote".

Make Time for Ponevezh Time/ Jpost

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