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Torn


Israel, 2011 | Documentary, 52/72 min.
Director: Ronit Kertsner

Producers: Ronit Kertsner

Can one be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time?

12 years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and that his name was Jacob Weksler.

The film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel. Romuald is torn between two identities, between being Romuald Waszkinel or Jacob Weksler. He is unable to renounce either, and therefore is rejected by both religions and the state of Israel. He is required to choose.

 

Article from the Jerusalem Post (2011)

Article from Haaretz Newspaper (2009)

Article from New York Times (1999)

Article by Peggy Bowes (2011)

Review by Amy Kronish (2011)

 

Awards:

Special Jury Mention Award at the Religion Today International Film Festival 2012 Italy. In the category of Dialogue and Identity.

Nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary Film, Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2011

Festivals:

United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, USA, January 2015
Embassy Copenhagen Denmark, October 2014
Haverford Yiddish Culture Festival, September 2014
University of Florida, May 2014
Australia Jewish Film Festival, March 2014
Detroit Jewish Film Festival, January 2014
Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, January 2014
Levine Sklut Judiac Library, December 2013
Palm Beach Synagogue, December 2013
Lincoln Square Synagogue, November 2013
Temple Beth El Springfield, September 2013
Or Olam Synagogue, August 2013
Tiferet Israel Congregation, August 2013
Temple Sinai, Saratoga, August 2013
Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival, May 2013
Dayton Jewish Film Festival, April 2013
Detroit JCC, April 2013
Allentown JCC, March 2013
Glasgow Jewish Film Series, March 2013
Kinloss Synagouge, March 2013
San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, February 2013
Fed. Greater Washington, February 2013
Mobile Jewish Film Festival, January 2013
Baton Rouge Jewish Fed, January 2013
Temple Anshe Sholom, December 2012
Stamford Jewish Arts and Film Festival, October 2012
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, October 2012
Religion Today, October 2012
Peninsula JCC in Foster City, October 2012
Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, October 2012
Romedia Foundation, October 2012
Jewish Fed. El Paso, September 2012
JCC Dallas, September 2012
CineMigrante International Film Festival, September 2012

Hamptons International Film Festival 2012
Rochester Jewish Film Festival 2012
Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2012
Cummings Jewish Film Festival 2012
Grand Rapids Jewish Film Festival 2012
Portland Jewish Film Festival 2012
Temple Beth El, Aptos CA 2012
Austin Jewish Film Festival 2012
Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival 2012
Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival 2012
San Francisco Jewish Film Series 2012
KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival 2012
Israeli Film Festival in Los Angeles 2012
Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival 2012
FilmIsreal! Holland  Film Festival 2012
Edmonton Jewish Film Festival 2012
East Bay Jewish Film Festival 2012
Ventura County Jewish Film Festival 2012
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2012
San Diego Jewish Film Festival 2012
New York Jewish Film Festival 2012
Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival 2011
Vancouver Jewish Film Festival 2011
The Other Israeli Film Festival 2011
Rutgers Jewish Film Festival 2011
Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival 2011

Los Angeles Jewish FIlm Festival- Museum of Tolerance 2011

Official Competition, Verzio Intl. Human Rights Docs 2011

Official Competition,  Docaviv International Film Festival 2011

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2011

Educational:

University of South Florida

Polish Film Institute, UK - with attendance of Polish Ambassador and filmmaker

Hillel Center at Denver University

Harvard University

Library of Congress

Yad Vashem Library

Haifa University

 

 

 

Directors: Ronit Kertsner
Producer: Ronit Kertsner
Produced with the help of: noga communications Makor fund
Director of Photography: Ron Katzenelson
Cinematographer: Oded Kimchi, Shalom Rufeizen
Editor: Ronit Kertsner
Sound designer: Saron Shama

Original Language: Hebrew, English and Polish
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

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The Jewish Daily Forward, July 2011

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