Join Israeli cinematographer Yoav Kosh on campus or in venues around the state for screenings and discussions of recently released Israeli films that reflect facets of contemporary life in Israel.  All screenings are free unless otherwise noted.

Life According to Agfa

A film by Assi Dayan. Israel, 1992, 102 Minutes, Hebrew, English subtitles.
In this tragic drama, the characters are all denizens of Tel Aviv’s nightlife, and the action takes place in an all-night bar owned by two women with difficult romantic relationships.

  • Colby (Pugh Center) — Monday, Feb. 7, 7:00 pm
  • Bangor (Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York St.) — Sunday, Feb. 13, 3:00 pm
  • Portland (Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave.) — Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:00 pm

My Father, My Lord

A film by David Volach. Israel, 2007, 73 Minutes, Hebrew, English subtitles. Winner of Tribeca Film Festival 2007 Top Award, Winner of Taormina Film Festival 2007 Best Director.

The film depicts a man, devoted to a life of study and worship, who hopes to impart his faith to his young son. It is a journey to the innermost world of the believer as he comes face to face with the still silence of God.

  • Colby (Diamond 141) — Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:00 pm
  • Auburn (Temple Shalom Synagogue-Center) — Sunday, April 10, 5:30 pm
  • Bangor (Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York St.) — Sunday, April 24, 3:00 pm
  • Bates College (location TBA) — Thursday, March 3,time TBA
  • Brunswick (Frontier Cinema, 14 Maine St; sponsored by Beth Israel Congregation of Bath) — Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 pm
  • Portland (Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave.) — Saturday, Feb. 12, 7:00 pm

Vasermil

A film by Mushon Salmona. Israel, 2007, 93 Minutes, Color, Hebrew/Amharic/Russian, English subtitles.


The film, named after the soccer stadium located in Be’er Sheva in southern Israel, tells the story of three teenagers who pin their hopes on soccer as a way out of an unforgiving environment.

  • Colby (Lovejoy 215) — Monday, Feb. 28, 7:00 pm
  • Bangor (Temple Beth El, 183 French St.) — Tuesday, March 1, 6:30 pm
  • Portland (Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave.) — Saturday, Feb. 26, 7:00 pm
  • Rockland (Rockland Public Library, 80 Union St.) — Thursday, May 5, 6:00 pm
  • University of New England, Biddeford Campus (Sutton Lounge, Decary Hall; co-sponsored by Etz Chaim Synagogue) — Sunday, May 1, 6:00 pm

Shiva

A film by Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz. Israel, 2008, 103 Minutes, Hebrew/ French/ Moroccan, English subtitles.

In this emotional rollercoaster, acclaimed Israeli actress Ronit Elkabetz teams up with her brother Shlomi Elkabetz to direct a fascinating portrait of a Moroccan family as they gather to mourn the sudden death of their brother.

  • Colby (Diamond 141) — Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm
  • Augusta (Tempe Beth El, 3 Woodlawn St) — Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm
  • Bangor (Temple Beth El, 183 French St.) — Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 pm
  • Bowdoin College — Friday, April 22
  • Portland (Temple Beth El, 400 Deering Ave.) — Saturday, March 5, 7:00 pm

Yoav Kosh, the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program artist-in-residence at Colby College this semester, has been an active filmmaker and teacher in Israel for the past 25 years. His cinematography credits include about twenty five feature-length movies and dozens of television shows, drama series, and documentaries. Yoav has won numerous honors for his work, including two awards for “Best Cinematography” from the Israeli Film Academy, that country’s counterpart to the Oscars.

The goal of the Schusterman Visiting Artist Program is to engage American audiences with Israeli artists of diverse disciplines and enable them to experience in depth a vibrant and creative face of Israel.  The program is a project of the Foundation for Jewish Culture and is supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.  The involvement of Colby’s Jewish Studies Program has been made possible by the Bronstein Fund for Jewish Studies.  Support for on-campus screenings comes from the Cultural Events Committee and the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement.  Support for off-campus screenings has been provided by Patriot Subaru in Saco and by the hosting institutions.