WINNER Best Documentary- Jewish Film Festival of Besalu, Spain 2008
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Boston Jewish Film Festival 2009
Jewish Film Festival of Besalu, Spain 2008
Jewish Eye International Film Festival, Ashkelon, Israel 2008
Joods Historisch Museum, Amsterdam 2008
Dutch National Channel 2 (JO)
Dutch, Surinamese, African, Catholics, Muslims, Jews: young people from all over The Netherlands come to ITS DNA, a unique international, multicultural theater school in Amsterdam. Under the leadership of Loes Hegger, they make creative use of their different backgrounds in adapting the Sholem Aleichem’s 1907 novel The Bloody Hoax into a poignant production that explores issues of identity and tolerance. In the Aleichem story two students, one Russian Christian and the other Russian Jewish, exchange identities, exposing entrenched antisemitism and discrimination. One hundred years after Aleichem’s story, in a culture that prides itself on openness, the students' goal is to celebrate diversity while producing meaningful art. The camera's rapid motion and jump cuts echo the energy of these young actors.
ABOUT DIRECTOR ERGA NETZ
Erga Netz is an Israeli-born Dutch citizen. Since 1988 she has lived in The Netherlands and worked as a film producer and scriptwriter with her partner Izzy Abrahami. Her films, as producer and co-writer include: Israel: The Other Reality; We Have No War-Songs: Gypsies, the Professional Amateurs of Life; Summer, Autumn, WAR, Spring: Israel Rocks! A Journey Through Music of Visions and Division; Simply Human, Hans Snoek: Lifelong Dancing, Lifetime Giving; On Grace Kelly, Money, Dreams; WhiteFlag: Playing with the Enemy. How To: Be Or Not To Be is her solo directorial debut.
ALSO BY ERGA NETZ
How To: Be Or Not To Be
Netherlands, 2008, 58 minutes
English and Dutch with English subtitles
Directed by Erga Netz
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