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My Father My Lord

A Film by: David Volach
(Israel, 2007, 73 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English subtitles, Cast: Assi Dayan, Sharon Hacohen Bar, Ilan Grif)

Winner of Tribeca Film Festival 2007 Top Award, Winner of Taormina Film Festival 2007 Best Director.

David Volach’s first film, My Father My Lord  was conceived as a thematic dialogue with Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Decalogue 1” and framed as a variation on the story of Abraham and Isaac.

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.

Volach comments: “In My Father My Lord, I wanted to demonstrate the foundations of the atheistic excitement which are ingrained in us from childhood – the natural curiosity through which life is observed; the encountering of events as they are without a self-imposed meaning; emotions accessed directly, devoid of hierarchic discipline – a world view full of wonder. Furthermore, through the film I wanted to convey the perplexity of religious belief – the larger-than-life ideologies - as clumsy and lacking in mental and human authenticity. I wished to cast doubt upon the emotional reliability of anything that binds us via the unholy trinity of Authority, Discipline and Meaning."

David Volach was born in Israel in 1970 and brought up, together with his 19 siblings, in the ultra- orthodox religious community of Jerusalem, one of the most religious communities in the country. In his late teens, he studied at the prestigious Ponevezh Talmudical Yeshiva, where he began a long process of secularization. At age twenty-five, he left the religious community, became secular and moved to Tel-Aviv to study film.

Living with his wife and son in the ultra-orthodox  community of Jerusalem, Rabbi Abraham devotes his life to the study of Torah and Jewish Law. His son Menahem is at an age where he absorbs the world around him as a place of wonder. He does not resist but follows listlessly as his father leads him along the straight and narrow path that must be pursued by men of faith. But Abraham’s guidance can count for only so much in the scheme of the universe. On a summer vacation to the Dead Sea, his faith is put to the test.
 

QUOTES

“With the primordial clarity of fable, David Volach’s astonishing debut feature recalls that most terrible of Jewish parables, Abraham’s sacrifice of his son Isaac…combines great emotional accessibility with the sheer exoticism of a totally alien culture, making it an arthouse dream.” - Ronnie Scheib’s Variety review, May 2007

“Every once in a while a film takes you completely by surprise. It grabs you by the lapels, gets in your face and says ‘This is very important.’ Films like those make this job worth doing, and every film critic wishes there were more of them. …My Father My Lord is just such a film.” - George Robinson, Jewish Week, April 2007


AWARDS, FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

• Tribeca Film Festival 2007 - Winner of the Top Award
 Taormina Film Festival 2007 - Winner of the Best Director Award
 Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema 2007
 Melbourne International Film Festival 2007
 Copenhagen International Film Festival 2007
 Filmfest Hamburg 2007, Germany
 Boston Jewish Film Festival 2007
 Rutgers New Jersey Jewish    Film Festival 
 Tbilisi International Film Festival 2007
 Burns Film Center, NY
 Rockland Jewish Film Festival, NY
 UK Jewish Film Festival
 Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
 Boston Jewish Film Festival
 Contra Costa Jewish  Film Festival, USA
 Atlanta Jewish  Film Festival
 Rome Israeli Film Festival
 Miami Jewish Film Festival
 Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival
 Austin Jewish Film Festival, USA
 San Antonio Jewish Film Festival
 New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
 Washington Jewish Film Festival
 Berlin Jewish Film Festival
 Israeli Film Festival in Barzil
 Toronto Jewish Film Festival
 Berlin Jewish Film Festival
 Cleveland Jewish Film Festival
 San Jose Jewish Film Festival
 Cleveland Jewish Film Festival
 San Diego Jewish Film Festival
 Peninsula Jewish Film Festival
 Allentown Jewish Film Series
 Chicago Israeli Film Festival
 Boston Jewish Film Festival
 Australia Jewish Film Festival
 Seoul Family Film Festival
 Calgary Jewish Film Festival
 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
 Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival
 Tucson Jewish Film Festival
 SinFronteras Film Festival, Medellin
 Stockholm Jewish Film Festival
 Temple Emanuel, Dallas
 Basel Israeli Film Series
 Staten Island JCC
 Festiwal Polskich Filmow
 Buenos Aires JFF
 Green Road Synagogue
• PKF Rome 2014
 

Screening fee:  $500.00

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