Open-Air Cinema at the Fraenkelufer Synagogue 


On five summer evenings we will present and discuss new, groundbreaking and innovative films outdoors in the garden of the Fraenkelufer Synagogue. The films will deal with contemporary Jewish life in Germany and will include an examination of the past. Each evening will focus on a different aspect of Jewish life in Germany in order to demonstrate its diversity and rich culture. In this way we hope to show different points of view and create a platform for an open dialogue.


After the screenings there will also be a discussion with the filmmakers and relevant experts. Through the medium of film and the interesting selection of films, we hope to reach a diverse audience and to build a bridge for a non-Jewish audience as well.


Sponsored by: JLID2021

Program and organization: Dr. Lihi Nagler (Jewish Moving Pictures e.V.)

Production and Press: Dr. Dekel Peretz, Nina Peretz (Fraenkelufer Synagogue)

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Film Program - Entry 20:00 - Greetings & Film Start from 20:30


August 5 - Young Jewish Voices in German

Film Schools

We are opening the film series with three short films that have been made at German film schools in recent years. The directors of all three films will be at the opening event, giving us the opportunity to discuss the films and answer questions from the audience. The evening will be moderated by the creative director of the film series at Fraenkelufer, Dr. Lihi Nagler.

All films are shown in their original language with subtitles.

Film 1:  Masel Tov Cocktail (Dir. Arkadij Khaet, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, 30 min, 2020 Language: German/Russian Subtitles: English) Dima, 16, is the son of Russian immigrants, a high school student, and he is a Jew. That would not be worth mentioning if everyone didn't talk about it all the time - and the naive Dima experiences philosemitism, ignorance, Zionism and anti-Semitism as in the time-lapse of what is thought about Judaism in Germany and what is said both loud or softly. (Source: ARD / THE FIRST)

Film 2: Weeping Willows (Dir. Natalia Sinelnikova, Babelsberg Film University, 24 min, 2017, Language: German/Russian Subtitles: English) A therapist dies under mysterious circumstances. Nobody knows how and why. A Russian Jewish memorial service brings together his daughter, loved ones and former patients as they attempt to process the loss together. None of them, however, seem to have known him very well at all. Question arises as to whom the guests are actually mourning: the dead, for the lost home, or just for yourself? (Source: Babelsberg Film University)


Film 3: We're Back Again (Dir. Shirel Peleg, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, 7:45 min, 2016, Language: German/Hebrew Subtitles: English) A new generation has to deal with the past, as the old and dying generation learns to deal with moving forward. We Are Back Again tells you a moment from the life of a new generation of Jewish women, those in present-day Germany.(Source: Baden-Württemberg Film Academy and Crew United)

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August 12 - Looking Back, Jews in East Germany

Swimming Pool on Golan

(Dir. Esther Zimmering, Germany, 88 min, 2018)

Language: German/Hebrew/English  Subtitles: English

Discussion with: 

Esther Zimmering, Director

Dr. Klaus Zimmering

Dr. Philipp Stiasny, Jewish Moving Pictures e.V.


Based on the actress´ Esther Zimmering’s family history, the documentary explores the ideals that her relatives lived for. Her family followed two different paths after the Shoa and participated in founding two different states: the German Democratic Republic and Israel. The Fall of the Berlin Wall reunited Esther’s family. Esther begins to question and investigate the two different family histories. The film bridges three generations of German-Jewish life in West Germany, East Germany and Israel. Esther tells the story of her family in interviews, discussions and archive material. On the one hand, she explores her Israeli relatives’ ideals and dreams of developing the Israeli Kibbuz movement. On the other hand, she investigates the Socialist dreams of her grandfather, a co-founder of the Free German Youth, in East Germany.(Source: Esther Zimmering und Paul Zischler)


The film will be followed by a Q&A session with the director Esther Zimmering and her father Klaus Zimmering.

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"Das Unwort"

(Dir. Leo Kashin, Deutschland, 89 min, 2020)

Language: German  Subtitles: English

Discussion with:

Marina Chernivsky, Director „Competence Center for Prevention and Empowerment“, Managing Director Ofek e.V. 

Leo Khasin, Director

Tanja Berg, Board Member, Jüdisches Zentrum 
Synagoge Fraenkelufer e.V.

At a Berlin grammar school, parents, class teacher and school management gather for a crisis meeting: Max, 15, is threatened with expulsion. He has bitten off the earlobe of one of his classmates and broken the nose of another. It turns out, however, that the incident has a prior history: a while previously when the pupils got into an argument about the diary of Anne Frank during class, Max told them about his Jewish origins and became the target of months of bullying. The class teacher is overwhelmed by the conflict, the school management, however, tries to play down the problem. What is the right way to deal with the situation? Will the matter be resolved if other pupils are expelled from school instead of Max? An escalation is pre-ordained, and at the school conference, the whole thing comes to a head. A confrontation breaks out between the strained parents, teachers and school management, in which each side "gets its due". A film about everyday violence, prejudice, exclusion and the challenges of dealing with such matters. (Source: ZDF)


26. August–

Die dritte




(Dir. Sharon Ryba-Kahn, Deutschland, 90 min, 2020)

Languages: German/Yiddish/English   Subtitles: English

Discussion with:

Sharon Ryba-Kahn, Director

Nirit Bialer, board member Jüdisches Zentrum Synagoge Fraenkelufer e.V und Habait e.V

Sharon’s relationship with Germany has always been conflictual to say the least, at the same this was something she had just accepted. This is true although she was born in Munich and currently lives in Berlin. Sharon is Jewish and a third generation Shoah survivor. 
When her estranged father Moritz contacts her again after 7 years, it becomes an impetus for her to reconstruct her father’s family history.  From here on a journey begins in which Sharon tries to understand who her father is and who his parents were. After having survived the Holocaust her father’s parents, who were originally from Poland arrived in Munich, in the American zone. They remained in Munich for the longest time. Sharon travels from place to place, from person to person trying to understand, how has the Shoah impacted her father’s family. The past leads her always back to her own life, after all she is living in Germany. Little by little she also confronts her non-Jewish German environment. (Source: Tondowski Films)




(Dir. Ester Amrami, Deutschland, 87 min, 2014)

Language: German/Hebrew    Subtitle: English

Discussion with:


Screenwriter Momme Peters

Tal Alon, SPITZ Magazin, and Stiftung Deutsch-Israelisches Zukunftsforum

2. September– Interkulturelle Liebe

Imagine you left your home to move far away. You got carried away by a wind of change and became untrue to yourself. You reinvented yourself and felt free. All of a sudden though, pressure arises within you; at first a slight longing which soon becomes a gaping hole. The feeling is distinct, almost tangible, however, you cannot describe it. Words fail you. You return to where everything began, your home, yet the terrible void remains and you begin to wonder: was it always part of me? (Source: Film Universität Babelsberg)

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19. August– Antisemitismus

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