12º Festival Internacional de Cine Judío de Argentina – 2014

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  1. Paul Hirschberger says:

    Our new film TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL completed in 2014, recently premiered at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to enthusiastic and adoring audiences. Since I now live in Los Angeles, it would give me great pleasure to show TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL in my new hometown. Let me know if you have interest in speaking with me or screening the completed film. We are preparing to screen at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Seattle, Atlanta and Houston Jewish film festivals as well. The amount of interest has been quite thrilling and encouraging.

    View our new trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnsIPq4zzYI

    Following is the introduction to Touchdown Israel:
    My latest film, Touchdown Israel – Tackle Football in the Holyland has been selected to screen at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF). This is quite an honor, considering that the SFJFF is the oldest and largest Jewish film festival in the world with over 34,000 annual visitors.

    I was inspired to make Touchdown Israel after reading an article in the Wall Street Journal reporting on tackle football in Israel. Not only was football being played, but there was evidence that some of the teams were integrated, with Jews, Arabs and Christians and actually getting along. A small miracle in an unlikely place, this is especially true considering the current events in Israel. I wondered, are team sports a map to settling age old differences? In the words of Kofi Annan, the former UN Secretary-General “We must use the power of sport as an agent of social change”. The short story is that after three and a half years, five trips to Israel, and many hours of editing, Touchdown will premiere on July 26th and 27th and close on August 9th and 10th.

    Peter L Stein on Touchdown Israel:
    Flash quiz: name a Jewish pro football player. Stumped? No wonder, there have been precious few. So Israel is the last place you would expect the corn-fed, Friday Night Lights tradition of American football to catch on. But don’t tell that to the passionate players and coaches in the 11-team Israel Football League, who play for nothing but pride and have had to endure years of matches played on woefully short soccer fields, under bad lighting, with no locker rooms, in front of an indifferent public. Touchdown Israel is a surprising look at how the gridiron sport has found an unlikely toehold in the Holy Land. Initially imported in the 1990s by American-born Israelis who deeply missed the scrimmages of their youth, American football in Israel has had to counter not only the vastly more popular appeal of soccer and basketball, but legions of Jewish mothers worried about their grown sons’ injuries. As league macher Steve Leibowitz claims, “Jewish mothers somehow don’t get it, it’s nice to be bruised.” But the documentary has serious points to make as well, as it examines the Jewish-Arab camaraderie (and occasional tensions) within the multiethnic lineup of the Tel Aviv–Jaffa Sabres, as well as the controversial “bad boy” profile of the Judean Rebels, a team composed largely of West Bank settlers. Some rivalries go deeper than sports.

    You can check out our new trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnsIPq4zzYI, and if you enjoy it, visit our FaceBook page https://www.facebook.com/TouchdownIsrael?ref_type=bookmark, and “Like” our page.


    Paul Hirschberger
    508 315 9067 – cell
    West Hollywood, CA 90046

    YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnsIPq4zzYI
    Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/97854535

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Dear Mr. Hirschberger

    We added your film to this site in June, see: http://jewishfilmfestivals.org/films/2014/touchdown-israel/

    FYI: We plan to add a feature to the site, which should show at which festivals films were shown.

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