The Testament

Yoel, a meticulous historian leading a significant debate against holocaust deniers, discovers that his mother carries a false identity. A mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth.

88 minutes
Amichai Greenberg
Poster for The Testament

Shown at

  1. 15th Annual JCC Rockland International Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  2. 15th Annual Ventura County Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  3. 20th Annual Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival (Detroit) - 2018
  4. 22nd Annual Hartford Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  5. 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival of Dallas - 2018
  6. 26th Portland Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  7. 26th Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  8. 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  9. 33rd Annual Buffalo International Jewish Film - 2018
  10. 7th Annual Augusta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  11. Atlanta Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  12. Austin Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  13. Brooklyn Israel Film Festival - 2018
  14. Budapesti Zsidó és Izraeli Filmfesztivál - 2018
  15. Charlotte Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  16. Columbus Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  17. Donald M. Ephraim Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  18. Edmonton Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  19. Fresno Jewish Film Series - 2018
  20. Gainesville Jewish Film Fest - 2018
  21. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  22. Harrisburg Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  23. Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  24. Indianapolis Israeli Film Festival - 2018
  25. Israel Film Festival - Singapore - 2018
  26. Israel Film Festival New York - 2018
  27. Jewish and Israeli Film Festival (Allentown) - 2019
  28. Jewish Cinema Mississippi - 2018
  29. Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida - 2018
  30. JPL Israeli Film Festival (Montreal) - 2019
  31. Karen Schneider Jewish Film Festival of Flint - 2018
  32. Miami Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  33. Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  34. Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival - 2019
  35. Nashville Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  36. Randi & Bruce Pergament Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  37. Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  38. Savannah Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  39. SERET - The UK Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2019
  40. SERET Internacional (Santiago) - 2018
  41. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2018
  42. Seret: The Amsterdam Israeli Film and Television Festival - 2018
  43. Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  44. Sonoma County Israeli Film Fest - 2019
  45. St. Louis Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  46. Tampa Bay Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  47. Treasure Coast Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  48. UK Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  49. Vancouver Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  50. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2018
  51. Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival - 2018

10 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Jerusalem is modern, secular, austere, noisy and progressive, in line with the aesthetics and the people of the institute, but it is simultaneously claustrophobic, damaged, conventional, quiet and outmoded, much like the Orthodox neighbourhoods where the hero lives. These are two sides of the same Israeli society, which usually have nothing in common apart from their collective historical memory.

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    One of the first things that strikes me during the film is what contrast Yoel’s modern workplace is with his profession that is researching and digging in the old one.

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    A Jewish historian investigating a Holocaust atrocity uncovers an identity-challenging family secret in this low-key film.

  4. jewishfilmfests says:

    Holocaust film ‘The Testament’ breaks poignant new ground in a flooded genre. Israeli director Amichai Greenberg unfolds a number of surprises in a movie which asks when ‘Never Again’ evolves from ideology to liturgy

  5. jewishfilmfests says:

    ‘The Testament’ manages to avoid the familiar tropes of Holocaust movies and to provide a surprising viewpoint

  6. jewishfilmfests says:

    Greenberg and cinematographer Moshe Mishali pull off the occasional arresting image, such as the very first shot, in which Yoel traverses an ancient-looking stone bridge. Scenes featuring vast library shelves, meanwhile, play tricks of scale to subtly emphasize our hero’s inconspicuous smallness within the larger mechanism of the Institute.

  7. jewishfilmfests says:

    Israeli director’s slow-burn thriller probes legacy of Holocaust for survivors and contemporary questions of identity.

  8. jewishfilmfests says:

    In the end, The Testament doesn’t take those questions in directions that make it very fun to watch. Like Yoel, the film has a dryness to it that just keeps it distant. Perhaps for those closely connected to the religion, the film will have a deeper impact. The Testament is a lost opportunity to truly connect a wider audience with the universal question of what makes us who we are.

  9. jewishfilmfests says:

    THE TESTAMENT is an intriguing mystery and a different kind of Holocaust tale, as well as a thoughtful exploration of the nature of identity.

  10. jewishfilmfests says:

    “The Testament,” a remarkably reflective masterpiece, is being shown at many Jewish Film Festivals showing throughout the United States.

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