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Short Film, Russia, Religion, Jewish Film, Civil Rights
Anat Vovnoboy
14 minutes


Official Selection New York Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection Berlin Jewish Film Festival
Official Selection Toronto Jewish Film Festival



Rare archival footage shows underground plays staged by groups of Jewish dissidents during the Soviet regime, when all expression of Jewish culture was forbidden. With satire and comedy, the young activists expressed their criticism of the oppressive regime risking lifelong imprisonment, or worse.



Anat Vovnoboy is a documentary filmmaker, journalist and video artist. She graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts and her thesis film Gateway to Heaven, have won a number of awards in different film festivals. Anat’s video art work, Lullaby, was commissioned by the Israel Museum in Jerusalem and was later presented in Ackland Art Museum and the Andrea Meislin Gallery, in NYC.

Today Anat works at the foreign desk of Channel 10 news in Israel and is pursuing an MA in Film at Tel Aviv University.

The film Pur was inspired by Anat’s personal experience and memories of the Purim Shpiel shows she was taken to by her parents as a little girl growing up in Moscow, Russia.

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