Back to Berlin

Dir. Catherine Lurie | 76 min
Documentary Bulgaria / Czech Republic / Germany / Greece / Hungary / Israel / Poland / Romania / Slovakia 2018 EnglishHebrewHungarianRomanianPolish with English subtitles World Premiere

Saturday, May 54:30 PM Bethesda Row Cinema On Rush*

Wednesday, May 98:30 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

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An epic journey that marries biker-flick and Holocaust documentary. In 2015, the European Maccabi Games (aka the Jewish Olympics) were held in Germany for the first time since WWII at the Waldbühne Stadium, site of Hitler’s infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics.

We follow eleven Israeli motor-bikers carrying the Maccabi torch from Tel Aviv to Berlin, retracing the tracks of early 1930s riders who set out from the British Mandate of Palestine to all corners of Europe spreading the word about the first Maccabi Games.

Screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Catherine Lurie and producer Rosa Russo.


Co-sponsored by The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (Chairman, Alan Sherman)


Co-presented by The Kosciuszko Foundation German Historical Institute Polish American Arts Association


Screenings followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Catherine Lurie and producer Rosa Russo

Catherine Lurie is a journalist, director and producer, based in London. She is the European Correspondent for the New York-based TV Channel JBS and is a member of the Foreign Press Association. She has written, produced and directed eight TV human interest stories including the 2013 Maccabiah Games for the LA-based channel, JLTV. Catherine has had a long association with the Maccabiah. She joined the Committee of 18 in LA in 2011 and the Board of Trustees for Maccabi World Union (MWU) in2013. She is also a UK member of the European Jewish Parliament.

Rosa Russo is an award-winning producer and director: her experience ranges from creative to logistical, and she has taken on projects of different strands of the film industry from any stage. Rosa started her career as a theatre Assistant Director and Light Designer but soon moved in the film industry working as First Assistant Director with established Italian independent filmmakers. Rosa has gone on to become an accomplished Producer, with some of her films selected to participate in international festivals. Her titles include “Capo Nord”, “Le Vite degli Altri”, “Borges and I”, and “May I Kill U”. Her directorial debut, the documentary “Everyday But Sunday” won the 2010 Unicef Award at OETI. She is also working on her next feature documentary “OneGirl”, which has been awarded the development fund by Media Programme.


Print Source

Hadar Taylor Schechter


This event finished on May 10, 2018.