the Ma'aleh school of television, film & the arts, Jerusalem

And Thou Shalt Love

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*Adult Subject Matter
Ohad, who is studying in the special "Hesder" program for orthodox soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, experiences profound loneliness while he conceals from others that he is gay.  After calling a religious hotline for advice, Ohad is convinced that he is "cured".  Then Ohad's study partner Nir returns from the army.  Ohad finds he can no longer evade the difficult questions, both within himself, and between himself and God.
 

Crew
Director: Chaim Elbaum
Screenwriter: Chaim Elbaum
Cast
Ori Lachmi, Omer Zonenschein
Screenings & Prizes

Awards
First Prize, Best Fictional Film, Maaleh Graduating ceremony, 2007
First Prize, Best Drama, Jerusalem Film Festival (Wolgin) 2008
Audience Award, International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2008
First Prize, Best Short Film, The Jerusalem International Jewish Film Festival 2008
First Prize, Best Israeli Short Film, FilmIsReal Amsterdam, May 2009
Bronze Pheonix Award, Warsaw International Jewish Film Festival 2009
 
 

Festivals

The Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival 2008.

The Jerusalem International Film Festival 2008.

The 'Munich Filmschoolfest', Germany 2008.

The Jerusalem Jewish International Film Festival 2008.

The 'Travelling' Film Festival, France 2009.

The Verzaubert International Queer Film Festival, Germany 2009.

The Cape Winelands Film Festival 2009.

The 'Jewish Motifs' Film Festival, Warsaw 2009

The Stockholm Jewish Film Festival, Sweden 2009

The 'FilmIsReal' Film Festival, Amsterdam 2009

The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2009

The 'Queer Lisboa' Film Festival, Portugal 2009

The 'Southwest' GLBT Film Festival, New Mexico 2009

The 'Religion Today' International Film Festival, Rome 2009

The International Film Festival, Strasbourg 2009

The International Jewish Film Festival UK 2009

The 'Pitigliani Kolno'a' Film Festival, Rome 2009
The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival 2009

The Los Angeles Israeli Film Festival 2009

The 'Medfilm' International Film Festival, Rome 2009

The New York Israeli Film Festival 2009

The Jewish Film Festival, Washington DC 2009

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival 2010

The 'Festival Del sol' GLBT International Film Festival, Spain 2010

The Contra Costa Jewish International Film Festival 2010

 
 
Screenings:
 
Limmud-Oz, Australia, June 2009
Limmud LA Los Angeles, Feb 2009 
Cinemateque Paris December 2009
New Center for Arts & Culture, Boston January 2010