"Cinema Avot" 2002 : Children Making Films about Judaism
About the Project
Cinema Avot combined lessons and exegeses on Pirke Avot with film studies. Supported by the Ministry of Education, this project targeted high school students and enabled them to study Pirke Avot and make a film on a subject that they studied.

Lessons from Pirke Avot reflect a democratic humanist world view that transcends place and time are appropriate for every person, every culture, religion and faith.

Participants studied Pirke Avot while contemplating the deep meanings of the texts. In parallel, they learned the basics of screenwriting and filmmaking, which enabled them to adapt dilemmas from the texts and to turn them into contemporary stories in films that reflect the reality in which they live. Thus, an ancient tradition was converted into a modern discussion that has relevance to contemporary lives and experiences.

The films were produced by students studying film at school, with assistance from the professional staff of the Lahav Association.
A Way of My Own (2001)
"The Jewish People Today—Belonging and Commitment" (2003)
Cinema Avot- About the process
The project was based on a collaborative process between representatives of the two sides in the project: Religious studies teachers taught lessons in Pirke Avot and professional filmmakers and screenwriters from the Lahav Association taught and facilitated lessons on the art and skills of screenwriting, opening the creative mind, and film production.

The students studied lessons and sayings from the Avot tractate. Together with their teacher and filmmaking facilitators from the Lahav Association, the students chose a lesson or saying and analyzed it, uncovering its essential ethical message. This message was then given expression in a contemporary story based on the students' daily lives.

With assistance from a filmmaking facilitator and input from students, the initial story was adapted into a screenplay that reflected the students' social and cultural world and their awareness of the Pirke Avot passage that was studied.

Filming took place in two exciting days, with the students fulfilling most of the main acting and production roles. The films were screened at the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.

The films were released together with a workbook and together they constitute an integrated teaching kit that offers a basis for activities that can enable youths to express themselves on subjects related to Judaism.
The Films
The Films
Bialik School, Tel Aviv (6th Grade)

A new friendship forged between two unpopular kids in class turns them from strangers to friends. Through consideration, sensitivity and generosity, we learn with them about the power of friendship.

Based on the saying: "Receive every person with a pleasant face." (Avot 1:15)
"Friends and Friendship"
Pelach High School, Jerusalem (9th Grade)

Moriah, an excellent student, is shunned by her classmates. With great difficulty, Moriah discovers the loneliness of a person who fights society alone, with truth and justice on her side.

Based on the saying: "Let your house be a gathering place for the wise; Be covered by the dust of their feet, and drink in their words with thirst."(Avot 1:4).
"Four Hands"
Hayovel High School, Herzliya (10th Grade)

Noga is torn between her love for music and the rigid practice schedule imposed by her father, who is her piano teacher. The film asks poignant questions about how learning should take place—whether with pleasure or through a rigid regimen. It also seeks to identify the characteristics of an ideal teacher.
Based on the saying "The shy one does not learn and the short-tempered one cannot teach." (Avot 2:5)
Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport—Pedagogical Secretariat

Commission on Implementation of the Shenhar and Kremnitzer Reports

The Division for Communications and Cinema Oversight
"Prachim" Foundation

The Jewish Agency for Israel

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