The Boy from Breslev

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The Boy from Breslev

The goal is to spread the word of the Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Natan’s family runs a widespread book-distributing operation from their house in Meiron. Once a week, a group of about five men leaves on a distribution journey of several days, travelling throughout the country. They have no planned route, they stop according to their gut feeling, they don’t know where they’re going to spend the night or what they’re going to eat, and they often sleep in dilapidated apartments, living off of the donations they receive while dancing. Whenever they meet people, they stop, put up stickers on cars and break into dance in the streets to the sound of eclectic musical genres. They’ve got trance music and Hassidic music, as well as pop songs.

This film depicts the “behind the scenes” world of the Breslev Hassidic Jews who dance at traffic junctions – as seen through the eyes of a boy, Natan, who grew up in a privileged family central to the group’s activities. The film was made in the framework of the Growing Pains program, in which Israeli film directors were invited to create documentaries intended for, and focusing on, teenagers. The project encourages the viewing of documentaries through creating films that relate to the lives and issues of teenagers in Israel today.

Festivals and Awards:

Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival, 2010

Director: Rafi Tzukran, Dana Ha’Cohen

Producer: Ch'im Shrir

Cinematographer: Rafi Tzukran

Editor: Nachum Grinberg

Soundtrack Editor: Idan Shemesh

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio, and Israeli Educational Television

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: (הילד מברסלב ("פצעי בגרות"

The goal is to spread the word of the Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Natan’s family runs a widespread book-distributing operation from their house in Meiron. Once a week, a group of about five men leaves on a distribution journey of several days, travelling throughout the country. They have no planned route, they stop according to their gut feeling, they don’t know where they’re going to spend the night or what they’re going to eat, and they often sleep in dilapidated apartments, living off of the donations they receive while dancing. Whenever they meet people, they stop, put up stickers on cars and break into dance in the streets to the sound of eclectic musical genres. They’ve got trance music and Hassidic music, as well as pop songs.

This film depicts the “behind the scenes” world of the Breslev Hassidic Jews who dance at traffic junctions – as seen through the eyes of a boy, Natan, who grew up in a privileged family central to the group’s activities. The film was made in the framework of the Growing Pains program, in which Israeli film directors were invited to create documentaries intended for, and focusing on, teenagers. The project encourages the viewing of documentaries through creating films that relate to the lives and issues of teenagers in Israel today.

Festivals and Awards:

Tel Aviv International Children's Film Festival, 2010

 

Director: Rafi Tzukran, Dana Ha’Cohen

Producer: Ch'im Shrir

Cinematographer: Rafi Tzukran

Editor: Nachum Grinberg

Soundtrack Editor: Idan Shemesh

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio, and Israeli Educational Television

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: (הילד מברסלב ("פצעי בגרות"

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