The Quest for the Missing Piece

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The Quest for the Missing Piece

Oded Lotan, an Israeli-born film-maker living in Germany, dares to cope with one of the ‘holy cows’ concepts of the Jewish tradition – the circumcision. Lotan embarks on a journey to seek the historic origins of the custom, as well as his own family history. His investigations go in two directions – one is historical and demographic research which leads him to the discovery of the practice across the globe. More interesting, however are the discoveries he makes in Israel, questioning family, rabbis and mohels (the specialists who perform circumcision), people who oppose the tradition, and people who approach it in an almost mystical manner.

Festivals and Awards:

DOCAVIV International Film Festival, Israel, 2007;  Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 2007; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, 2007; AFI L.A., USA, 2007; Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 2007; UK Jewish Film Festival, 2007; New York Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007; Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007; Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy, 2008; Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Indianapolis International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2008; San Fracisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008

Director: Oded Lotan

Producer: Claudia Levin, Jens Terrahe, Jorg Langer

Production Company: Claudius Film LTD

Cinematographer: Yosi Aviram

Editor: Tali Helter-Shenkar

Soundtrack Editor: Ophir Lokay

Original Soundtrack: Jonathan Bar-Giora

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio, ARTE/BR

Cast: Illustration: Ruth Gwily

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: בעקבות החתיכה החסרה

Oded Lotan, an Israeli-born film-maker living in Germany, dares to cope with one of the ‘holy cows’ concepts of the Jewish tradition – the circumcision. Lotan embarks on a journey to seek the historic origins of the custom, as well as his own family history. His investigations go in two directions – one is historical and demographic research which leads him to the discovery of the practice across the globe. More interesting, however are the discoveries he makes in Israel, questioning family, rabbis and mohels (the specialists who perform circumcision), people who oppose the tradition, and people who approach it in an almost mystical manner.

Festivals and Awards:

DOCAVIV International Film Festival, Israel, 2007;  Montreal World Film Festival, Canada, 2007; Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, 2007; AFI L.A., USA, 2007; Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 2007; UK Jewish Film Festival, 2007; New York Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007; Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2007; Turin International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Italy, 2008; Palm Springs International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Indianapolis International Film Festival, USA, 2008; Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2008; San Fracisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008

Director: Oded Lotan

Producer: Claudia Levin, Jens Terrahe, Jorg Langer

Production Company: Claudius Film LTD

Cinematographer: Yosi Aviram

Editor: Tali Helter-Shenkar

Soundtrack Editor: Ophir Lokay

Original Soundtrack: Jonathan Bar-Giora

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio, ARTE/BR

Cast: Illustration: Ruth Gwily

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: בעקבות החתיכה החסרה

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