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Menachem and Fred

This is the story of two brothers who for decades feared to meet.
Attempting to repress their past and build new lives, the brothers buried dark secrets in their hearts. Only when rare letters were found, letters from their parents who were in a concentration camp at the time, to the orphanage where the brothers hid during the second world war, did Menachem and Fred start to re-establish contact and come to terms with their past.
Menachem and Fred live in two extremes of Jewish identity. Fred is an American aerospace engineer. His children are married to Christians. Menachem is religious, holds a doctorate in education, and lives in Jerusalem. His children live in West Bank settlements.
The film accompanies Menachem and Fred on an emotionally charged journey that examines their past and probes their psyches. A strange, unexpected relationship develops with the Hopp family, sons of the Nazi who deported their family to the concentration camp. Dietmar Hopp is one of the wealthiest men in Germany and owner of the software giant “SAP.” This controversial relationship between the sons of the murderers and the sons of the murdered brings about a surprising development between the two families.
The film raises existential questions pertaining to fate, survival, identity, life choices and their influence on the future generations.

Festivals and Awards:

The Cinema for Peace award for most inspirational movie of the year , Berlin, Germany, 2009; Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009; Hoff Internatinal Film Festival, Germany 2009; Warsaw Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Poland, 2009; Stockholm Jewish Film Festival, Sweden, 2009; San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009; Silicon Valley Jewish Film festival, USA, 2009; Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2009; Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2009; Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009; Temple Emanu-El, Sarasota, USA, 2010; NJ Celebration of Israeli film, USA, 2010; San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010; Kansas University, USA, 2010; Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, 2010; DC JCC- Screening Room,  USA, 2010; Hamptons Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010; Temple Bet El Springfield, USA, 2010; The Jewish Library, Montreal, Canada, 2010; JCC of Central NJ, USA, 2010;

Director: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner

Producer: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner, Jens Meurer

Cinematographer: Klause Sturm, James Karmen, Yoram Milo, Roni Katsenelson

Editor: Ronit Kertsner

Original Soundtrack: Zbigniew Preisner

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Telelvision, Channel 8 – Noga Communications, Germany - Filmstiftung Nrw, Mfg Baden Wurttemberg, Swr-Sudwestrundfunk, Sr-Saarlandischer Rundfunk

Script: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: מנחם ופרד

This is the story of two brothers who for decades feared to meet.
Attempting to repress their past and build new lives, the brothers buried dark secrets in their hearts. Only when rare letters were found, letters from their parents who were in a concentration camp at the time, to the orphanage where the brothers hid during the second world war, did Menachem and Fred start to re-establish contact and come to terms with their past.
Menachem and Fred live in two extremes of Jewish identity. Fred is an American aerospace engineer. His children are married to Christians. Menachem is religious, holds a doctorate in education, and lives in Jerusalem. His children live in West Bank settlements.
The film accompanies Menachem and Fred on an emotionally charged journey that examines their past and probes their psyches. A strange, unexpected relationship develops with the Hopp family, sons of the Nazi who deported their family to the concentration camp. Dietmar Hopp is one of the wealthiest men in Germany and owner of the software giant “SAP.” This controversial relationship between the sons of the murderers and the sons of the murdered brings about a surprising development between the two families.
The film raises existential questions pertaining to fate, survival, identity, life choices and their influence on the future generations.

Festivals and Awards:

The Cinema for Peace award for most inspirational movie of the year , Berlin, Germany, 2009; Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009; Hoff Internatinal Film Festival, Germany 2009; Warsaw Jewish Motifs Film Festival, Poland, 2009; Stockholm Jewish Film Festival, Sweden, 2009; San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009; Silicon Valley Jewish Film festival, USA, 2009; Calgary Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2009; Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, Canada, 2009; Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2009; Temple Emanu-El, Sarasota, USA, 2010; NJ Celebration of Israeli film, USA, 2010; San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010; Kansas University, USA, 2010; Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, 2010; DC JCC- Screening Room,  USA, 2010; Hamptons Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2010; Temple Bet El Springfield, USA, 2010; The Jewish Library, Montreal, Canada, 2010; JCC of Central NJ, USA, 2010;

Director: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner

Producer: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner, Jens Meurer

Cinematographer: Klause Sturm, James Karmen, Yoram Milo, Roni Katsenelson

Editor: Ronit Kertsner

Original Soundtrack: Zbigniew Preisner

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Telelvision, Channel 8 – Noga Communications, Germany - Filmstiftung Nrw, Mfg Baden Wurttemberg, Swr-Sudwestrundfunk, Sr-Saarlandischer Rundfunk

Script: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: מנחם ופרד

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