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Festival House of Tolerance, 18. 3. - 23. 3. 2018
International film festival and educational mornings, exhibitions, theatre shows, lectures, concerts, discussions. Honorary sponsor: Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković.

Special thanks to: DENISE BENMOSCHE & MIRKO ILIĆ

Programme

Sunday, 18. 3. 2018 - Friday, 23. 3. 2018
Streets of Lljubljana

Tolerance themed posters

Extended open Air exhibition of tolerance themed posters that we were able to admire at the Festival of Tolerance last year, designed by renowned artists from around the world, was expended by the author of the exhibition Mirko Ilić. He added new posters by additional artists. Since last year, the exhibition traveled to Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Spain, Netherlands and Washington. Before its installation in Ljubljana, was opened in Menlo Park, California.

 


Sunday, 18. 3. 2018
MINI TEATER

 

18:00h

Memories of the Dining Table - performance by Lekë Rezniqi

Lekë Rezniqi is an artist from Priština, who dedicated himself to the theme of friendship of two families. Performance is representing a table behind which generations of these families from different countries and cultures would meet.

 

19:00h

Opening – Greetngs

The Invisibles - Claus Räfle, Germany, 2017, 110'

The Invisibles takes place in 1943 when the Nazi regime claims the Reigh’s capital of Berlin “free of Jews”. The truth is that 7000 Jews continue to survive in the capital underground or in disguise. The movie tells astory of four young Jews who live in Berlin under constant threat of death: Hanni Lévy dyes her hair blond and is able to walk the streets in plain sight of officers without a second look. Cioma Schönhaus saves not only his life but also lives of others, by forging passports from his sailboat. Eugen Friede joins the resistance and secretly distributes anti-government leaflets. Ruth Arndt impersonates a war widow while selling illegal gourmet foods in the apartment of an NS officer. Spliced with interviews of survivors whom the characters are based on, The Invisibles is a capsule of bravery and human will.

The movie will be introduced by Frank Stern and followed by discussion with the actor Aaron Altaras and director Claus Räfle.

 


Monday, 19. 3. 2018
MINI TEATER

 

9:00h, 11:30h

Educational morning

What do we see when someone looks and speaks differently? Why are we afraid if we do not know who the other is? What is tolerance? How can we learn to accept someone who seems to be a stranger?

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

Abulele - Jonathan Geva, Israel, 2015, 90'

Abulele follows the life of Adam, a year after his brother was killed in a car crash. Adam feels lonely without the brother by his side until he meets Abulele. The Abulele are local legends, ancient bear-like monsters. Together Abulele and Adam battle school bullies and mean teachers. Adam keeps Abulele a secret, but things take a turn for the worse when a Special Forces unit called “Thunder” comes to town to capture Abulele, believing it to be dangerous. Adam must help his new friend to return to his family, and finally accept his brother’s passing.

Funny Israeli movie is for children from 6 years on. Movie shows us reactions of children and importance of learning about yourself and thus accepting the other human.

 

18:00h

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

Beyond Boundaries - Peter Zach, Slovenia, 2016, 95'

An essayistic road movie that tours the borders of Central Europe, is teaching about people who live there. The lyrical text, which is part of movie, was written by prominent Slovenian poet Aleš Šteger. This is a philosophical meditation on something we risk losing: Europe.

The movie will be followed by a discussion with Aleš Šteger.

 

20:00h

Anita B. - Roberto Faenza, Italy, 2014, 88'

Anita B. is a story of young Anita, who survives Auschwitz and become an orphan during the war. Anita goes to live with her aunt Monika and her uncle Aron. She deals with survivor’s guilt, all the while her new town is filled with tension as the communists prepare to seize power. Anita begins a relationship with Aron’s brother Eli, but when she becomes pregnant, she finds out in realityhe is not the man that she thought he was. Anita B. is a story of war’s aftermath, human resilience and the battle to maintain hope.

The movie will be introduced by Frank Stern.


Tuesday, 20. 3. 2018
MINI TEATER

 

9:00h

Educational morning

Which responsibilities can children take over when adults fail or are not present? What is solidarity and mutual understanding and help among children and young adults?

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

Fanny's Journey - Lola Doillon, France, 2016, 94'

Fanny’s Journey is a tale of Fanny and her younger sisters Erika and Georgette. After their father’s arrest in 1943, their mother sends them to a French boarding school, a neutral zone at the time. But when Mussolini’s regime falls, their teacher Madame Forman, realizes that children won’t be safe much longer. Fanny has the responsibility to lead a group of children to liberty over the Swiss border. The movie is based on a true story.

The movie will be introduced by Frank Stern.

 

11:30h

Educational morning

Is rape an actual topic, or just something that we know from television screens? Are we talking about rape and hatred of women, or is that topic stigmatized? What about the countries, where women are not protected even by the law?

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

La Prenda - Jean-Cosme Delaloye, Switzerland, 2015, 78'

La Prenda is a feature length documentary movie about two women fighting to end the climate of impunity in Guatemala, one of the world's most violent countries.

Karin Gramajo's life drastically changed when her teenage cousin Kelly was brutally kidnapped and murdered. Despite death threats, the single mother then decided to study to become a lawyer to make sure her cousin's death wouldn't remain unpunished, thus also helping other victims fight for justice. Astrid Elias was kidnapped and raped at the age of 14. She fled to the US where she overcame her fear to speak out about her past, while facing deportation.

 

18:00h

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

Counterlight - Maya Zack, Israel, 2016, 24'

Counterlight is a surrealist journey into the life of one of the greatest poets of the post-modernistic era Paul Celan, through the eyes of a female archival researcher. She looks through archival material in order to reconstruct the past in which he lived. This is where the lines of past and present become blurred as the archivist enters the world of photos and other documents from Celan’s life. Counterlight is a deeper look into Celan’s creative process as well as many female figures in his life.

The movie will be introduced by Frank Stern. The movie will be followed by reading of poems of Aleš Šteger.

 

20:00h

The Zookeeper's Wife - Niki Caro, Czech Republic, UK, USA, 2017, 127'

Movie tells a story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, a young couple who own the Warsaw Zoo in 1939, in the shadow of the looming German invasion of Poland. To keep the zoo afloat, Jan and Antonina come up with a plan to transform it into a hog farm to feed the German soldiers. When bringing garbage from ghettos to feed the animals, the Zabrinski's smuggle Jews to their sanctuary, where they're safe until they find a safe house.Together, Jan and Antonina are able to hide 300 Jews from the constant threat of the Nazi regime in nearly plain sight.

 


Wednesday, 21. 3. 2018
MINI TEATER

 

9:00h

Educational morning

What responsibilities have children and parents? What does love mean in a time of war? What is solidarity? Are we obliged to help the persecuted who try to escape war and racism?

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

A Bag of Marbles - Christian Duguay, France, 2017, 110'

A Bag of Marbles tells a story of two brothers Joseph and Maurice. As the German Army arrives in Paris, their father Roman and mother Anna, decide that their family must split up to flee Paris. They send the elder brothers on a route to Nice. Meanwhile, Maurice must protect his younger brother Joseph during their own treacherous escape. The bag of marbles the boys often played with gets left behind in Paris, symbolizing their innocence being left behind as they navigate German occupied France.

 

11:30h

Educational morning

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

Kiem Holijanda - Sarah Veltmeyer, Netherlands, 2018, 15'

The brothers Andi and Florist live in a poor and desolate village in Kosovo. By selling milk they earn just enough money to support the family. When Andi discovers a card of a Dutch porn star in their bedroom, he needs a telephone to watch it. He is so obsessed with it, he doesn't notice his brother has chosen this day to say goodbye to him.

The movie will be followed by a discussion with actors Andi and Florist Bajgora.

 

18:00h

Fire Birds - Amir Wolf, Israel, 2016, 107'

A dark comedy Fire Birds takes place in Israel when an eighty-year-old man is found dead in the Yarkon River, with an Auschwitz tattoo on his arm. Detective Amnon, who happens to be the son of two Holocaust survivors, is asked to investigate. As Amnon explores how Amikam, the victim, spent his final days he finds out, that he tired to acquire a ‘membership card’ to Tel Aviv’s most exclusive club. A club which happens to be owned by two widowed Holocaust survivors Zisy and Olga.

The movie will be introduced and discussed with the audience by Frank Stern.

 

20:00h

1945 - Ferenc Török, Hungary, 2017, 91'

Movie 1945 takes place in a Hungarian village in the shadow of Russian occupation. The town clerk’s son István, is due to marry Kisrózsi, a peasant girl. While Kisrózsi wants to marry Péter to become a member of the bourgeoisie, she still harbours feelings for her previous fiancé Jancsi. One day two mysterious bearded strangers appear at the railway station in town. They are Sámuel and his son, a family of orthodox Jews who have come to the village with trunks transporting goods. The villagers are afraid ofthem for most of them have profited off the deportation of the Jews in their village. In fact István himself played a crucial role in forsaking the local Jews.

 


Thursday, 22. 3. 2018
MINI TEATER

 

9:00h, 11:30h

Educational morning

What are the problems of refugees from war zones, and how can we learn about them, their fears and their aspirations? Can we trust them and their stories?

Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man - Brenda Lee Lau, USA, 2016, 10'

Walter's growing up as a Jewish boy in 1933 in Germany is told through movie, and animations of the comics he draws. A Nazi officer makes him escape into his own fabricated Super Hero Universe. The movie is a peek into Walter’s mind as he experiences adolescence and his first crush, along with the perils of surviving in Nazi Germany.

The Final Barrier - Jasmin Duraković, Austria, BIH, 2016, 84'

The Final Barrier follows Michael a filmaker from Austria, as he travels to Serbia to make a documentary about Syrian refugees. At a camp on the border of Serbia and Hungary he meets Nur and Zhora. They are two women from Kobane, Syria who were hostages of ISIS. They have both experienced horrors and hope to travel to West London to start a new life. Movie is about current migration, anxiety, fear and hope.

The movie will be followed by a discussion with director Jasmin Duraković.

 

18:00h

Tracking Edith - Peter Stephan Jungk, Austria, 2016, 95’

Tracking Edith is a documentary of the photographer and Soviet agent Edith Tudor-Hart aka Edith Jungk. Peter Stephan Jungk uses genre of documentary movie to look deeper into the life of his aunt. As she took photos of London’s workers and street children, the documentary portrays Edith as not only a renowned photographer but a spy with a conscious. The movie ‘tracks’ her life from Austria to Great Britain and Russia.

 

20:00h

Maktub - Fate - Oded Raz, Israel, 2017, 100'

Maktub is the story of Steve and Chuma, two criminals who are the sole survivors of a terrorist attack on a restaurant in Jerusalem. They view their survival as a sign that they must change their criminal ways and follow a more altruistic path. Starting with the urge to fulfill one man’s wish on a paper put between the stones at the Wailing Wall, the two decide to continue to fulfill wishes they find there. Battling through misunderstandings and conflicts, Maktub is the story of two good fellows becoming angels.

The movie will be introduced and followed by a discussion with the scriptwriters and leading actors Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon.

 


Friday, 23. 3. 2018
MINI TEATER

 

9:00h

Educational morning

Learn tolerance from early age through puppet theatre

All Here, All Together - Robert Waltl, Mini teater, 2017, 50'

Daddy is big and strong and he can do anything, even magic! But, look, he’s afraid of foreigners! His daughter finds this odd, so she comes up with an idea to help her smart daddy conquer fear of foreigners. Perhaps her Tanzanian friend’s birthday is a great opportunity? What do we know about children’s lives in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, …? Are parents and teachers really afraid of children? Instead of rejecting new cultures, we shall get to know them better. Rejection only reflects our ignorance and xenophobia. If we learn from one another, we won’t care about our differences. For children from the age of 3 upwards.

 

11:00h

Educational morning

How to recognize right-wing, racist and anti-democratic signs, symbols, graffiti?

Symbols of hatred - a lecture by Mirko Ilić

Mirko Ilić on right-wing extremism, racist and anti-Semitic symbols and graffiti.

 

18:00h

Different Spirits: Richard Strauss & Kurt Weill - Michael Pfeifenberger, Austria, 2013, 52'

A documentary film that compares the lives and works of two very different composers who had strong impact on culture and society. Although they shared passion for music, their motivation for work was very different. Politically passive Richard Strauss composed The Knight of the Rose, and of course politically active Kurt Weill had to create a contrast to such artworks with The Threepenny Opera. In this sense, the documentary Different Spirits, among other things, asks a question: What kind of political responsibility does culture have – in the past and today?

The movie will be followed by a discussion with the director Michael Pfeifenberger.

 

20:00h

The 3 Penny Opera - Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Germany, 1931, 112'

The story of the London underworld, entitled The Threepenny Opera (1928), with legendary characters like Mack the Knife, king of the beggars Peachum, Chief of Police Tiger Brown and a brothel whore Jenny, one of Brechts most famous, if not even the most notorious plays; characteristic of Bertold Brecht. We can see how exciting and notorious the topic and the opera were, from the fact that the film was made only three years after the opera was created.

Tamara Stern sings songs from The 3 Penny Opera.

 

21:30h

Concert To Exile and Back - Tamara Stern sings Lola Blau

With wonderful chansons and tiny scenes, the composer Georg Kreisler tells the fate of the Jewish theater actress and singer Lola Blau: she escapes from her homeland of Austria to America before the Nazi terror, where she creates an extraordinary career and becomes a celebrated star. After the war, she feels homesick and returns to her homeland, where she must find out, that almost nothing has changed in the minds of people. The actress Tamara Stern filled the theater hall in Brenz for eight years, with her performance of Lola Blau. Now she decided to perform the show on an off-the-scenes scene across Europe.

 


All events at Festival House of Tolerance are free of charge. Tickets are available at Mini teater, Križevniška 1, from 12th March 2018.

 


FESTIVAL HOUSE OF TOLERANCE IN MARIBOR

A part of this years program will also be in Maribor, the partners of the project are: GT22, Foundation Sonda, and Centre of Jewish Cultural Heritage Synagogue Maribor

 


MINI TEATER & JUDOVSKI KULTURNI CENTER

KRIŽEVNIŠKA 1-3, LJUBLJANA

Director of the festival: Robert Waltl

Artistic Director: Dr. Frank Stern

Public relations: Urška Comino

Coordinator: Nastja Kotnik Minik

Organizers: Dejan Tešović, Branka Nikl Klampfer, Špela Kopitar

Technicians: Matej Primec, Katja Jazbec, Ivan Waltl

 

Contact:

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Supporters: Denise Benmosche, Mirko Ilić Corp., Municipality of Ljubljana-Cultural Department, Government Communication Office, Italian Cultural Institute, Austrian Cultural Forum, French Institute in Slovenia, Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Embassies of: USA, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Israel, Austria, Hungary
Sponsors: Moj kino, Gorenje GTI, Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa Ljubljana, Union Hotels, ELES, Piksel Europlakat, Snaga
Media partners: Dnevnik, AM Ljubljana, Mladina, Radio Študent
Program partners in Maribor: GT22, Fundacija Sonda and Sinagoga Maribor


Organisers:

Mini teater

 

JKC

 

Supporters:

Denise Benmosche

Mirko Ilić Corp.

 

MOL-oddelek za kulturo

 

 

Urad vlade Republike Slovenije za komuniciranje

 

 

Italijanski inštitut za kulturo v Sloveniji

 

 

Avstrijski kulturni forum

 

 

Francoski inštitut v Sloveniji

 

Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

 

Embassies:

ZDA

 

Nemčija

 

Švica

 

Poljska

 

Izrael

Avstrija

Madžarska

 

Sponsors:

Moj kino

Gorenje GTI

Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa Ljubljana

 

Hoteli Union

 

ELES

 

Piksel

Europlakat

 

Media partners:

Dnevnik

AM Ljubljana

Mladina

 

Radio Študent

 

Program partners in Maribor:

GT22

Fundacija Sonda

Sinagoga Maribor