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Sarasota Film Festival
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San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival


Jerusalem-born trauma expert Ofra Bloch forces herself to confront her personal demons in a journey that takes her to Germany, Israel and Palestine. Set against the current wave of fascism and anti-Semitism sweeping the globe, AFTERWARD delves into the secret wounds carried by victims as well as victimizers, through testimonies ranging from the horrifying to the hopeful. Seen as a victim in Germany and a perpetrator in Palestine, Bloch faces those she was raised to hate as she searches to understand the identity-making narratives of the Holocaust and the Nakba, violent and non-violent resistance, and the possibility of reconciliation. The film points towards a future – an “afterward” – that attempts to live with the truths of history in order to make sense of the present.

Upcoming Screenings

July 31, 2019
South Bay Film Society

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 at 7:15pm (AMC Rolling Hills)

Torrance, CA

Past Screenings

July 26, 2019- July 27, 2019
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Friday, July 26th, 2019 at 1:15pm (Castro Theatre)

Saturday, July 27th, 2019 at 4:00pm (Albany Twin Theatre)

San Francisco, CA
June 1, 2019- June 2, 2019
Greenwich International Film Festival / Bow Tie Theatre

Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 5:30pm

Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 2:00pm

Greenwich, CT
April 14, 2019- April 15, 2019
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Film Festival / St Anthony Main Theatre 4

Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Monday, April 15th, 2019 at 7:10 pm

Minneapolis, MN
April 11, 2019- April 13, 2019
RiverRun International Film Festival

Thursday, April 11th, 2019 at 4:00pm

Friday, April 12th, 2019 at 8:30pm

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 at 1:30 pm

Winston-Salem, NC
April 5, 2019- April 14, 2019
Sarasota Film Festival / Through Women's Eyes Film Festival

Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 7:00pm

Sunday, April 14th, 2019 at 8:00pm

Sarasota, FL
March 30, 2019- March 31, 2019
Cleveland Int'l Film Festival

Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 12:05 PM

Cleveland, OH
February 1, 2019- February 3, 2019
Santa Barbara, CA
November 7, 2018- November 14, 2018

World Premiere

New York, NY, United States


American Jewish World

There is increasing recognition that this psychological disruption reverberates through generations.

Lilith Magazine

A Filmmaker Listens to Germans, Jews and Palestinians

The Hollywood Reporter

Ofra Bloch's documentary deals with the lingering trauma suffered by Israelis, Palestinians and Germans as a result of such events as the Holocaust and the Nakba.

The Independent

A preview of DOC NYC 2018

Unseen Films

Looking to end the hate at DOC NYC 2018

Women & Hollywood

DOC NYC 2018 Women Directors: Meet Ofra Bloch – “Afterward”

Press inquiries: Michele Robertson, MRC PR
Direct: 310.652.6123

Team Bios

Ofra Bloch

Director, Writer

is a filmmaker and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. She grew up in Israel, where her deep interest in the short and long-term effects of trauma originated. She has volunteered with Doctors of the World, where she interviewed victims of torture, and wrote their affidavits. She began making short documentaries 10 years ago. AFTERWARD is her first feature documentary.

Jack Riccobono

Producer, Co-Writer

has written, directed and produced a wide range of work across the five boroughs of his native New York City and around the world. His critically acclaimed documentary feature THE SEVENTH FIRE premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and received a NYTimes Critics’ Pick during its theatrical release in North America and the UK. A graduate of Harvard’s VES Film Production Program and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, Jack’s films have screened at festivals and venues including New Directors/New Films, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2008, Jack launched the production company All Rites Reserved, dedicated to producing films with global reach that push visual and conceptual boundaries.

Abigail E. Disney

Executive Producer

is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of THE ARMOR OF LIGHT. As president and CEO of the documentary production company Fork Films, she produced the groundbreaking PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL and co-created the subsequent PBS series WOMEN, WAR & PEACE, which looks at women in modern war as active agents for peace and positive change makers in their communities. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Peace is Loud, which uses storytelling to advance social movements, focusing on women’s rights and gender justice.

Adam Schlesinger

Executive Producer

is an award-winning independent filmmaker. Most recently, he directed and produced RESTLESS CREATURE: WENDY WHELAN, which had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival ahead of an exclusive release on NETFLIX. Schlesinger has also produced many critically acclaimed documentaries, including AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY (IFC/Sundance Selects), the Emmy-nominated SMASH HIS CAMERA (HBO, Magnolia Pictures), and the Emmy-nominated PAGE ONE: INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media).

Michael J. Palmer

Editor, Co-Writer

has collaborated with accomplished directors on complex, far-reaching documentary films since 2007. After a stint as a professional musician, he was assistant editor on Martin Scorsese’s two-part George Harrison documentary, LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD. He joined teams of editors on Alison Ellwood’s epic rock-doc, HISTORY OF THE EAGLES, THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, co-directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, and THE SEVENTH FIRE, a raw, vérité look at Native American gangs directed by Jack Pettibone Riccobono. Michael has cut several films for Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, including the Emmy-nominated ELIÁN, and STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE, on which he also served as co-producer.

Alex Stikich


is an award-winning freelance cinematographer based in New York. He works professionally on a wide range of documentary, narrative, commercial and corporate projects around the world, ranging from issues like economic development in Africa/Europe, to life aboard US NAVY aircraft carriers, to a science series about infrastructure networks (food / transportation / manufacturing / energy). Recently, he has done work for BOMBSHELL a documentary about the lesser known inventions of Hedy Lamarr and LINCOLN, a project exploring the legacy of Lincoln as it pertains to the current state of the GOP.

Lucas Lechowski


started his musical journey as a classical violinist at the age of four, eventually graduating from the Conservatory of Music in Katowice, Poland. In the field of composition Lechowski has scored over 50 projects, including feature films, documentaries and theatre plays. Lechowski is a Fellow of the Sundance Institute Composers Lab and the Berlinale Talents alumnus. He was selected for the leading film scoring workshops including ASCAP/Columbia University Film Scoring Workshop, the NYU/ASCAP Television & Film Scoring Workshop and the Society of Composers and Lyricists Mentorship Program.


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Direct: 310.652.6123

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