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Synopsis

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.

Past Screenings

Date(s)
Venue
Location
November 7, 2020- November 10, 2020
Keene , New Hampshire
March 13, 2020- March 17, 2020
Hot Docs Film Festival
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
Friday, Mar 13 1:00 PM

Saturday, Mar 14 9:15 PM

Monday, Mar 16 6:15 PM
Tuesday, Mar 17 1:30 PM

Tuesday, Mar 17 6:30 PM
Toronto, Canada
February 11, 2020
Utah Film Center

Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

Special Skype Q&A with Director Ofra Bloch

Salt Lake City, Utah
February 2, 2020
Austin Film Society

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020

Special Q&A with Director Ofra Bloch in-person

Austin, Texas
January 25, 2020
Upstate Films

Saturday, January 25

Q&A with co-writer/producer Jack Riccobono

Rhinebeck, New York
January 20, 2020- January 21, 2020
Laemmle Royal

Monday, January 20th at 7:30pm

Special Q&A with director Ofra Bloch and moderated by Julia Turner, Deputy Editor of Art & Entertainment at the Los Angeles Times.

Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00pm

Los Angeles, CA
January 20, 2020- January 21, 2020
Laemmle's Playhouse 7

Monday, January 20th at 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00pm

Pasadena, CA
January 20, 2020- January 21, 2020
Laemmle Claremont 5

Monday, January 20th at 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00pm

Claremont, CA
January 20, 2020- January 21, 2020
Laemmle Town Center 5

Monday, January 20th at 7:30pm

Tuesday, January 21st at 1:00pm

Encino, CA
January 17, 2020- January 23, 2020
Gateway Film Center

January 17th to January 23rd

Columbus, Ohio
January 17, 2020- January 23, 2020
Living Room Theaters

January 17th to January 23rd

Boca Raton, Florida
January 13, 2020
Harkins Theatres Shea 14

Monday, January 13th at 7pm

Scottsdale, Arizona
January 13, 2020
Harkins Theatres Arrowhead 18

Monday, January 13th at 7pm

Peoria, Arizona
January 10, 2020- January 16, 2020
Village East Cinema

January 10th to January 16th

Friday 1/10 Q&A with director Ofra Bloch and producer Jack Riccobono, moderated by New York Times deputy politics editor Rachel Dry
Saturday 1/11 & Sunday 1/12 Q&A with director Ofra Bloch and film subject Basel Alyazouri
Wednesday 1/15 Q&A with director Ofra Bloch and producer Jack Riccobono
New York, New York
December 9, 2019
Tel Aviv Human Rights Film Festival

Tel Aviv Cinematheque

Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 7:00pm

Special Q&A with Director Ofra Bloch in-person

Tel Aviv, Israel
October 22, 2019- October 22, 2019
United Nations Correspondents Association

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019 at 4:30pm (United Nations Secretariat Building)

New York, New York
July 31, 2019- July 31, 2019
South Bay Film Society

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

Torrance, CA
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

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

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
DOC NYC

World Premiere

New York, NY, United States

Awards

Afterward Film Award

The 2019 Greenwich International Film Festival Award for the Best Social Impact Film

Afterward Film Award

The 2020 Jonathan Daniels Award is sponsored by the Jonathan Daniels Center for Social Responsibility and the Monadnock International Film Festival and is given to a filmmaker whose film demonstrates artistic excellence combined with awareness around a social justice issue. The award is in memory of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a young Episcopan seminarian, who travelled to Alabama in 1965 to assist with voter registration efforts and who during confrontation sacrificed his life to save the life of fellow protestor Ruby Sales, a sixteen-year-old African American girl.

Press

Now This

Israeli-Born Filmmaker Ofra Bloch Puts Holocaust Alongside Palestinian Conflict in 'Afterward

NPR

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Ofra Bloch about her documentary Afterward. Having grown up surrounded by Holocaust survivors, Bloch decided to examine her long-held belief that Germans were bad.

Room

I wanted to stop the cycle of hate and othering before I passed it on to my own sons, to the next generation.

The New York Times

A documentary seeks to find out what people think of Jews, the Holocaust and history.

Los Angeles Times

Review: ‘Afterward’ analyzes the legacy of trauma, fascism and anti-Semitism

Filmmaker Magazine

“The Act of Listening Requires a Sort Of Surrender to the Narrative of the Other”: Ofra Bloch on Afterward

Palestine-Israel Journal

The growth of political polarization and tribalism worldwide, and what I was learning in my psychoanalytic practice, led me to question my own demonization of Germans.

International Documentary Association

In this edition of "The Feedback," we spotlight Ofra Bloch’s Afterward. Bloch is a filmmaker and psychoanalyst based in New York City.

The Hollywood Reporter

Abramorama has nabbed the North American rights to Afterward, director Ofra Bloch's documentary that is executive produced by filmmaker and activist Abigail Disney, whose great-uncle was Walt Disney.

Huffington Post

An exclusive clip from the new documentary Afterward.

FF2 Media

Anyone who has ever looked at the world (both past and present) and asked why and how people are capable of such acts of horror will be entranced by this psychodynamic documentary.

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”

YNET

In a special interview, she talks about the creepy journey documented in the film, and the encounter between second generation Holocaust survivors and second generation Nazi soldiers.

Moment Magazine

Israeli Documentary ‘Afterward’ Is a Guiding Light in a World of Trauma

Press inquiries: Ofra Bloch
Email: info@afterwardthefilm.com

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

Cinematographer

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

Composer

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.

Contact

Press Inquiries:

Ofra Bloch
info@afterwardthefilm.com

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