Edition 20: 6-14 August, 2021

Balkan Dox

Blue Box

Canada, Israel, Belgium
2021 — 80 min / Colour and B&W

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Synopsis

The Jewish National Fund’s (JNF) beloved Blue Box campaign was internationally successful in raising support for the purchase and forestation of land in Palestine. The trees have since spread their roots, but evidence remains of the Palestinian communities displaced by the once-fragile seedlings. Joseph Weits, filmmaker Michal Weits’ great-grandfather, was a key figure in the organization. His private diaries reveal the story of the massive land takeover that led to the creation of the State of Israel. In conversations with her family, she questions his actions, which result in an exploration of Israel’s past and an uncomfortable truth.

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Directors' Biography

Michal Weits is an Israeli documentary director and producer, studied at the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School. Former head producer of the leading Israeli documentary Channel 8 (HOT network), in charge of highly acclaimed films: "The Law in These Parts”, "5 Broken Cameras", "The Flat", and many more .In 2013 Weits Founded 'Tape Runners', an independent production company. ‘Tape Runners' titles include: Production: "WALL" (director: Moran Ifergan), winner for the best documentary, DocAviv film festival 2017. Distribution: "The Decent One", "No Place on Earth" and more. BLUE BOX is Weits' debut film as a director.

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Director

Michal Weits

Producer

Assaf Amir

Ina Fichman

Eric Goosens

Uri Smoly

Frederik Nicolai

Cinematography

Avner Shahaf

Daniel Kedem

Editing

Doron Djerassi

Erez Laufer

Sound

Benoît Dame

Screenings & Awards

Hot Docs, Canada, 2021

DocAviv, Israel, 2021