( Israel / 2011 )
Can one be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time? 12 years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and that his name was Jacob Weksler. The film follows his amazing journey from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel. Romuald is torn between two identities, between being Romuald Waszkinel or Jacob Weksler. He is unable to renounce either, and therefore is rejected by both religions and the state of Israel. He is required to choose.

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Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 52/72 min.
Theme: Family, Jewish Studies, Politics, Religion and Spirituality
Language(s): English, Hebrew, Polish
Subtitles: English, Hebrew
Director(s): Ronit Kertsner
Producer(s): Ronit Kertsner
Cinematographer: Oded Kimchi, Shalom see all »
Editor(s): Ronit Kertsner

awards & accolades

  • Religion Today International Film Festival - Special Jury Mention Award
  • Israeli Documentary Forum Awards - Nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary Film

Festival participation

  • Religion Today International Film Festival 2012
    In the category of Dialogue and Identity.
  • Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2011
  • Haverford Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
  • Australia Jewish Film Festival 2014
  • Detroit Jewish Film Festival 2014
  • Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival 2014
  • Winnipeg Jewish Film Festival 2013
  • Dayton Jewish Film Festival 2013
  • Glasgow Jewish Film Series 2013
  • San Antonio Jewish Film Festival 2013
  • Mobile Jewish Film Festival 2013
  • Stamford Jewish Arts and Film Festival 2012
  • Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival 2012
  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema 2012
  • CineMigrante International Film Festival 2012

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Additional Info
Sound designer - Saron Shama
Director of Photography - Ron Katzenelson

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Distribution Company: Go2Films

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