And Thou Shalt Love (“Ve’havta”)

AND-THOU-SHALT-LOVE-PosterDirector: Chaim Elbaum
Year: 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Runtime: 28 min

STORYLINE

Ohad, who is studying in the special “Hesder” program for orthodox soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces, experiences profound loneliness while he conceals from others that he is gay. After calling a religious hotline for advice, Ohad is convinced that he is “cured”. Then Ohad’s study partner Nir returns from the army. Ohad finds he can no longer evade the difficult questions, both within himself, and between himself and God.

TRAILER

AWARDS

Best Fictional Film, Maaleh Graduating ceremony, 2007
Best Drama, Jerusalem Film Festival (Wolgin) 2008
Audience Award, International Student Film Festival, Tel Aviv, 2008
Best Short Film, The Jerusalem International Jewish Film Festival 2008
Best Israeli Short Film, FilmIsReal Amsterdam, May 2009

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A Wider Bridge will be screening “And Thou Shalt Love” Fall and Winter 2012.