• Production: Inosan Productions
  • Starring: Vitali Freedland, Daniela Virtzer, Pavel Tsitrinal, Lucy Dubinchik
  • Distributed By: Go2Films
  • Country: Israel

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A Green Chariot

Narrative | 2005 | 48 min.
Directed by: Gilad Goldschmidt

Set in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, "A Green Chariot" is a drama about identity, belonging and romance. Yair (Vitali Freedland), a twenty-year-old Russian immigrant, yearns for acceptance as an Israeli, so he disconnects himself from his father and his secular Russian friends, finds a modern Orthodox girlfriend, and joins a religious/nationalist youth movement, Bnei Akiva. But on the eve of his wedding to Dafna (Daniela Wirzer), his world is upended and his new life is jeopardized. Rummaging through a package sent by his aunt, Yair, known in Russian as Sasha, discovers a crucifix. His father assures him that his late mother was thoroughly Jewish, but admits that his maternal grandmother was a Christian. For Yair, who has adopted Orthodoxy and is engaged to be married to an Orthodox woman, the revelation could unravel everything. 

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Critical Acclaim

"Being Jewish can mean anything from attending synagogue once a year and enjoying matzah-ball soup to observing the intricate laws forbidding wearing a mixture of wool and linen. Despite the wealth of approaches, most would presume that someone who lives in an Orthodox community in Israel, studies in yeshiva, and serves in the Israeli military is most likely a Jew. But what happens if a person lives this clearly Jewish life even though they were not born Jewish? Is there something supernatural in our genes that makes us Jewish; something that can be acquired only by mumbling a prayer and dunking under water? Green Chariot, directed by Gilad Goldschmidt, explores these questions through the experiences of Sasha, a Russian immigrant in Israel. Goldschmidt masterfully frames Ya’ir’s existential crisis, especially in the painfully grating scene with his fiancée’s family, in which the obscure law prohibiting Jews from drinking wine that a Gentile has touched becomes relevant. Goldschmidt also rackets up the tension in the scene in which Ya’ir sneaks out of his dormitory in the Yeshiva in order to break the Sabbath, in accordance with the law “A Gentile who keeps the Sabbath must be put to death.” - Isaac Selva

Silver Remi Award, Houston Worldfest International Film Festival 2006 Special Prize, Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, 2006

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