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  • Production: Ronit Kertsner & Ofra Tevet Productions
  • Distributed By: Go2Films Distributions and Marketing
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: English, Hebrew, Polish

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Torn

Documentary | 2011 | 72 min.
Directed by: Ronit Kertsner

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.

Critical Acclaim

Special Jury Mention Award at the Religion Today International Film Festival 2012 Italy. In the category of Dialogue and Identity.

Nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary Film, Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2011

 

Other Israel Film Festival, 2012

" "Torn" gives voice to the marginalized and excluded, to the communities that cannot assimilate into the Jewish mainstream because of intolerance or legal obstacles. " - Dvora Meyer, New Jersey Jewish Standard

"  I was glad that someone in Israel has made such a moving and passionate film about this wonderful individual." - Amy Kronish, Israeli Film

 

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