Blue Box (2021) at Witness Palestine Film Festival
Blue Box (2021)
Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 3:00 pm.
This film will be shown on the same program with We Never Left, Palestine.
Director: Michal Weits
Run Time: 1:19
Awards: Michal Weits, Winner “Human Rights Jury Prize” (Atlanta Jewish Film Festival)
Tickets: $9 adults, $6 students
The Jewish National Fund’s Blue Box campaign was internationally successful in raising support for the purchase and forestation of land in Palestine.
Filmmaker Michal Weits’ great-grandfather, Joseph Weitz, was a key figure in the organization. (Yes, the filmmaker’s surname is spelled differently.) Ancestor Weitz’ 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, Michal questions his actions which result in an exploration of a nation’s past and an uncomfortable truth – he also became known as the “The Architect of Transfer” for purging the area of as many Palestinians as possible.
This screening will be followed by an opportunity to interact with filmmaker Michal Weits who will connect with us by video conferencing.
“The trees have since spread their roots, but evidence remains of the Palestinian communities displaced by the once-fragile seedlings.”
Panelist: Michal Weits
Michal Weits is an Israeli documentary director and producer, Head of the documentary department at HSCC – Slutzky Communications. Studied at the “Sam Spiegel” film and television school, and former head producer of the leading Israeli documentary Channel 8 (HOT network).
At HSCC – Slutzky Communications, an Israeli television content company which holds and operates three of the most popular and prominent channels in HOT (the largest broadcasting platform in Israel), Michal is responsible for managing the documentary department, in terms of both content and production. The position includes managing productions’ budgets and production teams, working with broadcasters, and initiating productions of international documentary projects.
In 2016 Michal Founded “Tape Runners”, an independent production and distribution company. Tape Runners’ titles include: Director: “Blue Box” (2021), Best Research award, DocAviv film festival; Production: “Wall” (2017), Best Documentary award, DocAviv film festival. Distribution: “The Decent One”, “No Place on Earth”, and many more.