Jenny and Jenny

A film by Michal Aviad

Israel | 1997 | 60 minutes | Color | DVD | Subtitled | Order No. 99569

SYNOPSIS

This moving, closely observed portrait of adolescence documents one summer in the lives of two 17 year old cousins named Jenny. As North African Jewish immigrants living on Israel's working class Mediterranean coast, the girls' changing environment provides a fascinating window into a culture both religious and secular. In struggling towards self-definition, their experiences embody universal concerns of young women. An intimate look at the cousins at school, at home, and with friends, JENNY AND JENNY sensitively depicts the fragility and power of girls moving towards womanhood.

PRESS

"Beautiful, funny, absorbing...explores the influence of religion, custom, and class on girls still full of hope."

Mikal Goldman Boston Jewish Film Festival

"Wonderful...a sad and delightful description of the cultural and social world of two Israeli teenage girls."

Nachman Ingbar Yediot Acharonot

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • Israel Institute for Cinema, Best Israeli Doc
  • Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • Denver Film Festival
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival

ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Michal Aviad

Michal Aviad was born in Jerusalem and studied literature, philosophy and cinema after graduating high school. During the 1980s she lived in San Francisco, where she started making films, and since returning to Israel in 1991, she has continued to write, direct and produce award-winning documentaries. Her films include: ACTING OUR AGE (1987, USA), THE WOMEN NEXT DOOR (1992, Israel), EVER SHOT ANYONE? (1995, Israel), JENNY & JENNY (1997, Israel), RAMLEH (2001, Israel), and FOR MY CHILDREN (2002, Israel). Aviad’s films examine the complex relationships between women’s issues and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, militarism, and ethnicity. In November 2019, Aviad was rewarded one of Israel’s most prestigious awards, the Landau Award for Arts and Sciences, endowed by Mifal HaPais Council for the Culture and Arts, which cited her as "one of the most important directors in the history of Israeli cinema." In addition to continuing to make films, Aviad is also a faculty member at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Film and Television where she works as a senior lecturer at the Department of Cinema and Television. (01/20)

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