MADRID BEFORE HANITA – Jews from Palestine in the International Brigades

MADRID BEFORE HANITA – Jews from Palestine in the International Brigades

Director and Producer: Eran Torbiner / Israel 2006

Category: History

Language: Hebrew, Spanish, Polish and German

Subtitles: English / French / Spanish

Length: 58 minutes

The story of 300 Jews from Palestine/Israel who departed to fight fascism and joined the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War from 1936-1939.
Many of them were Jewish communists who believed Fascism was the main enemy of humanity in general and of Jews in particular. This film follows their stories in Palestine and the decision to go to Spain and documents their complex relationships with the civilian Spanish population and their loves, disappointments, hopes, and deaths. The leading characters in the film are the last of volunteers still living today, and family members and relatives of others who were killed or have since died. The film is set with a voice-over narration of segments from their letters and diaries, and uses Spanish and Israeli archives extensively, combined with current footage of Israel and Spain .

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Festivals & Awards:

  • «De la guerre civile à la dictature» Spanish Cinema: 5th Ciné-Rencontres Trait d’Union, France 2018
  • Jews and the Spanish Civil War: Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland 2016
  • Winner: Platinum Remi Award : Worldfest Houston International Film Festival, Texas, USA 2007
  • Chicago International Documentary Film Festival, USA 2007
  • Medem Center, Paris, France 2013
  • Israeli Film Festival Montreal, Canada 2007
  • MJB Bruxelles, Belgium 2007
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2006