On Sunday evening (10 May), Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier opened the 21 st Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Potsdam. In his welcome address he called the Film Festival an “important part of the lively exchange between Germany and Israel”. Up to 20 May, ten Berlin and Brandenburg cinemas will be showing some 35 Jewish and Israeli films.
Alongside Steinmeier, the opening celebration in the packed Hans-Otto Theatre in Potsdam was attended by the Festival’s patron, Minister-President of Land Brandenburg Dietmar Woidke, Israeli Ambassador Yakov Hadas-Handelsman and Festival Director Nicola Galliner. They were accompanied by the Festival’s two official supporters: actor Fahri Yardim and director Sherry Hormann.
Lively exchange between Germany and Israel
“The Jewish Film Festival is an important part of the lively exchange between Germany and Israel, said the Foreign Minister in his welcome address. The films screened here made people in Germany curious about the many facets of Judaism, about its traditions and rites. Moreover, Steinmeier added that in the year marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany in particular, the Festival sent a wonderful message: the message that Jewish life is thriving also here in Germany!”
Click here to read the full text of Foreign Minister Steinmeier’s address.