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Jalda and Anna – a documentary portrait of two artists who set out together to regain the joy of being Jewish.
“It’s okay to enjoy being Jewish,” says Jalda at the beginning of the film. Not necessarily a self-evident sentence for someone belonging to the first generation after that is, a child of Holocaust survivors.
Twenty years ago, artists Jalda Rebling and Anna Adam set off on a journey towards joyful Jewishness in Germany. The film accompanies them throughout their day-to-day lives in Berlin, rural Germany, and Israel. It depicts the extraordinary, willful, and persistent manner with which they have managed to develop a vibrant and open Jewish lifestyle for themselves and others contradicting all conventions and crossing boundaries, but still conscious of tradition. “The past should be a springboard, not a couch,” says Anna before speeding off in her Happy Hippie Jew Bus.