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Torn (Karua) Israel / 2011

Torn was nominated for Best Feature-Length Documentary Film at the Israeli Documentary Forum Awards in 2011 and has been screened at festivals such as Doc Aviv International Film Festival 2011 (where it premiered), San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2012 and more.

The film asks: Can one be a Catholic priest and an observant Jew at the same time? Twelve years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and that his name was Jacob Weksler.

The film follows his amazing journey: from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew living on a religious kibbutz in Israel. Romuald is torn between two identities, between being Romual Waszkinel and Jacob Weksler. He is forced to choose and – unable to renounce either – he is rejected by both and the state of Israel.

72 mins / Polish, Hebrew, French and English

Director — Ronit Kertsner