PAULA WEIMAN-KELMAN

Director
Born, raised and educated in Philadelphia I came to Israel for a year in 1976 and never left. I married Levi Weiman-Kelman and we have three grown children – and one grandchild! Twenty-five years ago – when I was an archivist at the Jerusalem Cinematheque – I picked up a video camera and fell in love with documenting family and friends. I moved onto intimate portraits for wider audiences. My first full length film - “RIGHTS OF PASSAGE” -followed the Israeli feminist icon and peace activist Alice Shalvi. It was broadcast as an ABC-TV special and screened in Jewish film festivals including Jerusalem, Berlin and San Francisco. In 2005 I cofounded “not-so-simple” productions with Jonathan Lopatin and traveled throughout Israel and the United States making ““EYES WIDE OPEN” and “FRINGES” - two mosaics with ensemble casts exploring contemporary Jewish realities. These films were screened in festivals and communities around the United States as well as in Hungary, Rumania and Italy. In 2017 I revisited Alice Shalvi in “THE RE-ANNOTATED ALICE” which premiered at the Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival. “DYING DOESN’T FEEL LIKE WHAT I’M DOING” comes out of many years of friendship with – and filming – the beloved Rachel Cowan.

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