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A Jewish winery owner preserved a barrel of wine for 24 years to open at his son's wedding. Minutes before the ceremony the Kosher supervisor witnesses a gentile touch the wine, and by doing so forbidding all Jews from drinking it.

  • Shmuel Elmaleh
  • Shmuel Elmaleh
  • Michael Shenhav
  • Ofer Halevi
    Key Cast
    "R' Dani"
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    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 40 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Maale
Director Biography - Shmuel Elmaleh

Shmuel Elmaleh is a director and filmmaker in Jerusalem. Shmuel moved to Israel from New York and grew up in the city of Beit Shemesh. At age 21 Shmuel was drafted to the digital unit in the IDF as a military cinematographer and director. Shmuel is a graduate of the Aspaklaria theater and works at various highschools with young adults as a drama constructor. Today Shmuel is studying film at Maale film school, and runs a business of PR videos, music videos and advertisements. Shmuel plays the saxophone and is a big fan of Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

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Director Statement

I grew up in a family that was very stringent about being Kosher, to the point that we would buy “Kosher for Passover” dish soap. I wanted to address the phenomenon where Jews often get lost in the details of the Jewish law but miss the big picture of life. My short film takes place on a young man’s wedding day, who (like me) has got caught in the middle of family politics. I hope this film inspires parents and their children, and will shed light on the wedding experience.