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Three Folds

Judaism believes the soul consists of instinct, morality, and divinity. 'Three Folds' follows three Jews from Sydney, Australia, rising to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, each compassed by a single aspect of the soul.

  • Benjamin Strum
    Director
    Country Town Pride, Drag Mama
  • Benjamin Strum
    Writer
    Country Town Pride, Drag Mama
  • Benjamin Strum
    Producer
    Country Town Pride, Drag Mama
  • Hanna Sandler
    Co-Producer
  • Hanna Sandler
    Co-Writer
  • Benjamin Strum
    Editor
  • Jesse Lane
    DOP
    Tinashé
  • Luke Stacey
    Sound Mixer
    Ding Dong I'm Gay
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    25 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 28, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    4:3
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Benjamin Strum

Benjamin Strum is a filmmaker passionate about representing gender diverse and Jewish subjects. Benjamin was formerly the producer, writer and presenter of Facebook's original news program, 'The Junkee Takeaway' (2020-2021). Benjamin was the associate producer and camera operator of the broadcast documentary 'Country Town Pride' (2019) and the director of 'Drag Mama' (2015), which won the Audience Prize for Best Short Film at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

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Director Statement

During one of many pandemic-era lockdowns in Australia, I was approached by Plus61 J, a Jewish media outlet, to produce a series of stories about how the community coped with COVID-19. 'Three Folds' is the end result, a triune tale of Jewish resilience. Portraits of people united, and at times, divided, by identity.

I was curious about how culture keeps people going during dark times. I found a young boy with learning difficulties who formed an unlikely friendship with a wise Holocaust survivor. A bisexual actress who 'came out' as society shut down all around her, exploring her sexuality through the most unlikely means: hundred-year-old Yiddish literature. And an ultra-Orthodox Rabbi who defies stereotypes, positioning himself on the frontlines to help those in need, no matter their creed. Together, their stories showcase the gamut of Jewish perseverance in the face of hardship.

I was fortunate to collaborate with cinematographer Jesse Lane, whose talent and tenacity know no bounds. Together, we weathered multiple COVID shutdowns and positive test results to finish this film. I learned so much from him and our unique subjects, whose lives will continue to inspire me.