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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai is an Israeli filmmaker, trained as an architect. Gitai's work was presented in several major retrospectives in Pompidou Center Paris, the Museum of Modern Art New York, Lincoln Center New York, the British Film Institute London. To date Amos Gitai has created over 90 works of art throughout 38 years. Between 1999 and 2017 ten of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or as well as The Venice International Film Festival for the Golden Lion award, he has worked with Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Natalie Portman, Yael Abecassis, Samuel Fuller, Hanna Schygulla, Annie Lennox, Barbara Hendricks, Léa Seydoux, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Henri Alekan, Renato Berta, Nurith Aviv, Éric Gautier and more. Since 2000 he has been collaborating with the French screenwriter Marie-José Sanselme, he received several prestigious prizes, in particular the Leopard of Honor at the Locarno International Film Festival, the Roberto Rossellini prize, the Robert Bresson prize, the Paradjanov prize, Légion d'Honneur.

In 2018, Amos Gitai has been elected professor at the chair of artistic creation at the Collège de France, with a series of 12 lessons on cinema Gitai was born to Munio Weinraub, an architect formed at the pre-war German Bauhaus art school, to Efratia Margalit, an intellectual, storyteller and a teacher. He holds a degree in Architecture from the Technion in Haifa and a PhD in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, Gitai had to interrupt his architecture studies as he was called up to reserve service as part of a helicopter rescue crew. While serving, he shot 8mm footage of the fighting, said this served as his entry into the world of film making. Gitai began his career directing documentaries. In 1980 he directed his first full-length Israeli film, the first part of the House Trilogy: Home A House in Jerusalem, News from Home / News from House; the film follows a house in West Jerusalem, abandoned during the 1948 war by its Palestinian owner.

It was censored by Israeli television. House was the first trilogy of many others. "Gitaï wants this house to be both a symbol and something concrete. He achieves one of the most beautiful things a camera can register ` live'. In this crumbling shell of a house, real hallucinations begin to take shape; the film's central idea is simple and the film has the force of that idea, no more, no less." Wadi, similar to House is dealing with a specific location and examines the complex relationships between the residents of the former stone quarry: Eastern European immigrants, survivors of the camps and Arabs who have been expelled from their homes. Gitai turns the valley into a symbol of a possible coexistence. In 1982 he directed "Field Diary". A film-diary shot in the occupied territories before and during the invasion of Lebanon and, creating a controversy and leading to Gitai leaving Israel for France. "'Field Diary” offers a civilian image of war, setting it apart from the rest of audio-visual production by its content as much as by its mode of operation, by the solution it offers to a problem that pertains to the ethics of the filmmaker as much as to the aesthetics of cinema".

Gitai created as well fiction trilogies. The "Exile Trilogy" composed of Esther, 1985 that tells the Old Testament story of Esther, who does not know she is Jewish when she is chosen by King Ashasuerus as his wife and was presented at the International Critics’ Week of the Cannes Film Festival. Berlin-Jérusalem, 1989 was based on the biographies of the German expressionist poet, Else Lasker-Schüler, the Russian Zionist, Mania Shohat, their respective itineraries towards the mythical Jerusalem of the 1930s; the film competed in the 46th Venice International Film Festival and won first prize at the Istanbul Festival. Leading actresses: Lisa Kreuzer, Rivka Neumann. and Golem, the Spirit of the Exile, 1991 which explores the contemporary meanings of the Book of Ruth in the Bible."The director holds the story at an analytical distance. Events are re-enacted in a sequence of ritual tableaux shot in the ruins of Wadi Salib, the old Arab neighbourhood of Haifa that the Palestinians abandoned after the 1948 war.

The sense of ancient unsettled scores that have simmered for centuries is palpable in this beautiful but ravaged territory. In the most striking shots, the actors seem to blend into the architecture like the figures in Persian miniatures; these shots are pointedly contrasted with others photographed in the same vicinity, which make it look like a squalid contemporary junkyard. The juxtapositions suggest how overwhelmingly the region's history continues to haunt Israel's present." The "City Trilogy", was created after Gitai's return to Israel in 1993, after Yitzhak Rabin’s victory in the elections and the Oslo Accords. Each film is dedicated to a different city in Israel: "Devarim" takes place in Tel Aviv, is after the novel by Yaakov Shabtai, Past Continuous; the film depicts the spiritual disarra

Breed (TV pilot)

Breed is an American drama television pilot produced for the 2015/2016 season, in development at TNT. The pilot was produced by Nicky Weinstock; the series was not picked up by TNT. The network ordered the pilot on October 31, 2014, written by writer/novelist John Scott Shepherd and directed by Scott Winant. Shepherd and Winant served as executive producers alongside Nicky Weinstock and Grace Gilroy. On January 13, 2015, it was announced. On January 22, 2015, Nadia Hilker and Amber Clayton joined the cast. On February 6, 2015, Aisha Hinds joined the cast. On February 12, 2015, Shaun Majumder joined the cast; the latest addition to the cast was Callie Thorne. Filming lasted three weeks. On April 23, 2015, TNT passed on the pilot because Kevin Reilly, the new programming chief, was looking for an edgier, darker show to compete with basic cable networks; the supernatural drama follows an intelligent but mentally unstable detective named Cooper Wells, fired from FBI. Cooper teams up with Ruby, a cold-blooded female assassin born in Europe.

Their mission is to hunt and kill a mysterious race of creatures that are secretly infiltrating the population called KISHI, who can change their shape and feed on human flesh. Justin Chatwin as Detective Cooper Wells Nadia Hilker as Ruby Shaun Majumder as Teddy Aisha Hinds as Captain Dennison Callie Thorne as Emme Haladjian Amber Clayton as Mandy Rukiya Bernard as Violet Donnie MacNeil as Jason Elizabeth Baranes as Carly Haladjian Tristan Amott as Henry Haladjian Breed on IMDb

Avichai Rontzki

Avichai Rontzki was an Israeli Chief Military Rabbi of the Israel Defense Forces. He served in the position with a rank of Brigadier General, his predecessor in that position was Rabbi Israel Weiss. Rontzki was the rosh yeshiva of the Hesder Yeshiva in the West Bank settlement Itamar. Rontzki was studied at the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa, he became religious while serving in the army. In 1969, he began his military career in Shayetet 13, but did not complete the training course and transferred to the 35th Paratroopers Brigade, he completed squad leader course and Officer Candidate School, returned to the Paratroopers Brigade to serve as a platoon leader and as company Executive officer at the 890 "Efe" paratroop battalion. On, he transferred to Sayeret Shaked and served as a company commander in the Yom Kippur War. During this time, he began a process of repentance with his wife Ronit. Rontzki studied at Machon Meir and Mercaz HaRav, was involved with instructing street kids in Jerusalem. In 1980, he established the Hesder Yeshiva in Elon Moreh.

In 1984, he was part of the group that established the settlement Itamar near Nablus, he founded the Hesder yeshiva there. Rontzki wrote a four volume army halakhic guide K'Hitzim B'Yad Gibor. In addition to his rosh yeshiva position, he continued to serve in the reserves, rose in rank to the position of chief of staff of the Samaria Territorial Brigade. After being offered the position of Chief Military Rabbi, many advised him to decline due to the Military Rabbinate collaboration with Israel's unilateral disengagement plan, of which the military played a primary part. After assuming command of the Chief Rabbinate in 2006, Rontzki initiated a mini-revolution in the command. In addition to the traditional rabbinate activities of kitchen kosher certification and religious services for religious soldiers, Rontzki expanded the mandate to include a more active role in the army, including increasing the number of battalion rabbis. "During the war, it became clear that there is a significant gap between the number of positions available to rabbis in various units and their actual manning by military rabbis."

In December 2014, after it became clear that the Knesset's coalition would dissolve and new elections would be called, Rontzi announced he expected to run in the primaries for Bayit Yehudi's list. In April 1, 2018, he died after a struggle with colorectal cancer, he left behind six children and grandchildren. Rontzki expanded the "Jewish Awareness Department", which conducts educational activities in IDF combat units, he gave Torah classes in jails, conducted a tour of Hebron for soldiers in Military Intelligence in which they met with Rabbi Dov Lior. An Israeli settler accused of assaulting and wounding Palestinians spent his house arrest in Rontzki's home. In a letter he sent to officers in the Military Rabbinate in October 2008, he wrote that, "There is a crucial need to connect soldiers with their roots and Jewish values", that IDF rabbis are supposed to be involved in inculcating Jewish values, he attempted to force the Israel Army Radio to stop broadcasting on Shabbat to come in line with the standard army order permitting only operational duty on the holy day.

During Operation Cast Lead, the army rabbinate under Rontzki's lead had a more significant presence on the field than traditional to the rabbinate. The rabbinate provided a text titled "Daily Torah studies for the soldier and the commander in Operation Cast Lead" to soldiers and officers, criticized as being overtly nationalist and political, to the point of racism, encouraging violations of international law regarding the treatment of enemy civilians. Rontzki stated that religious troops make better soldiers, that those who show mercy towards the enemy in wartime will be damned for it. Rontzki objects to women serving in combat units, believes that it is impractical and harmful to the "combat array", he expressed doubt. In addition, he revealed that a female Religion Officer would join the Military Rabbinate for the first time to serve the needs of religious women soldiers, his attitude towards women soldiers has been criticised by several Knesset members, who demanded that Rontzki be dismissed from his post as IDF's chief rabbi.

The Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din called on Defense Minister Ehud Barak to remove Rontzki from his post as chief military rabbi, due to his conduct during Operation Cast Lead. MK Ophir Pines-Paz asked Barak to order an immediate investigation into the activities of the military rabbinate. Pines-Paz wrote that "The article gives cause for concern", that "The rabbinate is overstepping its authority, to provide religious services, is acting in an aggressive manner in order to cause Israel Defense Forces soldiers to become religiously observant; this activity undermines religious-secular relations in the IDF and leads the army into dealing with areas beyond its scope. It uses the IDF to advance political ideas; the rabbinate is bringing religion in through the back door, in a dangerous manner, harming the IDF's ability to fulfill its mission". In December 2009, it was reported that Defense Minister of Israel Ehud Barak and Chief of General Staff Gabi Ashkenazi will not extend Rontzki's service past the summer of 2010.

In January 2010, Rafi Peretz was appointed to succeed Rontzki as chief military rabbi in summer 2010. Referring to the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, Rontzki said in an interview to Arutz Sheva in October 2011 that Israeli soldiers should no longer ar