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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Blue Box


Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Countries Israel, Canada, Belgium
Year 2021
Running Time 82 MIN
Languages Hebrew, English
Subtitles English
Director Michal Weits

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This revelatory documentary by filmmaker Michal Weits explores the history of the Jewish National Fund Blue Boxes, which symbolized support of Israeli settlement and agricultural development. Through the private diaries and papers of her great grandfather Yosef Weitz, Israel’s celebrated ‘father of forests’, the director discovers a darker side of his legacy. Appointed head of the JNF’s Department of Land and Forestry during the formative years of the new state, Weitz also served as the ‘Architect of Transfer’ – planting the country’s trees, while uprooting nearly three quarters of a million Arabs to procure their land.

“This multi-layered documentary will inspire much debate and deserves wide distribution.” - Variety

Winner, Best Research Award, DocAviv Film Festival

Presentation Details

Pre-recorded Q & A Director Michal Weits in conversation with Writer and Filmmaker Jason Sherman
Co-presented With
Review “Unfolding in a compact and extraordinarily compelling 82 minutes, Blue Box is a brave, authoritatively documented account of how the Jewish National Fund (JNF) acquired land in Palestine before and after the creation of the State of Israel.” - Variety