Between Cologne and Tel Aviv
´30, ZDF/3sat, 2004
Sharon Aronof is twelve years old and lives together with her mother Ruthi Aronof-Günther in Cologne. Both are active members of the Jewish community. Her maternal family are traditional German Jews who returned from Israel to Germany after the Second World War to participate in the reconstruction of the Jewish communities. Sharon sees herself as a “echt Kölsches Mädchen” (a real Girl from Cologne) and at the same time as a “real Jewish” girl. Their native languages are German and Hebrew, their homeland is Germany, their home is Judaism and the land of their faith is Israel. She goes there several times a year because her father lives near Tel Aviv. While Sharon used to be certain that she would like to live in Israel later, today she believes she has found her place in her favorite german city, Cologne. But then her mother dies suddenly and unexpected and everything changes…
Katja Duregger accompanied Sharon for several weeks in 2003 while preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, the ceremony to celebrate her religious maturity, and to a visit to her father in Israel. The film is a sensitive portrait of a girl who belongs to the so-called “fourth generation” — perhaps the first that could make Jewish life in Germany ordinary again.
“Between Cologne and Tel Aviv” is a contribution for the 3sat documentary series “Fremde Kinder”, which is dedicated to boys and girls up to 14 years from all countries of the world in their often difficult life situations, and gives them a voice.
||Klaus Grittner (Köln), Philippe Bellaiche (Israel)
||Christian Krämer (Köln), Tully Chen (Israel)
||Katya Mader, 3sat