The Testament (Ha'Edut)


Mary D. Fisher TheatreSun, Nov 5, 2017 7:00 PM Event Date Passed  
Film Info
Event Type:Film
Film Type:Narrative Feature
Release Year:2017
Run Time:88 minutes
Production Country:Austria/Israel
Original Language:Hebrew/German/English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Amichai Greenberg
Cast:Ori Pfeffer
Rivka Gur
Hagit Dasberg
Ori Yaniv


A mystery even Hitchcock would relish. “The Testament” is the gripping story of Yoel, a man willing to risk everything to discover the truth about “where the bodies are buried.” A meticulous historian, Yoel is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in the village of Lendsdorf. The influential family that owns the land where the murders occurred, plans to build a real estate project on that land, which Yoel suspects is their attempt to bury the affair for good.

Trapped between walls of silence from the villagers, his own family, and his Orthodox rabbi, Yoel doggedly pursues his quest. His search for evidence about the massacre and the burial uncovers classified taped interviews with Holocaust survivors that bring him face-to-face with a shocking secret his mother has kept for years–a secret his siblings do not want to know or hear, a secret that turns his own world upside down.

“The Testament” was the biggest award winner in the Haifa Film Festival this year.