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Yom Kippur in Lockdown: A Film by Danny Ben-Moshe

By Identity Films

Published Sep 23, 2022


Documenting Our Times

(27 min) Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.  It is also the busiest day of the year for synagogues across Australia. However, in 2020 the world is struck by the Covid-19 pandemic. In Melbourne, where the majority of Australian Jews reside, because of strict social distancing, for the first time ever gathering as a community in the synagogue is impossible. This is a surprisingly upbeat documentary set in Australia’s most locked down city, Melbourne, about how its Jewish community pivoted for Yom Kippur in lockdown.   


Award winning producer and director Danny Ben-Moshe is one of Australia’s leading documentarians who established Identity Films and Productions in 2006 driven by a passion to tell stories that matter in entertaining, compelling and creative ways. Danny’s acclaimed films have screened on leading networks around the world, i...


Reflecting on Yom Kippurs past 

How has your experience of Yom Kippur changed over the past couple years? How has it stayed the same?  

Documenting our times Many art forms, including filmmaking, are used to document the moment we are living in. In what ways do you document the time you are in right now? Did you document your experience in 2020? How? 

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