Back to Berlin
This documentary charts the journey of eleven Jewish bikers as they make their way from Tel-Aviv to Berlin in commemoration of the 1931 team who rode across Europe to find participants for the inaugural 1932 Maccabiah games, also known as the Jewish Olympics.
The 2015 team, made up of Holocaust survivors, descendants of survivors and the grandson of a 1930s Maccabiah rider, make their way through nine European countries, crossing 4,500km in 24 days. The journey brings them into contact with severe heat and serious storms, but it is the emotional confrontation of tragic personal and political histories that make this journey a truly challenging experience.
Directed by Catherine Lurie and narrated by Larry King, the film highlights the mood in Europe today since the rise of new far right and populist groups. The significance is not lost on either the motorbike riders or the viewer as archival footage supports the connection between present and past in this internationally-minded reflection on anti-Semitism in Europe.