Doc Nights


Directed by Ofra Bloch

English, German, Arabic, Hebrew, 2018, DCP

Doc Nights

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

Featuring a post-screening dialogue with Producer Jack Riccobono and community members.

Jerusalem born trauma expert Ofra Bloch explores the legacies of trauma in her own life, from the holocaust to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and offers the possibility of reconciliation in this thought-provoking new documentary.  


“A brilliant personal exploration of the psychological obstacles to peace in the Middle East, and the tectonic plates of history that have brought two peoples to this tragic impasse.”– Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer prize-winning author



Jack Riccobono has written, directed and produced a wide range of work across the five boroughs of his native New York City and around the world. His critically acclaimed documentary feature THE SEVENTH FIRE premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and received a NYTimes Critics’ Pick during its theatrical release in North America and the UK. A graduate of Harvard’s VES Film Production Program and Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School, Jack’s films have screened at festivals and venues including New Directors/New Films, the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art. In 2008, Jack launched the production company All Rites Reserved, dedicated to producing films with global reach that push visual and conceptual boundaries.

Shimi Mizrahi serves as the Texas Hillel Israel Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin where he promotes connections to Israel and Israelis throughout the campus community by sharing personal experiences about the complex realities of life in the region.  A native of Jerusalem, he served as a technician in the Israeli Air Force and graduated from Hebrew University in Jerusalem where he majored in political science and international relations. His grandparents fled Iraq and Iran during the 1930s prior to Israel’s War for Independence in 1948.
David Finkel is the Director of the Austin Jewish Film Festival, now in its 18th year.