ONE OF US NOW
Maya Steinberg | Germany, Israel 2022 | 30 Min. | Hebrew, English with Engl. subtitles
In presence of Maya Steinberg
After her father’s late religious revival experience, Maya Steinberg sets out to the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon bar Jochai in Galilee to immerse herself as a secular Israeli in the world of Orthodox Judaism. She hopes to find answers as to why, many years ago, her father turned to religion and away from her.
Spending several weeks in Galilee and through numerous observations, encounters, and conversations, the filmmaker explores both the place held by women in the Orthodox community and the extent to which her own queerness and gender present obstacles to belonging. The journey leads her to surprising discoveries about both, women in religious communities and herself.
Director: Maya Steinberg (she/her)
Camera: Eline Gehring (she/her), Maya Steinberg
Editing: Maya Steinberg
Music: Sivan Levy (she/her)
Sound: Manuela Schininà (she/her)
Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm – Dok 2022
Internationale Kurzfilmtage – Winterthur 2022
Ethnographic Film Festival Paris 2023
Internationales Frauen Filmfest Dortmund und Köln 2023
Achtung Berlin Film Festival 2023
Maya Steinberg is a Tel Aviv-born, Berlin-based film director and editor. After graduating from Tel Aviv University Film school, Maya moved to Berlin to pursue a master’s in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie University. Her first film as a director ‘Never coming back to America’ premiered on Israeli channel 8 for documentaries. She regularly works as a film editor in Israel and Germany and is currently developing two feature length projects as a director- a documentary and a fiction one.