DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Bring the Jews Home

Bring the Jews Home

How long must Christians still wait for the Second Coming? How will the prophecy be fulfilled and by whom? For example by Koen Carlier. At least that’s what the Flemish activist firmly believes. After all, the bible supplies precise instructions: Bring the Jews back home and the Messiah will come. So for more than 20 years he has been working in Ukraine on behalf of the Dutch branch of “Christians for Israel” in order to enlighten all the Jews still living there about their right (their duty, actually) to emigrate to Israel. But his life is a rather unglamorous one which resembles that of a commercial traveller. On his tours through underdeveloped regions he meets hospitable but also sceptical people. Some plead high blood pressure; others would rather emigrate to Germany. Carlier keeps preaching with gentle severity and unshakeable enthusiasm: Nobody will be left behind in the Diaspora, whether they like it or not.

Maidan and the outbreak of the Ukrainian conflict constitute a final change in his eyes. All signs and symbols point to Armageddon. This is where the film, too, radically changes direction: from the portrait of a confused family man to a psycho trip, working its way into the dangerous thinking of Christian religious fundamentalism, full visual power ahead.

Lars Meyer
Original Title: Breng de Joden thuis
Country: Netherlands
Year: 2016
Language: Dutch, English, Ukrainian
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 56 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Eefje Blankevoort, Arnold van Bruggen
Producer: Iris Lammertsma, Boudewijn Koole
Cinematographer: Ton Peters
Editor: Patrick Schonewille
Sound: Alex Tugushin, Mark Glynne
Music: Harry de Wit, Stan Verberkt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2018 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.