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The Lost Love Diaries

Film Screening & Director zoom Conversation

 Sunday June 2


The schedule

⇒ May 29- June 2.6 , watch the film "The Lost Love Diaries" on your home device.

⇒ Sunday, June 2 at 2:00 p.m. US Eastern Time, tune into the program with director Yasmine Novak. 

*The film and the recording of the meeting will be available for viewing until Monday 5.6 at 16:00 pm (US Eastern Time).

Yasmine Novak



Jasmine Kainy

Filmmaker (moderator)


Shulamith Bitran-Lehman


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 The Lost Love Diaries
A Film by: Yasmine Novak
(Israel, 2011, 53 Minutes, Color, Hebrew, English, Dutch, English subtitles)

Bernie and Ellis were lovers during WW2. However circumstance tore them apart when they had to go into hiding. On the night of their parting they promised to each keep a diary depicting their time underground. That was the last time Ellis saw Bernie.

After Bernie disappeared in mid war, heartbroken Ellis married another man. On the morning of her wedding day a package from an unknown woman arrived, in it was Bernie's diary. Overwhelmed by the turn of events, Ellis buried it deep in her suitcase and headed for a new life in Palestine. For 65 years the diary remained untouched, until now.

Ellis' daughter Shula, an eager Historian, convinces her mother to open the diaries. As they read, they discover fascinating facts about Bernie's trail of escape. They decide to set out on a detective journey to find out what ever happened to Bernie.

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About the Speakers


Yasmine Novak is an award-winning filmmaker currently focusing on editing. Over the past decade, she has worked on a variety of documentaries and TV shows, as well as mentoring aspiring filmmakers.

Jasmine Kainy is an Israeli filmmaker who has been nominated 11 times by the Israeli Academy Awards (Ophirs) and has directed more than 20 documentary films, series, and investigative docs. She is also a lecturer at Hebrew University and at the International Program at Reichman University.

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My name is Shulamith Lehman Bitran, proud mother of three and  grandmother of nine.I was a History teacher in high school and used to bring my mother to tell the students about her experience during WW2. She used to tell, with love and admiration, mainly about the families who hid her and her family. I knew she had a boyfriend whom she loved who did not survive the war. In 2007 I helped her translate her and her boyfriend's ( Bernie) diaries and we started together an emotional journey to the past that is going on to this day. 

Festivals and Awards

• Jerusalem International Film Festival
• Toronto JFF
• Philadelphia Israeli FF
• JCC Manhattan
• Reel Israel Cleveland
• Rome Israeli FF
• New York JFF
• Montreal Jewish Public Library
• Detroit JFF
• Memorial de la Shoah, Paris 2014

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(Recommended donation 18$)

Registration to watch the movie "The Lost Love Diaries" and a Zoom meeting. The film will be screened starting Thursday 30.5 at 10:00 a.m. A Zoom meeting will be held on Sunday 2.6 at 2:00 p.m.(US Eastern Time)

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