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Israeli filmmaker to give Pozez lecture

Michael Aloni stars in "Shtisel."

Award-winning writer and director Yehonatan Indursky, co-creator of Israel’s award-winning TV series “Shtisel,” will speak on Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. as part of the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Shaol & Louis Pozez Memorial Lectureship Series. The free lecture will be held at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, which is a series co-sponsor.

Indursky is a graduate of the elite ultra-Orthodox Ponevezh Yeshiva, and later was a top alum of the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School. 

He wrote and created, with Ori Elon, the esteemed drama series “Shtisel,” which won 17 Israeli Academy of Television awards. Set in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Geula in Jerusalem, “Shtisel” follows a recently widowed man and his son as they try to find love within the confines of their religious life. The series is currently an international hit on Netflix.

His full-length documentary “Ponevezh Time” (2014) was nominated for Best Documentary Film at the Israeli Academy Awards. “Driver” (2018), his first full-length film, won the Israeli Critics Award. Indursky wrote and directed the series “Autonomies” (2018), which received rave reviews and won the Reflet d’Or for “Best International Television Series” in the Geneva International Film Festival. “Autonomies” imagines an ultra-Orthodox autonomy in Jerusalem that is surrounded by a wall, and operates strictly in accordance with halachic laws. Indursky’s short film “The Cantor and the Sea” won the best director prize in the 2015 Jerusalem Film Festival.