Language is a complicated dance between internal and external interpretations of our identity. In DON’T ASK, New York City based, Israeli-born artists, writers and a dancer reflect on their relationship with the English language and their mother tongue, Hebrew. With archival films featuring the City circa the 1940s, their dialogue is intersected by a poem by Carmela Tal Baron, addressing the dichotomy between the way we are perceived by others versus who we really are.
“In DON’T ASK. Tova Beck-Friedman Packed A Punch With Complex Imagery And Multi-Stranded Issues Into A Very Tight Format.” Maureen Michaelson, Director, Michaelson Art Gallery.
“Wonderful Use Of Imagery And Poetry As Well As The Discourse On Immigration. Wow!”, Lilly Rivlin, Filmmaker.
“It’s Amazing How Much Meaning And Intriguing Photography DON’T ASK Can Get In Only Three Minutes!”, Rivka Rass, Writer.
- 2010 Athens, GA Jewish Film Festival Shorts Competition — 2nd prize.
- winner, Reel 13 / New York
- Festival CINETORO, Colombia, October 31st – November 5th 2012
- CEGAI (Filmoteca Gallega), A Coruña, Spain. June 16th, 2012
- Centro de Artes CMA, Madrid, Spain. June 10th 2012
- Performance & Intermedia festival 2010, National Museum in Szczecin, Poland.
- Athens, GA Jewish Film Festival Shorts Competition, 2010
- Czech Cultural Center, New York, NY. September 13th, 2009
- Athens Jewish Film Festival, Athens, GA, 2009
- The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad ,Norway, June 2008
- Tamaulipas, Mexico International Film Festival , September 2008
- International Short Film Festival Detmold, Germany, October, 2008
- Non Violence International Film Festival / Cinewomen sidebar, Toronto, Canada. September 2008
- NewFilmmakers NY, November 26, 2008
- Reel 13 / New York