The Hangman
The Hangman
The Hangman
The Hangman
The Hangman

The Hangman

Regular price $345.00
    • *Best Documentary* - Haifa Int. Film Festival
    • IDFA International Documentary Festival
    • Visions du Réel 
    • Full Frame Doc Film Festival
    • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival
    • Berlin Jewish Film Festival
    • Krakow International Film Festival
"[A] riveting film that tells the story of some of the most pivotal moments in Israeli history through the eyes of the kosher slaughterer who happens to have been Adolf Eichmann’s executioner."  - Forward     


The 1962 hanging of Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann was Israel's first and only execution. This conscious, introspective documentary paints a fascinating portrait of Eichmann's executioner; a marginalized Sephardi prison warden whose life was forever altered by reluctantly carrying out this monumental task.

The life of Shalom, the hangman of Adolf Eichmann, encapsulates the story of the Jewish state from the perspective of the "Other"--the marginalized Sephardi prison warden who is chosen to do the dirty work of hanging the arch-enemy, carrying out a national burden that has dramatically shaped his life since.  His current profession in the abattoir as an Orthodox ritual slaughterer and his vivid recollections from his past construct a fascinating, multilayered portrait of an individual who improbably finds himself playing a role in the midst of historical events.

Shalom's idiosyncratic, yet unheard, story emanates from the very edge of Israel's historical narrative to reveal insights through an unusual perspective.  His clear, alternative voice ultimately carries a deeply humanistic, remarkably universal message.

60 minutes - Hebrew with English subtitles

Directed by: Netalie Braun

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