July’s Online Short: BACON AND GOD’S WRATH

The Jewish Film Institute presents Sol Friedman’s Bacon and God’s Wrath as July’s Online Short! Read on for a Q&A with Friedman and catch it again with three more entertaining short films screening in our Jews in Shorts: Documentaries program in San Francisco and Oakland.

Bacon and God’s Wrath 
screens at SFJFF36 with Jews in Shorts: Documentaries
Dir. Sol Friedman, Canada, 2015, 9 min, English

In Sol Friedman’s Sundance Jury Award winner for Best Short Documentary, Razie, a 90-year-old Jewish woman, reflects on her life’s experiences as she prepares to taste bacon for the first time.

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Q&A with Bacon & God’s Wrath director Sol Friedman

Q: What inspired you to make this film?

A: I made the film as a gentle call to Apostasy. To remind people that it’s never too late to abandon your faith.

What was your greatest challenge during the filmmaking process?

It’s usually difficult to mix so many different animation techniques together. For some reason, the process was surprisingly smooth for this film.

Any thoughts you’d like to share about screening this film in a Jewish context?

From my perspective, the subject matter is a celebration of reason over faith, so I am always a bit surprised by how enthusiastic the reception has been from the Jewish audience. But either way, it’s a great way to get the conversation started.

What film/media has inspired you lately?

The last film that I saw was The Brothers Grimsby. I can’t say I found it particularly inspirational.

What do you do when you’re not filmmaking?

I read a lot – I’m slow but steady. And travel is a big thing as well. My wife is a visual artist and she’s taken me along to a number of artist residencies that she’s done in the past few years.

Lastly, gefilte fish: delicious, or disgusting?

Although I support the idea of a fish sausage, I have yet to try a palatable version of Gefilte Fish.

  • Sandy Handsher

    Delightful film that deconstructs “faith.” Now maybe 90 year old Razie will become a vegetarian, after she sees a youtube of a pig saving a dog’s life.