Jews By Choice

Directors Tomer Slutzky and Justyna Gawelko, Producers Dan Shadur, Michał Szymanowicz, and Abraham Troen
Jews By Choice


In a picturesque Czech town, an alliance of ordinary citizens become inspired to renovate their local synagogue, convert to Judaism, and give birth to the first Jewish community in the region since the Holocaust. As they fight for recognition from the Jewish authorities, internal strife threatens the future of their close-knit fellowship.

Phase of Support: Production

Tomer Slutzky

Tomer Slutzky - Director

Tomer Slutzky is an Israeli documentary director and cinematographer, who served as a director and editor in the filming unit of the Israeli Air Force between 2008 and 2011. He holds a BA in Philosophy and film theory from Tel Aviv University. Filmography: 2018 – DP of Apologies for the delay (Shlomo Slutzky – INCAA, winner of Latinamerican film festival in Trieste); 2019 – DP of 100 Million Views (Itamar Rose – Yes Docu, ARTE, ZDF); 2020 – DP of Chelsea fans (Tal Barda and Noam Pinchas – BBC); 2022 – Director of Bronca, Israeli-Argentinean co-production, International premiere in Warsaw Film Festival, Honorable mention in Haifa Film Festival 2022 (KAN 11, INCAA); 2023 – DP of Murky Skies, 3 episode mini series (HOT8, ARTE, ZDF, VPRO).

Justyna Gawełko

Justyna Gawełko - Director

Justyna Gawełko is a graduate of Cultural Studies and a student in a screenwriting program at Wajda School in Poland. For several years she has been working in the documentary industry within CoPro Market Israel and currently CEDOC Market in Poland. She directed Yehudis (2018).

Abraham Troen

Abraham Troen - Producer

Abraham “Abie” Troen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker. He has led documentary projects in Israel, Kenya, India, Mexico and the US, lensing documentaries for Netflix, the BBC, Arte, Kan IPBC, Vanity Fair, Conde Nast, and OUT Magazine. His work has screened at TIFF, SXSW, Doc NYC IDFA amongst others. In 2017, Abraham directed Finding Home, a series of portraits of LGBT asylum seekers living in LA. Together with Emmy award-winning director Maya Zinshtein, and Academy Award-winning Producer John Battsek, Abraham was both Producer and DOP for ‘Til Kingdom Come (2020); he spent three years intimately documenting the Evangelical influence on US foreign affairs with Israel. The film was awarded the Sundance DFP Grant, Bertha Doc Society Journalism award, and IDA Enterprise and JFI grant among others. Abraham resides in Los Angeles and is currently filming several feature documentaries on both sides of the Atlantic.

Michał Szymanowicz

Michał Szymanowicz - Producer

Michał Szymanowicz is a filmmaker, journalist, radio producer, copywriter, and screenwriter specializing in documentaries, features, adverts and tv programs. Filmography: The Magic of the Big Blue, Underwater Planet, There was not any hope…The Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto 1943, My name is Julita, Once Upon a Time in the Community Allotments, Polish Tuscany.

Dan Shadur

Dan Shadur - Producer

Dan Shadur is a filmmaker and producer based in Tel Aviv. His debut documentary, Before The Revolution, was funded by Yes Docu and ITVS, premiered in Hotdocs 2013 and featured in dozens of international festivals. His film King Bibi – The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu – finalist for the Israeli Film Academy Awards for 2019 – is one of the most watched Israeli documentaries in recent years, heralded by the Washington Post as one of the best foreign documentaries of 2019. His new feature documentary Silver’s Uprising will premiere at Docaviv Film Festival on May 23’. His work aired on PBS, Arte, ZDF, CBC and other broadcasters. As a writer, Shadur contributed to Israel’s leading newspapers and magazines. As of July 22’, He is also the host of Israel’s first documentary podcast – “The Echo Chamber.”

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