Two new films from Judy Menczel

October 17, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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ABC’s Compass program will feature two new documentaries from producer Judy Menczel.

Judy Menczel and Genna Radner

“It Takes A Village” covers the life and work of Genna Radnan, a 28-year-old Emanuel School graduate, who set up a kindergarten, a womens training centre and is now assisting an orphanage and maternity hospital in Kenya. She has achieved all this within 10 years of leaving school.

The film also showcases students at the Emanuel School in Sydney carrying on the work Genna has inspired them to do.

Fellow-Sydneysider Adam Dostalek  directed the film.

“It Takes A Village” will be screened this Sunday October 20 on ABC at 6:30pm.
The Menczel/Dostalek teamed again to produce and direct “Ride like an Anzac”
It covers two initiatives filmed during the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba.
One group covered is bike riders, including Cadel Evans and former ambassador Australian to Israel Dave Sharma riding the Anzac trail with 300 riders in an initiative organised by expat Danny Hakim.
The other is a group of descendants from the Australian Light horse Association and Rona Tranby Trust, riding like the Light Horsemen. The initiatives commemorating one of the great Victories of WW1. It also cemented the Balfour Declaration,  signed two days after the charge,and the film not only promotes Israel in a beautiful unpolitical way but also shows the wonderful bond Australia and Israel hold as a result of the Light horsemen and the Battle of Beersheba.

The film also features the story of Indigenous descendants of the Light horsemen and how the ride in Israel inspired them to connect with their ancestors.
It will be screened on October 27 on Compass at 6.30pm.
Both films will be available for a month on iview.

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