Award winning short by director Chris Allen exploring the concept of luck or "mazel" through London's Jewish community



Maybe some people are just born unlucky? This documentary film weaves together a diverse collection of different voices from London’s Jewish community to explore the concept of “luck” or “mazel”. From lucky charms and curses to global economics and quantum physics, this humorous and philosophical piece of visual poetry navigates the boundaries between religion and superstition to ask how the invisible hand of mazel has touched us all.

Commissed by The Jewish Film Festival & supported by the Pears Foundation
Co-producted with Pilgrim Films in 2009

Filmed and Directed by:Christopher Thomas Allen
Producer:Andrew Hinton
Assistant Producers:Alice Ceresole & Anna Maconochie
Editor:Christopher Thomas Allen
Assistant Editor:Helen Omand
Online Editor Grade:Chris Hall
Music composer:Malcolm Litson
Additional Camera:James Price & Tim Cowie


Festival Screenings:

Insight Film Festival, Manchester, UK, 2011 ***Winner of the Coexist Award***
SFJFF – San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival, San Fransisco, USA 2010
Vimeo Awards Vimeo Festival, New York City, USA 2010
Hackney Film Festival Rio Cinema, Dalston, London, UK 2010
SXSW South by Southwest, film festival, Austin, Texas, USA, 2010
By Design, Northwest film forum, Seattle USA, 2010
London Short Film Festival Roxy, London, UK, 2010
UK Jewish Film Festival
Tricycle Cinema, London, UK 2009