By Mark Rosenblatt | Drama
A little girl thinks she sees a family cleaner steal a precious ornament. Then it escalates.

In London in 1962, a little girl named Ruthie enjoys a fun, playful relationship with her family’s cleaner, Lynn. But her mother, Mrs. Hirth, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, is more suspicious, taking care to hide the nice things she buys from the cleaner. When pressed by Ruthie to explain this mistrust, Mrs. Hirth tells her a story of hiding from soldiers in the war, where a “ganef” — the Yiddish word for thief — stole their things.

Ruthie’s imagination goes into overdrive, and soon she imagines that her beloved Lynn is a thief stealing from the home. When Ruthie thinks Lynn is stealing, she tells her mother — and as events unfold from this accusation, it changes the loving friendship between Ruthie and Lynn forever.

Written and directed by Mark Rosenblatt, this Oscar-qualified short historical drama is both an elegantly rendered, compelling portrait of ruptured childhood innocence and an incisive exploration of the subtle ways that intergenerational trauma is passed on from one generation to the next.

Shot with the faded colors and soft lighting of memory past, the film’s storytelling ably explores the perspectives of three interlocking characters, from Ruthie’s imagination to how her mother remains haunted by her war experiences. Woven together in the balanced, perceptive writing, it makes “Ganef” an unusually rich short film. Its power comes from its insights into how the unresolved stories and emotions are absorbed by the next generation, shaping their interpretation of people and events. These in turn are carried into the world, via the relationships and interactions they make for themselves — and sadly cutting themselves off from the spectrum of experience, even before they are old enough to realize what they have lost.

You Might Also Like:


By Zach Woods | Drama
A little girl has a birthday dinner with her father that she'll never forget...


By Candice Carella | Drama
A single mother leaves her young daughter with a rock musician uncle.


By Marianne Farley | Drama
A woman goes to an illegal abortion clinic, following the adoption of an anti-abortion law.

A La Cara

By Javier Marco | Drama
A famous reporter confronts a man for insulting her on Twitter.


By David Bartlett | Drama
A young Roma girl is discovered by Nazis as they cleanse the streets of 'undesirables'.


By Scott Aharoni and Dennis Latos | Drama
A father keeps a painful secret from his daughter during COVID -- but risks losing her.

Free Fall

By Emmanuel Tenenbaum | Drama
A young trader jumps into the biggest trade of his life amid the September 11 attacks.


By Ben Tricklebank | Drama
A 14-year-old is expected to be a man. But he doesn't want to grow up that way.

The Recordist

By Indianna Bell and Josiah Allen | Drama
A young actress has an affair with the director. The sound recordist blackmails her.


By Miles Warren | Drama
A young boy explores his manhood after his father fights at a bowling alley.


By Richard Prendergast | Drama
A single mother takes her family on a road trip. But it's to an unwanted destination.

Second Best

By Alyssa McClelland | Comedy
Twin sisters turn into rivals when one's gymnastics career steals the spotlight.

No More Wings

By Abraham Adeyemi | Drama
2 friends meet at their favorite fried chicken shop. But their lives have diverged.


By Gokalp Gonen | Animation
A man is trapped on a spaceship after his robot overseer finds every planet uninhabitable.

Feeling Through (Oscars)

By Doug Roland | Drama
A homeless teen meets a deaf-blind man who changes his life forever...

Your favorite short films you haven't seen yet.

Inspiring and insightful. Entertaining and enlightening.
That's what you can expect here: no fluff. Just a steady
stream of the best films delivered to your inbox.