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December 19, 2016

A Demonstration in the White City

This documentary jewel provides an education about Israel’s political and cultural history told in the context of a peaceful demonstration by 10,000 Sudanese and Eritrean asylum seekers, joined by Israelis, in the “White City,” Tel Aviv— a call for freedom and against deportation and imprisonment.. Director Tal Haim Yoffe narrates in the first person as… Read more

December 19, 2016

A Grain of Truth

This well crafted detective thriller effectively builds suspense using anti-Semitism and its centuries-old myth of blood libel:  Jews murdering Christians to use their blood for religious rituals. Once the star of the Warsaw prosecutor’s office, Teodor Szacki  (Polish Academy Award-winner Robert Więckiewicz) explores a series of ritual killings in Sandomierz, a small town in southeastern… Read more

December 19, 2016

A Quiet Heart

This intense drama is set on the fault line between secularism and religious orthodoxy in modern Israel. Naomi (Ania Bukstein, Game of Thrones), a secular single woman rejecting her family and career as a classical pianist, moves to an Ultra-Orthodox area of Jerusalem. Two surprising connections with a musically gifted Ultra-Orthodox neighbor boy and a… Read more

February 5, 2017

An American Tail

An American Tale is fun for the whole family!  In this animated classic, a young Russian mouse named Fievel emigrates to America, gets separated from his family and must find them, learning some valuable survival lessons along the way.  You will laugh at Fievel’s adventures and be inspired by his triumphs. Film Details 80 minutes… Read more

December 19, 2016

Bamidbar

Against the backdrop of the biblical Israeli desert, Avi, a war hero scarred by his experience and Shiri his estranged teenage daughter,excited to join the Army, are forced by uncontrollable events to face fear and truth. Following the screening, a panel will discuss the subject of combat and moral injury. film details Drama Short /… Read more

December 19, 2016

Bang!: The Bert Berns Story

With hits that include “Twist and Shout”, “Hang On Sloopy”, and “Piece Of My Heart,” Bert Berns is the most influential producer/songwriter you’ve never heard of. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. From his Russian-Jewish roots in the Bronx, brushes… Read more

December 19, 2016

Bar Bahar (In Between)

In the permissive atmosphere of Tel Aviv, three Palestinian millennial women navigate “in between” traditional norms and modernity. Laila, high powered attorney by day and wild-woman partier by night, shares an apartment with her friend Salma – bartender, DJ, gay and closeted from her conservative Christian family. Nour, a university student whose hijab identifies her as… Read more

December 19, 2016

Blue Like Me

Shimmering and  resplendent as Persian miniatures, riotous and contemporary as pop art and Bollywood, the art of  Siona Benjamin synthesizes world religions with eastern myths and western popular culture. Blue skinned figures raise questions of identity and the role of art in social change. After immigrating to the US, a Fulbright sponsored Benjamin’s return to… Read more

December 19, 2016

Bogdan’s Journey

July 4, 1946: Polish soldiers, policemen and civilians massacre dozens of Jews returned from the Holocaust to the city of Kielce. The 70’s:  Bogdan Bialek, Polish Catholic psychologist and teacher, begins a mission to persuade its citizens to confront their community’s suppressed history of anti-Semitism and its murderous consequences. From devastating archival footage and survivors’… Read more

December 19, 2016

Dimona Twist

The distinct voices of women immigrants, rarely heard, are the subject of this fully compelling film. Vivid historical footage is intertwined with first-person reflections of seven women who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s and 60s. The narrators share memories of their home countries in North Africa and Eastern Europe-Jewish life, culture, and community and… Read more

December 19, 2016

Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana

Is there a difference between “being Jewish” and “doing Jewish?”  Join one young Canadian Jewish filmmaker as she attempts to find out in a remote Black African Jewish community in Ghana.  How did Jewish customs and rituals find their way to Ghana?  How have they survived in isolation?  What binds the Jewish people around the… Read more

December 19, 2016

Flory’s Flame

Flory’s Flame showcases 90-year-old Flory Jagoda on her mission to preserve and share her Ladino musical heritage.  The film weaves the history of Sephardic music from the Jewish exile of 15th century Spain and Portugal with the story of Flory’s Balkan family in the Holocaust, her move to the U.S. as a war bride and… Read more

December 19, 2016

For the Love of Spock

Mr. Spock is one of film and television’s most iconic and resonant characters. Logical, detached and a keen observer of human emotion – Spock’s half-human half-Vulcan traits endow him with a compelling and enigmatic allure. In this intimate and personal documentary, Leonard’s son Adam Nimoy explores the creation, evolution, and universal impact of Mr. Spock…. Read more

December 19, 2016

Freedom Runners

A young Jewish teacher in Tel Aviv starts a running club for his students, the sons and daughters of African asylum seekers.  Their talent and commitment bring them to national races, but their lack of Israeli citizenship denies them the trophies and recognition they earn. Asylum seekers, whether in Israel or Maine, cannot return to… Read more

December 19, 2016

Freedom to Marry

Even though you know how the story ends, this surprisingly suspenseful look at the struggle for marriage equality will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow the legal battle to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Profiling Evan Wolfson, founder of the group Freedom to Marry, and attorney Mary Bonauto of GLAD, the… Read more

December 19, 2016

Harold & Lillian

From executive producer Danny DeVito comes the love story of two of Hollywood’s greatest unsung heroes – Harold and Lillian Michelson. Although their work as storyboard artist and film researcher was nearly always uncredited, their iconic six-decade careers were responsible for the production design of many Hollywood hits including The Birds, The Graduate, The Ten… Read more

December 19, 2016

Hollow Land

Gorgeous animated distillation of the refugee experience. Words are unnecessary. Hollow Land trailer from Michelle & Uri Kranot on Vimeo. film details Animation/Drama  / Dir: Uri Kranot & Michelle Kranot / 2013 Denmark-France-Canada / No language / 14 minutes festivals San Diego Jewish Film Festival; UK Jewish film Festival; Brazil stop motion festival; Spark Festival… Read more

December 19, 2016

Joe’s Violin

A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin  to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own. Director/Producer Kahane Cooperman was co-executive producer of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. This beautiful film has been nominated for a 2017 Oscar: Best Documentary Short. “When music restores faith… Read more

December 19, 2016

Made Like a Gun

What price is paid by a society in perpetual combat?  “I feel like the discussion of values, ethics and morality has disappeared from the Israeli discourse about PTSD, ” says actor/director Eldad Prives.  Funded by Natal – Israel’s Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War, eight Israelis and a psychologist, all male combat veterans,… Read more

December 19, 2016

Moos

Endearing, smart and relatable, Moos is a romantic comedy that keeps you smiling from the opening scene to the closing credits. Uncomfortably unmarried and without a clear career path, the film follows 20-something Moos as she attempts to pursue her dream of getting into Amsterdam’s famed acting academy. Will she make it, or will lies,… Read more

December 19, 2016

My Hero Brother

A group of young Israelis with Down syndrome embarks on a trek through the Himalayas accompanied by their “normal” sisters and brothers. Preparation level and  medical safety are sometimes questionable; a non-Down syndrome sibling wonders, “Are we doing it for them or for us?” Exquisite cinematography of the Himalayas is interspersed with family photos, videos… Read more

December 19, 2016

Operation Wedding

Leningrad, 1970: Under the guise of attending a family wedding, a group of audacious young Jewish dissidents plots to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. Caught by the KGB a few steps from boarding, they are tried for treason and sentenced to years in the gulag; two death sentences are commuted following world… Read more

December 19, 2016

Peter the Third

With joyous honesty, transcending age, this comedy reveals a fascinating cross-section of Israeli culture.  Peter is a customer of Alona in a Tel Aviv  café and both are romantically and professionally dissatisfied. Peter, 65, an actor and widower, plots with his cadre of aging Romanian cynics, to start a new political party with the single… Read more

December 19, 2016

Pur

Rare home movies from Soviet Dissidents now in Israel recall the time,when they subversively used the Purim story to educate and inspire Soviet Jewish youth on forbidden Jewish culture. Grainy old videos show the artists’ courage and imagination in using theater as political resistance. film details Documentary Short / Dir: Anat Vovnoboy / 2013 Israel… Read more

December 19, 2016

Raise the Roof

Amid a rising tide of antisemitism across much of Europe comes an extraordinary story of resurrection and renewal. During WWII the Nazis destroyed a forest of wooden synagogues – considered to be among the most remarkable wooden structures ever built. This documentary follows a team of over 300 artisans and students under the leadership of… Read more

December 19, 2016

Shorts Program

A Little Bit of This…A Little Bit of That…2017 Short Film Program Animation and a unique family vacation, a single mother with a shocking profession, a 3rd generation seltzer man, an Orthodox women’s rock band and so much more; these nine thematically and technically diverse short films are sometimes gut wrenching, often heartwarming and always… Read more

December 19, 2016

Summer Solstice

Subtly-contrasted but powerfully-connected scenes weave this compelling story of adolescents struggling to survive in late WWII Poland under German occupation. Romek, a Polish railroad worker, who scavenges the tracks for goods abandoned by deported Jews, and Guido, a German military policeman passionate about American jazz, love the same girl. The situation is relatively quiet until… Read more

December 19, 2016

The Last Laugh

Can the Holocaust be funny? Are jokes about Nazis and genocide in poor taste or a people’s way of coping with tragedy? When is “too soon” too soon? Filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein explores this question through interviews and excerpts from comedians like Mel Brooks, Rob Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Judy Gold, Chris Rock, and Joan Rivers, as… Read more

December 19, 2016

The Last Mentsch

Evocative cinematography and superb acting drive this poignant story of denial and destiny. Marcus Schwarz (German Academy Award winner Mario Adorf) escaped Auschwitz and spent a lifetime concealing his heritage in Germany. But when the rabbis demand proof he’s really Jewish to purchase a plot in the local cemetery, he must return to his birthplace… Read more

December 19, 2016

The Women’s Balcony

Women fight for their rights in unexpected ways in this warm and funny film. When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Then young rabbi David arrives and they think they’ve found a savior. But when he… Read more

December 19, 2016

White Night

Every night, starting at 2 AM, Arab domestic laborers living in the Occupied Territories risk their lives sneaking through the security barrier to clean houses in Jerusalem. All the while they watch for soldiers and police who would arrest them, while encouraging and protecting each other on the trail. Shot withThe documentary is shot hand-held,… Read more

December 19, 2016

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now

Saar is a 40 year-old Israeli Jew living in London.He grew up on an Orthodox kibbutz in Israel, but after coming out to his family, moved away using geographic distance to ensure emotional safety.. When, years later, Saar learns that he is HIV positive, he is driven to reconnect – both with his homeland and… Read more