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The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt - The Life and Work of A Moral Philosopher
This thought provoking and spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival materials, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Hannah Arendt's life. Arendt was one of the most influential thinkers of the 20th century, and VITA ACTIVA brings us…
The Murderers are Among Us - Die Mörder sind unter uns
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Shot in the rubble of Berlin just a year after WWII, The Murderers Are among Us was the first…
Eva Hesse - Portrait of a Ground-breaking Artist
The first feature-length appreciation of the life and work of Eva Hesse, one of America's foremost postwar artists. Her pioneering sculptures, using latex, fiberglass, and plastics, helped establish the post-minimalist movement. Dying of a brain tumor at age 34, she…
Night and Fog
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, NIGHT AND FOG (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness…
The Women's Balcony - Ismach Hatani
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash with Jerusalem's distinctive glow, THE WOMEN'S BALCONY is a warm, poignant portrait…
Aftermath - Poklosie
In this controversial Polish drama based on true historic events, brothers Jozek and Franek discover a secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, family, neighbors, and the history of their nation. Winner of Best Actor (Maciej…
Little White Lie - Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
Hester Street
Gitl and her son arrive on the Lower East side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake. While Jake, who has job in a sweatshop and an English-speaking girlfriend, has completely embraced America, Gitl clings to her…
When Jews Were Funny
Insightful and hilarious, WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY surveys the history of Jewish comedy from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.
Remembrance - Die verlorene Zeit 
Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland 1944. In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancee Hannah, whom he…
A Film Unfinished - Exposing Cinematic Manipulation During World War II
This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes…
Yalom's Cure - A Guide to Happiness
Bestselling author, popular scholar and existentialist Irvin D. Yalom is one of the most influential living psychotherapists. This cinematic feature is more than a classic biography. Together with Dr. Yalom we traviel in a existential journey through the many layers…
Rage And Glory - Za'am V'Tehilah
An avowed anarchist and Stern Gang hitman is sent to Jerusalem to assassinate a senior British officer creating much tension within the already troubled cell and almost bringing its collapse, as the British operatives close in. Winner of Best Foreign…
24 Days - 24 jours
When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because he's Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the "gang of barbarians". Winner of the Lia Award at…
Supergirl - The Story of a Young Orthodox Jewish Weightlifter
Naomi seems like a typical 11-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl, but watching her lift almost three times her bodyweight tells a different story. SUPERGIRL tells an empowering story about one girl who is coming of age while testing the limits of…
The Chosen
Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Danny is Hassidic, while Reuven is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of…
Demon
Peter receives a piece of land as a gift for his upcoming wedding. While preparing the property to build a home for his new family, he finds human remains in the ground. He decides to keep the discovery to himself…
A Life Apart - Hasidism in America 
In this extraordinarily intimate film, seven years in the making, we are taken into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. With their use of the Yiddish language, their distinctive clothes and their strict observance…
The Children of Chabannes - Rescue, Refugees, & Moral Courage
In the spirit of Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Children of Chabannes" has been called "a moving record of the unassuming, uncompromising heroism of ordinary people" (New York Times)…