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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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
Monkey Business - The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators
Curious George is the most popular monkey in the world. Since his introduction in 1941, the beloved series has sold over 75 million books in more than 25 languages. MONKEY BUSINESS explores the lesser-known tale of George's creators, Hans and…
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…
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…
Call Her Applebroog - The Life and Work of American Painter Ida Applebroog
A deeply personal portrait of acclaimed New York-based artist, Ida Applebroog. Now in her 80s, she looks back at how she expressed herself through decades of drawings, paintings and journals; and how she found psychological and sexual liberation through art.…
Kings Point - Elderly New Yorkers Migrating to Florida
2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject, KINGS POINT tracks the stories of five residents of a retirement community in Florida who arrived decades ago with their health intact and spouses by their sides. Now that they and…
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…
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…
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…
Above and Beyond - The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Would you risk everything - your future, your citizenship, even your life - to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call…
Like Dew in the Sun - Ukraine's Civil War
A century ago, the Jewish grandparents of film director Peter Entell fled the persecution and pogroms of Ukraine, a land torn apart by war and massacres, and found refuge in the United States. Returning to seek out the village 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…
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…
Unorthodox - Rebellion and Orthodox Jewish Teens
At sixteen, Anna Wexler had broken away from her Orthodox Jewish community in New Jersey, rejecting its religious doctrine and social restrictions, and severing ties to her family. This led to her running away from home, sleeping on the streets,…
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…
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…