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One Day Crossing

TITLE: One Day Crossing
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Joan Stein
COUNTRY: USA/Hungary
LANGUAGE: Hungarian and English
TIME: 25
SOURCE: Schimke@compuserve.com or Joan Stein 212/666-2444.
TEXT: Budapest, October 15, 1944. The Hungarian Arrow Cross Nazis are growing in power as the German lose the war and Allies and Soviets gain ground. A young mother (Theresa, formerly Sarah) poses as a Christian to protect her son, Peter (formerly Benjamin). But then her husband brings home a Jewish boy he saved from execution. Bravery and anger fuel this intensely moving story of moral responsibility and simple humanity in a horrific world. Screened at New Directors/MOMA, March 2000, Film Society of Lincoln Center; see also SFJFF Summer 2000. Note to file: Made in homage to her Grandmother who saved three of her five children, and her Uncle who was killed at age 6 in Budapest. Winner of a 1999 Ralph Lauren Polo Development Fund grant.

Color of Jewish

TITLE: Color of Jewish
YEAR: 1996
DIR/PROD: Pamela Love
COUNTRY: Israel / USA
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Amharic and English w/ English ST
TIME: 26
SOURCE: check with www.Ajcseattle.org
TEXT: An important documentary from the perspective of Ethiopian Jews who made the transition from mud and dung huts to western culture. Researching in Israel for two years, director Pamela Love explores the changes in religious practice and leadership affecting Ethiopian life in Israel .

Children of the Jews

TITLE: Children of the Jews
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Vicki Shiran
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 50
SOURCE: contact the foreign ministry at tarbutNY@israelfm.com
TEXT: A tribute to the lost generation - the one and one half million children killed in the Shoah.

The King and the Jester

TITLE: The King and The jester
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Yossi Godard
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English St
TIME: 50
SOURCE: contact the foreign ministry at tarbutNY@israelfm.com
TEXT: Using a revolutionary combination of archival and contemporary footage and photographs, this film explores the controversial history of the Lodz Ghetto.

Encounters with the Past

TITLE: Encounters with the Past The Story of the Eternal Road
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Ron Franck
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: contact the foreign ministry at tarbutNY@israelfm.com
TEXT: Documents the 1937 staging of Kurt Weill's product of The Eternal Road, and its 1999 revival in Chemnitz, a German city seeking reconciliation with its past.

One Day In September

TITLE: One Day In September
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Kevin MacDonald/ Arthur Cohn
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: contact passion Pictures, London.
TEXT: Narrated in English by Michael Douglas. Few events have brought home to the world the realities of modern terrorism as dramatically as the massacre of eleven Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich (2 killed in village, 9 killed in explosion). Five terrorists were killed during the final German rescue attempt, too. Two of the terrorists were later found and executed by Israeli hit teams, after they were released by German officials due to other hijackings. Combining dramatic archive footage with detailed eye-witness testimony -- including the first and only interview ever with the sole surviving terrorist who took part in the operation and who has been living in secrecy ever since - ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER tells the remarkable story of the Munich tragedy, revealing for the first time what really happened. Interviews with surviving athletes, widows, children, as well as Zvi Zamir, the then secretive director of Mossad, and Hans Dietrich Gentscher, the heroic German interior minister, who because of Germany's past, asked the terrorists to let him take the place of the Israelis. Musical score of 1970's hits. Kevin Macdonald is the grandson of the Hungarian jewish screenwriter, Emeric Pressburger. NOTES TO FILE: Nominated for and won 1999 Academy Award (March 2000) for Best Full Length Documentary. Arthur Cohen of Basel Switzerland has five Oscars. The film was made at the request of his son, an Idf volunteer and student at Bar Ilan. When Jamal Al-Gashay, the sole survivor of the attack (he was one of the Black September terrorists), was found, Cohn started the project. Interested revelation is the East German agents foiled one of the rescue attempts by tipping off the terrorists. Avery Brundage, the IOC's American president at the time, who also fought against the US boycott of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, comes out the worst. He wanted the Germans to rush the negotiations so that the Olympics could get restarted. To Be Broadcast on HBO in USA in September 2000.

Vulcan Junction

TITLE: Vulcan Junction
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Eran Riklis / Eran Riklis and Mosh Danon
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 98
SOURCE: Edtyrick@netvision.net.il Eran Riklis Productions Ltd, Israel Fax: 972.3.525.5437
TEXT: Vulcan Junction covers the lives of 6 Israelis and 1 American in the 9 days preceding the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Michael and Danny lead a rock band called the Genetic Code. They aspire to great fame, but play at the local pub owned by Jimmy Smith, a burned out American expat. Dalia, Michael's girlfriend is also in love with the soccer player, Elabaz. All are on the verge of something just prior to the outbreak of war. Winner of the Best Fil Award, Haifa Film Fest.

Yana's Friends

TITLE: Yana's Friends
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Arik Kaplun
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: paralight / transfax / Profile, Tel Aviv Fax: 972.3.566.1450 Email: transfax@netvision.net.il
TEXT: This charming, entertaining film full of warm humor, swept the recent israeli Awards in almost every category. A romantic comedy that takes place during the time of the Gulf War with Iraq as scuds fly overhead, and the country waits in their airtight rooms. Yana, abandoned by her husband, is pregnant, penniless, and in debt. She moves into a flat with Eli, an Israeli wedding photographer who secretly videotapes Yanna, turning her life into a film project. Yanna discovers that tapes and explodes, but then the SCUDs force them into the same sealed room.

White Lies

TITLE: White Lies
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Itzhak Rubin / Avishay Kfir and Itzhak Rubin
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: Teknews Media, Haifa; Tzala@barak-online.net Fax: 972.3.837.6531
TEXT: Impending death creates situations of great emotion in the complex drama about fear of loss, failure, and a desire to preserve normalcy. A theater director returns to Israel from Paris to recover a failed career and relationship. He is told that his mother has a terminal illness, a fact hidden from her by her physician and son. His mother ignores her sons failures. The façade is shattered when the physician's sister confronts the son and mother with their lies and deceits. There is a tension between lies and reality as the moment of truth approaches.

Zur Hadasim

TITLE: Zur Hadasim
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Gideon Kolirin / Danny Ben-Menachem
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Fax 972.3.641.6046
TEXT: Etti discovers that she is with child at the clinic. The nurse tells her to stop doubting the results and start planning. Meanwhile, boyfriend Shaul is out getting a new baby of his own-a sportscar. Shaul would like the pregnancy to 'go away.' He meets a guy who can take care of things for him. But during the planning, the problems of another couple, Adi and Ilana, derail the plans. A high spirited film about two couples and the differences between hope and reality.

Urban Feel

TITLE: Urban Feel - Kesher Ir
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Jonathan Sagall / Eyal Shiray, Michael tapuach, David Mandel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 105
SOURCE: israel Film Fund, info@filmfund.org.il fax: 972.3.562.5992
TEXT: Robbie and Eva are married and stable and bored. Then Eva's former lover and Robbie's best firned, Emanuel, arrives. He has been away for 8 years. Emanuel inserts himself into their home and befriends their 8 year old son, Jonah. Robbie, so dependable and faithful, enters into a sexual affair with an obsessive woman (no boiling rabbits). Guess what, love does not always heal everything, and Robbie and Eva must work things out or not.

the Last Resort

TITLE: The Last Resort
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Aner Preminger
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 95
SOURCE: Aner Preminger, Jerusalem. Anerp@post.tav.ac.il
TEXT: It is September 13, 1993. The Oslo agreement was signed in DC. Rabin and Arafta shook hands. This is the tale of Noam Wax, the former nahal leader, who gathers with his old friends for one night. Noam feels betrayed by them since the group split up. They are all facing their own crises, related to unresolved issues from when they lived together in the spot they are meeting. Their night together turns into a critical analysis of the path that Israeli society has traveled in the 10 years between the Lebanon War and Oslo.

The Letter That Arrived On Time

TITLE: The Letter That Arrived On Time
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Michal Cooper Keren
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 50 minutes video tv
SOURCE: jcs@netvision.net.il
TEXT: The death of Emanuel, a geologist, leaves three women in his life to deal with their difficult relations. These two stories are described from the POV of Aya, his daughter from his first marriage with Michal. Aya sees her mother Michael as warm and pure. Stepmother Michaela is seen as cold and calculating. The drama takes place on the day of the funeral as the family sits Shiva in Michaela's home. Why does Aya hate Michaela so much. It becomes clear through flashbacks. Based on a story by Yehudit Hendel

Small Country Great Man

TITLE: Small Country Great Man Eretz Ktana, Ish Gadol
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Avram Hefner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 50 per TV episode
SOURCE: ICP Tel Aviv, Fax 972.3.575.4688
TEXT: When the picture of an unidentified victim of a bus bomb in published in the newspaper, a string of women appear at the morgue, each identifying him as her husband. Through it all, the corpse watches the colorful procession while reliving the events of his full and colorful life.

Zinzana

TITLE: Zinzana
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Haim Bouzaglo
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 50 per episode tv
SOURCE: SAL Productions Tel Aviv Fax 972.3.516.8927 Email sal_prod@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Highly acclaimed Israeli tv drama about prison life in men's and women's prisons

Four Friends

TITLE: Four Friends
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Esther Dar
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 61
SOURCE: Belfilms@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Documentary. Slema Dejani and Wadad Shihade, both Palestinians orginally from Jaffa; Olga Belkind and Sharon Aharon, both from Tel aviv. Four women were roommates at an Anglican boarding school in Jerusalem in 1939. They meet gain in 1998 at the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem. What happened over the past 60 years.

Borders

TITLE: Borders
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Eran Riklis / Nurit Kedar
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 57
SOURCE: Broadcast Video Tel Aviv Fax: 972.3.638.4700
TEXT: Documentary. Israel has 1171 km. of borders, with Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Gaza, and Egypt. Some appear peaceful, others not. Some are volatile. Come with the director as we meet the characters and soldiers and merchants and smugglers who thrive in these areas. Note to file: Spoiler...Spoiler The bride at the end of the documentary who was barred from Syria was later allowed to enter Syria for her wedding several days later. The problem was the Israeli border guard stamped her papers. Syria would not recognize the stamp and therefore barred her from entering. It made for good video. Note2 - the gun smuggler was found by Nurit Kedar.

Rhodes To Peace

TITLE: Rhodes to Peace
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Itai Kan-tor, Gili Goldschmidt
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME 50
SOURCE: : cinephil@netvision.net.il Fax 972.3.560.1460 Cinephil Philippa Kowarsky Productions, Tel Aviv
TEXT: Isreli, Palestinian and Jordanian journalists get together in Rhodes Greece to discuss their roles as journalists. The 5 day conference was sponsored by Greece. Stereotypes and ideas are discussed, friendships made. Note to file; I think the Jordanian jouralists union attempted to expel its members who attended.

My Yiddishe Mama's Dream

TITLE: My Yiddishe Mama's Dream
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Asher Tlalim
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 62
SOURCE: Seventh Art Releasing Los Angeles CA, Fax 323.845.4717 Seventhart@earthlink.com
TEXT: An adpatation of La Boheme, conducted by Daniel Oren and statged by FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI. Oren, the son of an Arab father and Jewish mother, embodies the Jewish-Arab conflict. Each act of the opera is juxtaposed with his personla drama.

Camara - A Place Near life

TITLE: Camara - A Place Near Life
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Benny Zada / Uri Sabag
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 52
SOURCE: Paralite Productions Ltd
TEXT: Camara in Arabic mean alcohol. A Camara is a local tavern. It caters to men who gather for conversation, drinking, laments and antics. Meet some of the denizens of a tavern in the notorious Hatikva section of Tel Aviv. Winner at Haifa Film Fest. A sad documentary. Shows how drinking destroys the brain.

A Tale of Two Worlds

TITLE: A Tale of Two Worlds
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Ziv Naveh
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 56
SOURCE: Ziv Naveh, jerusalem. Fax 972.2. 537.4332
TEXT: Eli and Nechama were born into ultra orthodox Jewish families. At age 18, they both break away, and venture outside their neighborhoods into the secular world. A tense drama play out in Jerusalem. The story of Omer and Eli esposes a raw nerve in Israeli society.

More Student Films from Israel

TITLE: More Student Films from Israel, 1999
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
From the Camera Obscura School of Art
1. The Siren of the Town, by Ran Azulay (20 minutes). Ten year old Avi always knew his father died as a hero in the war, but the town knew different.

2. These Things (Animation by Linor Fonseca) (8 minutes). A community of faceless people reside in the desert. They have no connection or love, until one day...

3. Southwest by Danny Soffer (30 minutes). Ilan returns home after serving time in a Japanese prison. He devotes himself to building an underwater puzzle, but an old friend tries to drive him into his old way of life.

4. Screwed by Idan Nitzan and Yaniv Goldmark (Animation) (5 minutes). A three dimensional computer graphic take on the Hansel and Gretel story. The setting is a cold, metallic world, which is transformed into a colorful, organic environment.

5. Quiet by Gar Berkowitz (20 minutes). Asaf Geshri lives in Atlit, not far from the Sea. His life is average, but special. This is a film without a story about a man without a shirt.


From the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School - Jerusalem
1. JAILBIRDS - Ronit Pollak (16 minutes). A comedy. David returns from jail. His wife Shula has schemed to send him back for life.

2. STRIPTEASE - Amnon Kotler (7 minutes). Tzahi, the local bully, gives a guy a hard time because his mother, a famous actress, strips on stage. The price Tzahi exacts from Guy is quite high.

3. A LOSER'S SONG - Navot Barnea (15 minutes). A young couple works in a wedding hall. She is a chef, he is a musician. When they are forced to move from their parents' home, they must confront their future plans.

4. THE OTHER CHEEK - Yuval Zafrir (15 minutes). Twelve year old Daniel hurries to school to meet his girlfriend, Maly. On his way there, Ronen Zeituny, Mali's older brother confronts him. Although Ronen is big and mean, Daniel knows some tricks.


From the TAU Film and Television School - Tel Aviv
1. POSITION - Tzipori Bar-Yosef (19 minutes). Two desk clerks in a brothel, an escort girl, and one neglected lover. A film about love, anxiety, memories, hopes and dreams.

2. DESSERT - Amit Sakomsky (19 minutes). Ze'ev and Malka are married for a long time but they're unhappy. Each of them finds a hobby.

3. SPRING- Amit Shalev (27 minutes). A random encounter occurs in an old, crumbling, Tel-Aviv building, between Omar, and Arab construction worker, and a neighbor. A film of pain and loss.


From the MA'ALE SCHOOL OF Film and Television
1. KLACHI IN THE HOLY LAND - Anat Zuria (25 minutes). A documentary film. Grandmother, Klachi, a German Jewish woman, cut herself off from Israel and her family. But when she moves into an old age home, she must confront her family and the reality of Israel.

2. DAY - Yael Robinstein (15 minutes). Three women meet on a winter's day in Jerusalem. The film touches on the tension and conflict between the expected and the unknown.

3. OFAKIM - PASSING THROUGH - Tzippie Rosenblum (29 minutes). Through the eyes of 5 children, the story of the town of Ofakim is revealed, a small place where everyone is on the way out.

3. SOMETHING FROM THERE - David Masika (20 minutes). Everyone wants to preserve something from home. This film documents the relationship between Nili, owner of a Jerusalem café that sells french waffles; and her mother, Ayala, born and raised in a rural French village.


Deterrence

TITLE: Deterrence
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Rod Lurie / Marc Frydman, James Spies
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 101
SOURCE: Paramount Classics video
TEXT: Whats happens to a man when he is given power? It is Presidential primary season in the USA in the year 2008. North and South Korea are at the brink of war. If they go to war, will China attack Japan? President Waldo Emerson is campaigning in Colorado, but he is monitoring the situation. Emerson has been in office for 4 months, replacing President Buckingham, who died in office. President Buckingham had appointed Emerson as his veep after Buckingham's original veep resigned (like Agnew ala Ford). A blizzard hits Colorado, and Emerson takes refuge in Aztec Colorado in a diner. They are snowbound.. the President, his COS, his NSA Advisor, a media cameraman and of course the Secret Service agents. Then a news bulletin is seen on tv. Iraqi dictator Iday Hussein and his trrops have attacked Kuwait. 300 American and UN soldiers have been killed. All US troops are in Asia, only one ship is in the Persian Gulf. Will the US have a two front war? Should nuclear weapons be deployed? A thought provoking film. Oh.. did I mention that President Emerson is Jewish (Kevin Pollak). Co stars Timothy Hutton.

Romeo Must Die

TITLE: Romeo Must Die
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Andrzej Bartowiack / Joel Silver, Dan Cracchiolo
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 110
SOURCE: Warner Brothers
TEXT: In this modern day Romeo and Juliet, kung fu action star Jet Li plays Romeo to hip-hop singer, Aaliyah Haughton's Juliet. Li is an ex-cop investigating the murder of his brother, who had ties with the Chinese mafia in America. Aaliyah plays the daughter of the American mob boss. Neither side approves of their romance. Lots of fight scenes. Why is it a JEWISH film? Because the evil villain who antagonizes the Black and Asian gangs is a Jewish businessman.

More Precious Than Pearls

TITLE: More Precious Than Pearls
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: N. Robert Friedman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 13 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the filmmaker at robertfr@earthlink.net Tel: (212) 595-3387 Fax: (212) 333-7891
TEXT: Faith after the Holocaust is a theme that is rarely touched upon in Holocaust-related documentaries, let alone examined deeply. This short documentary film attempts to explore, in an engaging and compelling manner the complex emotional, intellectual and spiritual struggles faced by a survivor of Nazi concentration camps who immigrated to America after the war (via Northern Ireland and London). The film examines how he succeeded in achieving self-renewal as a human being and as a committed Jew, without forgetting the vivid, yet, incomprehensibly painful memories of the past, obscuring them from those around him or suffering from paralyzing depression or anxiety.
The film centers on the filmmaker's father, Alex Friedman, a Slovakian Jew and a scion of a rabbinical family who is an importer of cultured pearls from the Far East based in New York's 47th Street jewelry district. He is known, by his family, business colleagues and his community, for his warmth and friendly disposition as well as his myriad volunteer activities. We join Mr. Friedman as he returns to Central and Eastern Europe in the summer of 1998 (with his wife, three of his four children and his 12 year-old grandson, Ami) to reclaim the past by visiting the personal landmarks of his childhood and the concentration camps he was interned at during the war. The film describes Mr. Friedman's ancestors and the heritage that that they passed down to him. On location in Kosice, Slovakia and in various villages in the surrounding area, Mr. Friedman shares how the Nazis destroyed his entire family, his community in and its way of life. He recalls family and communal experiences growing up that will convey to the viewer a personal sense of what was lost in the war to one man, to the Jewish people and to the entire family of mankind.
Again on location, Mr. Friedman describes in a poignant, but unsentimental, way his arrival at Auschwitz with his father and brother and his internment at Ebensee, a subcamp of Mathausen nestled in the scenic Austrian Alps near Salzburg. He managed to physically and spiritually survive the death camps and his faith in God and in humanity was restored an ocean away from the chaos, when he went to live on a Jewish Agency sponsored kibbutz-like "hachshara" farm for child refugees in Mislille, a quiet, peaceful town on the coast of Northern Island.
Winner at The International Jewish Film & Video Competition, 1999 (Judah Magnes Competition), and it was screened at Jerusalem Film Center's "Memory and History" series in November 1999 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

Set Me Free

TITLE: Set Me Free
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Lea Pool
TITLE: SET ME FREE / Emporte Moi
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Lea Pool / Lorraine Richard
COUNTRY: Canada / Switzerland / France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 94
SOURCE: Cite Amerique International, 5800 Blvd St Laurent, Montreal Quebec h2t 1t3, Canada, Email: phebert@mlink.net Tel: 33-1-41-41-14-66; or TFI International 305 ave la jour se leve, 92100 Boulogne France. Tel: 33 1414 2570 Fax: 33 1414 3176
TEXT: Montreal, 1963. Hannah (Karine Vanasse) is a 13-year old girl-at the difficult age on the seam between childhood and womanhood. Her father, a Polish Jewish immigrant, is a bitter writer without a country who doesn't know how to express his feelings, whose creative frustrations have an impact upon the life of the family. The sickly and fragile mother spends long hours working in a factory. As if her husband's sour face were not enough, she also has a quarrelsome mother. She slips into madness. Hannah is the only child in the class from a Jewish background. Her refuge from all her troubles is the cinema. Again and again she goes to see
Vivre Se Vie (A story in 12 chapters about a young woman who leaves her husband and child, turns to casual prostitution, meets a pimp who makes her a professional, and then tries to quit when she falls in love) In this classic Nouvelle Vague film by Jean-Luc Godard, the prostitute Nana, ponders the meaning of life, turns into a virtual obsession. But the character portrayed by Anna Karina will lead Hannah safely to the liberty she seeks, which means understanding sensuality and recognizing obligation... Set Me Free is essentially an autobiographical film about growing up-from this alone one would be correct in assuming that it is a work rich in captivating lyrical content. The film also introduces a budding Quebec star of screen and stage, young Karine Vanasse. Much of the film's success is to her credit. Shown at the Jerusalem Film Fest, July 1999. Washington DC Jewish Film Fest 12/99
Note To File: Director Léa Pool, 49, a resident of Quebec, grew up with a Jewish father and an emotioanlly absent Catholic mother in Switzerland before immigrating to Canada when she was 25. Her father's father died in the Holocaust. She adopted a daughter in 1996.

5 Love Stories

TITLE: 5 Love Stories
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: David Ofek
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 57
SOURCE: contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il
TEXT: Screened at the Docaviv Documenatry Film Festival in Tel Aviv, April 2000. 5 stories, expressing the diverse meanings of love in relation to time

Liebe Perla

TITLE: Lieba Perla
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Shachar Rozen
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 63
SOURCE: contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il
TEXT: Screened at the Docaviv Documenatry Film Festival in Tel Aviv, April 2000. A brave friendship between two short women - Perla, the last living member of a family of dwarfs who survived Dr. Mengele's experiments in Auschwitz, and Hannelore, a German Protestant, born in post-war Germany

14 FOOTNOTES TO A GARBAGE MOUNTAIN

TITLE: 14 FOOTNOTES TO A GARBAGE MOUNTAIN
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Ram Loevy
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 60
SOURCE: contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il
TEXT: Screened at the Docaviv Documenatry Film Festival in Tel Aviv, April 2000. A follow up of 20 artists' work, invited to give shape and meaning to a mountain of garbage at Hiriya site (Israel's largest garbage dump), an attempt to learn something about the relation between garbage and our own culture

Fantasia-Another Land

TITLE: Fantasia - Another Land
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Avi Hershkovitz And Sharon Hammou
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 52
SOURCE: Send an email to the directors in Paris France at sharonH@noos.FR or avihtz@noos.FR
TEXT: A Palestinian, born in Yaffo and a Jew from a religious Moshav, together hold a drag show in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv is a city that never sleeps. But an Arab and a Jew working together on a drag show sounds more like New York, Paris or Barcelona. In Israel it sounds like a fantastic story. It is actually the story of Samy Gaber, Palestinian-Israeli from Jaffa, and Michael Shimeon, a Yemenite Jew from the religious village of Bnai-Darom. Both came to Tel Aviv because as gay men, they could not see their lives anywhere else in Israel. What they found were adoring audiences, glamorous costumes, and the tensions that exist between different ethnic and national groups in Israel.Screened at docaviv, contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il, April 2000

PSYCHEDELIC ZION

TITLE: PSYCHEDELIC ZION
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Israel (Isri) Halpern / Halpern and Doron Tsabari
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 55
SOURCE: Guerilla Films Tel Aviv 972.3.560.3008
TEXT: Screened at the Docaviv Documentary Film Festival in Tel Aviv, April 2000; and Israel Film Fest NYC March 2001. Three young Israelis trying to fulfill a dream and set up a company running trance parties. Israel is the current capital of drug filled raves and trance music. The three trance party producers want to change the world but soon find themselves on the brink of failure and fighting for their rights to party in Israeli courts.

KOMEDIANT

TITLE: Komediant
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Arnon Goldfinger
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 82
SOURCE: New Yorker Films, 15 west 61st street. Ny, ny 10023 tel/212-247-6110 or Newyorkerfilms.com
TEXT: Screened at the Docaviv Documenatry Film Festival in Tel Aviv, April 2000. A portrait of the Burstein family, that depicts the history of the Yiddish theatre, from its heyday to its tragic decline. A look at the history of Yiddish theater through the story of one marvelous family -- Pesach'ke Burstein, his wife Lillian Lux, and their talented children, Susan and Mike Burstein. It is an epic family saga which spans decades. It begins with Pesach'ke's youth in Eastern Europe, takes us through the couple's theater tour across Eastern Europe and brings us to the birth of their twin children after the war and the family's arrival in Israel. The filmmaker does not shy away from the bittersweet and human stories of the difficulties in acclimating to Israel during the years in which Yiddish culture was stigmatized, the hardships of bringing up children as the family wandered the globe, and the clash when the children inevitably broke away from their parents. contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il

KAPO

TITLE: KAPO
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Tor Ben-Mayor And Dan Setton
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 55
SOURCE: contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il
TEXT: Premiered at the Docaviv Documenatry Film Festival in Tel Aviv, April 2000. About Jews, who crossed the line during the holocaust, to save their lives, and were tried for collaborating with the Nazis

WHO CREATED ME A WOMAN

TITLE: WHO CREATED ME A WOMAN
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Ya'akov Friedland
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 36
SOURCE: contact Alan Haber productions Tel Aviv or contact http://www.jer-cin.org.il
TEXT: Premiered at the Jerusaelm Fest of Jewish Film, April 2000. Documentary about the changes taking place in the religious lives of modern Orthodox women in Israel today. These changes include Torah study and prayer groups for women, as well as women in positions of religious spiritual leadership. There have been many changes, but these women still encounter difficulties faced with an all-male establishment. Their feminism, their desire to study and to fulfill mitzvot pose a threat to a society in which men bless God each morning for not creating them a woman.

The Last Enemy

TITLE: The Last Enemy
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Nitzan Gilady
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 52
SOURCE: contact http://docaviv.netvision.net.il
TEXT: Premiered at the Jerusalem festival of Jewish Film, April 2000. Follows a group of actors, made up of Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians, working together on an American play, that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust

TITLE: Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Martha Lubell and Barbara Attie
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 57
SOURCE: www.wmm.com or 462 Broadway Suite 500 New York, NY 10013 212.925-0606 Women Make Movies (wmm)
TEXT: Why would a young person choose resistance rather than submission during Hitler's reign of terror while her world was collapsing around her? In this gripping documentary, three Jewish women answer this question by recalling their lives as teenagers in occupied Holland, Hungary and Poland, when they refused to remain passive as the Nazis rounded up local Jewish populations. Defying her family's wishes, each girl found an unexpected way of fighting back--as a ballet dancer shuttling Jews to safe houses and distributing resistance newspapers; as a photographer and partisan waging guerrilla war against the Germans; and as a leader in an underground Zionist group smuggling Jews across the border. Enriched by home movies, archival footage, and previously unpublished photographs, the women's varied and vibrant stories provide a unique look at Jewish resistance to Nazism, a subject all too often consigned to history's footnotes.

Isa Kremer: The People's Diva

TITLE: Isa Kremer: The People's Diva
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: The Women's Media Group Inc
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 56
SOURCE: www.wmm.com
TEXT: A charismatic stage performer who crisscrossed the world and was feted by princes, sultans and czars; a diva activist who confronted totalitarianism and despotism with her music; an internationally acclaimed artistic pioneer who sang in 24 languages and was the first woman to bring Yiddish songs to the world's concert stages, Isa Kremer has been almost forgotten. Until now. This fascinating documentary recovers her remarkable story through a wealth of archival footage and photos as well as interviews with family members, friends, and performing artists. In reclaiming Isa for posterity, the film takes us from her earliest years in pre-Revolutionary Russia through an eventful personal and professional life in Europe, the United States, and South America where it was inextricably linked with five turbulent decades of twentieth-century history. This multifaceted portrait of a complex, passionate woman bridges a vanished past and a continuing legacy that transcends both borders and time.

Esther Kahn

TITLE: Esther Kahn
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Arnaud Desplechin
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: over 2 hours
SOURCE: LE STUDIO CANAL + - 17, rue Dumont d'Urville - 75116 Paris - France - Tél. : 01 44 43 98 00 - Fax : 01 47 20 29 58 IN THE USA: Empire Pictures 350 Fifth Avenue #7801 NY NY 10118 212-629-3097 www.empirepicturesusa.com
TEXT: In competition at Cannes, May 2000. Well reviewed. Will opne in the USA in March 2002. It is London, at the end of the 19th Century. Esther Kahn lives in the East End, her parents are Jewish migrants, they all work in the family apparel sweatshop. Esther is slow and stubborn, she never has an opinion about anything, she never feels anything for anybody: she's a rock, a stone. Yet she forces us to consider questions usually reserved for philosophers: if I am capable of dreaming, how can I know that the world exists? What if all we do is imitate life? Where will "real life" happen? She secretly imitates members of the family. But as hard as she tries to imitate others, Esther comes to realize that this isn't the way to become a person. Then, once in the theatre Esther "wakes up", she comes to life: because she doesn't watch the play like others do, she lives it. Esther decides to become an actress. She now begins to learn how to act and to live. She moves to the theater district, away from her family. She finds a tutor to teach her to act, or more importantly, to live and to feel. It is these lessons that, one evening, on stage, all of a sudden, make her reveal twenty years of suppressed life, while performing Hedda Gabbler. Note to file: The actors in the play Hedda Gabler are actually famous British actors from the actual production of Hedda Gabler. The film is LONG, there are some very violent or should I say disturbing scenes. I misunderstood some lines due to the British accents, so I kind of wished for subtitles. Written by Arnaud DESPLECHIN and Emmanuel BOURDIEU. Stars Summer Phoenix (yes, she is Jewish in real life, her mother is a Bronx born Jew) and (Sir) Ian Holm

Requiem for a Dream

TITLE: Requiem for a Dream
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:Darren Aronofsky
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 100
SOURCE: SUMMIT ENTERTAINMENT - 1630 Stewart St. Suite 120 - Santa Monica - CA 90404 Tél. : (310) 309 8400 - Fax : (310) 828 4132
TEXT: Out of Competition at Cannes, May 2000. Toronto, Sept 2000. Drugs, chocolate, television, masturbation, coffee and cigarettes are the signature pitfalls in a brainy urban fable about ordinary people whose quick-fix gratifications become deadly addictions. Director Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream is a clever and tightly orchestrated adaptation of Hubert Selby, Jr.'s classic novel, "Last Exit to Brooklyn," in which four people with modest dreams for a better life descend in a diabolical downward spiral into despair and self-destruction. Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn) is a lonely Jewish widow, living in an old high-rise apartment in Coney Island which she once shared with her late husband Seymour and her son Harry (Jared Leto). Sara spends her days overdosing on chocolates and television game shows. One day, Sara receives a telephone call from her favourite program offering her a place on the show and a shot at glory. Delirious with the prospect of becoming a star, Sara vows to transform herself by losing 30 pounds on a steady diet of coffee and pills. Meanwhile, Harry, an eccentric and aimless young man, charts his own path to success. He and his friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans) start a prosperous business as cocaine dealers, and soon they are stashing shoe boxes filled with wads of cash in Tyrone's apartment. Tyrone and his voluptuous girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) hope their venture will finance a store to showcase Marion's clothing designs. As winter approaches, Sara becomes an emaciated shadow of her former self, delusional and paranoid from her daily doses of diet pills, and increasingly desperate for a response to her game show application. Harry and Tyrone surrender to the temptations of their merchandise and find themselves living on the frozen streets addicted to drugs. Aronofsky's innovative and stylistically arresting camera techniques use "hip-hop montage" - an aesthetic of sampling, recombining and collage - to produce rapid, hypnotic images that parallel the effects of mood-altering drugs. Requiem for a Dream is a compelling and emotionally authentic story from an extraordinarily gifted filmmaker.

Fighter

TITLE: Fighter
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Amir Bar-Lev
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 91
SOURCE: Amir Bar-Lev productions
TEXT: Seen at the LAIFF, Los Angeles Indie Film Fest, April 2000, and Toronto International Film Festival, September 2000. An unobtrusive psychic and spiritual journey. A celebration of friendship. Two Jewish survivors of World War II, Arnost Lustig and Jan Wiener, are inspired by their post-war friendship to travel across Europe, retracing their lives during the war. In Fighter, documentary filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev follows these two men as they journey together, unearthing and sharing their separate experiences through stories, photographs and archival footage. Emotionally layered and intimately captured, the film weaves a complex portrait of two men who are longtime friends but whose differing reactions to painful memories cause a contentious clash of personality and ideology. Ultimately the journey has both a cathartic and destructive effect, as the wartime traumas which originally brought them together begin to tear them apart. Featuring: Arnost Lustig, and Jan Weiner.

Additional information from the Toronto Fest: History, personal or otherwise, is not something to be taken lightly. This is the premise of Amir Bar-Lev's Fighter, an intense and penetrating portrait of two European Jews, 77-year-old Jan Wiener and 72-year-old Arnost Lustig, confronting their wartime memories and each other. Tagging along on the two friends' trek through Europe, Bar-Lev captures both their harrowing past and their sometimes agonistic present.
Now living in the United States, the pair's trip back to the old country explores places and memories perhaps better left behind. Arriving in Prague, they visit the office of the Czech collaborator who granted Wiener his exit visa, and who also told him his shoes would out-survive him on his tormented pan-European escape. The stubborn battle to prove him wrong kept Wiener alive through police interrogations, concentration camp internment, witnessing his father's suicide, and stowing away for 18 hours under the toilet chute of a speeding locomotive. Lustig too has his own story to tell of those fearful times: his father's death in a Nazi gas chamber, and his hellish years spent interned in Terezin, Prague's Jewish ghetto/concentration camp.
Humour is one way to deal with the madness of those times, and the pair definitely put their sharp wits to good use throughout. Biting sarcasm, however, is not always a welcome counterpoint to sacred memories, and occasionally Lustig's comments - especially his not-so-subtle allusions to Wiener's communist sympathies - cause Wiener to lash out, not only at Lustig but the filmmakers as well. No one said this would be an effortless journey. Starting out as an historical biography, Fighter comes full circle to expose a deeply moving and unique relationship. Combining surprisingly candid scenes with rare archival footage - including the bombing of Yugoslavia, kitschy Socialist musicals, and even clips from the shamefully deceiving Nazi propaganda film The Führer Gives a City to the Jews - Bar-Lev pays the utmost respect to these two outspoken and unconventional fighters. For them, friendship outlasts even the most painful of circumstances.

SHINE, AN EXEMPLARY ISRAELI CITIZEN

TITLE: SHINE, AN EXEMPLARY ISRAELI CITIZEN
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Gidi Dar
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 48 minutes
SOURCE: Israel Film Service
TEXT: A documentary. With his haunted eyes and mad innocence, street poet Avraham Shine evinces the unsparing sense of Weltschmerz (world pain) characteristic of a classic Werner Herzog anti-hero. His "mission," as he puts it, is to sell a million copies of his poems for a shekel each "in record time" by hounding every passer-by he encounters on the streets of Tel Aviv with the question, "Do you like poetry?" A former bank manager, combat soldier and family man, the frenetic 60-year-old Shine, Jewish German in origin, has slipped the bonds of convention with a vengeance, and director Gidi Dar's jittery camera barely manages to keep up with him as he holds forth on the spiritual disorders of the world.

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