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Brother Born Again

TITLE: Brother Born Again
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Julia Pimsleur
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: Julia Pimsleur, Big Mouth Productions, 104 West 14th st 4th floor, NY NY 10011, tel (646) 230-6228, fax (646) 230-6388 info@bigmouthproductions.com Website is www bigmouthproductions. com
TEXT: A one-hour documentary about the relationship between Julia Pimsleur and her brother Marc. Ten years ago, Marc abandoned their Jewish heritage and joined a born-again Christian community on a small island in Southeast Alaska. The film, directed by Julia Pimsleur, explores the family's fear that Marc's religion is a cult and the deep rift that forms between them. In the film, Julia goes to Alaska to find her brother and attempt to understand his new faith. Her journey, which takes her from New York to California to Alaska, from secular Judaism to fundamentalist Christianity, ultimately leads to a family reunion and reconciliation. How did a free thinking young man have a crisis and choose to accept the Gospels as his lifepath? Can he even bring himself to talk to his bisexual, secular, Jewish, liberal New York City sister? Will all his opinions be a recitation of scripture? Will all her thoughts be recitations from the Lesbian Guide? Watch and find out

The Barracks

TITLE: The Barracks
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Valerij Ogorodnikov
COUNTRY: Russia
LANGUAGE: Russian with English ST
TIME: 80 minutes
SOURCE: contact the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Summer 2000, Czech Republic
TEXT: This story is situated in the remote industrial town of Satki in the Urals in the days between Stalin's death and Beria's execution (1953). Under the roof of a primitive house a mixed community experiences a collective fate: a war invalid Jora (a Jewish photographer who makes his living by producing pornographic films), a German just released from a prison camp and a mute Tartar. A state militiaman holds the dominant position, maneuvering between his old and new loves - the latter is a girl evacuated from blockaded Leningrad who has nowhere to return to. A woman looking for consolation in alcohol also lives here, as does a former informer, living alone in bitterness. Despite the disputes and feuds, all adhere to one principle: if the doors aren't locked, you are a welcome guest. The film's protagonists are a sample of the "unified organism" of Soviet society and the house is the eloquent symbol of the Stalin era. The director dedicated the film "to our parents" - the generation which managed to be happy despite the shocking living conditions. The entire scale of black-and-white and colour was used in shooting the film. Amateur actors also contributed to the film's strength.

All My Loved Ones

TITLE: All My Loved Ones
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Matej Miná
COUNTRY: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland
LANGUAGE: Czech with English subtitles
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: KirchMedia, an Epsilon Mediagroup Company / Robert-Burkle Strasse 21 Ismaning D-85737 GERMANY Tel: 49-89-99-56-27-07 Fax: 49-89-99-56-27-03 Ipallaud@epsilon-mediagroup.com http://tauweb.kirchgruppe.de/en/pub/kirchmedia/
TEXT: Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Summer 2000. Thirty-year-old British broker Nicholas Winton came to Prague in 1938 and the following year risked much in organising a number of transports which carried 669 Jewish children abroad, outside the reach of Nazi power. The world learned of his feat some 50 years later. The story is told through the characters of the fictional Silberstein family and the narrator is the adult David Silberstein who thinks back to his childhood years. His memories include the peaceful pre-war years in a small town and especially his family - his parents Jakub and Irma, his sister Hedvika, his aunt Angelika and uncles, Samuel, Lee, Max and Marcel. After the country is occupied by the Nazis, the family becomes endangered. Uncle Samuel sees no other way out than to kill himself, but first manages to get David on one of the transports.... Minac's debut film is based on actual events (Nicholas Winston is now 91 years of age), and owes a debt to Jií Huba's screenplay and the talented cast.


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Untying The Bonds - Jewish Divorce

TITLE: Untying The Bonds - Jewish Divorce
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Norma Baumel Joseph
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: hirijw@brandeis.edu
TEXT: Documentary on Jewish divorce. Please contact Helene Greenberg, Institute Coordinator of the Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women (HIRIJW) to find out more about the film

Keep The River On Your Right; A Modern Cannibal Tale

TITLE: Keep The River On Your Right; A Modern Cannibal Tale
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Laurie Gwen Shapiro, David Shapiro
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: contact Toronto International Film Festival, 2000
TEXT: "How do people taste?" Hardly a question you'd expect from a group of school girls on a museum tour. But when your guest is Tobias Schneebaum, described by the "New York Observer" as "probably the city's only gay, Jewish, ex-cannibal," these are the kinds of questions that get asked. The subject of this absorbing and quietly complex documentary, Schneebaum first gained notoriety in 1955, when the U.S. State Department announced that the New York artist was missing in the Peruvian jungle. He emerged, after several months, naked and covered in body paint. Admittedly, he was a changed man. Schneebaum's participation in a tribal raid and cannibalism are recounted in his 1969 memoir "Keep the River on Your Right." The admission, as his appearances on the talk show circuit reveal, both shocked and titillated the public - obviously "maverick anthropologist" was a role this former painter was delighted to play. Astonished by Schneebaum's account of his sexual relationships with the men of the Asmat tribe in New Guinea (now known as West Papua), talk show host Charlie Rose asked the million dollar question: "Why did you participate!?" "Why not!?" Revitalizing the debate over his unorthodox anthropology, sibling directors David and Laurie Gwen Shapiro smartly coax the reluctant Schneebaum, now 78 years old, off a luxury cruise lecture tour and back into the jungle. Never the distanced observer, Schneebaum's emotional return to Asmat, where he is reunited with a former lover, nicely illustrates the accelerated proximity of once distant cultures, a fact underlined by the satellite dish perched on his former residence. Raising questions about cultural tourism and exchange even as it revels in the breathtaking ruins at Machu Picchu or a mass circumcision in West Papua, this reflective travelogue embodies the contradictions and charms of its subject. Now clearly uncomfortable with the "cannibal" label which thrust him into the limelight, Schneebaum remains a wry, articulate performer, unapologetic about his blend of anthropology and self-confession. Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale is all the more intriguing for it.

Liam

TITLE: Liam
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Stephen Frears
COUNTRY: UK/Germany
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 102 minutes
SOURCE: contact Toronto International Film Festival, 2000
TEXT: Stephen Frears' career oscillates with uncommon regularity between his larger budget American films and his more intimate (I would hesitate to call them smaller) films from the British Isles. Both seem to satisfy different parts of his artistic sensibility, although there is unquestionably a common sensitivity at work. After the recent success of High Fidelity, Liam sees Frears back in his native England, making a film that plays to all his considerable strengths. It details the personal in both a social and political context, and in this way is reminiscent of his great early work, My Beautiful Laundrette and Sammy and Rosie Get Laid. Set in Liverpool's Irish Catholic community, Liam is a beautifully realized and at times achingly tragic portrait of a typical working-class family in the thirties. The father is a proud, stern yet loving parent who has no time for the local priest. He works at the local shipyard; his wife tends the homestead; his daughter Theresa works in a rich Jewish household; and the very young Liam is a stuttering schoolboy, a sign of psychological trepidation toward a cold, hostile world. Frears portrays their struggle with respect and deep affection. His depiction of the Catholic upbringing which Liam receives is both deeply subversive and startlingly funny. When the Depression takes his job from him, Liam's father is too proud to rely on the parish for support, even though he has been paying church fees for years. As Communist sloganeering competes with the siren of the black-shirted fascists, he is soon caught up in a swirl of rhetoric and anger. Liam, grappling with childhood yearnings for the opposite sex, is told about the evils of temptation and tortures of Hell that await, and Theresa finds herself in an increasingly compromised position as the only breadwinner in the family. Following hard on the success of High Fidelity and his live broadcast of Fail Safe, Liam proves that Frears has lost none of his ability to create deeply compassionate and socially conscious work. This is a superb piece of filmmaking. NOTE TO FILE: The Director, Frears, was told by his mother that he was actually Jewish when he was twenty years of age.

Requiem for a Dream

TITLE: Requiem for a Dream
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Darren Aronofsky
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 102 minutes
SOURCE: contact Toronto International Film Festival, 2000
TEXT: 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.
Or are their addictions to the American Dream?
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.

Waiting for the Messiah

TITLE: Waiting for the Messiah
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Daniel Burman
COUNTRY: Italy/Spain/Argentina
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 98 minutes
SOURCE: contact Toronto International Film Festival, 2000
TEXT: In 1996, Daniel Burman burst onto the Argentinean film scene with the very provocative A Chrysanthemum Explodes in Cincoesquinas. His interest in Jewish identity in Argentina propelled him to make Waiting for the Messiah, a film which sensitively links two diametrically opposed lives: one, leaving the shelter of his family behind, strikes out into the world to find himself; the other, after seeing his stable world collapse, sets out to recover it. Their stories will inevitably entwine. Ariel (Daniel Hendler), who has been raised within the Buenos Aires Jewry, feels the need to break away from the cushy safety net of his family. Despite the fact they are fully integrated into Argentine ways, he still feels trapped by the life they have planned for him - if it were up to his parents, he would marry Estela (Melina Petriella), his longtime Jewish girlfriend, inherit his father's store, and spend the rest of his days visiting rich relatives on holidays. Over the Hannukah and Christmas season, economic maneuvering on the Tokyo Stock Exchange causes the collapse of a bank in Buenos Aires, and Ariel's father (Héctor Alterio) is ruined. The collapse pushes Ariel into a voyage of self-discovery, opening his eyes to a new world. His existential blossoming is complete when he meets Laura (Chiara Caselli), with whom he establishes an enigmatic and passionate relationship. At the same time, we follow Santamaría (Enrique Piñeyro), who not only lost his job at the bank during the collapse, but also his marriage and home. He now finds himself out on the street in search of solid emotional and economic ground. He meets an equally lonely person, Elsa (Stefanía Sandrelli), the attendant at a public restroom. With Elsa's support, Santamaría begins to build a new life. With a superb script, Burman affectionately injects his characters with refreshing presence and heart, making Waiting for the Messiah an original and thoroughly charming fable. It is a careful and ultimately hopeful examination of urban relations in the complex city of Buenos Aires.

Into The Arms of Strangers - The Kindertransports

TITLE: Into the Arms of Strangers - The Kindertransports
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Mark Jonathan Harris / Deborah Oppenheimer and the US Holocaust Museum
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Warner Brothers
TEXT: Narrated by Dame Judi Dench. Produced by Deborah Oppenheimer, a child of one of the saved. Directed by Mark J. Harris, Oscar winner for The Long Way Home. Oppenheimer began developing this film after the death of her mother This is a documentary on the Kindertransports, the rescue program to save children from Germany, Czechoslovakia, and Austria prior to WWII. 10,000 children, mostly Jewish, were take to the UK in the 1930's. (the USA would not accept any of the children after a Congressional Bill died in committee in 1939). The film focuses on the children, now senior adults. The Kinder are Lorraine Allard, Lory Cahn (her father removed her from the train, she ended up in Auschwitz instead), Hedy Epstein, Kurt Fuchel, Alexander Gordon, Eva Hayman, Jack Hellman, Bertha Leverton, Ursula Rosenfeld, Inge Sadan, Lore Segal (author of Other Peoples Houses), and Robert Sugar. The Parents are Franzi Groszman and Miriam Cohn. The Rescuers are Norbert Wollheim and Nicholas Winton. Please see Lisa Gossel's Children of Chabannes, another excellent documentary on the topic. As well as My Knees Were Jumping, by Melissa Hacker, another gr8 doc on the same topic.

King of the Jungle

TITLE: King of the Jungle
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Seth Zvi Rosenfeld
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 100 minutes
SOURCE: in theaters
TEXT: Actor John Leguizamo stars as Seymour Weinstein, a Puerto Rican Jewish man who is mildly retarded and coping with the death (murder) of his mother. Co-stars Oscar winner, Rosie Perez. Notes to File: The director, Rosenfeld, 39, a New York City native, grew up under the Sephardic influence of his mother.

Live Nude Girls Unite

TITLE: Live Nude Girls Unite
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Jewish lesbian stripper in a first person documentary

Uncle Chatzkel

TITLE: Uncle Chatzkel
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: Australia
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: at LA Intnl Jewish Film Festival
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Pastry Pain and Politics

TITLE: Pastry Pain and Politics
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: Switzerland
LANGUAGE:
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: at LA Intnl Jewish FF
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Aaron Cohen's Debt

TITLE: Aaron Cohen's Debt
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Seventh Art Releasing 7551 Sunset Blvd #104 Los Angeles, CA 90046 Tel: 323-845-1455 Fax: 323-845-4714 erica@7thart.com http://www.7thart.com/
TEXT: While celebrating his birthday party with friends and family, Aaron Cohen is suddenly hauled off by the police on the grounds that he owes child support. Despite his frail health and his daughter's frantic attempts to bail him out, Aaron is forced to spend the night behind bars. Indifferent guards, an over-crowded cell and an infected ulcer thrust Aaron into a Kafkaesque nightmare with tragic consequences. Starring renowned Israeli actor Moshe Ivgi (Cup Final, Lovesick On Nana Street), Aaron Cohen's Debt is a powerful, fact-based, Israeli TV drama about police brutality and bureaucratic ineptness.

Worst Jewish Football Team in the World

TITLE: Worst Jewish Football Team in the World
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Gary Ogin
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 10 min. video
SOURCE: garyogin1@yahoo.co.uk
TEXT: A hilarious portrait of a boys' soccer team in Manchester, England. Broughton 'B' FC aren't just bad, they're awful. But, with supportive coaching, the boys are models of sportsmanship and determination and never let defeat get them down. Shown at the sfjff in 2003

Witness at Auschwitz

TITLE: Witness at Auschwitz
YEAR:
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY:
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Screened at the 4th Annual Sephardic Film Festival - Los Angeles
TEXT: Two brothers and their cousin from Solonika reunite after 50 years at the death camp of Auschwitz.

Baklava, the Spice of Life

TITLE: Baklava, the Spice of Life
YEAR:
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY:
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Screened at the 4th Annual Sephardic Film Festival - Los Angeles
TEXT: Where does one find the meaning of life. The sculptor Helene Simon shows us how to prepare Baklava. One should do what one loves.

Anyos Muchos y Buenos

TITLE: Anyos Muchos y Buenos
YEAR:
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: Turkey
LANGUAGE:
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Screened at the 4th Annual Sephardic Film Festival - Los Angeles
TEXT: The Powelton Village photographer, Laurence Salzman, accompanied by his Turkish wife, Ayse, go to Turkey and record aspects of Jewish life there.

K

TITLE: K
YEAR:
DIR/PROD: Alexandre Arcady
COUNTRY:
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Screened at the 4th Annual Sephardic Film Festival - Los Angeles
TEXT: Life a game of chess, you attack or wait for your opponent to make a mistake. Sam, a 30 something cop, has played chess against Joseph Katz for two decades. Joseph is an antiques dealer, a survivor of Auschwitz. One day he kills a man who enters his shop, a man he recognizes as the SS officer who killed his family

Key From Spain - Flory Jagoda

TITLE: Key from Spain
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Mischa Livingstone and Ankica Petrovic
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English, Ladino, w/Eng. Subtitles
TIME: 40 min in video
SOURCE: Rental or Purchase from http://www.brandeis.edu/jewfilm or ncjf@brandeis.edu
TEXT: Flory Jagoda, a Sephardic Folk Song singer, tells the story of her life and craft, singing old and new songs, remembering her Bosnian Jewish family. Flory Jagoda, born into a Sephardic family in Bosnia, was given the gift of music by her mother. This documentary includes a trove of Ladino songs from medieval Spain beautifully interpreted by this gifted singer and storyteller, who now lives in the United States. Raised in the Jewish community of Sarajevo, which was 12,000 strong before the war, Flory and her immediate family fled when the Nazis occupied her country in 1941. After the war, she wrote a collection of songs that chronicles her people's fate. The film follows her return to Sarajevo to deliver a stirring performance following the siege of 1992. Screened at the 4th Annual Sephardic Film Festival - Los Angeles. Screened at the 2001 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival. SFJFF.org

Le Grand Pardon

TITLE: Le Grand Pardon
YEAR:
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: Screened at the 4th Annual Sephardic Film Festival - Los Angeles
TEXT: The Bettoun clan reigns the Paris night. They run gambling casinos. They have two enemies. On the right is the extremist commissaire Douche. On the other side is the gangster Villars. On Yom Kippur there is bloody revenge.

Time With My Father - a documentary

TITLE: Time With My Father - a documentary
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Kate Wenner
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 30 minutes
SOURCE: k.wenner@worldnet.att.net
TEXT: A Documentary Film of Family Truth and Denial. Kate Wenner writes, "The intimate time I spent interviewing my father on videotape over the eight months that he was dying of cancer gave me the most important lesson of my life. Through him I learned of the healing power of facing painful truth. I learned how a buried secret can distort a personality and corrupt a life. And I also learned that the opportunity to face the truth and begin the process of forgiving oneself and asking the forgiveness of others, remains until ones dying day. Twelve years later I have assembled those videotaped conversations into "Time With My Father," a half hour film that traces his story and reveals his transformation as he confronted the shame that had haunted his life. I was a producer for "ABC 20/20" when I got the frightening news that my father had been diagnosed with an aggressive stomach cancer. After we dealt with the immediate medical crisis, I brought over my video camera to record some of the family history. As the months went by, it was clear that my father looked forward to our videotaped conversations as a way to review his life in the face of his possible death. He began to reveal his deepest feelings until, in his final days, he was able to confess a shameful secret he had harbored since childhood. His confession was heart-wrenching and emotional. He explained that his whole life had been shaped by his effort to hide his shame; he said he had given himself a "manufactured personality" that he hoped would earn people's respect, and yet he kept his family and friends at arm's length for fear they might discover the bad person he truly believed he was. Speaking the truth at last brought him closer to his family and rewarded him with an experience of love that he had never known before. It also set my life on a new path, with a deeper understanding of my family heritage. It taught me that no matter how frightening, confronting truth has the power to heal. This is the message of my film, "Time With My Father," which offers a transformative lesson in teshuvah for anyone who sees it." Her novel is also available from www.MyJewishBooks.com/novels.html It is called "Setting Fires" (Scribner, 2000). See also Settingfires.com or Interviewingparents.com. Or contact Kate Wenner at k.wenner@worldnet.att.net

Allerd Fishbein's In Love

TITLE: Allerd Fishbein's In Love
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Danny Greenfield
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 20 minutes
SOURCE: dmgbat @AOL.com 212/673-7528 Danny Greenfield 83 East 7th St. #5A New York NY 10003 phone: 212 673 7528; 858 558 1355 fax: 858 558 1355
TEXT: Lack of coordination, nausea, Bar Mitzvahs, and the intricacies of kissing. This is what life is like at age 13. But Allerd, his older brother, parents and grandparents go to the Nevele/Fallview Hotel in the Catskills for a week, where Allerd meets a girl. (did I mention that she is from Germany and Allerd's grandparents think everyone is a hidden Nazi?) A comedy about a boy's first big crush. Student film which will be a big filler hit at any festival. Not to mention that you get to hear the Freaks and Geeks star sing in Hebrew

Just Looking

TITLE: Just Looking
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jason Alexander / Jean Doumanian
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Sony Picture Classics, sonyclassics . com
TEXT: a directorial debut for actor Jason Alexander. A sex comedy for the whole family starring Patti Lupose and Gretchen Mol, Peter Onorati and Ryan Merriman

Jewish Sports Legends

TITLE: Jewish Sports Legends
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
COUNTRY:
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 25 minutes
SOURCE: ahf142 @ aol . com
TEXT: The New York Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, located at 74 Hauppauge Raod, Commack, N.Y. 11725, made a short video, entitled "Jewish Sports Legends," that traces the history of the Jewish experience in the U.S. in sports in the 20th Century.

Every Time We Say Goodbye

TITLE: Every Time We Say Goodbye
YEAR: 1986
DIR/PROD: Moshe Mizrahi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English and Ladino with English ST
TIME: 95 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: Tom Hanks plays a Christian British soldier in Jerusalem who falls in love with a Sephardic girl during WWII. A romance

I Love You Rosa

TITLE: I Love You Rosa
YEAR: 1972
DIR/PROD: Moshe Mizrahi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 100 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1972. The story of a romance between Nissim and Rosa, and whether a woman may be an independent thinker. Set in Jerusalem in the late 19th Century. Rosa is left a widow at the young age of 21. Under Jewish custom, she must wait while her dead husband's younger brother (now aged 12) grows to maturity, so that he might have the right to marry her and carry on his older brother's name. Or he can offer her the freedom to marry someone else. But what if Nissim loves her?

Shalom Bombay

TITLE: Shalom Bombay
YEAR: 1998
DIR/PROD: Alex Hayim
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 43 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: A documentary about the Bene Israel Jews and the Baghdadi Jews of Bombay. The Bene Israel Jews may date back 2000 years in India, and the Baghdadi Jews arrived in the 1830s. The Sassoon Dynasty helped to build Bombay into the sprawling metropolis that it is today. There are believed to be 5,000 Jews living in India, 4500 of whom reside in Bombay.

The Policeman Azulay

TITLE: The Policeman Azulay
YEAR: 1971
DIR/PROD: Ephraim Kishon
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 87 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: Shaike Ophir stars as Azulay, a good but bumbling policeman who is about to retire. His colleagues wish to give him a triumph before he retires.

The Last Jews of Baghdad: End of an Exile, Beginning of a Journey

TITLE: The Last Jews of Baghdad: End of an Exile, Beginning of a Journey
YEAR: 2003
DIR/PROD: Carole Basri, Adriana Davis, Bryan Durr
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English with some English Subtitles
TIME: 75
SOURCE: D-Squared Media, solutions@dsquaredmedia.com, 212-478-1005
TEXT: Documentary. The Last Jews of Baghdad take an historical and personal look at the persecution, torture, escape and exodus of nearly all Iraq's Jewish community from the 1940's until 2003. Today, only 27 Jews remain from a population of nearly 200,000. The film asks the question, "Why did the Iraqi Jews leave?" The answer is found in the discriminatory laws and policies enacted by Iraq's government and leaders against these important members of Iraqi society, who trace their existence there to 586 BCE. Through the words of those who survived discrimination, persecution and even hangings we are painted a picture of what it meant to be a Jew in Iraq - from the good times to the unbearable terror their lives became. Meet the survivors of the bloody 1941 Nazi inspired pogrom against the Jews called the Fahrud. Hear the palpable fear that permeated the community after the unjust hanging of Iraq's most influential Jewish businessman, Shafiq Adas. Experience the lives of those who struggled to survive under restrictions that permitted them no jobs, education or even a telephone. Marvel at the way 150,000 Iraqi-Jews emigrated to Israel in one year and then lifted themselves from the dismal Ma'abarot camps to create new lives. Witness the nightmare of Saddam's torture, imprisonment, humiliation and murder of those Jews who stayed in their beloved, ancestral homes and became...The Last Jews of Baghdad. FILM FEST PROGRAMMERS PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A NEW FILM COMPLETED IN 2003 AND NOT AN EARLIER WORK THAT WAS SCREENED AT SOME FESTS A FEW YEARS AGO. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANY FEST WHO WOULD ILKE TO have some insight into the Jewish community of Iraq ..... at a time when U.S. troops are located in that country.

Mogadir Morocco

TITLE: Mogadir Morocco
YEAR: 1986
DIR/PROD: Haim Shiran
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and French with English ST
TIME: 55 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: The port city of Mogadir at the center of an awakening to Zionism and modern Hebrew among the Jewish intellectuals at the turn of the century. This documentary focuses on this awakening and the poet, David Elkayem, whose anthology of BAKASHOT describes the requests made on Friday evenings during the period between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. He wrote in classical and modern Hebrew. Shiran interviews Jews born and raised in Mogadir.

In praise of David

TITLE: In Praise of David
YEAR: 1984
DIR/PROD: Haim Shiran
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew Arabic and French with English ST
TIME: 60 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: A documentary based on the poetry of 18th Century Moroccan poet, Rabbi David ben Aharon Hassin. It re-enacts the life, customs and folklore of that period, capturing the mood and ceremonies surrounding jewish rites of passage at that time. Noted singers and choral groups join to sing the poet's songs.

Small Town Melodies

TITLE: Small Town Melodies
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Levi Zin
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 70 minutes
SOURCE: The Israel Film Service, Jerusalem
TEXT: A documentary based on the music and traditions of the Moroccan immigrants to Israel who settled in the town of Sderot in the 1950s.

Americas First Synagogues

TITLE: Americas First Synagogue
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Mark Aaron
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 47 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the Fifth Intnl Sephardic Film Festival (2000) 212/294-6170 (mkiplok@yum.cjh.ORG)
TEXT: Documentary about the Jews who founded Shearith Israel, the remnant of Israel, in 1654, in the town of New Amsterdam. And the founders of the Touro Synagogue in Newport RI in 1763. Includes the stories of Haym Solomon, Uriah Levy, and Emma Lazarus.

Love Inventory

TITLE: Love Inventory
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: David Fisher / Yahaly Gat
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: MUSE productions / 16 Tchernichovsky St. Kfar-Saba 44281 ISRAEL /Tel+972-9-7445666 Fax: +972-9-7443323 E-mail: fg_prod@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Documentary. Winner of Best Documentary at Jerusalem FF 2000. Winner of the Israeli Academy Award - November 2000. This is Israeli filmmaker David Fisher's chronicle of his attempt to solve a personal mystery and bring a troubled family together. He makes use of a light, portable camera, a skillful crew and mainly - his four siblings, to begin an emotionally challenging search for their long lost sister. In a creative documentary style, with revealing moments of grief and humor, Fisher leads his brothers to uncover the dark secrets of the past, going back 50 years, when the state of Israel has just been created and unlawful deeds and wrongdoing were part of its birth pains. Their sister's disappearance, two days after birth from the hospital, was kept a family secret for years. Throughout her life the mother felt the baby girl, one of twins, was abducted, but she did not disclose her innermost feelings. Her sons now believe the authorities judged the eighteen-year-old immigrant, a Holocaust survivor, couldn't take care of twins and decided to give one baby for adoption. The brothers assume she is alive and living in Israel or abroad somewhere and they leave no stone unturned to find her.... In the course of the search, the camera uncovers a unique and intimate but troubled family fighting for its existence. After the recent death of both his parents, David felt his fantasy of "The Family" is, in reality, turning into an existence of individuals. Each of the Fisher brothers now leads his own life and is faced with his own predicaments. Born and raised in Israel, they are all secure and successful in their various fields but are faced with the disorders of families everywhere - parent-children dysfunction, divorce, occupational pressures, mental breakdown.David seizes the opportunity of the search - this is his vehicle to heal the family. What more then a common goal and a personally involved one, do you need? As it turns out, you need more...

Meet The Parents

TITLE: Meet The Parents
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: minutes
SOURCE: video
TEXT: Ben Stiller stars as Greg Focker, a kvetching, not fetching, smart, Jewish male nurse from Chicago, who travels to Long Island with his girlfriend, Pam (Teri Polo), in order to meet her parents. Her paranoid, scowling father, Jack (Robert De Niro), turns out to be a suspicious, protective, ex-CIA operative. Comedy and disasters ensue, as does a stereotypical comparison of Greg to Pam's former love, the blond, born-again, Owen Wilson. Opens in Fall 2000

The Gay Games

TITLE: The Gay Games
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Ran Kotzer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 60 minutes, video
SOURCE: The Israel Film Service, Jerusalem
TEXT: This Israeli film from Ran Kotzer has made it to the USA and is making its way on the film festival circuit, beginning at Chicago's Reeling Festival in November 2000. This high-spirited documentary follows members of the 1998 Israeli Gay Games contingent as they take Amsterdam by storm. Will the Israeli lesbian Basketball team make it to their game against Germany on time? Who will win medals? Will it be all fun and games, or are there serious issues to be confronted during the trip? How do the games react to the headliner, the Israeli, transgendered pop diva, Dana International? A very good film that should get a lot of attention at Jewish fests.

LE BUCHE

TITLE: LE BUCHE
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Danièle Thompson
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME:
SOURCE: Empire Pictures
TEXT: This French film, directed by Danièle Thompson, opens in limited distribution in November 2000. The title refers to the traditional French Christmas dessert, La Bûche de Noël, a buttercream cake shaped like a log. The film focuses on three sisters during Christmas season, and their holiday induced alientation and depressions. The sisters are members of a part-Jewish family, which may account for the nightclub rendition of My Yiddische Momma. Their revelations of love, cooking, family and adultery unfold, and the film becomes a mystery that requires solving.

LITTLE NICKY

TITLE: LITTLE NICKY
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Steven Brill / Robert Simonds and Jack Gairraputo
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 100
SOURCE: New Line Cinema
TEXT: An Adam Sandler's teen flick. Sandler plays one of the devil's offspring who attempts to save Hell and his father, against the evil designs of his older brothers. What's Jewish about it? Well Sandler, Rodney Dangerfield, and Harvey Keitel star as hell's managers (who said Jews weren't the anti-Christ?). In the words of critic J. Hoberman of The Village Voice, "the relationship between the young devil and his older siblings has echoes of Joseph and his brothers; the climactic confrontation between Nicky and the evil Adrian is staged as though it were Moses appearing before Pharaoh... he presents Hell as the equivalent of a family-run Borscht Belt hotel.." Hoberman also adds that the idea of Hell posited in the film has its roots in Lurianic Kabbalism; it presents Satan as a self-limiting deity whose gradual disintegration suggests the Breaking of the Vessels, as well as by according its hero the task of tikkun, the restoration of cosmic harmony.

JOSEPH: KING OF DREAMS

TITLE: JOSEPH KING OF DREAMS
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Robert Ramirez and Rob Lauca / Dreamworks
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 75 minutes
SOURCE:
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TEXT: While the production values do not compare to Prince of Egypt, it is produced by the same studio and production team behind POE. Yet, it is great and entertaining. The story of Joseph and his brothers, and his rise to power in Egypt.

I WAS A SLAVE LABOURER

TITLE: I WAS A SLAVE LABOURER
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Luke Holland
COUNTRY: UK/Germany
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 75 minutes
SOURCE: ZEF Productions Ltd. /Brighton Media Centre / 9-12 Middle St. / Brighton, United Kingdom BN1 1AL Tel: 44-1273-384-210 / Fax: 44-1273-843-803 / lukeholland@usa.net
TEXT: As a 15-year-old inmate in Auschwitz, Rudy Kennedy he was forced to work for the German chemical manufacturer I.G. Farben. Which was a better fate than his sister and mother who were murdered in the gas chambers. His father was worked to death 6 weeks after arrival. Now he is on a quest to force such present-day industrial giants as Volkswagen and BASF (as well as Krupp, Hoechst, Farben, and Siemens), to own up to their Nazi-era crimes and compensate those who provided slave labor for them in the concentration camps. His efforts, however, are met with opposition from complacent corporations that admit no responsibility for the atrocities committed in their names.

LIEBE PERLA

TITLE: LIEBE PERLA
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Shahar Rozen
COUNTRY: Israel/Germany
LANGUAGE: English ST
TIME: 53 minutes
SOURCE: Cinephil / 16 Mikve Israel St. / Tel Aviv, Israel 65115 / Tel: 972-3-566-4129 / Fax: 972-3-560-1436 cinephil@netvision.net.il
TEXT: During the Nazi regime, Dr. Josef Mengele conducted "scientific" experiments on and shot "research" footage of a Hungarian Jewish family of dwarfs. (Mengele, by experimenting on them, saved them from the gas chambers) Fifty years later, Hannelore Witkofski, a "short-statured" woman born in post-war Germany, set out on a quest to locate the films. During the process, she befriended the only surviving family member, Perla, an actress, now living in Israel. Before Auschwitz, Perla and her family performed in the Jewish Lilliput Troupe in Hungary. She reports back to Perla on her search, calling from Auschwitz, the Max Planck Institute, and the home of one of Mengele's photographers. This astounding, intimate film tells us as much about the present moment as it does about the fate of disabled people in Nazi Germany.

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