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Szulamit

TITLE: Szulamit
YEAR: 1916
DIR/PROD: Jeno Illes
COUNTRY: Hungary
LANGUAGE: Silent with simultaneous translation of Hungarian intertitles
TIME: 60
SOURCE: Vera Suranyi Budakeszi u., 51/b, Hungarian National Film Archive, H-1021 Budapest, Hungary Phone: (361) 394-52-05 Fax: (361) 394-52-05 E-mail: h12283sur@helka.iif.hu
TEXT: Over the years, the New York Jewish Film Festival has presented a number of rediscovered examples of early Jewish cinema. This Hungarian gem is adapted from the popular Biblical operetta by Yiddish theater pioneer Abraham Goldfaden - a fairy tale about love, betrayal, forgiveness, and belief. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

One of the Hollywood Ten

TITLE: One of the Hollywood Ten
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Karl Francis
COUNTRY: England/Spain
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 102
SOURCE: Alibi Films Rachel Hughes 35 Long Acre London WC2E 9JT Phone: 44 (0)20 7845 0400 E-mail: rachelhughes@freenet.co.uk
TEXT: The film director Herbert Biberman was a victim of McCarthyism, blacklisted in the 1950s for refusing to disavow his Communist beliefs. Part political conspiracy thriller and part drama of individual perseverance, this compelling film tells the story of Biberman's determination to continue his career in the face of governmentally sanctioned hate mongering and paranoia. With Jeff Goldblum as Biberman, Greta Scacchi as his wife, glamorous actress Gale Sondergaard, and a riveting performance by Angela Molina. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

THE VOW / TKIES KAF

TITLE: THE VOW / TKIES KAF
YEAR: 1937
DIR/PROD: Henryk Szaro
COUNTRY: Poland
LANGUAGE: Restored yiddish film with English subtitles
TIME: 82 minutes
SOURCE: National Center for Jewish Film Sharon Rivo Brandeis University Lown 102, MS 053 Waltham, MA 02454 Ph: (781) 899-7044 Fax: (781) 736-2070 E-mail: rivo@brandeis.edu
TEXT: A 1937 remake of the 1924 Polish-Yiddish silent sometimes known as A Vilna Legend, THE VOW's supernatural love story has a generic resemblance to The Dybbuk and was in fact rushed into production ahead of the famous 1937 adaption of Ansky's play. This is an opportunity to see Eastern European Jewry in one of the last Yiddish films made in Poland before the Holocaust. Zygmunt Turkow re-creates his original role as the prophet Elijah; Dina Halpern, who would later become a star of the Yiddish theater, plays the lead. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

ONCE WE GROW UP

TITLE: ONCE WE GROW UP
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Renaud Cohen
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English subtitles
TIME: 92 minutes
SOURCE: Films Distribution Imchal, Sara 6, rue de l'Ecole de Medecine 75006 Paris, France Phone: 33-1-53-10-3399 Fax: 33-1-53-10-3398 E-mail: info@filmsdistribution.com
TEXT: In this charming romantic comedy, a young man tries to understand his place as a 30-year-old with Algerian Jewish roots in modern, multicultural Paris. As Simon juggles the competing pressures of planning a future with his girlfriend, finding a common ground with his father, and keeping his senile grandmother from wandering the streets, an encounter with his pregnant neighbor - a fellow North African Jew - changes his life. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

The Walnut Tree

TITLE: The Walnut Tree
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Elida Schogt
COUNTRY: CANADA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 11 minutes
SOURCE: Women Make Movies 462 Broadway, Suite 500 New York, NY 10013 Phone: 212-925-0606 E-mail: MSanchez@WMM.com
TEXT: The follow-up to her award-winning Zyklon Portrait (NYJFF 2000), Elida Schogt's new film examines the final, remembered fragments of her family in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam. Compact and breathtakingly powerful, The Walnut Tree is a remarkable meditation on Holocaust memory, family, and survival. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

CONSPIRACY

TITLE: CONSPIRACY
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Frank Pierson
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 96 minutes
SOURCE: Contact the NY Jewish Film Fest via the NY Jewish Museum to find out the source
TEXT: A gripping dramatization of the Wannsee Conference, when a group of top Nazi and SS officials secretly met outside Berlin to discuss what would come to be called the "Final Solution of the Jewish problem." Featuring powerful performances by an outstanding cast, CONSPIRACY examines the chilling process of implementing evil. With Stanley Tucci as Adolf Eichmann and Kenneth Branagh as SS General Reinhard Heydrich. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

THE TRAVELLERS: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND

TITLE: THE TRAVELLERS: THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Robert Cohen
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 72 minutes on video
SOURCE: National Film Board of Canada John Sirabella 350 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4820 New York, NY 10118 Phone: 212-629-8890 E-mail: j.sirabella@nfb.ca
TEXT: "World-famous in Canada," The Travellers are perhaps best known for their Canadian adaptation of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land." This group, most of whose members shared a Jewish/Communist background, burst onto the folk music scene in the 1950s. Through stirring archival concert footage and interviews with past and present members, this documentary brings their story vividly to life. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY

TITLE: MY HEART BELONGS TO DADDY
YEAR: 1999
DIR/PROD: Brita Landoff
COUNTRY: Sweden
LANGUAGE: Yiddish with English subtitles
TIME: 4 minutes
SOURCE: lindberg@chello.SE Brita Landoff(director) Drakenbergsgatan 61 SE-117 41 Stockholm Sweden Ph: 46-8-658-6566 Fax: 46-8-652-9720
TEXT: A charming Yiddish rendition of the Cole Porter classic, "Mayn harts gehert tsum tatn" is beautifully and soulfully sung by Swedish actress Basia Frydman. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

PACHA MAMA

TITLE: PACHA MAMA
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Asaffa Peled / Arik Berstein, Ami Amir, Nurit Kedar
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 61 minute video beta sp
SOURCE: Matar Plus 9 Yad Harutzim St. Tel-Aviv 67778 Israel Phone: 972-3-687-8587 Fax 972 3 6878722 matar@matar-plus.com E-mail: arik-be@matar-plus.com
TEXT: Like many Israeli youths, Moshe Kastiel traveled the world after completing his military service. He settled in Goa, India, became a renowned trance music DJ, and then embarked on a spiritual journey that made him ENLIGHTENED and led him to establish a commune in Costa Rica (1000 acres on the Pacific coast) (It was easier to establish it in Costa Rica than in Israel). This film looks closely at the fascinating world of that commune and its attraction of followers from around the globe. Asaffa Peled, an Israeli journalist, spent a year researching the project and spent 4 weeks in Costa Rica filming the lives of the participants and adherents. PACHA MAMA (MOTHER EARTH) follows several characters that reached material and spiritual achievements but felt they were missing something in their lives. Each define their guru, Tyohar, whether they be the German architect, Italian Historian, Swiss dancer, former rabbi, Israeli dentist or Israeli high tech professional. The viewer may decide for themselves whether they believe that Tyohar is ENLIGHTENED. An objective answer is meaningless. The music in the film was recorded during the shooting. Note to file: Adherents pay about $400 per month to lodge and eat at the commune. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

THANK GOD FOR INDIA

TITLE: THANK GOD FOR INDIA / Hodu L'A.. Kee Tov
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Nisan Katz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 58 minute video
SOURCE: Nisan Katz (director) Phone: 972-4-690-0887 E-mail: nisansun@hotmail.com
TEXT: The title is a play on words using the Hebrew prayer Hodu L'Y Ki Tov, and the Hebrew word for India (Hudu). At the advanced age of 72, Amos Mosenzon left his home in Israel to tour India, where he fell in with various fellow Israeli travelers fresh out of military duty. Through his adventures, Thank God for India explores this place that for so many young Israelis represents a journey into adulthood and where for the first time in their lives they are operating outside the structure of Israeli society. Contains lots of drugs, Israelis of various ages, a couple of raves, a great Shabbat dinner, and a Hebrew speaking young Indian entrepreneur. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

ZYGIELBOJM'S DEATH

TITLE: ZYGIELBOJM'S DEATH
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Dzamila Ankiewicz
COUNTRY: Poland
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 52m video
SOURCE: Filmaker's Library 124 E. 40th St, Suite 901 New York, NY 10016 Phone: (212) 808-4980 E-mail: info@filmakers.com
TEXT: This is a documentary on the life and death of an exceptional man. S. A. Zygielbojm, an important member of Poland's Jewish community, was smuggled out of the country in 1942 and sent abroad as the Jewish representative of the Polish government-in-exile to spread word of the Nazi atrocities in Poland. Ultimately deeming his efforts futile, Zygielbojm committed suicide after the Warsaw ghetto uprising in an attempt to shock the world out of its indifference. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

The Secret

TITLE: The Secret
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Ronit Kertsner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 55m video
SOURCE: GA & A Piazza Martiri di Belfiore 2 00195 Rome, Italy Phone: 0039 06 3613480 Fax: 0039 06 3614042
TEXT: The Secret explores the phenomenon of a personal identity crisis that has unfolded in Poland on a national scale: that of citizens who have grown up Catholic but discover later in life that they are actually Jewish. Their personal dislocation, heightened by living in a society where religion and nationality are inseparably linked, is staggering; their stories, never less than astounding. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002. Shown at the Berlin International Film Festival, February 2002
TEXT: a documentary about Jews in contemporary Poland who grew up with no knowledge that they were actually the children of Jews, who were saved and raised by Polish Catholics. One of those interviewed is now a priest. The filmmaker was an adoptee (and niece of David Opatashu) who knew nothing of her origins. Includes Yale Reisner and Rabbi Mordechai Shudrich

Gripsholm

TITLE: Gripsholm
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Xavier Koller
COUNTRY: Germany/Switzerland
LANGUAGE: German with English Subtitles
TIME: 102 minutes
SOURCE: National Center for Jewish Film Sharon Rivo, Brandeis University Lown 102, MS 053 Waltham, MA 02454 Phone: (781) 899-7044 Fax: (781) 736-2070 E-mail: rivo@brandeis.edu
TEXT: A Berlin-based political journalist and his girlfriend spend an idyllic summer in 1932 at Gripsholm Castle in Sweden. As events in Germany worsen, the castle becomes a temporary refuge for a provocative cabaret singer and the writer. The Bohemian scene of Berlin is re-created there on a small scale. Based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Kurt Tucholsky, GRIPSHOLM features an outstanding cast in a beautiful setting. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002 and it opened the Washington Jewish Film Festival in December 2001. Note to file... Feels longer than 102 minutes

KEEP AWAY FROM THE WINDOW

TITLE: KEEP AWAY FROM THE WINDOW
YEAR: 2000
DIR/PROD: Jan Jakub Kolski
COUNTRY: Poland
LANGUAGE: Polish with English ST
TIME: 117 minutes
SOURCE: Telewizja Polska; Aleksandra Biernacka; 17 J.P. Woronicza Str. 00-999 Warsaw, Poland Phone: 48-22-547-8501 Fax: 48-22-547-4248 E-mail: aleksandra.biernacka@waw.tvp.pl
TEXT: In a town in Nazi-occupied Poland, a Jewish girl hiding in a young couple's house becomes pregnant with the husband's child. The couple tries to pass the baby off as their own, but their attempt becomes complicated. Based on the story "That Girl from Hamburg" by Hanna Krall, KEEP AWAY FROM THE WINDOW delicately balances a complex private drama with a backdrop of a larger tragedy. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

LAST DANCE

TITLE: LAST DANCE
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Mirra Bank
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 84 minutes video
SOURCE: Mirra Bank (director) (212) 724-1686 E-mail: mirrabank@yahoo.com
TEXT: A work of rare beauty and power, this documentary film reveals the creative process behind the dancework "A Selection," a collaboration between legendary author-illustrator Maurice Sendak and the innovative and audacious dance company Pilobolus. "A Selection" was partly inspired by the Czech composer Hans Krasa's opera Brundibar, which was performed by children in the Terezin concentration camp. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

MADONNA WITH CHILD, XX CENTURY

TITLE: MADONNA WITH CHILD, XX CENTURY
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Herz Frank
COUNTRY: ISRAEL
LANGUAGE: English Subtitles
TIME: 10 minute video
SOURCE: Guntis Trekteris Lacplesa iela 27-10 LV 1011 Riga Latvia Ph: 371-7-281-720 Fax: 371-7-240-542 E-mail: kaupo@latnet.lv
TEXT: Filmed in the forests outside the Latvian capital of Riga, where between 1941 and 1944 thousands of Jews were executed, this elegiac and meditative short film focuses on a monument that stands there. The title refers to a chilling piece of evidence of the Nazis' crimes captured by an anonymous photographer. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

Strange Fruit

TITLE: Strange Fruit
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Joel Katz
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 56 minute video
SOURCE: Joel Katz (director) E-mail: jkatz@igc.org
TEXT: Filmmaker Joel Katz delves into the history and legacy of the song "Strange Fruit" - written by Bronx Jewish schoolteacher Abel Meeropol in the 1930s and best known in a Billie Holiday rendition - using it as a vehicle to explore the intricacies of Black/Jewish relations. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

DUST

TITLE: DUST
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Michale Boganim
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: English SUBTITLES
TIME: 29 minutes
SOURCE: Michale Boganim (director) Phone: 331-45-676-030 E-mail: michale_b@hotmail.com
TEXT: An elegiac and lyrical portrait of Odessa, a once-flourishing center of Yiddish culture. Three lifelong friends who have experienced the horrors of war, anti-Semitism, and Communism, come together in a tiny apartment to sing old songs, dance, and reminisce. They are among the city's last remaining Jews, passed over by the world but still vibrant with a redemptive enthusiasm for life. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

They Came to Pick Me Up

TITLE: They Came To Pick Me Up
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Ilana Navaro
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: English SUBTITLES
TIME: 20m on video
SOURCE: Films du Poisson / 54 rue Rene Boulanger / 75010 Paris France Phone: 33-1-42-02-5480 E-mail: filmfish@club-internet.fr
TEXT: A touching story about a woman in her sixties preparing to leave Istanbul to join her family in Tel Aviv. When her 8-year-old granddaughter comes from Israel to share her grandmother's final summer in Turkey, the two preside together over the bittersweet farewell to a lifetime of memories. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

TO LIVE WITH TERROR

TITLE: TO LIVE WITH TERROR
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Ton Vriens
COUNTRY: Argentina/USA
LANGUAGE: Spanish with English ST
TIME: 60 minute video
SOURCE: Filmaker's Library / 124 E. 40th St, Suite 901 / New York, NY 10016 Phone: (212) 808-4980 E-mail: info@filmakers.com
TEXT: In the last decade, two horrific acts of terrorism in Buenos Aires shocked the world: the car bombing of the Israeli embassy in 1992, and the destruction of the Jewish Community Center two years later. Both crimes remain unsolved. This provocative documentary investigates the attacks, revealing a shocking and wide-ranging political cover-up and implicating, in the Community Center tragedy, a local network of anti-Semitic army and police officials. Shown at the NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2002.

Minyan in kaifeng

TITLE: Minyan in kaifeng
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Steven Calcote and Jonathan Shulman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 70 minutes, video
SOURCE:
TEXT: Narrated by Leonard Nimoy Shown at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, 2001. The last rabbi of kaifeng, China died over a century ago. Now a group of Jewish expatriates seek the remains of this ancient Chinese Jewish community. A Shabbat is held with the descendants of Kaifeng's Jews. The arguments on identity and diaspora that follow lead the Minyan to realize that their questions about the Jews of Kaifeng are also questions about themselves and that these important questions have no easy answers
What is a Jew? In 1997, twelve young Jews (including the film directors), from the USA, Israel and Australia, all living in China, decided to visit the northern Chinese town of Kaifeng for the Sabbath. Their goal: to find what remained of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, founded by Persian Jews who came to China in the 12th century. Welcomed by the Chinese Emperor, those Jews from distant lands quickly established themselves in the Imperial Court, built a synagogue and over the centuries blended into the accepting and non-prejudiced local community. Eventually the Jews assimilated so completely that they all but disappeared as an identifiable group. There are still, however, some Kaifeng Chinese who identify as Jewish, even though their only religious attribute is that they don't eat pork. This presents a dilemma for the young foreign visitors to Kaifeng, who a year later, are still unable to agree amongst themselves whether these people can really be considered Jewish. A bittersweet documentary that poses age-old questions about religion, beliefs and perceptions. Minyan in Kaifeng is a heart-warming and thoughtful glimpse into a Jewish world unlike any other. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Screened at TJFF.com

Children of the Storm

TITLE: Children of the Storm
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Jack Kuper
COUNTRY: CANADA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 95 minutes, video
SOURCE:
TEXT: Shown at the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, 2001. Vjff.org Documentary. Between 1947 and 1949, a total of 1,123-orphaned young Holocaust survivors arrived in Canada. These were children unlike any other children. They had already lost entire families and had witnessed the end of the world as they knew it. They were now being asked to accept new parents, new siblings, new schools, a new language, a new social structure and new identities. Overcoming broken hearts and spirits, depression, anxiety and fear, most of them blossomed into highly successful citizens, contributing to their adopted country in business, law, medicine, education, art and science.

The War in Paris (France)

TITLE: The War in Paris
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Yolande Zauberman
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French
TIME:
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TEXT: Scheduled release in June 2002 in Paris. A shoe in for Amerian jewish Film Festivals in 2002 and 2003. The director is the daughter of Polishborn death camp survivors. Ths film portrays the lives two brothers under nazi rule in Vichy France. Stars Elodie Bouchez, the popular French superstar, and the French Jewish actress and director Helen Lapiower(director of the documentary "A Little Family Conversation" about the changes in Jewish identity over three generations of a family). (Zauberman's ealier film was IVAN AND ABRAHAM)

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 robert@webname.com Tel: (212) 595-3387 Fax: (212) 333-7891
TEXT: AWARDS-SCREENINGS: 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; the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival and others. 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.

August. A Moment Before The Eruption

TITLE: August. A moment before the Eruption
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Avi Mograbi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME:
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TEXT: Shown at the Berlinale, Berlin Intnl Film Festival, February 2002. Winner of an award. Filmmaker Avi Mograbi makes use of footage from August 2000, a month prior to the outbreak of Palestinian violence and uprising in the Fall 2000. It conveys aggression, fear, hate and tension in Israel, as well as violence. A lot of film consists of people asking Mograbi why he is filming and telling him to stop.

Mabul

TITLE: Mabul (The Flood)
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Guy Nattiv
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ ST
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TEXT: Shown at the Berlinale, Berlin Intnl Film Festival, February 2002. Winner of an award. A short film for young audiences. Stars Itay Shore and Tomer ben David. Written by Noa Berman Herzberg, Edited by Yuval Orr. All grads of Camera Obscura In Tel Aviv. A coming of age story. Yoni is age 13. He is coming of age, while his brother, Tomer, is mentally retarded and being left behind in growth.

THE SETTLERS

TITLE: THE SETTLERS
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Ruth Walik
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ ST
TIME: 60
SOURCE: First Run Features Marc Mauceri/Seymour Wishman 153 Waverly Place New York, NY 10014 212-243-0600 Fax: 212-989-7649
TEXT: Shown at the Berlinale, Berlin Intnl Film Festival, February 2002. Portrait of seven ardently Zionist settler families in Israel. THE SETTLERS focuses on women and children living in a tiny settlement of Orthodox Jews within the West Bank city of Hebron, protected by omnipresent Israeli soldiers. At one moment a mother appreciates the sounds of her daughter practicing piano, at another she complains that the view from her kitchen window is spoiled by the presence of Arabs.

THE 8TH DAY

TITLE: The 8TH DAY
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: keren Markuze
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: go to AboutThe8thDay.com Keren Markuze 323-791-5465. $30
TEXT: "The 8th Day" is about circumcision in the Jewish community. See the website for more information on the film. Keren writes, "my first vivid memory is my brother's circumcision. I was five. He - like most Jewish babies undergoing the ritual of brit mila - was eight days old. I remember being fascinated by the whole event. I don't remember thinking there was anything wrong with it. Thirteen years later, I went to work at the Jerusalem Post in Israel. There, I was assigned a story on the practice of female ritual genital surgery among the country's Bedouin tribes. I discovered a practice that most Israelis abhorred, and considered primitive and barbaric. I was hard pressed to disagree; though the circumcision performed on Bedouin women was an incision quite minor in severity compared to the clitorectomies done in other parts of the world. When I returned to my native Montreal to attend Concordia University, I became news editor at the school's student newspaper. For our annual special Women's Issue, I felt compelled to revisit female circumcision, more commonly referred to in North America as female genital mutilation. My research led me to several anti-circumcision organizations, most notably NOCIRC. The group is run primarily out of Northern California by Marilyn Milos. I spoke to Marilyn by telephone, and what she told me caught me completely off guard. Circumcision, she said, is wrong, whether it's perpetuated upon women or men. I was shocked. It was the first time anybody had ever said that to me. For me to hear that circumcising boys was a mutilation was a total blow to the religious foundation of my life - a religion I valued largely for its ethics and humanity. Since then, I have not been able to shake the notion that the most widely practiced Jewish tradition - perceived as the religion's most fundamental - may be questionable. It turns out I am not the only one who has been introduced to this way of thinking. Jewish parents across the U.S. and Canada are really struggling with circumcising their sons. Many are torn between their religious obligation and their parental instincts to protect their child from pain and harm. While many grapple with these conflicting pressures, few Jewish parents come out publicly with their doubts and concerns. In fact, few couples even tell their families and friends. The social and communal pressure to circumcise is enormous, and there is not much of a support system in place for those couples who don't want to do it. Most end up having a circumcision. The 8th Day is the journey of two Jewish couples who lost countless nights of sleep trying to make this decision. Neither is sure they did the right thing.

On Common Ground

TITLE: On Common Ground
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Benjamin Semanoff
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 12 min 30 sec
SOURCE: Top Hat Productions LLC, 5131 Barness Court, Doylestown, PA 18901 267-880-0396
TEXT: Michael Green is embarking on his first job interview. not sure who he is or who he wants to be. While recalling poignant, childhood memories that have made it difficult for him to embrace his Jewish identity, Michael also struggles to get through the interview and endure his mother's nagging to go on a family trip to visit his grandmother for Hanukkah. He has the right suit, the right tie and the right haircut, but isn't sure he has the right religion.

Blind Spot - Hitler's Secretary

TITLE: Blind Spot - Hitlers Secretary - Im Toten Winkel. Hitler's Sekretarin
YEAR: 2002
DIR/PROD: Andre Heller and Othmar Schmiderman
COUNTRY: Austria
LANGUAGE: German Deutsch with English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: Seen at Berlin Film Festival 2/2002 Acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for release in USA in Fall 2002
TEXT: The Blind spot is that spot that is blind to your vision. Some people fail to see evil. A 90 minute documentary consists of a 90 minute digest of 10 hours of monologue (no archival footage from the war) by 81 year old Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's private secretary from the Fall of 1942 to the end of the war (April 30, 1945, when Hitler killed himself). She was 22 years of age when she started the job. She was politically naïve, and like the rest of Germany saw Hitler as a great charismatic leader. She looked like Eva Braun, and Hitler hired her. She has total recall of events in the film. She paints a portrait of Hitler as a well groomed man filled with polite, Austrian charm - always pleasant to the women on his staff. "The word Jude was always avoided" The end of the film focuses on the last hours of Hitler as the Russian army approached. Cyanide tablets were distributed. Hitler tests it on his dog, and Magda Goebbels poisons her 6 children. After Hitler died, Junge felt abandoned by her "father." She came to hate him. Two days after the premier of this film in Berlin, Junge died of cancer in a Munich hospital, the last eyewitness to Hitler's final days. Won the Audience Award at Berlin Panorama

LOIN

TITLE: LOIN (far)
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Andee Techine
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
TIME:
SOURCE: Shown at Lincoln center Walter Reade Rendezvous with French Cinema series, March 2002
TEXT: a brooding drama over the course of 3 days, about an informal community of friends in Tangiers, Morocco, revolving around a young Moroccan Jew, Sarah, and her non-Jewish drug-trafficing lover, Serge. Sarah runs a small hotel with Said, who dreams of escaping to Europe (can Serge smuggle him to Spain?). Sarah's brother is a successful Jewish businessman in Canada, and like other Jews, she is planning to leave Morocco and emigrate to Canada. Tasmina Reza plays Sarah;s sister in law, who is visiting from canada in observance of shloshim for her dead mother. Techine is famous for "Wild Reeds" and "Alice and Martin."

GOD IS GREAT

TITLE: GOD IS GREAT
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Pascale Bailly
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
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SOURCE: Shown at Lincoln center Walter Reade Rendezvous with French Cinema series, March 2002
TEXT: A romantic comedy. Audrey Tatou, the perky, waif-like star of Amelie plays the role of a dumb model, who dozes during her Buddhist meditations. She falls in love with Francois, (the son of Holocaust survivors) a Jewish veterinarian, and starts the process of conversion to Judaism. Her deep study of Judaism is a shock to a secular Francois and his parents. Two thumbs up babe.

AMEN

TITLE: AMEN
YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Constantin Costa-Gavras
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TEXT: A criticism of Pope Pius XII (12) and the Vatican during WWII, especially in light of their knowledge of the use of poinon gas Zyklon B. The film has been denounced by the Archbishop of Paris and other Catholic leaders. Rene-Samuel Sirat, the former Chief Rabbi of France has denounced this film. The poster for the film in France has a swastika growing from a cross.

Taking Sides

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YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Istvan Szabo
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TEXT: Stars Harvey Keitel. A docu-drama. Harvey Keitel plays a US soldier in post war Germany as a member of the American occupation forces. He is interrogating the orchestra conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, a friend of Hitler and Goebbels, to determine whether the famous musician was a Nazi stooge or real committed Nazi.

L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin

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YEAR: 2001
DIR/PROD: Yale Strom
COUNTRY: USA
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TEXT: Documentary by Yale Strom (The Last Klezmer). A history of Birobidzhan, the red Plestine where the official language was Yiddish, the autonomous republic for Jews in the USSR. It was created by Stalin in 1926 as a way to send Jews far from Moscow, to eastern Siberia. The film states that Stalin hoped to exterminate the Jews, but he died in 1953 before his plan could take hold.

The Secret

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TEXT: a documentary about Jews in contemporary Poland who grew up with no knowledge that they were actually the children of Jews, who were saved and raised by Polish Catholics. One of those interviewed is now a priest. The filmmaker was an adoptee (and niece of David Opatashu) who knew nothing of her origins. Includes Yale Reisner and Rabbi Mordechai Shudrich.

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26. THE WEDDING DAY Milestone Film & Video PO Box 128 Harrington Park, NJ 07640 Phone: 201-767-3117 Fax: 201-767-3035 Combinations Documentary, Israel, video, Hebrew w/ English Subtitles Directed by Eran Livny Combinations tells the story of teenage immigrants who come to Israel from Ethiopia, Maroco, Russia and many other countries, living together in a boarding school in Jerusalem. The film follows their background, difficulties and successes in their new home. The Cross Inscribed in the Star of David Documentary, TVP S.A., Poland, 1997, video, 27 minutes, Polish w/ English subtitles Directed by Grzegorz Linkowski A compelling portrait of a man in search of his identity. On his 35th birthday, Father Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel, learned that he was a Jew saved from the Ghetto of Swieciany as an infant by a Christian woman. Now he must reconcile his Jewish roots with his life as an ordained Priest. Dad on the Run (Cours Toujours) Comedy, France, 2000, 35mm, 92 minutes French w/ English subtitles Directed by Dante Desarthe A screwball comedy that mixes humour with religious allegory. Jonas (Clément Sibony) and Paco (Isaac Sharry) are best friends and professional Bar-Mitzvah musicians. Jonas has just become a father. Although an Ashkenazi himself, in an attempt to please his Sephardic wife, he decides to follow a North African custom and bury his newborn son's foreskin three days after the bris. Tired and forgetful after a long Bar-Mitzvah gig, Jonas dashes out late at night to complete the task but fate and farce intervene. Drinkeleh Fresserkeh and the Angel's Foot Cake Animated, Canada, 2001, video, 5:30 minutes Yiddish w/ subtitles Directed by Sharon Katz Drinkeleh Fresserkeh decides to make a cake in the shape of an Angel's foot. The Angels take umbrage and the fun begins. Delightfully raucous modern Yiddish animation. The Dybbuk Drama, TVP S.A., Poland, 1999, Video, 90 minutes Polish w/ English subtitles Directed by Agnieszka Holland Set in turn-of-the-century rural Poland, this classic story - based on the play by Szymon An-Ski - retells the famous Chassidic folktale of a wandering soul in search of an earthly host. The wrath of the spiritual world is unleashed when a matrimonial promise binding a yeshiva student and a young woman is betrayed by the girl's father. Using the power of the Kabala, the ancient Jewish practice of mysticism, the student conspires to free his own soul from his body and inhabit the form of his beloved. Family Secret Documentary, USA, 2000, video, 58 minutes French and Romanian w/ English subtitles Directed by Pola Rapaport The film begins with the surprising discovery of an unknown brother - born in wartime Paris and raised in communist Romania while his sisters grew up in middle-class America, ignorant of their father's secret. Using black and white images, archival footage and video, the filmmaker assembles the pieces of her father's mysterious past. As she comes to know her foreign brother, we learn that the separation of time and distance often cannot overcome similarities in the looks and gestures, sense of humour and philosophies that relatives can share. Fighter Documentary, USA, 2000, 35mm, 91 min. Directed by Amir Bar-Lev Voted best documentary at this year's Newport International Film Festival. A psychological adventure unfolds as two friends, both Czech Jews persecuted by the Nazis, take a risky road trip into the past. Jan Weiner is a feisty 77-year-old who now lives in Massachusetts and still boxes despite his years. His travelling companion is Arnost Lustig, a professor and author who has decided to document his friend's life. Together they revisit scenes of humour and romance, of narrow escapes and deadly confrontations. But their journey home becomes a contentious clash of personalities that will ultimately take their friendship to the brink of collapse. Finbar Lebowitz Comedy, USA/Ireland, 2000, 35mm, 25 minutes A simple, Irish labourer falls for a sarcastic, Jewish girl from who is working in her Uncle's Dublin bookstore. In an effort to win her over, he decides to convert to Judaism. Hanele Drama, Czech Republic, 1999, 35mm, 85 minutes, Czech w/ English subtitles Directed by Karel Kachyna A tale of generational and ideological conflict set in an enclave of religious Jews in Sub-Carpathian Ukraine in the 1930's. Hanele rebels against her parent's religious rituals and customs and leaves for work in the big city. There she becomes involved in the growing Zionist movement and meets Ivo Karadzic, a secular Jew who has forsaken all spiritual belief. Soon, her unwillingness to return to the ways of her family threatens to split her home community. The latest film from acclaimed Czech film director Karel Kachyna (Loves Among Raindrops, Fany, The Cow) Isa Kremer: The People's Diva Documentary, USA, 2000, video, 56 minutes Directed by Nina Baker Feinberg and Ted Schillinger 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. 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. Israel Rocks! Documentary, Netherlands, 2000, video, 55 minutes Hebrew w/ English subtitles Directed by Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netz This new, award-winning film features some 20 singers, bands and choirs playing and singing in various styles: pop, rock, blues, folk and rap. Each one of the revealing songs in ISRAEL ROCKS! depicts the major problems and political complexities of life in Israel. Through listening to rocker Rabbi Tuvia Bolton who sings of the coming of the Messiah while Shalom Hanoch sings that the Messiah will never come, one can perceive the clash between religious and secular Jews. And through the songs of Palestinian pop singer Amal Murkus and the choir of the Jewish settlers in the Golan Heights, one can sense the struggle between the Israelis and Palestinians. Among other featured performers are: The Choir of The Disabled Army, Yemenite singer Marglit Tzanani, Absolut, a band made up of recent Russian immigrants, and world-famous singer Noa with her song "Homemade Religion." Jazzman from the Gulag Documentary, France/Netherlands, 1999, 58 minutes English & Russian w/ subtitles Directed by Pierre-Henry Salfati This fascinating documentary retraces the life of the man nicknamed the "White Louis Armstrong" by Armstrong himself. Born Adolph Rosner in Poland, Eddie was a child prodigy in violin. Despite his classical training, he felt a strong affinity for American jazz, and eventually joined the famous German band, the Weintraubs Syncopators. When the Nazi's came to power, Jazz was declared "degenerate" and Rosner fled eastward to the Soviet Union. He was initially praised and enjoyed great popularity touring extensively in support of the war effort. But after the war, Stalin turned against all western influence; Rosner was accused of "rootless cosmopolitanism" and exiled to Siberia. The film utilizes rare documents and archival footage, and interviews with many of Rosner's contemporaries. Key from Spain: Songs and Stories of Flory Jagoda Documentary, USA, 2000, video, 40 minutes Directed by Ankica Petrovic and Mischa Livingstone According to legend, when the Jews were expelled from Spain in 1492, they took with them the keys to their homes and synagogues hoping that some day they would return. They never did, but their Spanish cultural heritage remained a powerful influence in their lives. In this uplifting tale of survival and continuity, acclaimed Sephardic folksinger, Flory Jagoda, tells her story and sings songs both old and new in Ladino, the tongue of her ancestors. Flory grew up on the outskirts of Sarajevo, Bosnia. Under the threat of Nazi persecution, she fled to the United States. Single-handedly she has revived the nearly forgotten musical traditions of her childhood. Kippur Drama, Israel/France, 35mm, 120 minutes Hebrew w/ English subtitles Directed by Amos Gitai October 6, 1973. It is Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. When war suddenly breaks out, Weintraub picks up his friend Ruso, and the two head off in a little Fiat sedan towards the front to meet their unit. Despite traffic jams and detours they finally arrive but their group is nowhere to be found. Eventually, they end up in a helicopter first aid unit assigned to retrieve wounded and shot down pilots. With Kippur, Gitai (Kadosh) has created a bloody and relentless anti-war film based on his own experiences as a veteran of the Yom Kippur War. The images are hyper-realistic, both during the at scenes, and the moments of frustration and tedium faced by the young, inexperienced soldiers. An astonishing and gritty film. The Last Jewish Town Documentary, Israel, 2000, video, 37 minutes Directed by Gil Lesnik At the beginning of the 18th century, the "mountain Jews" of north Azerbaijan were given a portion of land to run their lives according to Jewish tradition, without interference. Today, their descendants, numbering around 6000, live according to Sephardi tradition in the town of Kresnia Sloboda. The film vividly and poignantly captures their vanishing way of life. Lisa Drama, France, 2000, 35mm, 109 minutes French w/ English subtitles Directed by Pierre Grimblat Sam, a Parisian filmmaker, wants to make a documentary on Sylvain Marceau, a reckless, womanizing young actor who mysteriously vanished during the German occupation of France 50 years earlier. Incredibly, he tracks down Lisa Maurin, whom he discovers was involved with Marceau before his disappearance. She's reluctant at first, but as she comes to trust Sam, she begins to share an incredible adventure and love affair of her youth. As the story unfolds, Sam discovers some startling similarities between himself and Lisa's Sylvain. Make Me a Match Documentary, USA, video, 76 minutes Directed by Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell Filled with hope and humour, trials and tribulations, this entertaining documentary captures the passion of Jewish singles looking for a match in today's America and the extent to which they will go to find a "catch." From Morristown, New Jersey to Crown Heights, Brooklyn to Dallas, Texas to San Diego, California, the film introduces viewers to diverse styles of matchmaking. Witness a rabbi and rebbetzin's probing questions as they interview prospective clients the "old style" (but with a laptop); sit-in on a round table session with 24-enthusiastic suburban matchmakers as they ponder the dating lives of their clients; see how singles are searching and finding their Jewish better halves over the Internet. A film that brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "Have I got a nice Jewish boy/girl for you!" Minyan In Kaifeng Documentary, USA, 2001, video, 70 minutes Written and Directed by Steven Calcote & Jonathan Shulman Narrated by Leonard Nimoy The last Rabbi of Kaifeng, China died well over a century ago. Now a group of modern Jewish expatriates seeks the remains of the ancient Jewish community that thrived there for hundreds of years. But, an unexpected gathering with the last descendants of the Kaifeng Jews transforms a celebration of Shabbat into an historical event. The arguments on identity and Diaspora that follow lead the Minyan to realize that their questions about the Jews of Kaifeng are also questions about themselves, and that these important questions have no easy answers. Najeeb: A Persian Girl in America Documentary, USA, 2000, video, 28 minutes English and Persian w/ English subtitles Directed by Tanaz Eshaghian "Najeeb" is a humorous narrative documentary about one young woman's conflict with her traditional Iranian-Jewish family's determination to get her married...now that she's almost over the hill at 25! The New Klezmorim Documentary, Canada, 2000, 70 minutes Directed by David Kaufman A behind-the-scenes look at the 1998 KlezKanada Festival, a phenomenal gathering of international Klezmer musicians and singers. This engaging documentary features stellar performances and insightful interviews with some of the leading exponents of Yiddish music today: Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling and Stuart Brotman (Brave Old World); Hankus Netsky (Klezmer Conservatory Band); Bruce Adler; Adrienne Cooper; Deborah Strauss; Jeff Warschauer and Josh Waletzky. One Day Crossing Drama, USA, 1999, 16mm, 25 minutes Hungarian w/ English subtitles Directed by Joan Stein Budapest, October 1944. As the Hungarian Nazi movement Arrow Cross grows stronger, a young Jewish couple poses as Christians to protect their son. Play for Me Documentary, USA, 2001, video, 28 minutes English and Russian w/ English subtitles. Directed by Jeremy Macey "Play for Me" (or "Shpilt Mir" in Yiddish), focuses on a recent Klezmer Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia, to tell the story of the revival of Jewish folk music in the former Soviet Union. It includes interviews with and performances by the leading Jewish musicians in the region, as well as two Western musicians brought in as teachers. Pola's March Documentary, USA, 2001, video, 70 minutes Directed by Jonathan Gruber An inspirational documentary chronicling the emotional journey of Holocaust survivor Pola Susswein. Pola travels from Israel to Poland with 200 teenage students on the 'March of the Living' program, recounting the most intense experience of her life for the first time in fifty years. As the group visits Warsaw, Lublin and Krakow, as well as several notorious death camps, Pola struggles to relate and examine her past with extraordinary honesty, optimism and humility. Archival concentration camp footage is not used; rather the film relies on contemporary scenes for its emotional power. Pola's March is a film about one woman's triumph over her past, and a unique and compelling portrait of a survivor today. The Purimspiel Drama, Poland, 2000, video, 57 minutes, Polish w/ English subtitles Directed by Izabella Cywinska A dark satire about mistaken identity and stereotypes. The story revolves around a poor but proud labourer in Lodz, Poland. He loves his Polish identity and makes anti-Semitic assertions proudly. His son belittles anyone different from himself. His supportive wife remains silent. One day, however, he learns a secret that turns his world upside down; there is a fortune to be inherited from a distant relative waiting for him in America, but first he must return to his roots. Simon Magus Drama, Great Britain, 1998, 35mm, 105 minutes Directed by Ben Hopkins Starring Noah Taylor (Shine), Ian Holm, Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) A fantastic, magical tale of a community and a character in crisis. Simon (Noah Taylor) lives in an isolated Jewish shtetle somewhere in central Europe during the nineteenth century. Disheveled and slightly mad, he's blamed for all the troubles that plague the community. Easily manipulated and beset by visions of the devil, he finds himself caught up in a conflict over ownership of a railway station that will affect both the shtetle and the nearby non- Jewish village. Hopkins brilliantly blends conflict and strife with a love story and social commentary. Still (Stille) Documentary, Canada, 2001, video, 25 minutes Directed by Wendy Oberlander Still (Stille) looks back to the world of assimilated European Jews during the 1930s. Sixty years after the exile, Wendy Oberlander returned with her mother to Berlin - only to find the dissonance of her family's diaspora playing in real time. Still (Stille) transforms a collection of archival footage into an indelible montage of faces, piecing together the filmmaker's inheritance from her mother's story. Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness Documentary, USA, video, 102 minutes Directed by Robert Kirk The Vancouver premiere of a remarkable, new feature-length documentary on Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara. As a Japanese Consul in Lithuania, Sugihara risked his career and even his life by disobeying orders and writing exit visas for desperate Jewish families running from the approaching Nazi army. Incredibly, he single-handedly saved over 6000 Jews. The filmmakers achieved unprecedented access to Sugihara's family and their personal films, photos and papers, to create the definitive telling of this moving and inspirational story. The film also chronicles the fascinating relationship between the Japanese and the Jews during the 1930's and 40's. See also Visas and Virtue, 1998 Vancouver Jewish Film Festival Timbrels & Torahs: Celebrating Women's Wisdom Documentary, USA, 2000, video, 36 minutes Directed and produced by Miriam Chaya and Judith Montell A groundbreaking film documenting Simchat Hochmah - a new rite of passage for women marking the journey from midlife to the elder years. Follow the stories of three women as they enter a new stage of life and redefine themselves in the Simchat Hochmah ceremony. With pride they celebrate the aging process, their personal spiritual journey and the wisdom they have gained from living. The film features music by Debbie Friedman and interviews with noted scholar and author Savina Teubal, creator of the ritual, Blu Greenberg, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell and author Marcia Cohn Spiegel. The Travellers:This Land Is Your Land Documentary, Canada, 2001, video, 75 minutes Directed by Robert Cohen The popular folk group, The Travellers, have been together in one form or another since 1952. The founding members, Jerry Goodis, Sid Dolgay, Jerry Gray and his sister Helen, were originally singers in the United Jewish Peoples Order (UJPO). With prodding from folk icon Pete Seeger, they made their debut as The Travellers at the Chelsea Club in Toronto in 1954. By 1957, they were appearing on CBC Television and had recorded their first album, 'Across Canada With The Travellers' which featured their signature song, a Canadian version of a Woodie Guthrie tune, "This Land is Your Land." The Travellers made groundbreaking impact on Canada's popular culture of the 1950's and 60's. Their rise from poor Jewish communist activists to Canadian musical ambassadors to the world has remained a hidden gem - until now. Untying The Bonds: Jewish Divorce Documentary, Canada, video, 40 minutes By denying a "get" (Jewish divorce) a vindictive husband can effectively prevent his estranged wife from remarrying within the Jewish community. Although it can be argued that it was intended to provide a reasonable means of separation and renewal after divorce, in reality the halakhic (Jewish legal) system can also provide men with a means to subject a woman to emotional blackmail and marital limbo. Although not common, these incidents have been rising in number and have given impetus to a number of organizations in Canada and the US which provide support to agunot (women denied a Jewish divorce) and lobby for change. The film features and was written by Dr. Norma Baumel Joseph, who also consulted on the documentary, Half the Kingdom. Vulcan Junction Drama, Israel, 1999, 35mm, 98 minutes Hebrew w/ English subtitles Directed by Eran Riklis A perceptive human drama from by the director of Zohar and Cup Final. Michael and Danny lead a rock band called the Genetic Code. They aspire to greatness, but play at the local pub owned by Jimmy Smith, a burned out ex-American. Avi hopes to play for the Ajax soccer team in Amsterdam. Dalia, his ambitious and bright girlfriend must choose between family and a career as journalist at a left wing newspaper. Vulcan Junction is a nostalgic trip back in time to the days just prior to the Yom Kippur war. The soundtrack features some of the best of 70's classic rock including Deep Purple, The Animals, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and The Zombies. Wanderings: Postcards from the Diaspora Documentary, Canada, 2001, video, 52 minutes Directed by Nikila Cole "Wanderings" follows the travels of Vancouver filmmaker Nikila Cole and her 13-yr. old daughter Sarah, as they explore the remaining trails of 4,000 years of Jewish settlements throughout the Diaspora. Jewish communities in Asia, North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Spain and India are visited in a kind of travelling 'Bat Mitzvah.' The film provides entertaining and compelling insights into Jewish life around the world, and conveys a personal journey between mother and daughter

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