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The Time That Remains

TITLE: The Time That Remains
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Elia Suleiman
COUNTRY: Palestinian Territoy
LANGUAGE: Arabic with English ST
TIME:
SOURCE: Cannes 2009
TEXT: Suleiman won at Canne for Divine Intervention (2002) and at Venice for Chricle of a Disappearance (1996). In this 2009 film, he evokes Tati and Keaton. It is based on his family's story and is based on his father's diaries and his mother's letters to her family dating back to 1948 and the creation of Israel. It looks at the daily life of a Palestinian family. This family remains on its land. They are insiders and outsiders and present and absent all at the same time.

Yoo-hoo Mrs. Goldberg

TITLE: Yoo hoo Mrs. Goldberg
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Aviva Kempner
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: MollyGoldbergFilm.org
TEXT: Before The Cosby Show, The Jeffersons, Good Times, or even I Love Lucy, there was The Goldbergs. Yet most likely you have never heard of this show. From 1929 until 1955 The Goldbergs was one of the most popular shows on radio and television. At the center of the show was Gertrude Berg, or as most of the country knew her Molly Goldberg. Each week Molly would come into our homes dispensing advice with exasperation love and wisdom while nurturing her family. From the award-winning producer and director of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and producer of Partisans of Vilna, comes a new documentary on America's favorite radio and television personality. Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg is a ninety-minute documentary on an American Jewish heroine who emerged during the most difficult years for American Jews.

Then She Found Me

TITLE: Then She Found Me
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Helen Hunt
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: THINKfilm USA
TEXT: Based on the novel by Eleanor Lipman. Deeply religious April Epner, a 39-year-old Brooklyn elementary school teacher, finds her life derailed by a series of events over which she has no control. Her husband Ben abruptly leaves her, her abrasive adopted mother Trudy passes away the following day, and shortly after she is contacted by Alan, a representative of Bernice Graves, the flamboyant host of a local talk show, who introduces herself as her biological mother. Although intrigued by Bernice's claim she was fathered by Steve McQueen, April initially resists her efforts to forge a relationship. At the same time, she finds herself attracted to Frank, the divorced father of one of her students, as the two get to know each other via lengthy telephone conversations. For their first date he escorts her to a party at Bernice's apartment. Complications arise when April discovers she is pregnant, the result of a quick and clumsy coupling with Ben on the kitchen floor just before he left her. April has longed to have a child all her life and is delighted with the news, but is confused and upset by Ben's sudden return, Frank's hasty departure, and Bernice's insistent attempts to create a bond between them. Not helping the situation is the discovery Bernice voluntarily put her up for adoption a full year after her birth and not three days later at the urging of her parents, according to the scenario she initially presented. When April's miscarries, her brother Freddy tries to counsel her, but ultimately she must rely on her deep-rooted faith to deal with the betrayals she has suffered not only at the hands of those she trusted but by the God she worships as well. Stars Helen Hunt Colin Firth Bette Midler Matthew Broderick Ben Shenkman Salman Rushdie John Benjamin Hickey and Alan Lynn Cohen

Being Jewish In France / Comme Un Juif en France

TITLE: Being Jewish In France
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Yves Jeuland / Michel Rotman, Marie Helene Ranc
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 185
SOURCE: KUIV
TEXT: With: Robert Badinter, Elie Barnavi, Jean Benguigui, Paul Bernard, Rachel Cohen, Daniel Farhi, Bruno Fiszon, Raphael Drai. Narrator: Mathieu Amalric. Ambitious three-hour-plus documentary "Being Jewish in France" traces Jews' stormy history in the nation, from their warm acceptance as citizens under Napoleon to their current status as quasi-pariahs. Made for French TV, the film mainly concerns the Holocaust and the rampant revisionism that succeeded it. Aptly named director Yves Jeuland links the anti-Semitism surrounding the trumped-up treason conviction of Capt. Alfred Dreyfus to France's pro-Nazi Vichy government some 40 years later. Docu excels in examining the popularity of Vichy leader Marechal Petain and the proactive role of French police in rounding up Jews for deportation, an enthusiasm matched by the fervor with which that role was later denied (even forcing director Alain Resnais to excise a policeman from his concentration camp study, "Night and Fog"). But the docu walks on eggshells once Israel enters the picture, sidestepping discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict except as a nettlesome complication to Jewish identity.

Bruno

TITLE: Bruno
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD:
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME:
SOURCE: Universal
TEXT: Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary "Bruno" is his second mockumentary feature stateside to focus on one of the comedian's characters from his HBO skein "Da Ali G Show" after 2006's "Borat." Where "Borat" followed the American travels of a bumbling TV Reporter from Kazakhstan, "Bruno" centers on Baron Cohen's gay fashionista personality who tries to make a name for himself in Hollywood. Bruno travels to Israel where a former Mossad-nik and Palestinian minister face off with him and he confuses Hamas with Hummus and they try to explain the difference to him. He also gets chased in Jerusalem for ridiculing haredi clothing. Produced and financed by Media Capital Rights, Universal acquired the distribution rights to "Bruno" for $42.5 million in the U.S. and select overseas markets.

Ajami

TITLE: Ajami
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani / Mosh Danon, Thanassis Karathanos
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 120
SOURCE: Inosan Productions LTD., Tel Aviv
TEXT: With: Shahir Kabaha, Ibrahim Frege, Fouad Habash, Youssef Sahwani, Ranin Karim, Eran Naim. Festivals: Cannes (Caméra d'or - Special Mention). Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Back and forth in time, and through the eyes of various characters, we witness how impossible the situation actually is.... Sensitive thirteen-year-old Nasri and his older brother Omar live in fear after their uncle foolishly wounds a prominent clan member. Naive young Palestinian refugee Malek works illegally in Israel to help finance the surgery that will save his mother's life. Affluent Palestinian Binj dreams of a bright future with his Jewish girlfriend. Jewish policeman Dando and his family undergo a frustrating search for his missing younger brother, a soldier. The tragic fragility of human existence is experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami, where enemies must live as neighbors. No location better expresses the dramatic collision of different worlds.

Eyes Wide Open / Eynayim PekuHot

TITLE: Eyes Wide Open
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Haim Tabakman / Merav Doster, Rafael Katz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 90minutes
SOURCE: Pimpa Film Productions, Ltd., Tel Aviv Pimpa Film Productions Rafael Katz Allenby 14 Tel Aviv 63301, Israel Tel.: 972-775-510-212 info@pimpafilms.com
TEXT: With Zohar Strauss, Ran Danker, Tinkerbell, Tzahi Grad, Isaac Sharry, Avi Grayinik. Festivals: Cannes, Jerusalem. Aharon is an ultra-Orthodox butcher in his thirties, married to Rivka and father of four boys. He owns a family franchise butcher shop in one of Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods. All his life he has turned the impure and the base into the kosher and worthy, with the confident cut of the knife. Ezri, a young ultra-Orthodox man with a secret, comes to the place and convinces Aharon to give him a job and a place to stay. While he teaches Ezri the ins and outs of the profession, something from Aharon's repressed past emerges. Aharon and Ezri desire one another (as in gay feelings for each other). Aharon accepts that everything is part of the divine plan and that approaching temptation, without giving into it, is their mission. The discovery brings about a religious awakening in Aharon, and with it, a vitality that had been extinguished for a long time. But the experience is addictive and eventually he begins breaking taboos and toppling the walls of the world around him. Aharon faces conflict with his family, which risks falling apart, and with his close-knit, supportive, and loyal society, which turns its back on anyone who tries to leave the consensus. In danger of being ostracized, his relationship with Ezri becomes a powerful inner strength that pushes him to continue his path.

Jaffa

TITLE: Jaffa
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Keren Yedaya / Marek Rozenbaum, Jerôme Bleitrach, Emmanuel Agneray, Benny Drechsel, Karsten Stoeter
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Transfax, Tel Aviv Transfax Film Production Yegia Kapayim 3 Tel Aviv, Israel Tel.: 972-3-687-1202 sales@transfax.co.il OR Rezo World Sales 29 rue du Faubourg Poissonniere Paris 75009 France Phone: +33 1-42-46-46-30 Fax: +33 1-42-46-40-82
TEXT: With: Dana Ivgi, Moni Moshonov, Ronit Elkabetz, Mahmood Shalaby, Roy Asaf Festivals: Cannes and Jerusalem. Twenty-year-old Mali lives with her family in Jaffa where they own a garage. Mali, her father, and brother work there. For many years, Hassan and his son Tauffik have worked for them. The relationship between the families seems good, but underneath the surface, feelings are different: racism, hatred, and jealousy abound. Inside the crowded garage, inside this alleged melting pot, Mali and Tauffik fall in love...a love story which began in their youth, has burst open and develops into a very secret love affair. While they dream of their future, they know that if their families are to discover the affair, it would also be the end. Until a month ago, they didn't have to deal with reality and the future but everything changes when Mali finds out she is pregnant. Now, they plan to elope to Cyprus. Mali and Tauffik are determined to have a family of their own, but on the morning of the flight, everything changes.

Lebanon

TITLE: Lebanon
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Samuel Maoz / Moshe & Leon Edery, Uri Sabag, Einat Bickel, David Silber, Benjamina Mirnik, Ilann Girard
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 92
SOURCE: Metro Communications, Tel Aviv
TEXT: Set inside an Israeli tank. The First Lebanon War - June, 1982. A lone tank and a paratrooper's platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town that has already been bombarded by the Israel Air Force. It's a quick and easy job - maybe three hours at most. But matters get complicated. This seemingly simple mission spirals out of control and becomes a death trap, a shivering nightmare. The film's heroes are the tank crew: Shmuel the gunner, Assi the commander, Herzl the loader, and Yigal the driver - four boys aged twenty-plus who are operating a killing machine. They are not fighters, eager for battle or self-sacrifice. Motivated by fear and their instinct for survival, they find themselves in a situation they cannot contain, coping with impossible conflicts and desperately trying not to lose their way amid the chaos of war. Lebanon is a personal film about four boys who were never involved in anything violent before and found themselves killing people. A film about survival against a palpable threat of death, a situation in which the conflict between basic instincts and human consciousness claims its victims.
Winner at the Venice Film Festival
At Toronto, Entertainment Weekly magazine said, "It's like DAS BOOT set in a dingy subway bathrrom." But what the Hell does Owen Glieberman know?

MRS. MOSCOWITZ & THE CATS

TITLE: MRS. MOSCOWITZ & THE CATS
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Jorge Gurvich / Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Jorge Gurvich
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 83
SOURCE: LamaFilms.com or http://www.israelifilms.co.il/40420/Mrs--Moscovitch---the-Cats
TEXT: With: Moni Moshonov, Rita Zohar, Tiki Dayan, Idit Teperson, Shulamit Adar When Yolanda Moscowitz, a retired French teacher, wakes up in a hospital geriatric ward, she is convinced there must be some mistake. She wants to go home immediately. But the titanium plate in her hip confines her to a wheelchair and to a lengthy convalescence. Nonetheless, Yolanda discovers a new life: she develops a close relationship with Allegra, the solitary woman with whom she shares a room; she confronts Rosie, the head nurse; and when she meets Shaul, a former football player, emotions surface that she thought had vanished from her life for good. Like a young woman in love, she does anything to captivate the charming Shaul. When the time comes for her to return home, it's the last thing she wants to do. However, she has no choice and is forced to return to her life of loneliness, with its French TV game shows and the cats that wail under her window all night long. Just as she's about to renounce her possessions to win over the friendship of a caregiver, there's a knock at her door.

The Loners

TITLE: The Loners
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Renen Schorr / Assaf Amir
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Russian with English ST
TIME: 92
SOURCE: Norma Productions, Tel Aviv Norma Productions Levontin 18 Tel Aviv 65112, Israel Tel.: 972-3-560-9311 Fax: 972-3-560-9443 info@norma.co.il
TEXT: Music by Shem-Tov Levy, Stars Sasha Agrounov, Anton (klin) Ostrovsky, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Zisman-Cohen, Henry David. They are all alone, two Russian speaking immigrants. And if that weren't enough, they've been accused of treason. Even though they plead "Not Guilty" and demand a retrial, no one pays heed to their requests. But Glory and Sasha, the two Golani soldiers-turned-inmates, won't come to terms with the humiliation. After losing their basic rights, they find themselves at a point with nothing left to lose. Glory draws his friend into a hopeless rebellion, opposing the violence they suffer and demanding justice. Within 36 hours, the two patriotic soldiers become the public's greatest enemy. Senior officers and special anti-terrorist units swarm the prison in an attempt to terminate the embarrassing uprising; in this battle pitting Jews against Jews, individuals against an oblivious system, there are no red lines. This new feature film by Renen Schorr (Late Summer Blues), brings the fierce story of two individuals who stand up to an alienating system, exposing the hidden sides of two young immigrants whose true wish is to belong, to be Israeli. The Loners was inspired by true events that took place in a military prison in northern Israel, in 1997. Note to file: What is up with Renen Schorr. Late Summer Blues was about the guy who leaves rather than serve in the IDF, and now this is about what the IDF can do to your individual. A pattern?

Across The River

TITLE: Across The River
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Duki Dror / Yael Shavit, Duki Dror
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Amharic and Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 70
SOURCE: Hedva Goldschmidt, Go2Film, Jerusalem Hedva Goldschmidt Go2 Films Distribution & Marketing Issar Natanzon 37/8 Jerusalem 97787 Israel Tel.: 972-2-5831371 Fax.: 972-2-5835450 go2films@bezeqint.net www.go2films.com
TEXT: Documentary. Moshe Rachamim carries a great burden upon his shoulders. For years he has been explaining and preaching, and yet, the pervasive HIV virus keeps killing in the Ethiopian community. Against the "silencing" policy of the Public Health Authority and the denial of his own community, Moshe sets out on a mission to expose the disease and stop it from spreading. As no HIV positive is willing to stand out publicly, Moshe goes back to his native Ethiopia, seeking for help and answers. He finds thousands of Ethiopians who have been uprooted from their villages, waiting for years in compounds in the city of Gondar. They are waiting to immigrate to Israel, but their future is threatened by the virus and by the indecisions regarding their status. How could all this have happened? This is not what Moshe had dreamed of, when he crossed the river alone and left his village. A journey back to his isolated village reveals a story about a curious young man, who marked the way to the exodus of the Ethiopian Jews, and now, 39 years later, feels he must save his community.

As Lilith

TITLE: As Lilith
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Eytan Harris
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 77
SOURCE: Eytan Harris Productions Ltd., Zikhron Ya'akov harris@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Documentary. Just after she finds her 14-year-old daughter hanging from a tree, Lilith announces that she wants the body to be cremated. Shortly after, Yehuda Meshi Zahav, the leader of Zaka, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish Disaster Victim Identification Unit, gathers his devotees and declares war on the mother. A grotesque and limitless struggle ensues: the mother wants to cremate the body and the religious people want to bury her in a Jewish ceremony. No one really cares why she committed suicide.... Lilith, a large disheveled woman in her 60s, is no ordinary woman; she claims she belongs to the ancient Atlantis tribe. The Zaka members hire the best lawyers, recruit volunteers, and use every possible means to foil the mother's plan. All takes place in the tiny provincial town of Zikhron Yaacov. From her dilapidated home in the middle of the wealthy town, Lilith and her son fight the battle on their own. A gallery of eccentric and strange characters gathers in this absurdist theatre. Conspiracy, intrigue, and black humor all come together in a story with unexpected twists and turns, reaching the highest levels of absurdity and bizarreness.

Clementine

TITLE: Clementine
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Tal Haim Yoffe
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 48
SOURCE: One man Film, Ramat Gan One Man Films Hapodim 33 Ramat Gan 52566, Israel Tel.: 972-548-188-853
TEXT: Documentray. Director Tal Haim Yoffe discovers that his wife is pregnant with their eldest daughter. Two days later, he is informed that his last living grandmother has cancer. From that moment on, Yoffe follows the pregnancy and, concurrently, the progression of his grandmother's illness, hoping that she will live long enough to see the baby. At the same time, Yoffe embarks on a journey through his memory, trying to preserve the family tales and telling the unborn child of the family members that she will not get to meet. He slowly reveals a family whose story is, to a great extent, the story of the State: pogroms in Russia, second immigration pioneers, the "Tower and Stockade" settlements, Orde Wingate's night brigades, the Jewish Brigade, the Palmach, illegal immigration, expulsion to Cyprus, the bitter battles of the Yom Kippur War, and more. The film goes back and forth in time, from the pregnancy to the grandmother, to the early 20th century, to the War of Independence, and back again. It is an associative journey made up of dozens of images and pieces. The baby to be born will complete the puzzle.

Closure

TITLE: Closure
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Anat Even
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50
SOURCE: Anat Even, Tel Aviv Anat Even Amzaleg 18 Tel Aviv 65148, Israel Tel.: 972-3-516-3206 Cell: 972-52-249-2307 Fax: 972-3-516-5623 anateven@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Documentary. A window overlooking a courtyard. Behind the window - the sister; down in the courtyard - the brother. Each has his or her own family, together, they make one family. The story begins with the sudden death of the brother, Udi. From her studio window, the sister looks out into the courtyard of the shared house. Udi tended to a lush garden and built a studio for himself there. He was a potter and sculptor. The sister presses against the window and looks out onto the courtyard, onto her family, onto the studio where he worked and the garden he tended, onto the historical Chelouche Bridge, where daily guided tours come, and onto the massive tower that has been built, overshadowing the neighborhood. One day, the courtyard is condemned to be destroyed. She continues to film the destruction and the ensuing construction-stage after stage-until the landscape completely disappears.

Diplomat

TITLE: Diplomat
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Dana Goren / Eilon Ratzkovsky, Yossi Uzrad, Kobi Gal-Raday, Guy Jacoel, Noa Lifshitz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Russian w/ Hebrew and English ST
TIME: 80
SOURCE: July August Productions Ha'amal 22 Ramat Gan 52572, Israel Tel: 972-3-510-0223 Fax: 972-3-510-0184 noy.orna@gmail.com
TEXT: Documentary. A luxurious hotel turned absorption center, a place where time has come to a standstill. Eight floors, 700 rooms, long corridors, a reception office, a club, green lawns and the vestiges of a pool. This is the story of a group of veteran immigrants of the former Soviet Union, all residing at the Diplomat Hotel in Jerusalem. These people, who came to Israel in search of a new home, found themselves permanently living in a hotel. The hotel's exterior - a large building surrounded by green lawns - tells nothing about its interior. Yet once one enters the building, one is overcome by the sensation this is a place frozen in time. The world revealed on the hotel's crowded interiors is a self-enclosed community - a world of immigrants who have not been integrated into Israeli society: Soviet war heroes, musicians, teachers, and lonely students all living under the same roof. This is the story of the Diplomat Hotel's residents, living among us as strangers.

Fireflies

TITLE: Fireflies
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Gili Meisler / Iris & Gili Meisler
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 82
SOURCE: meisler.com (givataim)
TEXT: www.fireflies.co.il Documentary. Gili Meisler has searched twice for his brother Giora, a Yom Kippur War MIA. First with his family, during the War, and ten years later, in the Far East, on a personal inner journey. Now, Gili departs on a third journey to heal from his past traumatic quests. Fireflies is a story that has waited over twenty years to be told. The movie is comprised of three quests during three different time periods. The first, between 1973 and 1975, begins with the mysterious disappearance of Giora Meisler. The second, between 1984 and 1985, takes place when Gili embarks on his first journey to the Far East and finds himself searching for Giora. This is a deceptive journey into Gili's consciousness, which he feels compelled to take in the hopes or retrieving Giora. The third time period begins in 2005 and continues into the present. Gili, the sole survivor of his family, embarks on a journey during which he completes the two other stories and finds that their endings are missing. Gili reenacts his first quest with a camera and attempts to understand what really happened to him twenty years earlier.

Paris Retour

TITLE: Paris Retour
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Yossi Aviram / Noemi Schory, Itay Ken-Tor
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, Italian, French with English ST
TIME: 80
SOURCE: Belfilms Ltd., Tel Aviv Belfilms Ben Avigdor 20 Tel Aviv 67218, Israel Tel.: 972-3-624-0780 Fax: 972-3-624-0781 belfilms@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Documentary. Reuven Vardi wants to go back to Israel, the country he left over 50 years ago. He is 75 years old, recently retired, and he feels that in Paris, he has almost nothing but Pierre Luigi. When I entered their apartment during my last visit, I immediately noticed that the old chairs were gone. "I'm selling them," said Reuven. "I do not need chairs left behind me when I go to heaven." Clearly, it involved more than just selling the chairs. I felt that something was going to change dramatically. Pierre Luigi is 10 years younger than Reuven. For him, Israel is not an option and he is fighting Reuven's pessimism and sadness. Chairs is an intimate portrait of Reuven and Pierre Luigi, during a moment which reflects their life story and destiny.

Partly Private

TITLE: Partly Private
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Danae Elon / Arik Bernstein, Paul Cadieux, Ina Fichman
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, English, Italian, Arabic, and Turkish and English ST
TIME: 84
SOURCE: www.partlyprivate-thefilm.com
TEXT: Documentary. No decision made about a newborn son is as consequential and irreversible as the one taken by parents around the world, often without second thought: What to do about that pesky foreskin? For filmmaker Danae Elon, who grew up in Israel as a secular Jew, the entire ritual of circumcision is ridiculous. But her partner, Phillip, comes from a traditional French/Algerian Jewish family and believes wholeheartedly in the tradition of the bris. So what else is a documentary filmmaker to do but explore the issue on the big screen? Intimately exposing her personal experience to the world, Elon takes a witty approach to a complicated and serious subject, turning Partly Private into an entertaining film that is as much about family as the subject of circumcision. Traveling around the world during her pregnancy, she examines how people from other cultures feel about what she considers an absurd and outdated ritual. And yet Elon never allows the film to become overly preachy about one side of the debate. Partly Private provides an ironic and clever look at a topic to which most new parents may never give enough thought.

Perpetual Rehearsal

TITLE: Perpetual Rehearsal
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Herz Frank / Suzanna Zilenski, Herz Frank
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Russian w/ English ST
TIME: 102
SOURCE: Studio EFEF/ FRANKFILM, Latvia Studio EFEF/ FRANKFILM Praulienas 10-42 Riga LV1021, Latvia Tel.: 371-671-761-97 herzfrank@yahoo.com
TEXT: Documentary. In 1991, Moscow director Evgeny Arye and a handful of immigrants from the Soviet Union founded a new theatre in Israel named GESHER, bridge in Hebrew-a bridge between people, between cultures. I happened to witness the birth of GESHER, filming the rehearsals of some of its most remarkable productions: Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Lower Depths, The Master and Margarita, and others (in Israel, Russia. USA, Poland, Latvia....). The film's protagonist, Evgeny Arye, has lived on the screen for ten years of his life, 1994-2004. Every art form has its own language. Perpetual Rehearsal is an amalgam of both theatre and documentary cinema. But this film is not just about theatre-it is about Man in art. The film's tagline/epigraph is: "Is not all Art but a rehearsal for the transformation of a Man himself into Art... upon the stage of the Universe?" (V. Petrov-Vodkin. 1923) (The film was created using an amateur camera.)

Queen of Jerusalem

TITLE: Queen of Jerusalem
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Dani Dothan, Dalia Mevorach
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 75
SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjmfHKntzQ8 Elil Communications Ltd.
TEXT: Documentary "When I was a little boy I thought my mother was a queen. She had a dazzling smile, a cold glance, and a commanding tone of voice that told me she was a queen. At night, before bed, she would bounce me on her lap and sing "Hoppe Hoppe Reiter," a cruel, ancient German children's song." Professor Trude Dothan, 86, is the first lady of Israeli archeology. She is an Israel Prize laureate and an international expert on the Philistines. Her son, musician, writer, and filmmaker Dani Dothan, decides it is time to 'excavate' his mother's energetic life. But then she falls and is housebound for the first time in her life. Dani returns home and discovers a life that his mother kept hidden from him. Trude catalogs objects, drawings, even death masks. Layer after layer, Dani uncovers a world he never knew; as the layers unravel, so does the relationship between mother and son. Queen of Jerusalem is a documentary drama whose protagonists are a house full of secrets, a man with an emotional scar, and a mother fighting for her right to live forever, to be a young and victorious queen, even in an ancient body.

Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared

TITLE: Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Dorit Zimbalist / Barak Heymann
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 56
SOURCE: Heymann Brothers Films, Tel Aviv Heymann Brothers Films Barzilay 2 Tel Aviv 65113, Israel Tel.: 972-3-560-2701 Fax: 972-3-560-4082 office@heymann-films.com www.heymann-films.com
TEXT: Documentary "I'm scared of cars, of dogs, of snakes; I'm scared of airplanes, helicopters, tanks and soldiers. I'm scared of terrorist attacks. I'm scared of Jews, I'm scared of Arabs, I'm scared that some day, they'll put us in refugee camps" (Sayed Kashua, Haaretz, 2002).
Sayed Kashua always feels he doesn't belong. The Jews don't like him because he's an Arab. The Arabs don't like him because he's successful. The Arabs think he's a collaborator. The Jews think he's a drunk. He's always viewed as an Other, and he's always scared. Sayed Kashua - Forever Scared accompanies Kashua, an Israeli-Arab author and scriptwriter, for seven years through the upheavals and events that change his life. This is an intimate yet political portrait of a writer and publicist who is also a loving husband and father of two. His family pays a heavy price for the choices he makes and the perpetual wandering from place to place, from nation to nation, belonging neither here nor there.

Voices from El-Sayed

TITLE: Voices from El-Sayed
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Oded Adomi Leshem / Neomi Schori Itay Ken-Tor & Liran Atzmor - Belfilms Israel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 52 minutes, also a longer version
SOURCE: http://go2films.com/film_info.asp?id=123&title=
TEXT: Documentary. In the picturesque Israeli Negev desert lays the Bedouin village of El-Sayed. It has the largest percentage of deaf people in the world. Still, no hearing aids can be seen because in El-Sayed deafness is not a handicap. Through the generations a unique sign language has evolved making it the most popular language in this rare society that accepts deafness as natural as life itself. The village`s tranquility is interrupted by Salim`s decision to change his deaf son's fate and make him a hearing person using the Cochlear Implant Operation
Awards: Winner - Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award- Full Frame Int. Documentary Festival; Festivals: SilverDocs, Rooftop; Full Frame, One World International Human Rights Film Festival, Kos International Health Film Festival, We Care International Film Festival, India 2009; Rochester Deaf International Film Festival, USA 2009; Deaf New Zealand Film Festival, 2009; Transylvania International Film Festival, 2009; Rochester Jewish Film festival, 2009; Significan`t UK; Jerusalem International Film Festival; LA Israeli Film Festival, 2009; One World, Slovakia; Golden Apricot - Armenia Int. Film festival, 2009; Brazil`s International Disability Film Festival; Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, 2009; Other Israel Film festival, NY 2009; Sheffield Docs, UK 2009; International Documentary Encounters Bogota, Colombia; Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival; Planet in Focus Environmental FF, Toronto, 2009; Margaret Mead Film Festival, 2009; Document 7 Film Festival, Scotland 2009; Washington Jewish Film festival and Gallaudet University, 2009; Jersey Shore Jewish Film Festival, 2009; and many more

Yes, Miss Commander!

TITLE: Yes, Miss Commander!
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Dan Setton and Itzik Lerner / Yaron Weinstein, Daniel Gal, Eli Zoran, Meni Elias
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 96
SOURCE: SET Productions, Jerusalem SET Productions Ben Maimon 18 Jerusalem 92261, Israel Tel: 972-2-566-9950 Fax: 972-2-563-9986 dset@012.net.il
TEXT: Documentary. For 100 days the film crew of Yes, Miss Commander! has been following the unusual scenes in the Havat Hashomer military base in the Galilee. Soldiers there are no ordinary recruits. They come from a background of violence and abuse, crime, and drugs to a special training program designed to improve their self image and teach them discipline and military skills. Assigned to this task are young female soldiers from normative homes. With great patience, juggling between authoritative distance and emotional involvement, these young girls try to fulfill their mission. The encounter between the two worlds and the tension between the sexes produce constant collisions, verbal clashes, and emotional outbreaks. One cannot avoid wondering about the problematic role the army has taken upon itself and whether such a heavy task should be entrusted in the hands of young inexperienced girls. Yet it is impossible not to be swept away by the intensive events and attractive characters as they develop towards the finish line. In a "fly on the wall" technique with no intervention or interpretation, Yes, Miss Commander! presents a compelling drama full of laughter and tears.

Camera Obscura

TITLE: Camera Obscura
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Maria Victoria Menis / Hector Menis, Sophie Dulac
COUNTRY: Argentina
LANGUAGE: Spanish w/ English ST
TIME: 86
SOURCE: www.lacamaraoscurafilm.com Todo Cine
TEXT: Based upon a novel by Angélica Gorodisher. Stars Mirta Bogdasarian, Patrick Dell'Isola, Fernando Armani, Silvina Bosco. Festivals: Vińa del Mar, India Film Festival, Jerusalem. The end of the 19th century, a colony of Jewish immigrants, Entre Ríos Province, Argentina. Gertrudis is born an ugly baby, grows into an unatractive child and becomes, an almost invisible and insignificant woman. Ignored by all, Gertrudis opens her eyes to the small joys in life and creates her own universe. Years later, when she is married with children and running an idyllic Jewish household, a French photographer passes by and offers to photograph the family. This man, a Surrealist artist, is the only one to discover Gertrudis's singular beauty and rich inner life. Gertrudis begins to "see" herself for the first time. Director María Victoria Menis presents a film that gazes at life through a feminine lens. This gentle film provides a rare opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the Jewish agrarian settlements in 19th century Argentina. Through the restrained performance of Mirta Bogdasarian, Camera Obscura tells a painful and personal tale questioning the rules of beauty, still resonating today. "What we see through our eyes - or perhaps what we miss, when we think we see"

Harlan - In the Shadow of the Jew Suss

TITLE: Harlan - In the Shadow of the Jew Suss
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Felic Moeller / Amelie Latscha, Felix Moeller
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: Italian, German, French with English ST
TIME: 99
SOURCE: Blueprint Film, Munich. Or www.zeitgeistfilms.com
TEXT: At the height of WWII, Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda minister, harnessed the mass medium of cinema to convey his party's anti-Semitic ideology. He was behind the productions of The Eternal Jew and The Rothschilds, while the clear-cut pinnacle was Jud Süss. Director Veit Harlan took the novel by Lion Feuchtwanger, which was published before the Nazi rise to power, twisted the plot, spiced it with heavy German sentimentality, and created an allegory about Jewish cunning and hubris. No less than 20 million Germans rushed to the box office, and the same number watched the film in the Nazi-occupied territories. With the end of the War, Harlan was twice tried and twice acquitted. "We have dug already deep into our history as a nation, but still haven't done enough when it comes to our family stories," claims German documentarist Felix Moeller. Harlan is a fascinating cinematic mosaic containing clips of films by Goebbels's collaborator, old interviews, news footage, home movies, and meetings with relatives. His son Thomas lives in the shadow of his father's heinous film; his other sons don't see the need to defend his deeds; his niece Christina, the widow of Stanley Kubrick (a Jew, for those wondering); and his granddaughters, must ponder their shameful inheritance.

Human Failure / MenschLiches VerSagen

TITLE: Human Failure
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Michael Verhoeven
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: The National Center for Jewish Film, Waltham Massachusetts (Brandeis.edu)
TEXT: What happened to the possessions that the Jews left behind? Apartments, furniture, bed linens, kitchenware, cars, cash, bank accounts (in Germany and abroad), and of course the offices, the stores, the factories, etc., etc. And what about the academic and governmental posts and job opportunities that opened up in their wake? Who enjoyed all this enticing and accessible Jewish bounty? Michael Verhoeven returns to reassume his role as the "nasty boy" of German film and sketches the ways in which all this property made its way through Nazi German society. How it was registered, catalogued, assessed, confiscated, added to the national treasury and later sold off for a handsome sum. Alongside local experts, Verhoeven interviews victims and their children who suddenly discovered the fate of their families and possessions among documents left behind by Nazi bureaucracy. Verhoeven tells this story in a minimalist cinematic style with a no-nonsense camera that adds to the sense of probing that accompanies the entire film. This feeling is heightened by the tight editing and the accumulation of discoveries about the loathsome efficiency of the Nazi apparatus, and above all, the fundamental truth that Verhoeven never takes off the table: all were partners in this crime, all reaped its fruits.

Inside Hana's Suitcase

TITLE: Inside Hana's Suitcase
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Larry Weinstein / Rudolf Biermann, Jessica Daniel, Larry Weinstein
COUNTRY: Canada and Czech Republic
LANGUAGE: English Japanese and Czech with English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: www.hanassuitcase.ca and Celluloid Dreams, Paris
TEXT: Festivals: Toronto 2009 and Jerusalem 2009. "Who was Hana?" "What did she do?" "Where did she live?" Fumiko Ishioka, the director of the Tokyo Holocaust Center asks these very questions when she receives a suitcase labeled with the name "Hana Brady." From hereon, she and her students - "The Small Wings," set out on a mission to find out about the history of the suitcase, and more importantly, about the identity of this little girl. Intertwined with this present-day Japanese classroom is the story of eleven-year-old Hana Brady and her brother George who live in WWII occupied Czechoslovakia. Hana perished in the camps; however, George survived to tell the story and currently resides in Toronto. Fifty-seven years after Hanah's death, George receives a letter from Japan.... Inside Hana's Suitcase has grown into an international best-selling novel by Karen Levine that has been translated into more than forty languages. Award-winning filmmaker Larry Weinstein unfolds this dramatic and touching documentary through Canadian, Japanese, and Czech schoolchildren who act as the story's omniscient narrators. In telling this story, Weinsten creates a seamless multi-layered film, with the complex use of archival footage, interviews, elegant animation, and dramatized moments. What emerges is a story of tragedy, family bonds, and survival.

La Fille Du Rer

TITLE: La Fille De Rer
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Andre Techine / Saďd ben Saďd
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French w/ English ST
TIME: 101
SOURCE: UGC Distribution, Paris
TEXT: Based on a play by Besset. Stars Émilie Dequenne, Catherine Deneuve, Ronit Elkabetz, Michel Blanc, Mathieu Demy, Nicolas Duvauchelle. Unemployed Jeanne lives with her widowed mother Louise in a Parisian suburb. Her boyfriend Franck, a tattooed wrestler, doesn't exactly suit her mother's taste. Jeanne applies for a job as a secretary at the office of Samuel Bleistein-a successful lawyer and key figure in the Jewish community, who once courted her mother. When Jeanne and Franck get into some trouble, the non-Jewish young woman fabricates the story of an anti-Semitic assault on the train.
André Téchiné is from the generation of French filmmakers following the Nouvelle Vague, whose careers began in the late 60s, early 70s after establishing themselves as film critics. His new film-complex, elegant, and directed with a light hand like his seventeen previous films-is based on a true news item that captured French public opinion five years ago. With a script built meticulously from small details, a rich soundtrack, precise editing, measured characters, and a top-notch ensemble of actors-from Deneuve and Blanc, Téchiné's regulars, to Elkabetz and Dequenne-he unfolds an effective drama rooted in the finest French cinematic tradition. Téchiné does not shy away from provocation, whether when dealing with French press and politics, or when sketching his main character.

Le Chant Des Mariees

TITLE: Le Chant Des Mariees
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Karin Albou / Laurent Lavolé, Isabelle Pragier
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: Frnech German and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Pyramide Int'l., Paris
TEXT: Stars Lizzie Brocheré, Olympe Borval, Simon Abkarian, Albou. Se in Tunisia, 1942. Teenagers Nour and Myriam are best friends. They are curious about everything having to do with the future, men, and sex. Muslim Nour is engaged to her cousin Khaled and has to live strictly according to tradition. Jewish Myriam has it a little bit easier; her parents let her go to school. Things change with the onset of the Nazi occupation. The anti-Semitic propaganda and race laws fall on fertile ground and Khaled becomes a Nazi collaborator. Titi, Myriam's mother, marries her daughter off to Dr. Raoul, a wealthy older doctor. Will the girls' strong friendship withstand the great historical circumstances that surround them? After her memorable debut, La Petite Jérusalem, Karin Albou returns with her second film, another coming-of-age movie about burgeoning feminine sexuality. As in her previous film, this is a sensual cinematic work where the camera plays a central role. Likewise, the intimate atmosphere contributes powerfully to the effect on the viewer. Le Chant des mariées is a seemingly small and modest film that goes deep into your heart, thanks to the flowing and penetrating script by Albou herself, and above all, thanks to the natural performances of Lizzie Brocheré and Olympe Borval in the main roles. The director, in the role of Myriam's mother, demonstrates considerable acting talent.

Rafting To Bombay

TITLE: Rafting To Bombay
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Erez Laufer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 70
SOURCE: Erez Laufer Films, Tel Aviv Erez Laufer Films Bloch 37 Tel Aviv 64681, Israel Tel.: 972-3-524-8407 Fax: 972-3-529-1726 www.erezlauferfilms.com
TEXT: DoCUMENTARY. The Laufer family travels to Mumbai / Bombay to tell the story of the father, Nahum, and his mother, who found refuge in the city after they escaped from the Nazis. As the family arrives in Bombay, they find themselves in the midst of the November 2008 terror attacks. All their plans are disrupted. Rafting to Bombay combines parallel stories of past and present. The then five-year-old Nahum and his mother left Poland, traveled by train across Europe, and sailed on a raft along the Tigris River till they reached the enchanting India of monkeys, elephants, and Rajas. But the Indian Experience, remembered by the kid as a wonderful fantasy, was in fact a completely different story of a shivering escape. Twenty years ago, director Erez Laufer filmed his grandmother just before she passed away. Now, stuck in the hotel in Bombay, Nahum listens to his mother's point of view. This is a tale of three generations: grandmother, son, and grandson telling one story. At one moment, it's a romantic dream full of hope and promise, at another, it transforms into the cruel reality of past and present

The Last Krasucky

TITLE: The Last Krasucky
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Y. A. Krasucky / Tami Grayinik
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew Polish and English with English ST
TIME: 54
SOURCE: Team Productions Ltd., Tel Aviv and http://go2films.com/catalog.asp
TEXT: Documentary. My father, Alon Alexander Krasucky, is the last Krasucky. From hundreds of family members, there is only one left bearing the name of Krasucky. And ironically, he is not even a true Krasucky. My 94-year-old grandmother, Tosha Krasucky, only wants to die. But before she moves on to the next world, she needs to release a skeleton from her closet. Three years ago, she invited my father for lunch and while he was eating, she dropped the bomb and told him: "Alon'ile you are an adopted child." After stripping him from his past and memories, my father had a psychosocial crisis. So my father and I decided to search our biological family. From Tel Aviv to Lodz, Alexander Krasucky looks for proof of his existence. Sixty years ago, Tosha adopted a hungry baby. Today, he is the last person to carry the family name. Thanks to that act of grace the name still lives. Despite the lie, there is only love. The last Krasucky. The one who loved and will never forget

The Valderama Sisters

TITLE: The Valderama Sisters
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Noam Demsky, Mordi Kershner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Spanish with English ST
TIME: 48
SOURCE: Noam Demsky, Eliezer and Mordi Kershner, Mitzpe Netufa
TEXT: Documentary. Lucy, Rosa, and Flor, the three daughters of the Valderama family in Trujillo, Peru, are part of the Bnei Moshe community - former Catholics seeking a path to Judaism. They want to convert and immigrate to Israel. They believe that this is their destiny. They are strong, independent women who wish to realize this dream. In February 2005, a rabbinical conversion court sent by Israel arrives in Trujillo, to clarify and convert those eligible ones. Lucy owns a small, simple guest house, hosting Israeli backpackers visiting Trujillo. She and her husband cross the religious court hurdle without any difficulty. Rosa, the youngest, and her husband encounter great difficulties. Flor and her five daughters are not converted despite their strong desire to do so. For Flor's five adult daughters there is no chance of a Jewish life in Trujillo. The film accompanies the sisters in their difficult routine, during the conversion process, the departure from Peru, and the difficult decisions to be made before leaving Peru and upon arriving in Israel - where they face the harsh reality and the culture shock of Israeli society along with shattered personal dreams

The Yard

TITLE: The Yard
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Yohay Rozenberg / Yochay Rosenberg
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: French and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 54
SOURCE: Chai Productions, Jerusalem Yochay Rosenberg Givat Shaul 17/14 Jerusalem 95477, Israel http://go2films.com/catalog.asp
TEXT: Documentary. To the occasional onlooker, my childhood yard may appear like another shabby parking space in a Jerusalem ultra-orthodox neighborhood. To me, it is the first "outside" I encountered, the landscape of the only home I have ever known. I have been living in this yard for thirty four years. As an adult, it continues to fascinate me with its ever-changing mood. It had embraced secular, religious, and ultra-orthodox atmospheres, but today, we are one of the last non-ultraorthodox families living here. The heroes of my yard are: my wife, Re'ut, who came to live with me in my childhood home seven years ago; forty-four-year old Daniel, the first ultra-orthodox magician, who dreams of leaving leave the yard and moving to Paris, and Yisrael, an ultra-orthodox boy, torn between the outside world and the unwritten laws of the society he inhabits. The Yard is a film about the quest for a place of belonging, about people who at times feel like strangers in their own homes, about our impasses, and about the will to change.

A Triangle Dialogue

TITLE: A Triangle Dialogue
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Yael Reuveny and Ruth Litan Otto Dietrich and Matthias vom Schemm and Pawel Ferdek / Katarzyna Slesicka, Simone Stewens, Renen Schorr
COUNTRY: Israel Germany
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, English and German and English ST
TIME: 110
SOURCE: IFS Internationale Filmschule, Köln GMBH
TEXT: Documentary. Five films that were programmed in the Jerusalem Film Festival in July 2009. In 2007, three film schools, the Sam Spiegel Film & Television School Jerusalem, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, and the IFS International Film School, Cologne formed a joint project for young filmmakers: A Triangle Dialogue, initiated by the Filmstiftung Northrhine Westfalia. Five graduates were asked to develop, research, and produce their projects in one of the partner countries. Development and production phases were accompanied by workshops in the three schools. In this framework, five young directors tell their stories about wounds from the past and broken identities. Yael Reuveny and Ruth Litan, two young Israeli directors - belonging to the third post-Holocaust generation - deal with their family mysteries and ancestry, while questioning life in Israel. German directors Otto Dietrich and Matthias vom Schemm are interested in another dimension of contemporary Israeli and Polish society. Otto Dietrich observes young Israeli soldiers who don't fit the standard image of masculinity, while Matthias vom Schemm portrays the love life of a homosexual couple in Warsaw. Polish director Pawel Ferdek films three dancers from Poland, Israel, and Germany, who perform "contact improvisation" movements alongside the Wall in Jerusalem.

Israel Poland New Gaze

TITLE: Israel Poland New Gaze
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
COUNTRY: Israel Poland
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 30
SOURCE: Jerusalem Film Festival 2009
TEXT: As part of the documentary film project 'Israel-Poland - New Gaze', twelve young Israeli and Polish filmmakers show how they perceive each others' countries. Polish participants focus on contemporary Israel while Israelis focus on Poland. With help from experienced documentary filmmakers, they develop their projects and produce the best ones. After participating in four workshops as well as research in Poland and Israel, the film projects were created. A film by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz entitled Nothing to Lose is the first Israel-Poland New Gaze project. The Israel-Poland. New Gaze project is produced by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Opus Film, and Praxis Films. Films developed during the documentary workshops were organized and financed by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as a part of the Polish Year in Israel 2008/2009.
NOTHING TO LOSE
Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
Shahar, his girlfriend, and their son don't have a house. They travel across Israel to make money, meet people, and learn new things. This might seem like a banal story. While traveling with them, however, we come upon a cross-section of unusual characters and begin to understand what triggered their decision to become vagabonds.
Project financed by funding from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism

TITLE: FOR THE LOVE OF MOVIES: THE STORY OF AMERICAN FILM CRITICISM
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Gerald Peary / Amy Geller, Sharon Brooks
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 80
SOURCE: www.fortheloveofmovies.net
TEXT: Festivals: SXSW, IDFA, Gudalajara. Jerusalem. If you needed two excuses to make a movie about film criticism, here they are: first, the art of cinema is undergoing tremendous changes; and second, the no less turbulent change sweeping over the world of journalism, with more and more printed newspapers dropping off the face of the earth, critics being fired or laid off, and more and more cinema Web sites popping up. Gerald Peary is a film critic and historian working in the field for thirty years. His film examines the rich history of American film criticism from the silent era and the days before Birth of a Nation up to the present day (a century-long survey that promises abundant references to key films). We hear Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun Times, James Hoberman (Jewish) from The Village Voice, A.O. Scott (Jewish) from The New York Times, Liza Schwarzbaum (Guess) from Entertainment Weekly, Kenneth Turan from the LA Times, Harry Knowles from aintitcoolnews.com, and Karina Longworth from spout.com. Says Peary: "My first desire is for an audience to become intimate with the reviewers behind the bylines, so it can be understood how critics think about and see movies. How did they come to their jobs, and to their abiding love for cinema?" In addition to being "an unapologetic defense of a profession under siege," FLTOM is an invaluable reference for film students and lovers.

Abu Ali

TITLE: Abu Ali
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Vered Osman / Yoram Schaffer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 60
SOURCE: DocMovies, Rehovot
TEXT: Original Score by Osama Abu Ali, "Al Dervish," and Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Khaled Abu Ali is a resident of Sakhnin in the Galilee, a Sufi Muslim, actor, and director at the Acre Theater Center. Searching to find the connection between God and man, he is prepared to die at any given moment. Noam and Tzvika, religious Jewishs theater actors, want to produce a play about the rebuilding of the Temple and ask Khaled to direct the play. They are committed to increasing consciousness about the rebuilding of the Temple and are interested in moving the process forward, one stone at a time. However, the work does not proceed as planned. The more Noam and Tzvika try to proceed with the script, the more complex things become. Khaled, who naturally would find himself praying with his colleagues in the same room, does not understand why two religious Jews, came to him, a Sufi Muslim, with the mission of the rebuilding of the Temple on the ruins of the Al Aksa Mosque, the fifth holiest place in Islam. Khaled tries to find uplifting moments with "Al Dervish" through Sufi music, regularly attends the Sufi Dhikr ceremony in the mosque, and abides by the rule, "Do good even unto he that wrongs you."

Destiny Hills

TITLE: Destiny Hills
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Leeor Kaufman / Claudia Levin
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 75
SOURCE: Claudius Films, Tel Aviv Claudius Films Claudia Levin Shapira Tzvi 11 A Tel Aviv 64358, Israel Tel.: 972-52-238-5334
TEXT: After his release from detention, Muhammad returns to his tribe in the "Goral (Destiny) Hills" and attempts to build a real home for his children. Together, his Bedouin tribe members gather the remains of their tin shacks and start building Muhammad's family home. Life in an unrecognized Bedouin village has never been easy for the Al Talaika family, and to make matters worse, the government has begun demolishing their homes. They struggle to hold onto their traditional lifestyle, their daily bread, and their desert land, in spite of the new laws pressuring them to move back to the township. The constant threat to his home and his tribe forces Muhammad to wonder elsewhere in search of work. The increasing sense of instability and unease leads him to seek strength in God.

Naseej (Fabric of Life)

TITLE: Naseej (Fabric of Life)
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Timna Rosenheimer / Eytan Harris
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Arabic with English ST
TIME: 50
SOURCE: Eytan Harris Productions Ltd., Zikhron Ya'akov harris@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Spring time. The desert sheds its winter foliage, obeying summer's reign. The local Awassi sheep shearing season has arrived. Khadra Al Sana steps into her pickup truck on her way to oversee the sheep shearing process in the Negev. Shepherd after shepherd, flock after flock. Six months later, Khadra will return to the heart of the desert to weigh and buy the wool from the female weavers. The yarn will go to the Sidrah Bedouin women's weaving center in Lakiya. Nasij or Naseej is a film about the most underprivileged sector in Israel: Bedouin women. These are working women who maintain a traditional and extremely private lifestyle. They barely make a living off a traditional craft dating back 4000 years. Nasij (Arabic for "weaving" and "the fabric of life"), creates a platform for a group whose voices are never heard and provides an intimate view of a society which few of us know about. The film exposes the viewer to a world of feminine yearnings, passions, pains, colors, and rugs. A world in which every day is a struggle, on the border between advancement and tradition. Note to file: Pair this film with the 2009 book and film on Bedouin women by Dr Ruth Westheimer

Queen Khantarisha

TITLE: Queen Khantarisha
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Israela Saar Meoded / Osnat Trabelsi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 53
SOURCE: Trabelsi Productions Ltd., Tel Aviv Trabelsi Productions Tiomkin 12 Tel Aviv 65783, Israel Tel.: 972-3-566-0398 Fax: 972-3-560-0286 info@trabelsiproductions.com www.trabelsiproductions.com
TEXT: Amrani, a writer and lyricist of love songs, is behind some of the hottest hits at Yemeni clubs and weddings. The work of Bracha Seri, a Jerusalem-born religious poet and writer, touches upon demons, madness, rape, and rebellion and has garnered her community's denunciation. The film explores the personal costs of straddling the ambitions of creative expression and the restraints of conservative communities that demand subservience. One is 70 years old. She writes and composes love songs in Yemenite that are sung in clubs, weddings, and other events but only few know that she is the one writing them. The other writes provocative poetry and prose; she revolts against her past and her parents who oppressed her sexually and mentally. The film exposes the tension between the daily, personal struggle of these women. The struggle between the tradition they live and respect versus their internal passion.
"The film is my own journey in search of the passion of suppressed sexuality through the stories and works of creative Yemen women form different generations," Israela Shaer Meoded, director.

A Duck's Journey

TITLE: A Duck's Journey
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Gabriel Bibliowicz / Na`ama Piritz, Ofri Bar Ilan
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 68
SOURCE: MODI & ANAT, Inc. Tel Aviv
TEXT: Film Created By: Anat Zeltser, Modi Bar-On, Gabriel Bibliowicz. Jerusalem Film Festival

A History of Israeli Cinema

TITLE: A History of Israeli Cinema
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Rapahel Nadjari / Bruno Nahon, Amir Feingold, Paul Rozenberg
COUNTRY: Israel / France
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 210
SOURCE: United King Films, Ramat Hasharon United King Films P.O. Box 9040 Ramat Hasharon 47100, Israel Tel.: 972-3-690-9999 Fax: 972-3-699-7022 ofer@unitedking.co.il
TEXT: In a project initiated by ARTE-the Franco-German TV network, Raphael Nadjari investigates more than 70 years of Israeli cinema. The journey begins with the Zionist propaganda of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, establishing Jewish life in Palestine on film. The 60s introduced the fiction era, influenced by European and American cinema. In the late 60s and 70s, Israeli cinema tried to form its unique and local identity, when directors, born and raised in Israel, appeared onstage. During the 80s, Israeli cinema became an important means of political expression. In the 90s and the 2000s, we start hearing a diversity of voices, representing the different cultures forming Israeli society. At the same time, Israeli filmmakers begin searching for individual poetic expression. The film before us includes interviews with filmmakers and researchers from different eras. Their cinema contains wars, dreams, existential questions, social, and familial relations. It deals with the place of the individual in the emerging national state, with Palestinian life in Jewish society, and with questions of belonging and alienation. This cinema never stops questioning its place in the international arena, through subjects such as authenticity, globalization, locality, and universality.

Filmed by yitzhak

TITLE: Filmed by yitzhak
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Limor Pinhasov / Yaron Kaftori
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50
SOURCE: Cicero Films, Tel Aviv Cicero Films, Ltd. Sumo 9 Tel Aviv 69708, Israel Tel.: 972-522-404-440 cicero1@bezeqint.net
TEXT: An old box is opened. Dust spreads everywhere. Inside, there are dozens of small yellow boxes. They all have Yitzhak handwritten on them. These are 8 mm. films; each one is three minutes long. Together, they form almost 10 hours of footage. Films from a different and somehow forgotten world. The sixties, as they were seen by the man who shot them. The faces, the flowers, the empty landscapes of the newly-born Israel. Some would say: "the years of innocence." What can we learn about that man today? How did he perceive the objects caught on his camera? His friends, his family, his first trips overseas? The Queen of England riding her horse, the game parks of Africa, the empty streets of Tehran? How much did he love filming? What part did it have in his life? What do the people who were filmed back then think and feel today? Can we, as viewers, relate to the man who shot these films? Is it even relevant, that the man who held the 8 mm. camera was once Israel's beloved prime minister.. YITZHAK RABIN?

I Am You Are (Jerusalem Film Fest Mix)

TITLE: I Am You Are (Jerusalem Film Fest Mix)
YEAR: 2008-2009
DIR/PROD: various
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Arabic with English ST
TIME: various
SOURCE: Jerusalem Film Festival
TEXT: I AM YOU ARE Films & Identity was programmed by Jerusalem Cinematheque, a filmmaking workshop for Jewish and Arab Jerusalemite youth, promoting self-expression and mutual understanding. The success of the Jerusalem workshop led to the production of a similar workshop in Lodz, Poland, for Polish and Israeli-Jewish youth and one in the Negev for Jewish and Bedouin youth. To this day, fifty-seven fascinating short films have been made in the workshops.


YAM (15 min., 2008)
Yam heads out to settle accounts with his father whom he hasn't seen since his parents separated when he was six years old.

BEING BLACK (11 min., 2008)
Diala takes her film crew into her home in the African-Palestinian community, which lives in its own defined area in the Old City of Jerusalem.

BASMA (Smile) (13 min., 2008)
Jewish Sarah lives in Kiryat Gat and Arab Sara lives in Abu Kweider. Basma, the director, looks at the similarities and differences between the two.

DU'A'S GHOSTS (15 min., 2007)
Du'a, an intelligent and modern young girl, feels spirits around her and goes to see a Sheikh who specializes in exorcisms. An amusing yet serious look at mysticism in Palestinian and Jewish society.

EVERY POLE AND HIS JEW (12 min., 2007)
The filmmakers set out throughout the city of Lodz to look into the custom (which still exists!) of giving a good luck charm of a Jew carrying a gold coin.

J TOWN (18 min., 2007)
The story of an Arab rap group from East Jerusalem. Next to the professional recognition, the film presents the social activism of the band members and the tension between tradition and modernity they bring to light.


Workshop initiator and project developer: Gilli Mendel
Workshop producer and professional adviser: Dror Schwartz
Producer and director, Negev workshop: Yuval Ben Yehuda
Group leaders: Yuval Ben Yehuda, Alice Hanna, Liron Levy, Nasrin Bukai, Arik Hilderbrandt, Mamdooh Afdile


7 SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS
Seven documentary films by seven young directors, Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and Israelis, reflecting the complexity of life in Jerusalem in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They courageously confront the delicate and charged issues and present personal and political points of view about the complex reality in Jerusalem, between East and West.
Artistic Director: Yael Perlov
Producers: Yael Perlov, Yariv Mozer - Mozer Films Ltd.
Line Producer: Maya de Vries
The Films:
The Little Western Wall by Liviu Babitz
Bus by Yasmine Novak
Prince of Jerusalem by Momen Shabane
Nine to Five by Daniel Gal
Ghetto Town by Amber Fares, Avi Goldstein
Hamamm Al-Ayn and Me By Nihad Sabri Markesto
In Israel's Custody By Radwan Duha

A project of Ir Amim, a non-governmental organization that works toward an equitable and stable Jerusalem with an agreed political future
With the support of IFA - Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations Germany (The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.v) and The Rabinovitch Foundation for the Arts - Cinema Project
Ir Amim ("City of Nations" or "City of Peoples") is an Israeli non-profit, non-partisan organization founded in order to actively engage in those issues impacting Israeli-Palestinian relations in Jerusalem and the political future of the city. Ir Amim seeks to render Jerusalem a more viable and equitable city, while generating and promoting an agreed political future



The Judge

TITLE: The Judge
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ram Landes, Ami Teer
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew
TIME: 53
SOURCE: Koda Communication, Herzliya Koda Communication Hakesem 12 Herzelia, Israel Tel. 972-77-516-1040 Fax: 972-77-516-1020 koda@koda.co.il
TEXT: The Judge looks into the soul of a man who played God. It would be hard to find any other judge in the world who had to deal with such complex dilemmas on both the national and personal levels, as the Former Chief Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak. After 31 years of an illustrious career, Aharon Barak retires with a heavy sense of foreboding. His important rulings led to intense debates, and powerful political forces are attempting to destroy his life's work. Never in all his years on the bench did he address the public directly. Now that his time is running out, he is willing to speak about everything, to place his soul-the soul of a judge-in the public eye. The film begins on the day Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin is forced to resign as a result of the decision by Aharon Barak, the then government legal advisor, to put him on trial. That was the first time the unlimited power of the Labor Party, which had ruled Israel since its inception, was faced with a force more powerful than itself: the law. This was also the beginning of Barak's long road to changing the face of Israeli society.

Voice of Jerusalem

TITLE: Voice of Jerusalem
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ofer Naim / Moshe & Leon Edery
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 63
SOURCE: United King Films, Ramat Hasharon United King Films P.O. Box 9040 Ramat Hasharon 47100, Israel Tel.: 972-3-690-9999 Fax: 972-3-699-7022 ofer@unitedking.co.il
TEXT: Documentary Featuring: Yehoram Gaon, Ephraim Sidon, Moshe Amirav, Aliza Rosen, Meir Ben Dov, David Zilbershlag, Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, David Kroyanker, Rivka Miriam, Yaron Zidkiyahu, Nasser El-Din Neshashibi, and more. Those who remember Jerusalem in its splendor have called it the city of gold. It is a city known for its glorious past but bleak future. Instead of dealing with the present, people remain in the past. This is what stands in the way of Jerusalem's survival. Thirty six years after the film I am a Jerusalemite, Yehoram Gaon sets off to find the Jerusalem he left behind. Are the nostalgic songs of yesteryear, still relevant today? What happened to "Jerusalem of Gold"? Is there any hope or solution to the problems surrounding Jerusalem? Which of the three religions should have the right to control Jerusalem? Should Jerusalem remain the capital? Maybe this all stems from the "Jerusalem Syndrome" that causes one to lose touch with reality. Have the leaders of Israel and Jerusalem suffered from this syndrome as well? This film attempts to answer many of these questions, talking to a number of the city's residents and through the many songs sung longingly about this city, over time.

Children of the Sun / Yaldei Ha'shemesh

TITLE: Children of the Sun
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Ran Tal / Amir Harel
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English Subtitles
TIME: 70
SOURCE: Fortissimo Films, Amsterdam
TEXT: Documentary. A scathing blunt interview with parents who raised their children in kibbutz group homes, and their feelings of lack of love and separation and bitter suffering. the early 20th century, members of the Zionist movement sought to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. They also started an experiment in collective living that they hoped would revolutionise the nature of society itself: the kibbutz.On these collective farms, idealistic men and women attempted to create utopian communities where everything was shared, even the raising of children. The tens of thousands of children born on the Israeli kibbutzim in the 1920s and 1930s became known as the "Children of the Sun", and grew up completely outside of the traditional nuclear family structure. The richly-textured documentary Children of the Sun traces the experience of this unique generation, and the joys and wounds they still bear after all these years. Through home movies, vintage children's songs, rare recordings of kibbutz life spanning 1930 -1980 and interviews with these now adult "children of the sun", the film explores a controversial era that has become central to the history and mythology of Israel.
Variety writes: Israeli shortsmaker Ran Tal scores with feature docu debut "Children of the Sun," a fascinating collage of archival materials, including homemovies, children's songs and old recordings that brings to life the kibbutz experiment in collective living. Adding voiceover commentary, he tells the story of his parents' generation, born to kibbutzim in the 1920s and '30s, growing up outside traditional nuclear family structures and taught to subjugate individualism in favor of common good. Crowd-pleaser should shine on the fest circuit before reaching wider auds in broadcast. Choice B&W and color footage spanning the years 1930-1980 is organized to illustrate aspects of kibbutz life such as infants' separation from their parents at birth, growth of group identity (developed through communal toilet training, showering, working, eating and sleeping, as well as numerous circle games), and education as members of an elite working on utopian goals. Pic also comprises disintegration of kibbutz society, with commentary from those who lived it reflecting poignantly on past joys and regrets. Masterful editing by co-scripter Ron Goodman makes the most of technically variable materials. Pic nabbed gongs for best documentary and editing at the Jerusalem Film Festival. Editor, Goldman; music, Avi Belleli. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Real to Reel), Sept. 8, 2007. (Also in Jerusalem Film Festival.) Original title: Yaldei Ha'shemesh.

Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech

TITLE: Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Liz Garbus / Sheila Nevins, Nancy Abraham, Liz Garbus, Rory Kennedy, Jed Rothstein, Karen K. H. Sim
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 80
SOURCE: Seen at Sundance 2009
TEXT: Documentary. During the 1950s, McCarthy's red scare closed down avenues of dissent for a decade. Americans were pitted against one another. Political opinions became ammunition. Since 9/11, the First Amendment has again been under attack. Liz Garbus's Shouting Fire, a riveting exploration of the current state of free speech in America, is crucially relevant. Interweaving historical cases-The New York Times's fight to publish the Pentagon Papers and the Nazis' insistence on marching in Skokie, among them-with contemporary free-speech infringements, the film documents the way both the Right and the Left have lashed out in fear. In the stories of a left-wing professor fired for provocative remarks about 9/11, an Arab American principal made to resign after discussing the word "intifada," and Christian schoolkids suspended for wearing Bible-quoting T-shirts, there's an ironic pattern. When threatened by an outside enemy, perceived or real, we often demonize each other, undermining the very freedom we seek to protect. Lots of interviews with Jewish people on both sides of the issues. Mayor Bloomberg is shown to manupulate the Brooklyn madras issue to his own benefit, etc.

Inglorius Basterds

TITLE: Inglorious BastErds
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Quentin Tarantino
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 152 minutes
SOURCE: Universal Pictures and The Weinstein Company
TEXT: Stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth. Originally written to be a mini series for television and worked on for over a decade and then rewritten as a film, this is the fictional story of a Appalachian born hillbilly U.S. army officer who leads a band of Jewish soldiers to Europe, specifically occupied France, to take free reigning, violent and bloody revenge against Nazi German soldiers. It is as if he is leading Apache's against the U.S., blacks against the KKK, and a holy war of Jews against Nazis. It is a fantasy and written with a lot of humor. Tarantino wrote it so that would be like the "Dirty Dozen" or "Devil's Brigade." That is the genre that became the foundation of the film, these 1960's war films of a band of American soldiers on a mission. There are historical characters put into a story with fictional characters, such as Hitler as Hitler and Goebbels as a movie studio leader. While the Lt is leading the band of Jewish soldiers, who kill Nazis and leave one survivor each time so that he can tell others of this mad band set on revenge, there is a secondary story of a young Jewish resistance fighter who runs a cinema in France after the Waffen SS has killed her whole family that was in hiding. Goebbels will premiere his latest film at her cinema. NOTES: The character of Shosanna was originally supposed to a Joan of Arc of the Jews. But after Kill Bill, Tarantino re-wrote her to be more like Jackie Brown. Christoph Waltz plays a Nazi officer, Landa (in real life, the actor's son is a rabbi). The title "Inglourious Basterds" was inspired by "The Inglorious Bastards", the English title of Enzo G. Castellari's Quel maledetto treno blindato (A Cursed Armored Train) (1978), which is also about a group of American GIs wreaking havoc behind enemy lines.

A Green Chariot

TITLE: A Green Chariot
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Gilad Goldschmidt
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 48 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: Twenty-two year old Sasha has immersed himself in a religious community in Israel. He changes his name to Yair, speaks only Hebrew and has all but forgotten his Russian roots and cut himself off from his family. When he receives a box filled with his late mother's belongings including a music box with a green chariot, his religious identity is shattered.

Goyband

TITLE: Goyband
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Christopher Grimm
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 70
SOURCE: Goyband.com
TEXT: Former boy-band icon Bobby Star is clinging to days gone by. Desperate and unemployed, he begs his agent Murray to land him a decent gig. But beggars can't be choosers, and Murray finds a weeklong job for Bobby at the grand opening of the world's first glatt kosher hotel-casino, the Mazel Hotel. So what does a blond gentile has-been pop sensation have in common with this Jewish orthodox world? The answer becomes clear when we discover the hotel owner's daughter, Rebekka, who has harbored a huge secret crush on Bobby Star ever since childhood though she is about to be married off to the son of a powerful Kabbalah rabbi, and the janitor Ty, an African-American hip-hop whiz who teaches Bobby a thing or two about Jewish soul. The ultra-orthodox American-Jewish world is alive and kicking. But how does it cope with modern times? This age-old question is dealt with in the entertaining musical comedy before us. Bobby's TV goes dark at sundown on Friday; his beloved cell-phone is confiscated during the Sabbath; his Grey Goose vodka is replaced with Manischewitz; and "kosher enforcers" are on the lookout for "treyf smugglers." Goyband is aided by a healthy sense of irony and a fine cast of including Amy Davidson, Tovah Feldshuh (OF COURSE), Zoe Lister Jones , and Natasha Lyonne, as well as Rent star Adam Pascal in the role of the "Goy." In other words - Not everything is kosher in this Casino!

As Seen Through These Eyes

TITLE: As Seen Through These Eyes
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Hilary Helstein
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 70
SOURCE: http://www.asseenthroughtheseeyes.com/
TEXT: From Menemsha Films. Holocaust survivors, including the late Simon Wiesenthal, discuss how ART helped them withstand their ordeal. Narrated by Maya Angelou. In a review from Calgary, "...This moving documentary about how some Holocaust survivors used the power of art to fight back against their Nazi oppressors, incorporated some archival footage of the Holocaust. Included were two scenes of the same skinny Jewish child - one in which we see his pensive face; the other in which we see him roll up his sleeve to show his concentration camp tattoo. Following the film and after a discussion with the audience, suddenly the "youth" in those archival photos -Morris Dancyger - suddenly strode up to the platform with Hilary Helstein. Helstein was visibly stunned and the audience of 650 were gasping as they realized the significance of the event they were witnessing. Helstein, who has worked extensively in Holocaust documentation with the Spielberg Foundation, and who directs the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, said later she was absolutely shocked and honoured to be part of such an event. She spent Monday evening at the home of Morris and Ann Dancyger where she heard more of the family's stories. The footage of Morris Dancyger, it turns out, was taken in January 1945 by the Russian Army as it liberated the Auschwitz concentration camp. Of course, the event was not an accident but carefully planned by Harvey Cyngiser, director of the Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival. He has always known about the archival footage of Morris Dancyger and when he spotted it in Helstein's film, "As Seen Through These Eyes," he knew he had to bring the two together. That touching moment, coupled with the quality of Helstein's film and the other commemorative aspects that evening combined to make a powerful statement about Holocaust memory upon the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the night of violence against Jews in Germany which is said to have been the start of the Final Solution."

The Little Traitor / Ha'boged Hakatan

TITLE: The Little Traitor
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Lynn Roth
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 90
SOURCE: Evanstone Films Ltd
TEXT: Based on a novel by Amos Oz (Panther in the Basement), this 2007 film is set in Palestine in 1947, where a 12 year old Jewish boy befriends a lonely British soldier. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get the hell out of his land. Proffy and his two friends spend most of their time plotting ways to terrorize and/or blow up the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew, Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop, a British officer. Instead of arresting him, he deposits him back home,but what ensues in the weeks to come is a friendship between these two foes. Proffy looks to Dunlop as a father figure as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and they find lots to talk about in their meetings which Proffy must keep a secret from his friends and family. When Proffy's friends follow him one day and see that he has been visiting the detested enemy, they report him to the town officials and Proffy is brought to "trial" for being a traitor. He is eventually found innocent but these experiences shape him for life;especially the shock that he could have such genuine affection for the enemy. With Alfred Molina and Theodore Bikel

A Serious Man

TITLE: A Serious Man
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: Focus Features
TEXT: THIS WILL BE USED BY EVERY SELICHIT SERVICE in the USA in 2010.
Michael Stuhlbarg and Sari Lennick in a film that some say is the best Coen Brothers film to date. Beset by family problems, including a faithless wife, and an unemployed brother, a physics professor (Larry Gopnik) at a Midwestern college turns to three different rabbis for help. The filmmakers were looking for an unknown in the central role, and chose Stuhlberg to play Larry Gopnik. With extensive Broadway experience - including a Tony nomination in 2005 for his lead role in "The Pillowman" - but only a few bit parts in films and a little TV work, Stuhlbarg fit the bill. He was an experienced actor who wouldn't be recognized by most audiences. In "A Serious Man," he plays a physics professor whose life is cut-and-dried, until the Coens' plot buffets him with one tribulation after another. It is like the Book of Job, in which tragedies befall Job for no reason at all. His trials take place a little in his academic milieu, but mostly in the Jewish community of a Midwest suburb, similar to St. Louis Park, outside of Minneapolis, where the Coens grew up. with family, neighbors, rabbis, police and a lawyer - many of them based on people the Coens knew and most of them quirky - the downbeat plot collides with outrageous humor, often at the expense of Jews and American Jewish culture. The film is filled with a many Jewish words that are not explained to the audience, such as dybbuk, goy, a get, haShem.
Maybe to head off the inevitable criticism that the portrayals are derogatory, the credits at the end of the film include the sentence, "No Jews were harmed in the making of this motion picture."
Some of the characters, STUHLBERG said, reminded him of people he met growing up around Long Beach's (California) Temple Israel and the Long Beach Jewish Community Center. It was the Center's Summer Stock theater program for children that launched his career.
As his professor (Larry) goes from one agonizing - and agonizingly funny - experience to the next, he's distraught but mostly buttoned down. For he is a Serious Man, but not as Serious as the older, tenured touchy feely annoying professor that his wife now is in love with. That was sometimes difficult for Stuhlbarg. "Joel and I had an interesting conversation during the early days of the shoot, in terms of the modulation of the character's emotional life and not wanting to give away too much of what he was going through internally," Stuhlbarg said. "So one of the challenges for me was doing just that, trying not to give away too much too soon." "One scene with Richard Kind (who plays his black-sheep brother) and one with Alan Arkin (who plays a lawyer), I had a hard time keeping a straight face," STUHLBERG said.
The LA Times wrote: "...After seeing the picture myself last night, I'm betting that we won't see many rabbis using the movie as a starting point for any Yom Kippur sermons. Focus Features, which is opening the movie Oct. 2 in New York, L.A. and Minneapolis (the Coens' hometown), doesn't want any reviews of the film up yet. So consider what I have to say as an appreciation, not a critique. I can certainly reveal this much: The rabbis in "A Serious Man" take their lumps from the Coens, who seem to have saved up all the sarcastic remarks and deadpan dismissals they came up with as kids in Hebrew school and worked them into this movie's comic portrayal of empty-headed rabbinical authority... A Serious Man" offers the occasional whiff of Woody Allen (from his "Deconstructing Harry" era) and a definite kinship with Philip Roth (the movie has a bored, slit-eyed Jewish sexpot housewife who could be right out of "Portnoy's Complaint").
But the Coens are sui generis Semites. They practice the comedy of Jewish alienation. Having grown up in 1960s suburban Minneapolis, the offspring of two college professors (hence the whiff of autobiography in "Serious Man"), their attitude toward alienation is entirely different than if they'd come of age in Westchester or Woodland Hills. Although the film is ostensibly about a beleaguered professor whose life is falling apart (his wife is leaving him; his son owes money to a pot dealer; his daughter wants a nose job; his wonderfully weird, unemployable brother has set up camp on the living room couch), the character the Coens clearly identify with the most is the professor's 13-year-old son, who seems uncannily like a 13-year-old version of Joel Coen (who would have been roughly the same age in 1967, the year in which the movie is set). Bored and stoned most of the time, the kid bugs his dad to fix the TV antenna so he can watch "F Troop" and passes the time in Hebrew class listening to the Jefferson Airplane on the earpiece of his transistor radio, which sets up one of great jokes of the movie, which I won't give away, except to say that it somehow involves Grace Slick and an ancient, wonderfully inscrutable bearded rabbi. In "A Serious Man," we learn -- and I suppose you could call this one of the fundamental tenets of alienation -- that if you desperately look to wise men, in this case your local rabbis, for answers to the big questions in life, you're bound to be disappointed. It's a lesson the Beatles discovered at nearly the same time as this movie occurs, when they went to India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who ended up being such a disappointment that he was roundly mocked in the White Album's song, "Sexy Sadie."
According to the Coens, "A Serious Man" grew out of a story they wanted to tell about a bar mitzvah boy and a rabbi who was loosely based on a rabbi they knew as kids. As Ethan Coen described him: "This rabbi we knew was a sage, a Yoda. He said nothing, but he had a lot of charisma." In other words, he was the Coen brothers' perfect idea of a spiritual leader."

BUT WAIT... now for the Village Voice....
Ella Taylor wrote that the Coen brothers' film is filled with Ugly Jew iconography. The film is crowded with "fat Jews, aggressive Jews, passive-aggressive Jews, traitor Jews, loser Jews, shyster-Jews, emo-Jews, Jews who slurp their chicken soup, and-passing as sages-a clutch of yellow-teethed, know-nothing rabbis...."
She continues, "...If this were it, the movie would be no more than another dreary exercise in Coen Brothers sadism. But the visual impact of all these warty, unappetizing Jews (even the movie's obligatory anti-Semite looks handsome by comparison) carries 'A Serious Man' into the realm of the truly vicious. The production notes are larded with the Coen Brothers' disclaiming protestations of affection for their hapless characters, but make no mistake: We're being invited to share in their disgust...."
"...As usual, though, the Coens have more venal satisfactions in mind. "The fun of the story for us," they crow in the notes for this loathsome movie, "was inventing new ways to torture Larry." Is A Serious Man a work of Jewish self-loathing? Hard to tell, if only because-aside from Fargo's Marge Gunderson, one of the great creations of American cinema-just about every character the Coens create is meant to affirm their own superiority."

INDIEWIRE's REVIEW FROM TORONTO: Excerpt: "The facts speak for themselves: Born in the late 1950s, the Coens grew up in a Jewish suburb of Minneapolis most likely akin to the white picket fence world where Larry's story takes place. As a gateway to the filmmakers' nostalgia trip, the movie suggests an emotional honesty unseen in their previous films. If Larry's community bears a resemblance to the one of the Coens' youth, then we should be able to read it as a guide to the seeds of their inspiration. Larry's son embodies adolescent confusion, but he's also an essential witness (as the Coens may have been) to the religious community's tired rituals and incessant vanity. Coen characters who want to control their fates generally suffer as a result, and Larry makes no exception. The odds are always against him. Despite his good nature, he's punished for sincerity, a factor that injects the movie with secular convictions."
"Nearly everyone in "A Serious Man"-including, it seems, the handful of rabbis that Larry visits at the brink of his frustration-constantly chase their beliefs in desperate attempts to maintain faith in some grand scheme, and yet a final cohesive vision never comes together. A lengthy anecdote about teeth with godly engravings goes nowhere. Various other narrative tangents, such as Larry's attraction to a seductive neighbor seemingly lifted from "The Graduate," merely pile onto the story's existing density and occasional detract from its underlying substance. However, the Coens sustain the movie through its arbitrary moments thanks to their handy playbook of bizarre cinematic techniques, including offbeat musical montages, dream sequences and an array of compelling performances. It's disorientation as entertainment. On paper, Larry's plight almost makes sense, but the big picture remains unfocused."
"Instead, we get fragments of ideas that implicitly criticize the restricted nature of Larry's Jewish community. The Coens perfected the art of the strange a long time ago, but I'm not sure if they've ever been quite so esoteric: "A Serious Man" opens with a quote from the Talmudic scholar Rashi, drifts into a late-1800s prologue spoken entirely in Yiddish, and contains unsubtitled Hebrew school jargon. Larry's wife tells him she needs a "get"-a Jewish certificate of divorce-so that she doesn't become an "agunah," a woman chained to her marriage. Since the Coens explain so little, many viewers will identify with Larry's ongoing confusion. There's an undeniable Biblical quality to his Job-like suffering as he desperately tries to justify his misfortunes. "Is Hashem trying to say we are all one?" he wonders aloud after a plot twist that would suggest as much. He gets no clear answer, and neither do we."
"Still, the Coens actually manage to deliver a vaguely heartwarming fable about family bonds and coming-of-age experiences (the stoned bar mitzvah climax qualifies as one of their great set pieces). But just when the sentimentalism settles in, the brothers retreat from a neat finale, allowing Larry's world to simply devolve into an endless tsunami of tsuris."

Ben Walters in TimeOutSydney writes: "Towards the end of the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski, a black-clad German complains that a situation isn't fair. 'Fair?' splutters Walter Sobchak (John Goodman). 'Who's the fucking nihilist around here?!' Life isn't fair for the lead of the Coens' latest, A Serious Man, either: Larry Gopnik (Michael Stuhlbarg), a mild-mannered mathematics professor in 1967 suburban Jewish Minnesota, is struggling with a crumbling marriage, alienated kids, a burdensome brother, malicious professional rumours, a siren neighbour and incessant calls from a mail-order record company. Unlike the nihilists, however, Larry has faith: he is a conscientious Jew and tries to be a serious man. So, to quote a Jefferson Airplane song from the film's soundtrack, when the truth is found to be lies and all the hope within you dies... Then what? Glanced at in many of the Coens' earlier films, Jewishness is front and centre here, from the shtetl-set, Yiddish-speaking prologue to the hermetically Jewish community in which Larry lives. Drawing on the actual milieu of their own adolescence, the filmmakers - past masters of outré production design and sardonic genre subversion - play things relatively straight to tell a story that, for all its plentiful absurdities, is sincerely engaged with the challenge of unjust suffering. Bewildered, desperate, nose twitching in perplexity, Stuhlbarg's Larry has been compared to Job; understandably, given his host of burdens and the setting's Old Testament overtones. Yet Larry is perhaps closer to Kafka's Josef K, another put-upon character who suffers an unwarranted ordeal without quite being heroic. The Coens nod at some familiar stylistic tropes - florid swearing, sexual euphemism, crusty, aged characters - but the film's potency is rooted in quiet precision and detailed realisation. Roger Deakins's typically polished photography gives an oppressively hard edge to Midwestern suburbia while the sound design is a wondrous melange of soup-slurping, hacking coughs, gastric juices and ominous clanging. Stuhlbarg, a Tony-winning stage actor, leads a largely unknown but impeccable cast that also includes Sari Lennick as Larry's no-nonsense wife, Fred Melamed as her smug, unctuous lover and Richard Kind as Larry's sad-sack brother, forever draining a cyst on his neck. Established religion offers Larry little consolation but the idea of faith, or at least good living, that emerges from his struggle matches the sensibility the Coens have unobtrusively espoused throughout their work: reject worldly status, bear trials with humility, find joy in fellow-feeling. Bad things happen to good people. To acknowledge - even, as storytellers, to embrace - this fact is not to indulge in nihilism, but to make more urgent the social task that might mitigate its effects. You better find somebody to love. Ben Walters"

ANCHRONISMS AND SPOILERS... SPOILERS:
Larry is on his roof and sees his Jewish neighbor sunbathing topless. King David sat Batsheva this same way.
In the last scene.... This of how God spoke to Job from out of a whirlwind that He will not explain why these bad things have happened.
Is the dybbuk in Scene 1 an allegory for the Book of Job and God conferring with the devil on Job (Larry)
Considerable attention was paid to the setting; it was important to the Coens to find a neighborhood of original-looking suburban rambler homes as they would have appeared in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, in the mid-1960s. Locations were scouted in nearby communities Edina, Richfield, Brooklyn Center, and Hopkins before a suitable location was found in Bloomington.
Location filming began on September 8, 2008, in Minnesota. An office scene was shot at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. The film also used a set built in the school's library, as well as a small section of the second floor science building hallway. The synagogue is the B'Nai Emet Synagogue in St. Louis Park. The Coen brothers also shot some scenes in St. Olaf College's old science building because of its similar period architecture.
Composer is Carter Burwell : He fits his score music to flow perfectly into the Jefferson Airplane tracks. In "Good Riddance/The Canal" the rocking guitar licks picks up the pace until the track fades out and we hear the same guitar licks repeated in "Somebody To Love." Similarly, the track "The Roof" blends effortlessly into the slow-moving Airplane track "Comin' Back To Me." Closing piece is by Sidor Belarsky. Sidor Belarksy's yiddish recording "Dem Milner's Trern" wraps the album up nicely and serves as a reminder of the steadfastly Jewish outlook of the film
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enwcwzvPrp4
The song was composed by M. M. Warshavsky (1840-1907). Last verses are: I heard it said they want to drive me out, away from my village and away from the mill.
Wheel turns, years pass, without an end, without a goal.
Exiled from happiness, I remain without it.
No wife or child, myself alone.
Wheel turns, years pass, I am lonely as a stone.
Where will I live?
Who will care for? me?
I'm already old, I'm already tired.
Wheel turns, years pass, and with them also go the Jews.

In the dybbuk story at the start... the husband sees Fyvush Finkel and sees him as alive. His wife sees him as a dybbuk, takes action, and saves their lives. Does she face reality, which her husband does not? Does this mean that Larry goes through life and does not see reality? Does the dentist find happiness by realizing that the teeth and message from god are not to be considered and that just living without the message will bring sleepful nights and happiness? Does Larry believe that by understanding the mathematics in physics, certainty will result? But Schroedinger's cat, with all its math, only brings uncertainty. Is the Korean student who doesn't get the math actually better off since he knows that even with all the math, there is still no certainty in life??
In the real Schroedinger's Cat, Schroedinger said that there is mystery and not certainty. There is a cat in a box. It is alive or dead. But if you look inside the box, the cat will die. So how do you know without looking, but looking will probably kill the cat.

Anita

TITLE: Anita
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Marcos CARNEVALE
COUNTRY: Argentina
LANGUAGE: Spanish with English ST
TIME: 106 minutes
SOURCE: Seen at Pusan Korea Film Festival. Mc Millecento Srl Godoy Cruz,1574 (1414), Buenos Aires, Argentina 54 11 4588 9200 54 11 4588 9200 pkirzner@pol-ka.com.ar
TEXT: Buenos Aires' 1994 AMIA bombing provides the backdrop for this story of a young woman with Down syndrome and her quest for understanding in its aftermath. That July morning is a normal one for Anita and her mother at their small stationery shop; she stocks the shelves and her mother goes to the bank. After a car bomb goes off in front of the Jewish community center, Anita walks out of the shattered shop and into the streets and is confronted with disaster. She decides she needs to find her mother. Sure that she'll return at three o'clock, Anita begins a heartbreaking search, trapped in time like the store's broken clock and the rest of the country. Director Marcos Carnevale never fixates on Anita's Down status, instead, he uses her hopeful, baffled gaze as a way to relay the chaos of the city after the tragedy and the lingering questions of "Why?" Anita's emotional voyage also brings the bonds that we share-or don't share-into sharp relief with subtle strokes.

Broken Promise

TITLE: Broken Promise
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Jiri CHLUMSKY
COUNTRY: Slovak Republic / Czech Republic /USA
LANGUAGE: Czech with English ST
TIME: 124
SOURCE: Seen at Pusan Intnl Film Festival, October 2009. Film Europe/SPI international SPI International - CZ Office, Branicka 209, Prague, 142 00 Praha 4, Czech Republic 420 739 592 040 420 244 400 075 info@filmeurope.eu
TEXT: "The most satisfactory dramas have proven to be real life stories. Whatever we may fictionalize can never be as real as if created from the course of life. It needs to be handled most respectfully and conveyed most faithfully." - Jirí Clumsy
Based on Martin Friedmann-Petrasek's autobiography, [Broken Promise] looks at one of the world's defining historical events - The Holocaust - through the eyes of a young, carefree, football-loving Slovakian boy as he morphs into a mature, fighting realist. Bouncing from one death camp to another during WWII, Martin comes of age under a cloud of hatred and violence often finding the same predicament where he expected safe haven. By illustrating Martin's repeated confrontations with dangerous anti-Semitism, director Jirí Chlumsky makes poignant statements about the arbitrary nature of life in both peace and wartime, and the agony of denying one's identity in order to merely survive. Ultimately a Jewish story, the film nonetheless resonates for the knowledge that persecution of this kind persists today. Jiri is the director of TERMINAL STATION

Lebanon

TITLE: Lebanon
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Samuel Maoz
COUNTRY: Israel/ France/ Germany
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English subtitles
TIME: 92
SOURCE: Celluloid Dreams I the directors label 2, rue Turgot, Paris, 75009, France 33 1 4970 0370 33 1 4970 0371 info@celluloid-dreams.com
TEXT: Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice in September 2009. Featured at Toronto 2009, NYFF in September 2009, and Pusan in October 2009. Theatrical release in Israel in late October 2009. Last year's autobiographical [Waltz with Bashir] looked at the Israeli-Lebanese war of 1982 as a series of remembrances wrought in animated images. With "Lebanon", Samuel (Shmulik) Maoz examines the same conflict as seen by a group of soldiers in a tank. Following commander Assi, Herzl, the loader, Shmulik the gunner and the driver Yigal on what should be a simple clean-up mission, the four young men disobey orders, panic, and wind up killing civilians. There is an universality to the film-this could be any war-that lives in its portrayal of the solider as inherently unfit for duty. None of the men has any burning desire to kill, which sets [Lebanon] apart from traditional images of soldiers as either consummate professionals or trigger happy thugs. Unlike the more philosophical earlier film, [Lebanon] focuses on the visceral horror of warfare regardless of what gave rise to it. Unfolding entirely within the confines of the tank, we experience the world and the war as the crew does: through a constant barrage of noise and the crosshairs of a gun.
And now my write up from the NYFF:

Samuel Maoz was born in Tel Aviv, where he studied cinematography at the Beit Tzvi school. He has worked as a production designer in film and television, and has also directed documentaries, television series and theatre productions. [Lebanon] is his first feature film.
Production house: metro@metrocom.co.il

Four Seasons Lodge

TITLE: Four Seasons Lodge
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Andrew Jacobs / Matt Lavine
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: First Run Features, and also www.fourseasonsmovie.org
TEXT: Andy Jacobs, a New York Times Reporter who owns an old dairy farm near Ellenville in the Catskills, wrote stories on a remaining bungalow village of Holocaust survivors who Summered in the Catskills for three decades. No one mentions it, but many of the bungalow colonies there were made up of enclaves of Holocaust survivors, Jews of various politics, religious beliefs, customs, etc., who came together to celebrate life. As they have aged, they must decide what to do with their communal properties. This is a documentary film based on the newspaper stories. Albert Maysles, probably one of the greatest living documentary filmmakers, signed on as one of the cinematographers. His gray hair made the bungalow residents a little more comfortable opening up to the filmmakers. Here are 100 people who lost perhaps all their family members, who in their new lives have bonded into a new family. The documentary focuses on a half dozen of the residents as they tell their stories, live a Summer, deal with illnesses and past losses - maybe future losses - and determine what to do next.

Killing Kasztner. The Jew Who Dealt with Nazis

TITLE: Killing Kasztner
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Gaylen Ross
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: killingkasztner.com or Gaylen Ross at www.grfilmsinc.com
TEXT: A documentary by Gaylen Ross about Reszo Rudolph Kasztner, a mostly forgotten, rarely discussed, Hungarian Jew who negotiated to save 1,684 Jews during the Holocaust. He paid the SS $1000 a head for them. After saving them, he emigrated to Israel, scraped by with a government job, and was later accused of being a Nazi collaborator by an controversial Israeli pamphleteer and Irgun member. It was more of an attack on Ben Gurion's party, like saying that Obama employs America-haters. The government sued; Kasztner was later cleared in 1958, but in 1957, he was assassinated in Tel Aviv by Ze'ev Eckstein, who appears in the film. This doc explores the story and asks whether or not Kasztner was a hero, and why Israel needed martyrs in the Fifties and not someone who appeared to collaborate

Breaking Upwards

TITLE: Breaking Upwards
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Daryl Wein
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 88 video
SOURCE: http://www.breakingupwards.com/
TEXT: Actors Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones play themselves in this spunky, heartfelt New York story about autonomy, dependence, connection, and originality. She's the sizzling actress; he's the promising young writer. Not yet ready for a complete break-up, they schedule "on" and "off" days with one another. The twists and turns of Zoe and Daryl's relationship rival those of Woody Allen's most memorable characters. Daryl Wein Director Mister Lister Films 332 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10014 Phone: +1 203-856-6381

Broken Lines

TITLE: Broken Lines
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Sallie Aprahamian
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 112 35mm
SOURCE: E1 Entertainment International 175 Bloor Street, North Tower, Ste. 1400 Toronto, ON M4W 3R8 Canada Phone: +1 416-646-2400
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Paul Bettany (A Beautiful Mind) stars in this British feature set in the Finsbury Park section of London. He's an ex-boxer, now paralyzed from a stroke suffered during a match, and his girlfriend B (Doraly Rosa), a waitress, is his sole support. Then a young Jewish lawyer who lives with his wealthy fiancée walks into B's café. He's in Finsbury Park to close up his late father's tailor shop. Their steamy attraction for one another - part chemistry, part shared Jewishness - forces questions about loyalty and freedom.

Broken Time / Z'man Shavur

TITLE: Broken Time
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ilan Amit
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 25 video
SOURCE: Estee Nemeth Film Distributor City Dog Films 234/2 Dizengoff St. Tel Aviv 63115 Israel Phone: +972 52-4228624 estee506@yahoo.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Broken Time Short. Daniel, a withdrawn 11 year-old, lives under his mother's strict supervision. Every day after school, he stays at home alone, waiting for her 3 o'clock return from work. One day, a strong explosion rips through Tel Aviv. People in his building are talking about a terrorist attack, and Daniel's mother has not yet arrived. As the hours pass, Daniel's anxiety leads him to an act that will change his life.

Eli & Ben / Eli v' Ben

TITLE: Eli & Ben / Eli v' Ben
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Ori Ravid
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew w/ English ST
TIME: 89 min 35mm
SOURCE: Hedva Goldschmidt Distributor Go2Films 37/8 Issar Natanzon St. Jerusalem 97787 Israel Phone: +972 2-583-1371 Fax: +972 2-583-5450 www.go2films.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. In Ori Ravid's debut feature film, hunky Lior Ashkenazi (Walk on Water) plays father and husband Ben, the city architect of the Tel Aviv suburb, Herzliya. Ben's father, also an architect, is about to win the Israel Prize. Ben's son, Eli, is 12. Watching the police take his father into custody changes everything for Eli. When the police question him about his father's actions, Eli begins to feel like a double agent. Where, he wonders, is the truth? Premiered at the 2008 Haifa International Film Festival. See trailer on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_S44BLVO3E Also winner of Grand Prize at Moscow Children's Fest November 2009

Eve

TITLE: Eve
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Natalie Portman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 20 minutes 35mm
SOURCE: Jessica Scott HandsomeCharlie Films 1720-1/2 Whitley Ave Los Angeles, CA 90028 USA Phone: +1 323-462-6013 www.handsomecharliefilms.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 When Kate (Olivia Thirlby) goes to visit her Grandma Lola (Lauren Bacall) for a private dinner, she is surprised to find herself the third wheel on her Grandma's date with Joe (Ben Gazzara). This carefully observed film marks actress Natalie Portman's directorial debut.

Father Glasberg / Le Myst're Glasberg

TITLE: Father Glasberg
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Julie Bertuccelli
COUNTRY: France, Israel
LANGUAGE: French and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 95 minutes in video
SOURCE: Emmanuel Chouraqui Beamlight 16, boulevard Saint Germain Paris 75005 France Phone: +33 6 60 55 08 85 www.beam-light.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Documentary In early 20th century Ukraine, the Glasberg family escaped pogroms by converting to Russian Orthodoxy. One son became a French resistance fighter; the other converted to Catholicism and became a priest in France. As Father Glasberg, he saved hundreds of Jews during World War II, helped refugees flee to Israel after the War - and spoke Yiddish when he visited old age homes. This film wonders aloud at the Jewish sources of his dedication to social justice, and introduces us to a man ultimately honored as a righteous gentile by Israel's Yad VaShem. BJFF was genius when they showed the film and hd a local Catholic theologian introduce it.

Gdanski Railway Station / Dworzec Gdanski

TITLE: Gdanski Railway Station
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz
COUNTRY: Poland
LANGUAGE: Polish with English ST
TIME: 56 min video
SOURCE: Beata Biel TVN S.A. ul. Plk. Dabka 2 Krakow 30-832 Poland Phone: +48 12-65-28-142 www.tvn.pl
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Documentary. In Paris, 1968 meant the May riots. Further east, in Moscow, the KGB kept an eye on refuseniks, those Jews wanting to emigrate to Israel. In Poland, in 1968, when Premier Gomulka told the Jews to leave, Gdanski Railway Station was the place they went to take the train out of Poland. This film brings us closer to a time and place we might have been too busy to notice

Gefilte Fish

TITLE: Gefilte Fish
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Shelly King
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 10 minute short video
SOURCE: Shelly Kling Director 11 Megiddo Street Tel Aviv 64387 Israel Phone: +972 773450262 shellyka@netvision.net.il
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 In Gali's family, every engaged woman has to prepare gefilte fish for her fiancé, as a good-luck charm for the marriage. When Gali becomes engaged to Yaron, her mother and grandmother give her a live carp to cook. But those pitiful big carp eyes just beg Gali to abandon her family tradition.

The Girl on the Train / La Fille du RER

TITLE: The Girl on the Train
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: André Téchiné
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 105 min in 35mm
SOURCE: www.strandreleasing.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Noted French director André Téchiné (Wild Reeds) uses a real-life, horrific incident as the foundation for a story about family and identity. Jeanne (Emilie Duquenne) spends her days job-hunting, roller-blading with her boyfriend, and chatting with her mother (Catherine Deneuve). Suddenly, Jeanne becomes the focus of media attention when she declares herself the victim of an anti-Semitic attack. Not Jewish herself, she manages to sully the name of her mother's old friend, a lawyer (Michel Blanc) married to a foreigner, Judith (Ronit Elkabetz)

Harlan - In the Shadow of Jew Süss / Harlan - Im Schatten von Jud Suss

TITLE: Harlan - In the Shadow of Jew Süss
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Felix Moeller
COUNTRY: Germany
LANGUAGE: German, French, Italian with English subtitles
TIME: 99 min video
SOURCE: www.zeitgeistfilms.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Documentary. Veit Harlan was one of Nazi Germany's most successful and influential film directors. His film Jud Süss, seen by millions of Germans, was so anti-Semitic it is still banned from German movie theatres. Tried twice after WWII for crimes against humanity, he was twice acquitted. Director Felix Moeller (The Verhoevens) shows us the profound impact Harlan's talent and villainy have on his children and grandchildren. By focusing on this unique family, Moeller's chilling documentary illuminates the legacy of Nazi Germany's artistic life.

Hello Goodbye

TITLE: Hello Goodbye
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Graham Guit
COUNTRY: France Israel
LANGUAGE: French with ST
TIME: 95 min in 35mm
SOURCE: www.liberationentertainment.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. French superstars Gérard Depardieu and Fanny Ardant headline this comedy about a couple with an empty nest in Paris who try to build a new one in the Promised Land. He plays Alain, a successful gynecologist and an assimilated Jew. She's beautiful, bourgeois Gisčle, who converted when she married Alain. Now Gisčle wants to reinvent herself as an Israeli. How difficult can that be? Hilariously difficult, especially when Gisčle's Hebrew teacher is a rabbi played by Lior Ashkenazi.

He's My Girl / La Folle Histoire D'amour de Simon Eskenazi

TITLE: He's My Girl
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: He's My Girl / La Folle Histoire D'amour de Simon Eskenazi
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: in 35mm
SOURCE: www.bacfilms.fr
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Director Jean-Jacques Zilbermann checks in on Simon and Rosalie, the stars of his Man is a Woman ten years after their marriage breaks up. Simon's Ashkenazi mother accepts that he's gay, but doesn't realize that her pretty nurse is the Arab cross-dresser who steals her son's heart. In the midst of this farce, Rosalie returns to Paris to star in "Fiddler on the Roof," with her new family in tow: a husband and the precocious son whom Simon hasn't seen in a decade. It's a bit of a tzimmes, of the tastiest sort.

Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger

TITLE: Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Cathy Randall
COUNTRY: Australia
LANGUAGE: Australian English
TIME: 102 min in 35mm
SOURCE: Lightning Entertainment 301 Arizona Avenue, Suite 400 Santa Monica, CA 90401 USA Phone: +1 310-255-1200 Fax: +1 310-255-7998
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Writer/director Cathy Randall's debut feature, Hey, Hey, It's Esther Blueburger, is an engaging, quirky coming-of-age comedy that explores what it's really like to be an outsider in your own world. Esther is not like other girls; she befriends a duck, talks to God through the toilet and break-dances at her Bat Mitzvah. Life changes when Esther meets Sunni and she learns that it's OK to be different, and that being true to yourself is more important than fitting in. Stars Keisha Castle-Hughes and Toni Collette. Note: this film contains some sexual content.

How To: be or not to Be

TITLE: How To: be or not to Be
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Erga Netz
COUNTRY: Netherlands
LANGUAGE: Dutch, English with subtitles
TIME: 58 in video
SOURCE: Erga Netz. erga@antv.nl www.antv.nl
TEXT: North American premiere at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Composed of "five seasons and multi-cultures," this documentary goes in search of identity and tolerance by filming a unique theatre school in Amsterdam that draws twelve students from all over The Netherlands. Loes Hegger, their mentor, feeds them an idea from a 1907 Sholom Aleichem novel, The Bloody Hoax, in which a Jew and a gentile switch roles. In a culture that prides itself on openness, the students' goal is to create meaningful art. The camera's rapid motion and jump cuts echo the energy of these budding actors

Lake 68 / Agam 68

TITLE: Lake 68
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Irit Shamgar
COUNTRY: Israel, Poland
LANGUAGE: Polish and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 58
SOURCE: Transfax Film Productions 3 Yagia Kapayim Street, 3rd Fl. Tel Aviv 67778 Israel Phone: +972 3-687-1202 Fax: +972 3-687-1499
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Lake 68 by Irit Shamgar is a Documentary. In this intimate film, Israeli director Irit Shamgar visits her late father's closest friends - prominent Warsaw journalists and ardent Communists who were among the Jews that Gomulka's Poland expelled in 1968. Dispersed to Sweden, Denmark, France, Canada, the US, Netherlands and Israel, the families now gather each summer by an enchanted lake in a village in northern Poland. Although many describe themselves as "being from nowhere," the gorgeous cinematography in Lake 68 helps us understand why the lake is the nearest thing they have to home

Leap of Faith

TITLE: Leap of Faith
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Antony Benjamin, Stephen Z. Friedman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 95 min video
SOURCE: www.humblefilms.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Leap of Faith is a documentary about 4 American families who struggle with a life-altering decision to abandon their childhood Christian faith for conversion to Orthodox Judaism. A young woman from Trinidad; a family who leaves their dream home in the remote mountains of Colorado; a career Army woman and single mother; and an elderly couple. Each finally finds the faith for which they've long searched. Filmed over a three-year period, Leap of Faith is the rare documentary to chronicle not only the deeply emotional process of religious conversion, but also its effects on children and extended families.

Leaving the Fold / Quitter Le Bercail

TITLE: Leaving the Fold
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Eric R. Scott
COUNTRY: Canada, USA, Israel
LANGUAGE: English, French, Hebrew with subtitles
TIME: 52min in 35mm
SOURCE: www.7thart.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Documentary. Director Eric R. Scott tells the riveting stories of five people in their twenties who were born and raised within the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world but no longer wish to remain on the inside. Singer-songwriter Basya Schecter's evocative soundtrack expresses the voice of women in Hasidism. Schecter describes growing up in a closed society where deviation from the rules of conduct is punishable by ostracism, intimidation or worse. Most pay a steep price for having abandoned their parents and community; this documentary shows their complicated freedom. Received the Best Documentary Award at the 2009 International Festival of Cinema and Religion in Rome.

Family On The Edge

TITLE: Family on the Edge
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Gilad Goldschmidt
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME:
SOURCE: Gilad Goldschmidt Phone: 972-2-5831371 E-mail: giligo11@walla.com Address: 37/8 Issar Natanzon St. Jerusalem 97787 Israel
TEXT: Shown at 2009 International Festival of Cinema and Religion in Rome. Documentary. On the basis of a family experience that could look anecdotal, the director manages to evoke metaphorically the mystery of the spiritual challenge of a community. With intelligence, originality and humor, he tackles successfully a present issue and underlines the values of unity and respect in family life, of endurance in the face of basic challenges and of acceptance of one's limits. Yoram Drucker, a 42 years old Modern Orthodox Jew from Jerusalem, has a dream. To take His family, including their eight-years-old daughter, Chen, to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa (5895 Meters/ 19,640 feet). Thousands of people try to do it and four 4 people die on average, each year, on the mountain. Yoram is sure this type of a family experience is what builds the long term foundation of one's personality, of family-hood. Family on the Edge follows the Drucker Family on their Journey- starting from the careful preparations, through the Physical and Mental challenges they face, until the dramatic ending. Family on the Edge touches issues of familyhood, Man & Nature. A glance into the life of a unique family that makes you think of your own. A film about the priorities in life, and about dreams. Festivals: Religion Today Film Festival, Italy 2009; Jewish Eye Film Festival 2009; Cinemateque Jerusalem, November 2009; Cinemateque Tel Aviv, November 2009; Cinemateque Sderot, November 2009; Washington Jewish Film Festival. The filmmaker was born in Israel in 1967 and is the father of fourHe is a graduate of HAR ETZYON (GUSH) Hesder Yeshiva and the Ma`ale School of Television, Film and the Arts.

Look Into My Eyes / Antishemiut Mitachat Lifney Ha'Shetach

TITLE: Look into My Eyes / Antishemiut Mitachat Lifney Ha'Shetach
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Naftaly Gliksberg
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew, English, French, German, Polish with English ST
TIME: 75
SOURCE: TTV Productions 255 B' Dizengoff Street Tel Aviv 63117 Israel Phone: +972 3-5469-222 Fax: +972 3-546-9224 info@ttv.co.il
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Is anti-Semitism a buzzword for all kinds of real or imagined slights? Israeli cinematographer Naftaly Gliksberg, born in Ukraine, sets out to investigate current public opinion of anti-Semitism in several locales around the globe and discovers some shocking and surprising facts. His wry, disarming manner encourages anti-Semites to speak without rancor or constraint. You will be astonished by what you hear.

Maharal

TITLE: Maharal
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Pavel Jandourek
COUNTRY: Czech Republic
LANGUAGE: Czech with English ST
TIME: 100 min in 35mm
SOURCE: jitka.prochazkova@ceskatelevize.cz www.ceskatelevize.cz
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Three children - Alena, David and Ondra - join the charismatic treasure-seeker Aaron Cohen, a Jewish Indiana Jones, in search of Prague's mythical Golem and the legendary Stone of the Sages. Created out of clay in the 1500s by the Chief Rabbi (or Maharal) of Prague, the silent Golem's purpose was to protect the Jewish community. Filmed on location in Prague, Maharal's highlights include an ancient water castle, an art theft, strange beings from long ago ... and a car chase! Note: For ages 10 and up

Nes Gadol Project

TITLE: Nes Gadol Project
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Isaac Brown, Nadia Ramoutar
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 10 minute short
SOURCE: Jellyfish Smack Productions P.O Box 435 Yulee, FL 32041 Phone: +1 904-415-2089 jellyfishsmack@gmail.com www.jellyfishsmack.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Inspired by Autism: The Musical, Talia approaches a school for mentally handicapped children with her Bat Mizvah project. This deceptively simple, upbeat documentary chronicles the combined song-and-dance performance of Talia's community theatre troupe and a group of special-needs students in Jacksonville, Florida.

Pizza in Auschwitz / Pizza b'Auschwitz

TITLE: Pizza in Auschwitz
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Moshe Zimerman
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew Polish, Lithuanian, English with subtitles
TIME: 65 minutes in video
SOURCE: Trabelsi Productions 12 Tiomkin Street Tel Aviv 65783 Israel Phone: +972 3 5660398 info@trabelsiproductions.com www.trabelsiproductions.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Pizza in Auschwitz is a documentary that had its North American Premiere at the BJFF. Don't let the title put you off - this is a Holocaust survivor's trip back like no other. Danny Chanoch, who claims a B.A. (Bachelor of Auschwitz) degree, has persuaded his grown-up children, Miri and Sagi, to travel with him to the death camps' remains in Lithuania and Poland. This joyful, driven man wants to fulfill a life-long fantasy: spending the night in his old barracks in Auschwitz. Needless to say, sharing a pizza in the barracks (Barracks 10, Lager A) is not Miri's idea of a father-daughter bonding experience. Danny was only 10 when he arrived at Birkenau and a labor camp. His number is B2823. This film is quite amazing. I, personally, have never seen a Holocaust documentary in which the survivor actually explains his life in the barracks, the lice, the clothes, the screaming, and the attitudes between the people. And when his children rebel and try to get him to stay in the hotel and not the barracks for the night, the psycho drama that begins is nothing short of remarkable. Perhaps any festival that shows it should have a psychotherapist as a speaker afterwards

Room and a Half / Poltory Komnaty Ili Sentimentalnoje Put'estvije Na Rodinu

TITLE: Room and a Half
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Andrey Khrzhanovsky
COUNTRY: Russia
LANGUAGE: Russian with subtitles
TIME: 130 min in 35mm
SOURCE: Seagull Films NYC alla.verlotsky@gmail.com www.seagullfilms.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Forced into exile in 1972, Russian-born, liberal, Jewish Josef Brodsky became our country's poet laureate and won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Arguably one of the greatest Russian poets of his time, Brodsky would feel right at home in former animator Khrzhanovsky's swirling dream of a film. By no means a straightforward biography, it takes liberties with the poet's life, merging live action, still photography and animated silhouettes to mirror the sources of Brodsky's own work. "Inspired by a poet, Khrzhanovsky has created his own poetry. (Variety)"

Sidney Turtlebaum

TITLE: Sidney Turtlebaum
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Tristram Shapeero
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 19min in 35mm
SOURCE: Third Man Films www.thirdmanfilms.co.uk
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Sidney Turtlebaum is a bittersweet comedy set in present day Golders Green, the heart of London's Jewish community. Sidney (Sir Derek Jacobi) is an elderly con man who sneaks into funerals, distracts the crowd with songs and tales of the deceased . . . and steals from them. When Sidney meets young, wide-eyed Gabriel (Rupert Evans), he takes him under his wing. They enjoy a rollicking journey across London, one tinged with pain and regret.

So Soon Forgotten

TITLE: So Soon Forgotten
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Zack Bernbaum
COUNTRY: Canada
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 15 minute short in 35mm
SOURCE: Lauren Avinoam Festival Coordinator Ouat Media Toronto www.ouatmedia.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Set in German Nazi occupied Hungary, 1944: Hitler's "Final Solution" is in full effect. Within three months, 400,000 Jews are forced into cattle cars and transported to the gas chambers. Otto Teibeth, an SS officer, is determined to stop one of these trains. Inspired by true events, So Soon Forgotten is a story about human decency and the willingness to put oneself at risk for the sake of others

Sons of Sakhnin United / B'naei Sakhnin

TITLE: Sons of Sakhnin United
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Christopher Browne
COUNTRY: USA, Israel
LANGUAGE: English, Hebrew, and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 84
SOURCE: Roger Bennett Producer 110 E. 59th Str, 26th Fl New York, NY 10022 USA Phone: +1 212-931-0108 rogeracbp@aol.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. | USA, Israel | Language: English, Hebrew, Arabic with subtitles As the Israeli-Arab conflict swirls around them, a mostly Arab soccer team with a Jewish coach plays in Sakhnin, a small, poor town in the Galilee. Sons of Sakhnin United follows the quixotic journey of B'nai Sakhnin, the first Arab soccer team to become Israeli champions. How long can this living statement of coexistence remain in the spotlight, with the weight of so many expectations on its shoulders? Director Christopher Browne has created a story for fans of both sports and politics.

The Tale of Nicolai and the Law of Return

TITLE: The Tale of Nicolai and the Law of Return
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: David Ofek
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Romanian, Hebrew with subtitles
TIME: 54
SOURCE: Eden Productions Ltd. 84 Arlozorov Street Tel Aviv 62647 Israel Phone: +972 3-5273403
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 Documentary. The collapse of Communism puts Nicolai, like thousands of other Romanians, out of work. He leaves his family to earn money in Israel. After three years as a "guest worker," tired of giving most of his pay to his employer, Nicolai becomes an "illegal." Caught and sent to prison, his life takes an abrupt turn. Noted documentarian David Ofek (The Hebrew Lesson, 2007 Festival) uses subtle irony to raise questions about who belongs in an increasingly diverse Israel. Best documentary film award, Wolgin Competition, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2008.

To Life / El Brindis

TITLE: To Life / El Brindis
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Shai Agosin
COUNTRY: CHILE
LANGUAGE: Spanish with ST
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Agosin Eventos Ltda Av. Del Valle 869 Of. 03. Ciudad Empresarial Huechuraba Santiago 8580000 Chile Phone: +56 2-4110400
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Beautiful Emilia, a Mexican photographer, has been invited to visit her long-estranged father, Isidoro, in his home in Valparaiso and to attend his Bar Mitzvah - as he turns 80. Full of trepidation, she flies to Valparaiso - breathtakingly scenic - where she meets her father's lively Chilean family. At the same time, she finds herself attracted to David, a man facing his own personal crisis. This bittersweet film sensitively portrays the pain and rewards that ensue when we become vulnerable enough to connect.

Wild / Pere

TITLE: Wild / Pere
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Abigail Zrenick
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 17
SOURCE: Galit Granot Head of Communications & Film Making Studies The Hebrew Reali School, Haifa 15 Aba Hushi Road Haifa 34786 Israel Phone: +972 4-8244721 ext. 140 granot123@gmail.com http://www.hareali-haivri.haifa.k12.il/newsite/index.asp
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009 A 28 year-old architect wakes up from an 8-month coma unable to remember anything about himself, his life or his wife. Going home is strange, when you can't remember your name or find the bathroom on your own. Suddenly, he regains his memory, but something's lost, and he's not quite sure what. Winner, best Haifa-Boston Connection film in Young Cinema juried contest, Haifa International Film Festival, 2008. Winner, Best Foreign-Language High School Dark Comedy Film, The International Hollywood Student Film Festival, 2008.

Within The Whirlwind

TITLE: Within The Whirlwind
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Marleen Gorris
COUNTRY: Germany, Poland, Belgium
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 98 min in 35mm
SOURCE: Moritz Hemminger Telepool/Cinepool Sonnenstr. 21 München 80331 Germany Phone: +49 89-55-87-60 cinepool@telepool.de www.telepool.de
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. From the bestselling memoirs of Russian Jewish poet Evgenia Ginzburg, Oscar-winning director Marleen Gorris (Antonia's Line) has crafted a sweeping, epic drama. Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves) portrays Ginzburg as she falls from Communist grace. Betrayed by her husband, she is forced to abandon her two children to serve her sentence of 10 years' hard labor in the desolate Soviet Gulag. Ulrich Tukur (The Lives of Others) plays the German doctor who is as much a prisoner as she, but who rekindles her passion for life.

The Wolberg Family

TITLE: The Wolberg Family
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Azelle Ropert
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 80min in 35mm
SOURCE: Pyramide Films 5. rue du Chevalier de Saint George Paris 75008 France Phone: +33 1.42.96.02.20 www.pyramidefilms.com/pyramideinternational/
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. This film was a highlight of the 2009 Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. The Wolberg Family is actress and screenwriter Axelle Ropert's first feature film. She labels it a "family melodrama." Simon Wolberg is mayor of a French provincial town, crazy in love with his wife, a nosy father to his lovely young daughter and dorky son and a bit of an annoyance to his own father. Will his obsession with family cause him to unravel? When is it time to let go - or to leave?

Zipper / Ritch-Ratch

TITLE: Zipper / Ritch-Ratch
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Asaph Polonsky
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 35 minute short video
SOURCE: Asaph Polonsky Ramat-Hasharon 47239 Israel asaph.p@gmail.com
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. Somewhere in Israel, Yaki is under house arrest. A builder, he's assaulted one of his workers, who is now in rehab. Walls full of jigsaw puzzle landscapes and medicine cabinets full of tranquilizers reflect Yaki's time alone. When Yaki learns his son is flying to Israel for his Bar Mitzvah, all he wants is to be present at the ceremony. In case he cannot be there, Yaki lets a persistent neighbor take his picture - over and over again. Is taking a picture really stealing a soul? If so, then what's the punishment?

Zrubavel

TITLE: Zrubavel
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Shmuel Beru
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew and Amharic with English ST
TIME: 72
SOURCE: Zrubavel Transfax Film Productions 3 Yagia Kapayim Street, 3rd Fl. Tel Aviv 67778 Israel Phone: +972 3-687-1202 Fax: +972 3-687-1499
TEXT: Shown at the Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2009. The first Israeli film directed by an Israeli Ethiopian, Zrubavel premiered at the 2008 Haifa International Film Festival. Zrubavel is seen in part through the video lens of Itzhak, the youngest of his Ethiopian immigrant family. Watch as the camera focuses on his beautiful aunt Almaz, whose wish to marry her cousin flies in the face of family tradition. At the same time, Itzhak's father is preoccupied with religious Judaism, and his uncle Gili is struggling in school. As family members adjust to their new country, old ways clash with new, causing fault lines to appear.

Menachem and Fred

TITLE: Menachem and Fred
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ofra Tevet, Ronit Kertsner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: go2films.com
TEXT: Sponsors: Channel 8 - Noga Communications, Germany - Filmstiftung Nrw, Mfg Baden Wurttemberg, Swr-Sudwestrundfunk, Sr-Saarlandischer Rundfunk. Winner of The Cinema for Peace award for most inspirational movie of the year Berlin 2009. This is the story of two brothers who for decades feared to meet. Attempting to repress their past and build new lives, the brothers buried dark secrets in their hearts. Only when rare letters were found, letters from their parents who were in a concentration camp at the time, to the orphanage where the brothers hid during the second world war, did Menachem and Fred start to re-establish contact and come to terms with their past. Menachem and Fred live in two extremes of Jewish identity. Fred is an American aerospace engineer. His children are married to Christians. Menachem is religious, holds a doctorate in education and lives in Jerusalem. His children live in West Bank settlements. The film accompanies Menachem and Fred on an emotionally charged journey that examines their past and probes their psyches. A strange, unexpected relationship develops with the Hopp family, sons of the Nazi who deported their family to the concentration camp. Dietmar Hopp is one of the wealthiest men in Germany owner of the software giant "SAP." This controversial relationship between the sons of the murderers and the sons of the murdered brings about a surprising development between the two families. The film raises existential questions pertaining to fate, survival, identity, life choices and their influence on the future generations. Shown at Stockholm Jewish Film Festival 2009; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival 2009; Silicon Valley Jewish Film festival, 2009; Calgary Jewish Film Festival, 2009; Vancouver Jewish Film Festival, 2009; Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2009

Across the River

TITLE: Across the River
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Duki Dror / Yael Shavit, Duki Dror
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Amharic and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 60
SOURCE: go2films.com
TEXT: Documentary. Moshe Rahamim (Tesgau Mahari) carries a great burden. For years he has been explaining and preaching, and yet, the pervasive HIV virus keeps killing in his community. Against the "silencing" policy of the Public Health Authority and the denial of the Ethiopian community, Moshe sets out to expose the disease and stop it from spreading. He goes back to Ethiopia, where he finds thousands of Ethiopians, waiting for years in compounds, where they are exposed to the HIV virus, to fulfill their dream and immigrate to Israel. How could all this have happened? This is not what Moshe had dreamed of, when he crossed the river and left his village. A journey back to his isolated village reveals a story about a curious young man, who marked the way to the exodus of the Ethiopian Jews, and now feels he must save his community. Jerusalem International Film Festival - Wolgin Competition, 2009.

Arab Labor

TITLE: Arab Labor
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Roni Ninio
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 75
SOURCE: Otherisrael.org
TEXT: More episodes from the successful groundbreaking satire, following Amjad, a 35-year-old Arab journalist, married to Bushara (a social worker) and father to Maya. Torn between his desire to become the darling of the In-crowd on one hand, and represent the suffering of Arabs at any given forum, he is mocked and criticized by his family and close community. Amjad's only ally is his friend Meir (an Israeli Jew) - a photographer who works with him at the newspaper, a sworn bachelor who falls In love with Amal, Bushara's feminist Arab friend. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

Badal

TITLE: Badal
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Ibtisam Mara'na
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 56
SOURCE:
TEXT: 'A Badal deal marriage' is the common practice of a Muslim tradition where a brother and sister from one family marry a sister and brother from another family - interlocking the two couples forever. Divorce on the part of one couple will immediately lead to the divorce of the other part of the deal. The film follows a family during the process of putting such a deal together. It portrays the lives of Palestinian women living within Israel, their difficulties and struggle to be a part of their traditional society vs. the quest to maintain their full rights as women, and citizens of a democratic state. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

City of Borders

TITLE: City of Borders
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Yun Suh
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: Englsh Hebrew and Arabic with English ST
TIME: 67
SOURCE:
TEXT: In the heart of Jerusalem stands an unusual symbol of unity that defies generations of segregation, violence and prejudice: a gay bar called "Shushan." This award-winning documentary goes inside this underground sanctuary where people of opposing nationalities, religions and sexual orientations create an island of peace in a land divided by war. Through a colorful cast of characters from all walks of life, the film explores the effort to find and share a sense of community in spite of differences of religion and nationality. The film follows some Palestinians as they secretly cross the border through a fence into Israel to dance at the bar. It also follows on young Israeli Jewish gay man who lives in a settlement and wants to marry his BF and votes to the right, as well as the owner of Shushan who is a an openly gay Jweish left wing city councilman in Jerusalem. A very unique and informative film, and enjoyable, except for the parts filmed in the offices of the Jerusalem City Council that shows the more religious Jewish Jerusalem city council members berating threatening and insulting the owner of Shushan. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

ID Blues

TITLE: ID Blues
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Chaim Yavin
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 100
SOURCE:
TEXT: Two new episodes from the five-part travel-log by legendary news person Chaim Yavin, examining different sectors of Arabs living in Israel, presenting matters of life, history, and culture in Arab society in Israel. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

Laila's Birthday

TITLE: Laila's Birthday
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Rashid Masharawi
COUNTRY: Netherlands/Palestine/Tunisia
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 72
SOURCE:
TEXT: A comically existential fable about a day in the life of a former-judge-turned-taxi driver, on the day of his daughter Laila's seventh birthday. His only goal is to be home early with a present and a cake, but life takes him through many twists and turns before he gets home. His customers include a young Romeo who hires the taxi to have a place "alone" with his lover; a housewife who'll stop anywhere there's a free-food giveaway, armed Palestinian militia members, and an ex-convict who leaves his cell phone in the cab. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

SAZ - The Palestinian Rapper for Change

TITLE: SAZ - The Palestinian Rapper for Change
YEAR: 2005
DIR/PROD: Gil Karni
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 51
SOURCE:
TEXT: An intimate documentary following budding Palestinian-Israeli hip-hop star from Ramlah, Sameh Zakout, a.k.a. Saz. The film follows his transformation from a young unknown rap singer into an international success, as well as his youthful quest for identity transformed into the voice of a struggling nation. The film also focuses on his relationship with his grandfather, an Israeli-Arab communist. Their conversations reveal their differing ideologies: "I don't see my Palestine being built by blood," says Saz. "It should be built by negotiations, not bombings. My bullets are my rhymes. My M-16 is my microphone." Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

Telling Strings

TITLE: Telling Strings
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Anne-Marie Haller
COUNTRY: Switzerland
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 60
SOURCE:
TEXT: A rare look into the profound workings of the Jubran family, a Palestinian family of musicians from al-Rameh village in the northern Galilee. The Father, Elias, a musician and instructor has been building traditional string instruments such as ouds and bouzouqs in his al-Rameh workshop since 1965. The film connects the history of two generations and questions cultural identity between protest, resignation and hope. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

The Invisible

TITLE: The Invisible
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Gil Karni
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 70
SOURCE:
TEXT: A 12-year-long diary of the Bedouin village "Arab al-Na'im" in the Galillee and their struggle for their rights. The people of Arab al-Na'im have inhabited their land for the past 200 years, serve in the Israeli army, yet live in tin huts, without electricity or running water, and in constant struggle with the Israeli administration to be visible. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

Zahara

TITLE: Zahara
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Mohammad Bakri
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: English subtitles
TIME: 60
SOURCE:
TEXT: With touching personal style and breathtaking cinematography, Director Mohammad Bakri tells the story of his 78 year old aunt Zahara, from the times of pre-state Palestine to present, leading the family with love and wisdom through the many trials of life. Shown at OtherIsrael.Org Film Fest November 2009

Race Relations

TITLE: Race Relations
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: John Safran
COUNTRY: Australia
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: eight one hour episodes
SOURCE:
TEXT: The JTA writes, "Jewish comedian walks into a Palestinian sperm bank and arouses himself on camera with the aid of Barack Obama's book "The Audacity of Hope." ... John Safran's "Race Relations," a controversial new eight-part series that began airing last week, is about interracial love "in the age of Obama." The star of the show, Safran, 37, is an award-winning TV comedian and radio host who was born in Melbourne, brought up in a traditional Jewish household and educated at Yeshivah College, an Orthodox Lubavitch-run boys' school. His show, which has been denounced by the Australian Family Association as "the lowest point in Australian television history," includes a scene in which he sniffs underwear he's stolen from Jewish and non-Jewish women in a "scientific" experiment to determine if he was more attracted to non-Jewish women... Since 1997, when he was filmed streaking through Jerusalem wearing only a scarf, Safran has produced some of the edgiest, raciest and most irreverent material ever screened on Australian TV. His trek to the Ivory Coast to have a voodoo spell cast on an ex-girlfriend and his attempt to join the Ku Klux Klan, among other pranks, have elevated him to an iconoclastic satirist of Australian culture. .... "The Australian" newspaper slammed it as "contrived and pointless," asking why the public broadcaster had used taxpayer money for such a program. ... Safran ...going speed-dating disguised as a black man in Chicago, an idea inspired by the 1961 book "Black Like Me" by John Howard Griffin, who spent several weeks disguised incognito in Mississippi. "I wanted to see what it was like to experience racism," said Safran, adding that he was surprised the white racists he met were not embarrassed. "It was confusing and exhilarating. I actually felt like even if I was caught I'd have been fine. It was definitely a very strange experience." The pasty-faced, bespectacled Safran even visits the grave of his mother, the daughter of Polish Bundists, armed with a spade and a kabbalah book seeking an answer to this question: "When it comes to love, should you stick with your tribe or escape your tribe?"... In Israel, Safran covertly swaps the semen of his Palestinian soundman and deposits it in an Israeli sperm bank while donating his own to a Palestinian fertility clinic in the West Bank to create a "Jewlestinian."

The Jazz Baroness

TITLE: The Jazz Baroness
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Hannah Rothschild
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 60
SOURCE: HBO Docs
TEXT: Documentary by the grand niece of Nica (Kathleen PannoNICA Rothschild). Nica was a heir to the British Rothschild dynasty. She married Baron Jules de Koenigswarter and raised 5 children (he was an French Ambassador to Mexico). But she created a scandal when she left her husband and family and became a friend of Thelonious Monk, the jazz be bop master musician. The relation was probably platonic, but she became a patron to the jazz greats and was with Monk everyday of his life til he died neary 30 yrs later in 1982. Chrley Parker died in her suite at the Stanhope. This doc by Hannah, 47, is on Nica's unique life

Adam Resurrected

TITLE: Adam Resurrected
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Paul Shrader
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 106
SOURCE: Bleiberg Entertainment
TEXT: Made in Israel. Former Berlin magician and circus impresario Adam Stein is an enthralling, enigmatic patient at a remote Israeli rehabilitation outpost for Holocaust survivors. Entertainer, clairvoyant, sophisticate and lothario, Stein veers from brilliance to eroticism, horror and madness, with flashbacks to the physical and psychological demoralization he endured under Commandant Klein in the Stellring death camp. Stein appears to have everyone stymied and overawed, but an unusual new patient seems to have the magnetic power to break him free of the grip of his relentless torment. STARRING: Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Ayelet Zurer, Dror Keren, Idan Alterman

Bruriah

TITLE: Bruriah
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Avraham Kushnir
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: United King Films
TEXT: Bruriah struggles with a childhood trauma: a life of excommunication forced on her following the publication of her father's book. Her husband sees her quest as a threat to the way of life that he has created for his family. Searching for the book brings her face to face with the compromises she has made in her life, her desires, and her limitations. STARRING: Hadar Galron, Baruch Brener, Israel (sasha) Damidov, Alon Aboutboul, Emanuel Halpirin

For My Father

TITLE: For My Father
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Dror Zahavi
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 100
SOURCE: Mercredi Films, Movie Plus Productions
TEXT: Terek, a young Palestinian on a suicide mission in Tel Avis, is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate. Forced to spend the weekend in Tel Aviv awaiting its repair, Terek befriends several Israelis, including the beautiful Keren, who has run away from an unhappy family and has cut off contact with her family and its haredi community. Vigilantes are threatening to bring her back to the community, even by force. With nothing to lose, Terek and Keren open up to one another, slowly, and an unlikely love blooms between two individuals raised to be enemies. Someone referred to this film as a mix among Mario Puzi stories, "Paradis Now" and the themes of some Shakespeare plays, but if you think they are supposed to represent players in the middle east and be metaphors, well, you don't need to think that. You can accept it just as a romantic story. STARRING: Shredy Gabarin, Hili Yalon, Shlomo Vishinsky, Rozina Kambus, Michael Moshonov, Adel Abu Riea. Moscow International Film Festival 2008: Audience Award Sofia International Film Festival 2009: Grand Prix Award for best feature film

Kirot

TITLE: Kirot
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Danny Lerner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 102
SOURCE: Bielberg Entertainment
TEXT: Galia (Olga Kurylenko) longs to escape her life as a Tel Aviv sex worker and reunite with the young daughter she left behind in Ukraine. With the promise of cash and the return of her passport, she is enlisted to commit murders for Tel Aviv heavies Ronnie and Michel. Across the hall lives Elinor (Ninet Tayeb), a grocery-store clerk and battered wife who dreams of fleeing her abusive husband The two forge a friendship and for a few precious hours, the two women forget their exploiters. STARRING: Olga Kurylenko, Ninet Tayeb

Mrs. Moscowitz & The Cats

TITLE: Mrs. Moscowitz & The Cats
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Jorge Gurvich
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 83
SOURCE: Lama Films
TEXT: When Yolanda Moscowitz, a retired French teacher, wakes up in a hospital geriatric ward, she is convinced there must be some mistake. While a titanium plate in her hip confines her to a wheelchair and a lengthy convalescence, Yolanda discovers a new life, new friendships, and a new love in Shaul... When the time comes for her to return home, it's the last thing she wants to do. However, she has no choice and is forced to return to her life of loneliness. One day there's a knock at her door... STARRING: Moni Moshonov, Rita Zohar, Tiki Dayan, Idit Teperson, Shulamit Adar

Seven Minutes in Heaven

TITLE: Seven Minutes in Heaven
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Omri Givon
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 94
SOURCE: Transfax Film Productions
TEXT: For the past year, Galia has tended not just to her own physical injuries but also to her boyfriend Oren. The event that left him in a coma and her back badly scarred is an enormous blur. Getting on the Jerusalem bus... the explosion... waking up in the hospital... most of Galia's recollections come from the reports of others. She has no memory of it. But when Oren finally passes away, never having awoken, and a familiar and treasured necklace is anonymously returned to her, Galia realizes that in order to move forward, she must reconstruct this mysterious past and, in particular, that one horrific day. Also, she meets Boaz, her new protector. (Note: Kabbalists might like one interpretation of her lost time) STARRING: Raymonde Amsalem, Galia Eldad Fribas, Boaz Nadav Netz, Oren Ronit Yudkevitz, Dr. Talia. Haifa International Film Festival 2008: Best Feature Film & Official Selection Tribeca International Film Festival 2009

Shivah The Seven Days

TITLE: The Seven Days - Shiva
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Ronit Elkabets and Shlomi Elkabetz
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 103
SOURCE: IsraelFilms.co.il
TEXT: The Ohayon's, seven brothers and two sisters, loose their brother Moris, and will not leave the house for the seven days of mourning. They are forced to spend these days together, where each one of them bears a potential of destructiveness towards the family. The film describes the breakdown of the expanded family for personal independence, through the story of each of the nine family members, as well as their story as a group. STARRING: Ronit Elkabetz, Moshe Ivgi, Alon Aboutboul, Albert Ilouz, Keren Mor, Yael Abecassis, Hana Laslo. Jerusalem Film Festival 2008: The Wolgin Award for Best Feature Film & Award for Best Actress - Hana Azulay Hasfary Award of the Israeli Film Academy: Best Supporting Actress - Evelin Hagoel & Best Cinematography - Yaron Scharf

Zrubavel

TITLE: Zrubavel
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Shmuel Beru
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 70
SOURCE: Transfax Film Productions, Tel Aviv
TEXT: Young Itzhak aspires to be the future Spike Lee of Israel and direct successful movies, going around his neighborhood filming everyone and revealing everything. His family, with much optimism, emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel. They make their home in a poor neighborhood, full of crime and drugs, but still Gita, Itzhak's grandfather, successfully protects and unites the whole family, while providing his children and his children's children with a good upbringing. A surprising chain of events undermines Gita's control over his family. The conflict is ignited by the clash of generations, specifically between the Ethiopian customs cherished by Gita and his wife and the younger generation's desire to assimilate with Israeli culture. STARRING: Meir Desai, Avinu Beru , Esther Rada, Tamar Imla, Daniel Beru

A History of Israeli Cinema - Part 1

TITLE: A History of Israeli Cinema - Part 1
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Raphel Nadjari
COUNTRY: France Germany Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 103 minutes
SOURCE: United King Films
TEXT: In a project initiated by ARTE - the Franco-German TV network, Raphael Nadjari investigates more than 70 years of Israeli cinema. The journey begins with the Zionist propaganda of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, establishing Jewish life in Palestine on film. The 60s introduced the fiction era, influenced by European and American cinema. In the late 60s and 70s, Israeli cinema tried to form its unique and local identity, when directors, born and raised in Israel, appeared onstage. During the 80s, Israeli cinema became an important means of political expression. In the 90s and the 2000s, we start hearing a diversity of voices, representing the different cultures forming Israeli society. At the same time, Israeli filmmakers begin searching for individual poetic expression. The film includes interviews with filmmakers and researchers from different eras. A must see for those wanting a comprehensive knowledge of Israeli Cinema

A History of Israeli Cinema - Part 2

TITLE: A History of Israeli Cinema - Part 2
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Raphel Nadjari
COUNTRY: France Germany Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 107 minutes
SOURCE: United King Films
TEXT: Documentary. In a project initiated by ARTE - the Franco-German TV network, Raphael Nadjari investigates more than 70 years of Israeli cinema. The journey begins with the Zionist propaganda of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, establishing Jewish life in Palestine on film. The 60s introduced the fiction era, influenced by European and American cinema. In the late 60s and 70s, Israeli cinema tried to form its unique and local identity, when directors, born and raised in Israel, appeared onstage. During the 80s, Israeli cinema became an important means of political expression. In the 90s and the 2000s, we start hearing a diversity of voices, representing the different cultures forming Israeli society. At the same time, Israeli filmmakers begin searching for individual poetic expression. The film includes interviews with filmmakers and researchers from different eras. A must see for those wanting a comprehensive knowledge of Israeli Cinema

Achziv

TITLE: Achziv
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Etty Wieseltier
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 75
SOURCE: Goldfinger Productions, Tel Aviv. Or IsraelFilms.co.il
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC5Z2dB1oLs
TEXT: Documentary. This film documents the unique story of Eli Avivi, President of "Achziv Land," from the time of the War of Independence when Eli appropriated a deserted Arab village called A'Ziv. He declared the village as the Independent State of Achziv and up until the present day has remained the colorful and independent ruler of his land despite the authority's perpetual attempts to close him down.
It is the most hippie Israeli movie that ever happened. Durings the 60's and the 70's, Achziv was synonymous for beautiful beach, free love, not many clothes and, of course, Eli Avivi. Using rare archival footage, the film documents the story of Avivi, President of "Achziv Land". During the War of Independence and the 'fleeing' of the Arabs from the district, Eli decided to appropriate one of the abandoned villages which had been called A'Ziv. The film follows Avivi through the joyous bohemian years (at the peak of which he declared the village 'The Independent State of Achziv'), until now when the authorities are threatening to close it down. To this day Avivi's friends make pilgrimages to visit him - politicians, writers, artists - everyone feels that the time has come to say goodbye. And yet, Avivi, barefoot and dressed in a white Bedouin robe, continues to photograph beautiful women, to flirt, to make new friends. The ongoing parade of colorful visitors includes Eli's nephew, Shay Avivi, a well-known actor who envisions a better future: turning Achziv into a green, ecological village which would save the land from real estate vultures - and begin the next chapter in the history of Achziv Land.

Legend of the Dunes

TITLE: Legend of the Dunes
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Yaakov Gross
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: The Israel Film Archives, Jerusalem
TEXT: Documentary.In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Tel Aviv, Ya'akov Gross presents a new documentary that follows the development of the building of the new city across from the ancient city of Yaffo. Its founders, builders and bohemia who settled there installed a new spirit in the awakening Land of Israel, in times when it was hard to believe the Zionist dream would be fulfilled.

Pinchas

TITLE: Pinchas
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Pini Tavger
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Russian and Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 32
SOURCE: Tel Aviv University
TEXT: Short Student Film. In the bible, Pinchas helped to end an Israelite plague in the desert by some very unusual means. The year is 2008. The place is Tel Aviv. 9-year-old Pinchas comes from a Russian family. His mother works nights and sleeps days. It is a single parent household. Pinchas is a Yeled Tov, a good boy, and keeps quiet during the day and plays outside after school so that his mother can sleep. He picks up bacon at the butcher so she can make him lunch. Sometimes his mother's bf calls, and he must be sent outside to play so that his mother can have some adult time with her bf. Upstairs in the apartment is a Dati Orthodox family with young daughters. Pinchas is drawn to the warmth and unity of the religious family. The trouble begins when the two worlds collide.

The Green Dumpster Mystery

TITLE: The Green Dumpster Mystery
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Tel Haim Yoffe
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50
SOURCE: Tal Haim Yoffie, Israel
TEXT: Documentary. Traveling on his scooter through south Tel Aviv, film-maker Tal Haim Yoffe noticed an old photograph and some documents inside a green Dumpster(tm). This was the beginning of an investigation that slowly unwound a tragic family history beginning in Lodz, and transverses a Siberian Gulag, a Samarkand sugar plant, a kibbutz in Frankfurt, a deserted Arab building in Jaffa, and an absentee IDF soldier somewhere in the sands of the Sinai Peninsula. Just an anonymous family, but a typical Israeli one.

The Home Leave

TITLE: The Home Leave
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Amikam Kovner
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 30 minute short doc
SOURCE: Tel aviv University
TEXT: student short. After time in prison, Meir gets his first weekend home leave (the title works great in English). He hasn't seen his son in a year, however, and this time might will be his last time. His son is filled with anger over his father's imprisonment or abandonment . Some classmates think that his father is in America, not in prison. Meir must choose between a run for freedom or a connection with his son

The Mystery of Aris San

TITLE: The Mystery of Aris San
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Dani Dothan and Dalia Mevorach
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 80
SOURCE: Elil Communications
TEXT: This documentary journey's into the mysterious life of Aris San, the Greek singer who became a megastar in Israel. He was a close friend of generals and politicians, including Moshe Dayan, until rumors spread that the genius guitarist and playboy, was a spy. Aris left for New York and opened a hot night club where Hollywood stars, politicians, and Mafiosos mingled. His friends included Anthony Quinn, Telly Savalas, Harry Belafonte, as well as the Gallo crime family. His meteoric rise ended with a drug addiction, jail and a mysterious disappearance in Budapest.

The Shakshuka System

TITLE: The Shakshuka System
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Miki Rosenthal
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 93
SOURCE:
TEXT: Documentary. The Israeli journalist, Miki Rosenthal, attempts to understand the "behind the scenes relationship between money and government" in Israel. This is the system whereby the government sells its limited resources, cheaply, to a handful of wealthy families. Rosenthal, together with the director and photographer, Ilan Aboodi, chooses a difficult mission - he must track down several complicated multi-billion sheqel deals between the Ofer family, one of Israel's top ten wealthiest families, and the government. Part of the wealth of the Ofer family is the result of its partnership with the government which afforded the family very nice profits and represented significant loss to the state. As it turns out, no one really wants to talk to Rosenthal and Aboodi - no one from the Ofer family or, for that matter, not anyone of the government officials and politicians involved in the privatization or other deals mentioned in the movie. During three years of documentation, Rosenthal uncovers the frightening image of a country which sold its assets cheaply to its wealthiest families, allowing them to pollute the air and take advantage of expensive natural resources. He then shows how several of the officials, upon terminating their work for the government, were employed by the Ofer family.

The Worst Company in the World

TITLE: The Worst Company in the World (HaChevra Hachi Grua BaOlam)
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Regev Contes
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50
SOURCE: July August Productions, Israel http://www.ruthfilms.com/films/docs/israeli-mosaic/the-worst-company-in-the-world.html
TEXT: Three divorced middle aged men with glasses, work together in a small, failing insurance agency, located in the rented apartment of the manager. Although they are highly intelligent, have a sense of humor, and well educated, they have absolutely no idea about running a business, and their company is losing a good deal of money and is continually on the verge of bankruptcy. The film documents the attempts of the manager's son, the film's director, to join this motley crew at the onset of the recession, and save his father's collapsing firm.

Herskovits at The Heart of Blackness

TITLE: Herskovits at The Heartof Blackness
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Llewellyn M. Smith
COUNTRY: US
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 57
SOURCE: Newsreel.org
TEXT: A Vital Pictures Production. Winner, 2009 John O'Connor Film Award of the American Historical Association. Winner, Best Documentary, Hollywood Black Film Festival. Is there a politics of knowledge? Who controls what knowledge is produced and how it will be used? Is there "objective" scholarship and, if so, how does it become politicized? These questions are examined through this groundbreaking film on the life and career of Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and one of the most controversial intellectuals of the 20th century. How did this son of Jewish immigrants come to play such a decisive role in the shaping of modern African American and African identities? Herskovits emerges as an iconic figure in on-going debates in the social sciences over the ethics of representation and the right of a people to represent themselves. This quick-paced, carefully researched documentary traces Herskovits' development as a scholar to the shared African American and Jewish experiences of exile, exclusion and political oppression. Faced with resurgent racism and persistent discrimination in the early 20th century, black and Jewish intellectuals grappled with a common question: could they retain their distinct ethnic identities and still participate as equals in American life? Prominent scholars like Princeton philosopher, K. Anthony Appiah, and Columbia University historian, Mae Ngai, explore this paradox not only in historical and contemporary terms, but through their own experiences as people of color. Lee D. Baker, a cultural anthropologist at Duke University, locates Herskovits at the heart of a transformation in anthropology which continues to this day. 19th Century anthropology grew out of European colonialism and too often provided a pseudo-scientific justification for its subjugation of non-Western people. Physical anthropologists drew specious correlations between anatomical features and supposed behavioral traits of the various "races." By the time Herskovits arrived at Columbia University, the Jewish anthropologist, Franz Boas, was revolutionizing the discipline. Boaz used impeccable research to demonstrate that different didn't mean inferior. Herskovits became a vigorous advocate for "cultural relativism," the idea that cultures should be understood from the inside, on their own terms, not the anthropologist's. This provided strong academic backing for the anti-colonial and anti-racist movements of the day and laid the groundwork for today's critical cultural theory. .... a number of African American intellectuals like sociologist E. Franklin Frazier openly attacked Herskovits' contentions. They worried if black Americans were seen as distinctively "different" it could provide a further rationale for the segregationist policies they were fighting. For example, if, black, female-headed households were a continuation of African matriarchal tradition, as Herskovits contended, not the result of persistent discrimination and poverty, the struggle for progressive social reforms might be undermined. North Carolina Central University historian, Jerry Gershenhorn, author of Melville J. Herskovits and the Racial Politics of Knowledge, explains that Herskovits, despite his left-wing sympathies, insisted scholarship should be "objective" and apolitical. He even secretly sabotaged W.E.B. DuBois' life-long project, the Encyclopedia Africana, on the grounds that it would be propagandistic. The film reveals, however, that American anthropology was often entangled with political power. During the Cold War, wealthy foundations and government agencies funded the development of "area studies" to support "anti-insurgency" and neo-colonial "nation-building" strategies in the Third World.... By the end of his life, Herskovits' own research had become a tool for social movements he could not have anticipated-and might not have welcomed. His daughter, historian Jean Herskovits Corry, recalls how his seminal work, The Myth of the Negro Past, was embraced by the Black Panther Party and Black Nationalist students of the '60s. Ironically, Herskovits may not have understood the scope of his own influence. When he asked the great Martinican poet and philosopher, Aimé Césaire, the meaning of negritude, the world-wide political-literary movement known as the "Great Black Cry," Césaire replied:"You yourself are one of the fathers of negritude. Read The Myth of The Negro Past!" The film raises unsettling questions, asking who has the authority to define a culture, especially if people from that culture are denied the opportunity to engage in the scholarly discourse of defining themselves. Vincent Brown provocatively sums up Herskovits as "the Elvis of anthropology," a man who appropriated African culture, but simultaneously mainstreamed its study into the American academe and popular consciousness.
"Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness" will challenge students to think of "knowledge" as a socio-political construct, shaped by the implicit values and underlying power dynamics of the society in which it is produced. It calls on each viewer to ask "Who controls my cultural identity?"

Intifada NYC

TITLE: Intifada NYC
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: David Teague
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 47
SOURCE: http://www.intifadanyc.com/about
TEXT: The United States' first Arabic language public school, Khalil Gibran International Academy, opened in New York City to a firestorm of controversy. As critics and the mainstream media stoked flames in the climate of post-9/11 America, the fallout brought consequences for the school's founding principal, Debbie Almontaser. Intifada NYC follows the school's rocky first days, Almontaser's resignation and First Amendment legal battle to get her job back, and the expansion of Stop the Madrassa's campaign against alleged Islamist infiltration of the United States. Taking a unique and dramatic approach, the film combines exclusive interviews, dramatic vérité footage, news clips, graphic novel-style drawings, and an original jazz score mixing American and Middle Eastern styles.

Voices of Jerusalem

TITLE: Voices of Jerusalem
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ofer Naim / Moshe and Leon Edery
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 68
SOURCE: United Kings Films
TEXT: Documentary. 36 years after the film "I am a Jerusalemite," Yehoram Gaon, the famous Israeli singer and entertainer, sets off to fin d the Jerusalem he lef behind. What has happened to the Jerusalem of Gold? Which of the three primary religions should control the city and its destiny? Does this all stem from Jerusalem Syndrome which causes one to lose touch with reality?



STUDENT FILMS FROM ISRAEL SHOW AT THE ISRAEL FILM FEST 2009 IN USA

MELTDOWN
By Kathy Rivkin
Sapir Academic College
2008, Israel, 25 minutes
Vika is 12 years old. She dreams of ice skating for Russia, but is rejected since she is Jewish. She and her father leave for Israel and settle in a town with no ice. Her father is distraught, so he shows up at her school Purim party dressed as St Nicholas. Vika's different worlds collide. Where does she belong? Or is home wherever dad is?

AND THOU SHALT LOVE
By Chaim Elbaum
Ma'ale School of Television Film and Arts, Jerusalem
2007, Israel, 15 minutes
Ohad is in a Heder program (mixes yeshiva study and national army service). He is lonely since he is gay and closeted. He phones a help line for advice. It is a religious hotline, and he is now convinced that he is cured of his homosexual desires. But when his story partner, Nir, returns from IDF service, Ohad can no longer evade the difficult questions inside himself and between him and his God


UNTIL WE'LL FIND A PLACE
By Ranana Kol
Tel Hai Communication Center for Cinema
2008, Isrel, 3 minutes
Animation. A coloful allegory to the well known game of musical chairs on the endless game of competition


THE REPENTANCE OF RAHAMIM HANUKA
By Ariel Benbaji
Sam Spiegel Film and TV School Jerusalem
2008, Israel 22 minutes
Rahamim Hanuka gets out of jail and returns to the home of his father who is a religious scribe. Rahamim wants to start a new life but is lost and troubled when he finds out that his father has committed to writing a Torah for the Chamisha family.


ELEPHANT GRAVEYARD
By Avi Belkin
HaMidrasha Beit Berl College
2008, Israel, 15 minutes
Tarzan is 80 and in a psychiatric hospital. Mr. Weissmuller no longer differentiates between the character he played and his own persona. His time is up, his Tarzan call is heard in the halls, and he must return to his roots.


6.5 MINUTES IN TEL AVIV
By Mirev Brantz
Minshar For Art School and Center
2007 Israel 7 minutes
A Tel Aviv bus station is the setting for an unexpected confrontation brought on by fear and Panic.

Saviors in the Night / Unter Bauern: Retter In Der Nacht

TITLE: Saviors in the Night / Unter Bauern: Retter In Der Nacht
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ludi Boeken / Joachim von Mengershausen, Karl Baumgartner, Werner Wirsing
COUNTRY: Germany / France
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 100 minuten
SOURCE: NY Jewish Festival 2010, 3L Filmverleih/Dortmund
TEXT: US Premiere at the NY JFF in January 2010. Based on the memoir of Marga Spiegel, this powerful World War II drama portrays how courageous German farmers in Westphalia risked their lives to hide a Jewish family. Passing as Aryan, Marga and her daughter develop a warm relationship with the Aschoff family, particularly young Anni, who is initially faithful to Nazism. Meanwhile Marga's husband, sheltered by another farmer, runs the daily risk of discovery.
"It is about people rather than ideology," says producer Joachim von Mengershausen about Unter Bauern ("Among Farmers" or "Among Peasant Farmers") is based on the memoirs of Marga Spiegel that were published as "Retter in der Nacht" in 1969 and has been adapted for the screen by Otto Jaegersberg, Imo Moszkowicz and Heidrun Schleef. Unter Bauern recounts how some courageous farmers in the Muensterland region gave refuge to Marga Spiegel's husband Menne, herself and her daughter under false names in their farmhouse between 1943 and 1945. The farmers succeeded in achieving the seemingly impossible: protecting the whole family for two years and saving them from deportation to the death camps without themselves having to pay with their own lives or being punished in other ways by the German government in those days. The leads are acted by Veronica Ferres (who appeared in Paul Schrader's Adam Resurrected), Armin Rohde (Mr. Woof) and child actor Louisa Mix, with Margarita Broich (Four Windows), Martin Horn (Buddenbrooks) and child actor Lia Hoensbroech playing the Aschoff family of farmers in front of the camera of the Israeli DoP Dani Schneor. As Mengershausen notes, the actors approached during the casting for the film were immediately enthusiastic about being involved in the project: Veronica Ferres and Armin Rohde both accepted without hesitation to play the Spiegels. Interestingly, these two roles were cast with German actors of non-Jewish origin, while there are some Jewish actors cast for non-Jewish roles. The veteran writer-director Imo Moszkowicz had given Mengerhausen Marga Spiegel's memoirs to read in 1999 as this had been a pet project of his to direct. In the meantime, Moszkowicz's state of health prevented him from being in the director's chair himself.
"I was very moved by what I read because it is an extraordinary story about the persecution of the Jews during the Nazi terror," Mengershausen says. "The farmers' decision to save the Spiegel family was their reaction to the excesses of the Nazi party to drive the Jews out of Germany. It was a unique incident to save a whole Jewish family and it was never found out. The people who saved them didn't have to pay for their actions."
"The farmers had decided in all humility that somebody like Menne Spiegel, their former horse dealer, should be saved from this injustice," Mengershausen continues. "This human feeling of solidarity was very rare in those days, like a light in the darkness."
Shooting of Unter Bauern has been done in the original Muensterland locations, some of which have hardly changed since the 1940s. "It is as if time has stood still," the producer says, adding that the locals in the Muensterland region are proud that this story is now being told at last for the big screen. The project also has a personal resonance for the film's Dutch-born director Ludi Boeken who was the producer of another film about this particular chapter of recent history, Radu Mihaileanu's award-winning film Train of Life in 1998.
"Ludi was really shocked when he received the screenplay for Unter Bauern," Mengershausen recalls. "His German grandmother had married a Jew in Amsterdam and was so outraged during the Second World War about the German occupation of the Netherlands and the persecution of the Jews that she helped bring hundreds of Jews to safety by hiding them in the countryside outside of Amsterdam. Our film's story is a German variation of what Ludi's family went through."

Within The Whirlwind

TITLE: Within The Whirlwind
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Marleen Gorris
COUNTRY: Germany/Poland/Belgium
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 98 minutes
SOURCE: Telepool/Cinepool Sonnenstrasse. 21 München 80331 Germany Phone: +49 89-55-87-60 Fax: +49 89-55876-229 cinepool@telepool.de www.telepool.de
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgaVlIB9Jas
TEXT: Jewish poet and professor Evgenia Ginzburg lived a privileged life in Stalinist Russia-until faced with trumped-up charges of conspiracy. Stripped of her Communist Party membership and teaching post, Ginzburg served a ten-year sentence in a Siberian gulag, surviving through the kindness of her fellow inmates and the power of poetry. Based on Ginzburg's memoirs, this epic from Oscar-winner Marleen Gorris (Antonia's Line) features stunning performances by Emily Watson and Ulrich Tukur.
EVGENIA GINZBURG, a Russian Literature Professor at the University of Kazan, and her family live the privileged lives of Communist apparatchiks, with a large apartment, a new American car and a country dacha. Under Stalin's leadership, the Communist Party undergoes a major transformation, and little by little, all intellectuals, engineers and academics are interrogated by the secret police. Evgenia is suspected of membership in a Trotskyist organization. While enduring various sophisticated psychological tortures, she finds herself facing outrageously trumped-up charges. Unwilling to denounce anyone, she is sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. For Evgenia, it is the beginning of a long, painful journey into the Gulag camp system, where she survives only because of her faith in poetry.

Ahead of Time

TITLE: Ahead of Time
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Bob Richman
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 73 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: US Premiere at NY Jewish Film Festival in January 2010. Ahead of Time Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber had an extraordinary career as a foreign correspondent and photojournalist spanning seven decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic (in 1935), she escorted Holocaust refugees to America in '44, covered the Nuremberg trials in '46, and reported on the plight of the ship Exodus in '47. In this riveting documentary Gruber recounts her adventures with gentle humor and deep insight. Boston Jewish Film Festival, November 2010

Making The Crooked Straight

TITLE: Making The Crooked Straight
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Susan Cohn Rockefeller
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 29 minutes
SOURCE: HBO Documentary Films
TEXT: NY Jewish Film Festival in January 2010. Dr. Rick Hodes, an Orthodox Jew born on Long Island, has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia, focusing on patients with tuberculosis of the spine. This extraordinary documentary explores his work, his unusual family life-he has fostered 17 children-and the spirituality guiding his choices. .

Ajami

TITLE: Ajami
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani
COUNTRY: Israel/Germany
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 120
SOURCE:
TEXT: Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, Ajami is a visceral crime drama with a strong ensemble cast. In a multi-ethnic Jaffa neighborhood, a powerful Bedouin clan wages a vendetta against a poor family. A teenage worker from the Occupied Territories desperately tries to raise money to help his ailing mother. A Jewish police detective struggles with the disappearance of his brother. And an affluent Palestinian and his Jewish girlfriend dream about the future. As these stories intersect, we witness the dramatic collision of different worlds. Ajami is the winner of five Ophirs (Israeli -Oscars), including Best Picture, and is Israel's submission to the 2010 Academy Awards(r).

Bar Mitzvah (1935)

TITLE: Bar Mitzvah
YEAR: 1935
DIR/PROD: Henry Lynn
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 83m
SOURCE: The National Center for Jewish Films at Brandeis University
TEXT: RESTORED PRINT. In this classic of Yiddish cinema, a mother miraculously survives a shipwreck and shocks the family by appearing at her son's bar mitzvah. Giving up his wife for dead, the husband has remarried a scheming gold-digger. Starring the legendary Boris Thomashefsky (the grandfather of the orchestra conductor Tilson Thomas) in his only film performance, this melodrama not only features wails and moans, but also classic songs, vaudeville jokes, and fancy dancing. Newly restored and subtitled by The National Center for Jewish Film.

Berlin '36 / Stille Sieger

TITLE: Berlin '36
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Kasper Heidelbach / Doris J. Heinze, Jörn Klamroth, Klaus Rettig, Tim Rostock, Gerhard Schmidt
COUNTRY: Germany / UK
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 110m
SOURCE: Beta Cinema
TEXT: Seen at NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2010, and Palm Springs Intnl Film Festival, February 2010. With Berlin facing boycotts if Jewish athletes aren't allowed to participate in its Olympic Games, the Nazis bully a Jewish expat, Gretel Bergmann, into training for the German high jumping team -- but they're also waging a covert campaign to defeat her. This powerful true story celebrates the small triumphs strong-willed individuals can win over tyranny and hate.
If you like this, you can also rent the documentary film on the same topic
Screenwriter: Lothar Kurzawa Cinematographer: Achim Poulheim Music: Arno Steffen Principal Cast: Karoline Herfurth, Sebastian Urzendowsky, Axel Prahl, August Zimer, Maria Happel.

Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades / Les Commandos de aa Mort

TITLE: Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades / Les Commandos de aa Mort
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Michael Prazan
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: German with English ST
TIME: 180m (4 hours)
SOURCE: Carrimages 4
TEXT: U.S. PREMIERE at the NY Jewish Film Festival, 2010. Only 1 in 6 Jews were killed at Auschwitz. Few know about the group that murdered 1.5 million people. In June 1941, the German army invaded the USSR. Following behind were the Einsatzgruppen, 3,000 men grouped into four "intervention groups" each given a designated geographical region, sent to exterminate Jews and enemies of the Reich. Within a few months, the genocide work is accomplished. In December 1941, the Baltic countries are declared 'Judenfrei" free of Jews... Who were these men who organized and carried out the mass assassination of Jews, Gypsies and Soviet prisoners?
This meticulous documentary looks at the Einsatzgruppen, mobile commandos who carried out the murder of 1.5 million Jews, Roma (gypsies), Communists, disabled people, partisans, and Soviet prisoners of war. Highly educated officers delegated most of the killing to those commandos. Featuring newly discovered archival material, this extraordinary film also includes testimony from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators. Part I: The Mass Graves (1941-1942); Part II: The Funeral Pyres (1942-1945).

Kallah (Bride)

TITLE: Kallah (Bride)
YEAR: 2007
DIR/PROD: Miri Shapiro / Chrissy Bright
COUNTRY: UK
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 15
SOURCE: London Film School or Miri Shapiro Flat 11, 16-26 Banner St., London EC1Y 8QE England miri_shapiro at hotmail
TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50-cclVoOQ
TEXT: Burdened by a parent who is ill, Sarah struggles to prepare to become a "Kosher Jewish Bride." A short.

Forgotten Transports: To Poland / Zapomenuté Transporty: Do Polsko

TITLE: Forgotten Transports: To Poland / Zapomenuté Transporty: Do Polsko
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Lukás Pribyl
COUNTRY: Czech Republic
LANGUAGE: Czech with English ST
TIME: 90 minutes
SOURCE: Menemsha, Venice, California
TEXT: Lukás Pribyl (Forgotten Transports: To Estonia) returns with a moving documentary on Czech Jews deported by the Nazis to camps and ghettos in Eastern Poland's Lublin region. Using meticulous research methods and declassified archival footage and photographs, Pribyl delves into the psyche of individuals on the run. Of the nearly 13,000 Czech and Moravian Jews deported to Poland, only 50 survived; several provide testimony for the first time. Shaown at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 2009. Ny Jewish Film Festival 2010.
A Falcon release of a Lukas Pribyl, Total Help Art production, with the support of the Czech State Fund for the support and development of Czech cinematography. With: Jan Bachrich, Perec Szechtman, Lucie Pollakova-Langford, Kurt Ticho, Magda Lichtigova-Sedlakova, Jan Osers, Selma Wijnberg-Engel, Chaim Engel, Regina Feldman-Zielinski. Variety writes "The final entry in a monumental quartet of films that meticulously trace the history of Czech Jews deported during the Holocaust, "Forgotten Transports: To Poland" from multihypenate Lukas Pribyl, focuses on the difficult choices made by individuals escaping Nazi ghettos, labor and death camps in the Lublin district of Poland. Using survivor interviews, rare archival footage, photographs and documents, the gripping pic poignantly illustrates the psyche of people permanently on the run or in hiding, forced to continually fabricate or change identities. This seminal documentation of a little-known piece of WWII history should travel to festivals before segueing to broadcast."
A political scientist and historian by training, helmer Pribyl devoted 10 years of his life to the "Forgotten Transports" series. Unlike typical Holocaust docus, his films don't catalogue Nazi crimes, dwelling on how many people perished where. Instead, his work speaks about universals such as life, death, family, love and betrayal, while documenting distinct modes of survival in places including Latvia, Estonia and Belarus, as well as Poland.
That "To Poland," like the others in the series, makes such a fresh and powerful impression owes much to Pribyl's painstaking methodology. Most of the subjects had never spoken of their wartime experiences before, not even to their own children. Traveling to 20 different countries, the helmer formed relationships with the survivors, sometimes taking up to two years to persuade them to participate.
Out of 14,000 Czech Jews deported to places such as Sawin, Luta, Krychow or Zamosc, only 50 survived the war. Told in their own words, without commentary, these survival stories run the gamut, from a forbidden love affair to a survivor's participation in the Sobibor uprising. While some endured through luck and their own ingenuity, others were aided by local gentiles. Sadly, as they note, other Jews were not in a position to help escapees and frequently turned them away -- or even turned them in. Some of the docu's most wrenching moments involve the painful decisions the subjects had to make. Lucie Pollakova-Langford, who had a secret Polish lover, recounts the grim day her mother was selected. The camp commandant asked Lucie if she wanted to accompany her mother, but, knowing her boyfriend had plans for her to escape, she said no, and felt guilty for years.
Several of the interviewees traveled clandestinely to Hungary, where the situation for Jews was much better until 1944. Jan Osers humorously describes his three separate stints in a Hungarian prison, each time under a different name. Determined to illustrate their accounts with authentic visual materials, Pribyl traded bottles of vodka for photographs found in Polish village houses, perused albums of former SS men and their lovers, and selected film fragments from more than 900 hours of footage screened in official archives all over the world.
Containing some remarkable color footage of the Lublin ghetto.

Gevald!

TITLE: Gevald!
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ron Ofer & Yohai Hakak
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: NY Jewish Film Festival 2010. This astonishing documentary juxtaposes the lives of two of Israel's most prominent ultra-Orthodox leaders. Shmuel Chaim Pappenheim is an anti-Zionist radical activist who organizes mass protests against the secular state. The late Avraham Ravitz was a former IDF soldier and a longtime Knesset member who worked within the system to advance his constituency's religious agenda. This film closely follows them as the 2006 elections approach.
As a child, Shmuel-Haim Pappenhym would cover his eyes during the Independence Day fireworks in order not to take part in the Zionist celebration. Today, he organizes mass demonstrations against the State and edits the magazine of the extreme orthodox faction that does not recognize the State of Israel. Ultra-orthodox parliament member, Rabbi Avraham Ravitz, fought in the Lehi underground movement, served in the Israeli Army, and has been part of the Israeli mainstream for many years. A map of the world hangs in the kitchen of the Ravitz home so their 12 children and 88 grandchildren know the exact location of places like Mozambique and Ottawa. When Israel was founded, Ravitz danced in the streets. Today, he sees modern-day Israel and wants to cry.
It is an election year. While Ravitz anxiously awaits to see how many mandates his party will receive, Pappenhym checks to see how many refrained from voting. For Pappennhym, participation in the elections is a grave sin. In Pappenhym's demonstrations, the announcer shouts "Zionists are not Jews," and the audience responds "Gevald!" (Disaster!). 500,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews live in Israel. Many of us regard them as a threatening block-people without faces, names, or biographies. Gevald! is the first episode in the series "Haredim" where prominent figures in Israeli ultra-orthodox society express their views on the secular state and the western-modern culture that threatens to engulf them.

Chronicle of a Kidnap

TITLE: Chronicle of a Kidnap
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Nurit Kedar
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 55 minutes
SOURCE: RUTHFILMS.COM (Ruth Diskin Films, one of the best sources for festival programmers)
TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxGfLSGnDmQ
TEXT: You probably remember Kedar's ealier documentary, ONE SHOT. Now she has returned with this riveting documentary. Activist Karnit -Goldwasser steps into the media spotlight on behalf of her husband Ehud (Udi), a soldier abducted in 2006 by Hezbollah in Lebanon. The film is an intimate portrait of Karnit's heroic efforts to lobby for Ehud's release. NY Jewish Film Festival, 2010 and HotDocs.ca in Toronto in 2009
It is about a woman's challenges after being confronted with the abduction of her husband, an Israeli soldier, during the summer of 2006. He was one of two men taken hostage by Hezbollah forces from the Lebanese-Israeli border, ultimately, starting the Lebanon War. Director, Nurit Kedar followed the woman for two years to document her struggle to find her husband and bring him home. Kedar had trouble with government funding to make the film. While making the film she met with the president. He basically said nothing and that is why you don't get to hear him because it was nothing.

The Rabbi's Daughter and the Midwife

TITLE: The Rabbi's Daughter and the Midwife
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Ron Ofer and Yohai Hakak
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 50minutes
SOURCE: Available on DVD from GO2FILMS.com
TEXT: The Rabbi's Daughter and the Midwife offers a portrait of two women who create positive change from within their community. One, the daughter of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, establishes Israel's first Ultra-Orthodox academic institution of higher education, and the other, a nurse and midwife, creates an internationally recognized charitable foundation
Adina Bar - Shalom, eldest daughter of the revered Rabbi Ovadia Yossef, dreamed of studying psychology, however, fate determined she would spend many years as a seamstress managing a bridal salon. As her children grew up and wed, she decided to take action and establish the first ever academic college for ultra orthodox Jews. Her goal was to provide young religious men and women the opportunity to realize their educational dreams, enabling them to find employment and eventually support their own families. Above all, her success depends on her father's blessing. Rachel Chalkowski, nicknamed Bambi, has delivered over thirty thousand babies. As head nurse and legendary senior midwife, she appreciates the hardships ultra orthodox women endure; giving birth to ten or twelve children, while the burden of caring for the entire family rests solely on them. Bambi established a charitable foundation to financially assist these large families. Bambi and Adina each attempt to better the lives of ultra orthodox Jews, who often live in great poverty. Together they take a long, hard look at their society from a brave, feminine perspective. 'The Rabbi's daughter and the Midwife' is one of three documentaries in the trilogy 'Life in an Enclave' (a.k.a. "Haredim"). For the first time, prominent figures from many segments of Israeli Ultra-Orthodox society express their views on the influence of a Jewish secular state and the modern-western culture that threatens to engulf them.

Gruber's Journey / Calatoria Lui Gruber

TITLE: Gruber's Journey / Calatoria Lui Gruber
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Radu Gabrea
COUNTRY: Romania
LANGUAGE: Romanian with English ST
TIME: 100minutes
SOURCE: http://www.cinemagia.ro/filme/calatoria-lui-gruber-19940/
TRAILER http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2N-SQJKiKsU
TEXT: Suffering from severe allergies, Italian journalist and consul Curzio Malaparte must navigate the outrageous bureaucracy of Nazi-occupied Romania as he desperately searches for a Jewish doctor named Josef Gruber. This involving drama with elements of farce is based on the experiences of Malaparte, a disaffected supporter of fascism.

Happy End

TITLE: Happy End
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Frans Weisz
COUNTRY: Netherlands
LANGUAGE: Dutch with English ST
TIME: 89minutes
SOURCE: Eyeworks Film & TV
TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ommmHiT2BTc
TRAILER 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5VrU2qmkqI
TEXT: U.S. PREMIERE at NY Jewish Film Festival, January 2010. "One hour above ground is worth more than an eternity underneath it." So says patriarch Simon as family and friends gather around him. Meanwhile, the younger generation of this much-haunted Jewish Dutch family steps forward. Frans Weisz (Qui Vive) returns with the final chapter of his dramatic trilogy, in which a circle of friends and family (and at least one ghost) struggle with the traces of World War II, deep secrets, and their intertwined relationships.
Shown at the www.joodsfilmfestival.nl where for 35 Euros they offered a buffet, a meeting with the director, and a screening of the trilogy of Shadenfreude, Qui Vive, and Happy End.

Point of View / Eynayim Sheli

TITLE: Point of View / Eynayim Sheli
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Avishag Leibovich
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 18 minutes
SOURCE: Ruthfilms.com
YOUTUBE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-KmZEFUTTQ
TEXT: With her failing vision, Herta needs care and companionship from her granddaughter, Noa. When not reading aloud the subtitles to Herta's favorite telenovela, Noa tries to bring some romance into her own life.

Leon Blum: For All Mankind

TITLE: Leon Blum: For All Mankind
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Jean Bodon
COUNTRY: France
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 58 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: A powerful documentary tells the story of a prominent French leader-a Jew who at different times was prime minister of France and a prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Blum devoted his life to improving the well-being of French workers and was an early champion of women's rights. In 1936, he became prime minister; during his time in office, he led the Popular Front. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy. The Vichy government sentenced him to five years in Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was reelected prime minister. This documentary is also based on the book written with the same title by Blum. Written in 1941-1942 behind the walls of a Vichy prison by the one-time premier of France and leader of the French Socialist party, is the spiritual testament of one of the few remaining great figures in modem progressive politics. His book was the credo of a man who-in the midst of events that shattered the whole structure of the society in which he had lived and labored, which seemingly rejected and defiled all the values for which he had fought-summoned up the will and courage to proclaim from the ruins his unshakeable belief in a resurrection of liberal values.

The Peretzniks / Perecowicze

TITLE: The Peretzniks / Perecowicze
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Slawomir Grünberg
COUNTRY: Poland/USA
LANGUAGE: Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 92m
SOURCE:
TEXT: U.S. PREMIERE at NY JFF 2010. Alumni of the Yiddish-language Peretz School recall their adolescence in Lodz before the 1968 anti-Semitic campaign. The Peretzniks never fully said goodbye to Poland or their beloved schoolmates and teachers. Documentary filmmaker Grünberg gathers the diaspora of alumni to share memories of friendship, crushes, mischief, and the trauma of forced exile.

Happy Jews

TITLE: Happy Jews
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Jonathan Rozenbaum
COUNTRY: Poland/Israel
LANGUAGE: Polish, Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 6 minutes
SOURCE:
TEXT: U.S. PREMIERE at NY JFF 2010. With home movies and a sense of humor, a young filmmaker reflects on a reunion of Polish Jews who emigrated as a result of the anti-Semitic campaign in 1968.

Protector / Protektor

TITLE: Protector / Protektor
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Marek Najbrt
COUNTRY: Czech Republic
LANGUAGE: Czech with English ST
TIME: 98 m
SOURCE:
TEXT: NEW YORK PREMIERE at NYJFF, January 2010. Set in Nazi-occupied Prague in the late 1930s, Protector is a stylish drama focusing on the marriage of radio journalist Emil (Marek Daniel) and his Jewish wife Hana (Jana Plodková), a famous film star. Emil seizes a chance at career advancement, becoming the official mouthpiece of the Reich, in order to offer a measure of protection to Hana. Their fraying relationship reaches a crisis point after the assassination of SS Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich by Czechoslovak paratroopers. Protector is the Czech Republic's submission for the 2010 Foreign Language Oscar.

With a Little Patience

TITLE: With a Little Patience
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Laszlo Nemes
COUNTRY: Hungary
LANGUAGE: Silent
TIME: 14 m
SOURCE:
TEXT: NEW YORK PREMIERE at NYJFF, January 2010. In one wordless take, this finely crafted short shows an enigmatic woman at work while a man waits for her


Valentina's Mother / Ima Shel Valentina

TITLE: Valentina's Mother / Ima Shel Valentina
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Matti Harari & Arik Lubetzky
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 75m
SOURCE:
TEXT: After resisting her son's attempts to find live-in help, Paula agrees to hire Valentina, a young Polish housekeeper. Speaking and singing in Polish, the two enjoy each other's companionship until Paula's repressed memories of the Holocaust start to emerge. Based on a novella by Israeli writer Savyon Liebrecht, this haunting drama features strong performances and an unforgettable ending.

Ultimatum

TITLE: Ultimatum
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Alain Tasma
COUNTRY: France/Israel/Italy
LANGUAGE: French with English ST
TIME: 101 minutes
SOURCE: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ultimatum-un-film-de-Alain-Tasma/139525977008
TEXT: In this multinational thriller set during the 1990/91 Persian Gulf War, a young couple in Jerusalem declares battle with each other while Iraq threatens Israel with the possibility of chemical warfare. Luisa, a beautiful French-Italian student, her tempestuous lover Nathanaël, and their friends seal rooms, don gas masks, and wait in fear. Starring French heartthrob Gaspard Ulliel, the glamorous Jasmine Trinca, and an ensemble of Israel's most talented actors, including Hana Laszlo, Lior Ashkenazi,and Sarah Adler.

Waiting for Armageddon

TITLE: Waiting for Armageddon
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Kate Davis, Franco Sacchi, David Heilbroner
COUNTRY: USA
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 90
SOURCE: firstrunfeatures.com or waitingforarmageddon.com
TEXT: "An extraordinarily impressive work that manages to take a complex, in ways contradictory subject and present it in a lucid, perceptive manner that allow us to understand the phenomenon of Christian Zionism and pre-Tribulation politics." -Richard Peńa, Film Society of Lincoln Center. "This absorbing film elucidates evangelical Christians' morbid fascination with apocalyptic violence ... fascinating and appropriately unnerving." -Gordon Haber, The Forward. "A riveting and provocative production depicting Evangelical Christians who devoutly believe in an imminent religious apocalypse." -Gary Rosenblatt, The Jewish Journal
Waiting for Armageddon explores the culture of 50 million American Evangelicals who believe that Bible prophecy dictates the future of mankind and that Israel and the Jewish people play pivotal roles in ensuring Christ's return. The film raises questions regarding how this theology shapes U.S.- Middle East relations and how it may even encourage an international holy war. Using intimate portraits and archival footage to explore how literal belief in Biblical prophecy exerts a dangerous influence on U.S. relations in the Middle East, Waiting for Armageddon tells its story through the eyes of three evangelical families who are certain that upon Christ's Second Coming they will be "raptured" or lifted into the skies to join Christ while the rest of humanity suffers for seven years during "The Tribulation." The film then follows a Christian Study Tour group to Israel - among the tens of thousands of Evangelicals who pour into the Holy Land each year. A controversial, potentially explosive relationship between Christian Evangelicals, Jews, and Muslims emerges. Directors Kate Davis, David Heilbroner and Franco Sacchi have been making award-winning documentaries for 15 years. Davis won more than 25 awards for Southern Comfort, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and she also won an Emmy for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for Jockey. Heilbroner has made over a dozen films on social justice issues, and Franco Sacchi's recent film This is Nollywood was released worldwide.

Spring 1941

TITLE: Spring 1941
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Uri Bar1bash
COUNTRY: Israel / Poland
LANGUAGE: English
TIME: 122 in 35mm; 97m in DVD
SOURCE: www.IsraelFilms.Co.IL
TEXT: Cast: Joseph Fiennes, Clare Higgins, Kelly Harrison, Neve McIntosh, Maria Pakulnis. In 1971, world famous Cellist Clara Plank returns to her homeland of Poland for the first time. She is the guest of honor in a gala concert to be held in her home town. But the familiar sights and faces are so powerful that her mind wonders to that one spring, 30 years earlier, when that terrible war came to destroy her world. Spring 1941 is the story of the young Clara, her husband, and two daughters, a Jewish family seeking shelter as Nazis storm Poland. They find a safe house in the farm of Emilia, their local grocer. After her husband was taken to fight for his country and never came back, Emilia is all alone in the big house. Under the horrors of the war and the agony of death that surrounds them, an impossible love triangle erupts. The fragile arrangement, made only in order to live, is tested again and again. Will love be enough to keep them alive? Is it love or is it survival?

The Loners / Ha'Bodedim

TITLE: The Loners
YEAR: 2009
DIR/PROD: Renen Schorr
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew/Russian with English ST
TIME: 92
SOURCE: www.IsraelFilms.Co.IL
TEXT: Cast: Sasha Agronov, Anton Ostrovski-Klin, Tzahi Grad, Rotem Zisman-Cohen. They were all on their own - two rejected foreigners, Russian speaking immigrants without family or friends. And if that wasn't enough, they were accused of treason. Even though they pleaded not guilty and demanded a retrial to prove their innocence, no one paid any attention to their demands. But Glory and Sasha, the two Golani soldiers who became inmates at a ghastly military prison, didn't come to terms with the humiliation. After losing their basic rights to freedom and dignity, they found find themselves at a point where there was nothings left to lose. Glory encouraged his friend to rebel, opposing the violence they suffered at the hands of the warden, guards and the institutions that turned their backs on them as they demanded justice, or at least to have their voices be heard. Within the 36 hours of the mutiny, the two soldiers became the public's greatest enemy. Senior officers and special anti-terrorist warfare units swarmed the prison in an attempt to quickly terminate the embarrassing uprising. In this battle that pitted Jews against Jews, individuals against an oblivious system, no red lines existed. The new feature film by Renen Schorr ("Summertime Blues") depicts the fierce story of two individuals who stood up against an alienating system. The film exposes the hidden sides of these young immigrants whose true wish is to belong, to be Israeli. "Ha'Bodedim (The Loners)" was inspired by true events that took place in a military prison in northern Israel, in 1997. The film is in Hebrew and Russian.

Bruriah

TITLE: bruriah
YEAR: 2008
DIR/PROD: Avraham Kushnir
COUNTRY: Israel
LANGUAGE: Hebrew with English ST
TIME: 90
SOURCE: www.IsraelFilms.Co.IL
TEXT: Cast: Hadar Galron, Baruch Brener, Israel (Sasha) Damidov, Alon Aboutboul, Emanuel Halpirin. Bruriah and her husband Rabbi Meir lived in the second century C.E., at which time the Rabbis declared that "women are light-minded." Bruriah, a most learned and intelligent woman, mocked their statement. In order to prove their justification, Rabbi Meir sent one of his students to seduce her. Bruriah was seduced and when she discovered that it had been planned by her husband, she committed suicide. This story infiltrates and creates turmoil in the life of a religious, Jerusalem family in 2008. The heroine of the film, who also bears the name Bruriah, struggles with a childhood trauma: a life of excommunication which was forced on her following the publication of her father's book on the same subject. Bruriah goes in search of the one copy of the book which may have survived. Her husband opposes her quest. Bruriah's desire to find that copy represents a threat to the way of life that he has created for his family. But Bruriah is unwilling to give up. The search for the book becomes a crusade during which she faces the compromises she has made in her life, her desires, and her limitations. Her husband Yaacov, faced with no alternative, decides to prove to his wife that really "women are light-minded."

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