2013 WJFF GUIDE TO FILMS

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ALL IN
Dir. Daniel Burman (107min, Argentina, 2012)
Spanish with English Subtitles, Narrative

Following a difficult divorce, Uriel discovers he’s well suited to the bachelor lifestyle. Looking to lock in his newfound freedom, Uriel decides to have a vasectomy, but just as he makes the decision he runs into his old paramour....More Information and Tickets

 



LORE
Dir. Cate Shortland (108min, Australia/Germany/UK, 2012)
German with English Subtitles, Narrative


Left to fend for themselves after their Nazi parents are arrested by the Allies at the end of WWII, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Along the way, they find help from a seemingly unlikely source–a charismatic Jewish refugee named Thomas.
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MY BEST ENEMY
Dir. Wolfgang Murnberger (100min, Austria/Luxembourg, 2011)
German with English Subtitles, Narrative


Rudi, an SS Officer, and Victor, the son of Jewish gallery owners, have their lifelong friendship tested with the outbreak of WWII. When their Berlin-bound plane crashes, Victor seizes the opportunity to turn the tables on their precarious relationship....More Information and Tickets

 



A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
Dir. Thierry Binistri (99min, France/Canada/Israel, 2010)
French, Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
, Narrative

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman living in Jerusalem. Frustrated by the hatred between Israelis and Palestinians, she scrawls a letter, slips it into a bottle, and throws it into the sea. Weeks later, Tal receives an email from the mysterious “Gazaman”....More Information and Tickets 

 



SEVEN MINUTES IN THE WARSAW GHETTO
Dir. Johan Oettinger (8min, Denmark, 2012)
Narrative Short

A young boy uses his imagination to seek escape from the cruelty of the Holocaust in this dark puppet animation. Precedes Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir....More Information and Tickets

 



A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
Dir. Thierry Binistri (99min, France/Canada/Israel, 2010)
French, Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
, Narrative

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman living in Jerusalem. Frustrated by the hatred between Israelis and Palestinians, she scrawls a letter, slips it into a bottle, and throws it into the sea. Weeks later, Tal receives an email from the mysterious “Gazaman”....More Information and Tickets 



THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART
Dir. Jennifer Devoldere (98min, France, 2011)
French with English Subtitles, Narrative

An assured debut from writer/director Devoldere, this film offers an honest, light-hearted, take on a dysfunctional Jewish family in Paris. While patriarch Eli expects a baby with his new young wife, he attempts to reconcile his tepid relationship with his adult daughter, by reaching out to her ex-boyfriends and volunteering for her new art project.
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LET MY PEOPLE GO!
Dir. Mikael Buch (88min, France, 2011)
French with English Subtitles, Narrative


A hilarious fusion of gay romantic comedy, Jewish family drama and French bedroom farce, this film follows the travails and daydreams of the lovelorn Reuben, a French-Jewish mailman living in fairytale Finland with his gorgeous Nordic boyfriend. Just before Passover, a lovers’ quarrel exiles Reuben back to Paris and his zany family
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PARIS MANHATTAN (Opening Night Film)
Dir. Sophie Lellouche (80min, France, 2012)
French with English Subtitles, Narrative


Idealistic Alice is completely obsessed with Woody Allen. Alice’s concerned Jewish parents hope to cure her fixation by setting her up with a handsome French gentleman (Patrick Bruel), but he quickly realizes that he’s no match for the man of her dreams....More Information and Tickets

 



BATMAN AT THE CHECKPOINT
Dir. Rafael Balulu (10min, Germany, 2012) 
Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles, Narrative Short


While tension mounts between Israeli and Palestinian adults Two young boys (one Israeli, one Palestinian) forge a fleeting friendship out of their parents’ sight against the tense backdrop of an Israeli checkpoint....More Information and Tickets



THE FUHRER GIVES A CITY TO THE JEWS
Produced by the Ministry of Propaganda of the Third Reich (23min, Germany, 1944)

The only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany's Ministry of Propaganda produced this film about Theresienstadt, the "model" ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin. The film, however, is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life.
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LIFE IN STILLS
Dir. Tamar Tal (60min, Israel/Germany, 2011)
Hebrew and German with English Subtitles, Documentary


The winner of the 2012 Ophir for Best Documentary focuses on 96-year-old Miriam Weissenstein, the outspoken proprietor of The Photo House, a Tel Aviv institution that holds over one million photos documenting defining moments in Israel’s history. When a new development threatens the shop, Miriam teams up with her grandson to save the store
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LORE
Dir. Cate Shortland (108min, Australia/Germany/UK, 2012)
German with English Subtitles, Narrative


Left to fend for themselves after their Nazi parents are arrested by the Allies at the end of WWII, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Along the way, they find help from a seemingly unlikely source–a charismatic Jewish refugee named Thomas.
...More Information and Tickets


NO PLACE ON EARTH
Dir. Janet Tobias (81min, USA/UK/Germany, 2012)
Documentary

Out of options, a group of families descend into underground caves in southern Ukraine to escape Nazi persecution in October of 1942. Five hundred days later, the families emerge from the dark, having endured unimaginable hardships and proving the indomitability of the human spirit. Winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival.
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OFF WHITE LIES
Dir. Maya Kenig (86 min, Israel/Germany, 2011)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative


Libby, an introverted teenager from California, is sent to live with her dad Shaul in Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Shaul, an infantile eccentric, is “in-between apartments,” and out of practice as a father. Getting creative to put a roof over their heads, they hatch a scheme to pose as refugees from northern Israel....More Information and Tickets



OMA & BELLA
Dir. Alexa Karolinski (75min, Germany/USA, 2011)
German with English Subtitles, Documentary


Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz have been friends since childhood. They share recipes, an apartment in Berlin and a common past as Holocaust survivors. Remaining in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook—remembered from their shared childhood—that bonds them.
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ORCHESTRA OF EXILES
Dir. Josh Aronson (85min, Germany/Israel/Poland/USA, 2012)
Documentary


In the early 1930’s, as the Nazis began forcing Jewish musicians out of European orchestras, they unwittingly presented a violin prodigy with a unique opportunity. In a race against time, Bronislaw Huberman founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, and helped hundreds of Jewish musicians escape Europe....More Information and Tickets

 



BENCHED
Dir. Gill Weinstein (21min, Israel, 2012)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short


Baruch, a former basketball star who left the big city and became ultra-orthodox, returns to visit a woman and a son he left behind. Starring Assi Dayan.....More Information and Tickets


BORN IN BERLIN
Dir. Noemi Schory & Leora Kamenetzy (85min, Israel, 1991)
German, English, Swedish and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary

This penetrating documentary looks at the lives of three Jewish women writers: Cordelia Edvardson, poet, author and journalist; Angelika Schrobsdorff, author of autobiographical novels; and Inge Deutschkron, author and former correspondent for the Ma’ariv newspaper. All three grew up in pre-war Berlin, until Nazi racial laws shattered their lives.....More Information and Tickets



A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA
Dir. Thierry Binistri (99min, France/Canada/Israel, 2010)
French, Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles
, Narrative

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman living in Jerusalem. Frustrated by the hatred between Israelis and Palestinians, she scrawls a letter, slips it into a bottle, and throws it into the sea. Weeks later, Tal receives an email from the mysterious “Gazaman.”....More Information and Tickets 


BRIDGING BEIT SHEMESH
Various Directors (90min, Israel, 2012)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary


Two Israeli women, one secular and one Ultra-Orthodox use filmmaking to build trust and open dialogue between members of communities that rarely interact and frequently clash. Their stories revolve around the small town of Beit Shemesh, often the backdrop for current events focused on intolerance and religious radicalism.
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CATHERINE THE GREAT
Dir. Anna Kuntsman (5min, Israel, 2011)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short

A girl from Moldova signs up for a hospitality job in Tel Aviv, but the better life she imagined is nowhere to be found.....More Information and Tickets


FROM THE BLACK YOU MAKE COLOR
Dir. Judy Maltz, Richie Sherman (77min, USA/Israel, 2012)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary

Eight women on the margins of Israeli society are thrown together under one roof during the course of a school year at Tel Aviv’s oldest beauty academy. Amidst the combs and colorings, these women present a microcosm of modern Israel – a study of coexistence in a part of the world more often associated with conflict and violence.
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JERUSALEM ER 
Dir. Hilla Medalia (17min, Israel, 2012)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary Short


In the ER room at Jerusalem's Hadasa Hospital, we follow the daily life of two female doctors - one Jewish and the other Palestinian. Precedes From the Black You Make Color and screens as part of Two Jews Walk Into A Bar.....
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THE LAW IN THESE PARTS
Dir. Ra’anan Alexandrowicz (101min, Israel/USA/Germany, 2012)
Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles, Documentary


In the aftermath of the 1967 War, Israel faced a complex problem of how to properly administer the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Carefully examining the shape and intricacies of the military law system enacted, director Ra’anan Alexandrowicz puts the architects of the legal structure on the witness stand...More Information and Tickets


LIFE IN STILLS
Dir. Tamar Tal (60min, Israel/Germany, 2011)
Hebrew and German with English Subtitles, Documentary


The winner of the 2012 Ophir for Best Documentary focuses on 96-year-old Miriam Weissenstein, the outspoken proprietor of The Photo House, a Tel Aviv institution that holds over one million photos documenting defining moments in Israel’s history. When a new development threatens the shop, Miriam teams up with her grandson to save the store
...More Information and Tickets



NUMBERED
Dir. Dana Doron, Uriel Sinai (60min, Israel, 2012)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary

An estimated 400,000 prisoners were tattooed with serial numbers in Auschwitz and its sub-camps; only a few thousand survivors are still alive. Their testimonies and portraits guide the highly visual and emotional investigation of the indelible Holocaust icon whose significance and meaning continues to evolve to this day...More Information and Tickets



OFF WHITE LIES
Dir. Maya Kenig (86 min, Israel/Germany, 2011)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative


Libby, an introverted teenager from California, is sent to live with her dad Shaul in Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. Shaul, an infantile eccentric, is “in-between apartments,” and out of practice as a father. Getting creative to put a roof over their heads, they hatch a scheme to pose as refugees from northern Israel....More Information and Tickets



ORCHESTRA OF EXILES
Dir. Josh Aronson (85min, Germany/Israel/Poland/USA, 2012)
Documentary


In the early 1930’s, as the Nazis began forcing Jewish musicians out of European orchestras, they unwittingly presented a violin prodigy with a unique opportunity. In a race against time, Bronislaw Huberman founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, and helped hundreds of Jewish musicians escape Europe....More Information and Tickets


THE OTHER SIDE
Dir. Khen Shalem (15min, Israel/UK/USA, 2011)
Narrative Short


Shunned by his classmates, a young Israeli boy strikes up a silent, soccer-fueled, friendship across the West Bank separation wall....More Information and Tickets



PAUL
Dir. Adam Bizanski (26min, Israel, 2012)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short


In the aftermath of a tough break up, Paul's life is slowly deteriorating. An oddly executed burglary of his rented apartment forces him investigate the moody and atmospheric underworld of Tel Aviv in this inventive animation from Israeli video artist Adam Bizanski...More Information and Tickets


PINI
Dir. Tomer Barzide and Udi Shadmi (10min, UK, 2012)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short
 

Well meaning, occasionally crass, and always hilarious, Israeli ex-pat Pini finds that his particular brand of charm is his ticket to getting by in his new London environs. One 10min episode of the mini-series plays in each of the WJFF shorts programs....More Information and Tickets


SHARQIYA
Dir. Ami Livne (82min, Israel, 2012)
Arabic and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative


No one really appreciates Kamel Nadjer, the young Bedouin security guard at the Be’er Sheba central bus station—neither his family, nor his Israeli colleagues. When the destitute tin shacks he shares with his family are threatened by demolition orders, Kamel makes a curious set of fateful decisions in his attempt to act like a hero...More Information and Tickets


SISTER OF MINE
Dir. Oshrat Meirovitch (24min, Israel, 2011)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short


Ruchi, a young Ultra-Orthodox girl, has spent much of her life dreaming of getting married, but when presented with her intended match, she's suddenly less enthusiastic. When her younger sister, a bright girl with Downs syndrome, probes Ruchi's newfound hesitance with simple but cutting questions, she ends up providing more guidance than either intended...More Information and Tickets


SLAVES OF THE SWORD: YITZHAK RABIN
Dir. Noemi Schory, (Israel, 56 min, 2003)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary


Part of a trilogy on Israel's most famous generals, Dayan, Rabin and Sharon which was pondering Israeli leadership and whether the military heroes could or could not undertake the leap to civilian thinking. Noemi Schory and Katriel Schory will be featured in an on-stage discussion prior to the screening....More Information and Tickets


STOP THE MOTION, START THE COMMOTION: THE WORK OF ADAM BIZANSKI
Dir. Adam Bizanski

Adam Bizanski is a director and animator known for his innovative stop-motion music videos and short films. Selections from Bizanski's catalogue will be showcased throughout the Festival...More Information and Tickets

 



MY BEST ENEMY
Dir. Wolfgang Murnberger (100min, Austria/Luxembourg, 2011)
German with English Subtitles, Narrative


Rudi, an SS Officer, and Victor, the son of Jewish gallery owners, have their lifelong friendship tested with the outbreak of WWII. When their Berlin-bound plane crashes, Victor seizes the opportunity to turn the tables on their precarious relationship....More Information and Tickets

 



RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA
Dir. Jeff Lieberman (95min, Nigeria/USA, 2012)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary


In an African country where Christians are terrorized and their churches burned down, it is a decision of extraordinary bravery for Nigerians to declare themselves Jewish. See the world of thousands of Igbo, whose intense commitment to practicing Jewish ritual, learning Hebrew and keeping Kosher sets them truly in a world apart....More Information and Tickets

 



ORCHESTRA OF EXILES
Dir. Josh Aronson (85min, Germany/Israel/Poland/USA, 2012)
Documentary
 

In the early 1930’s, as the Nazis began forcing Jewish musicians out of European orchestras, they unwittingly presented a violin prodigy with a unique opportunity. In a race against time, Bronislaw Huberman founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, and helped hundreds of Jewish musicians escape Europe....More Information and Tickets

 



MY DAD BARYSHNIKOV
Dir. Dmitry Povolotsky (88min, Russia, 2011)
Russian with English Subtitles, Narrative


It’s Moscow 1986, and Boris Fishkin is an awkward, ballet-obsessed teenager faced with an inconvenient truth: he is the worst dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. After discovering a VHS tape of Mikhail Baryshnikov, Boris becomes convinced the famed dance icon is his father. Naturally, Boris concludes that he’s destined for greatness too...More Information and Tickets



WOODY BEFORE ALLEN
Dir. Masha Vasyukova (13min, Russia/USA, 2012)
Documentary Short

An adventurous meditation on past and present, on two former Konigsbergs — a man and a city that no longer use the same name: one a Russian city which was renamed Kaliningrad, another a renowned film director who changed his name to Woody Allen. Precedes Paris Manhattan...More Information and Tickets

 



WHEN DAY BREAKS
Dir. Goran Paskaljevic (90min, Serbia, 2012)
Serbian with English Subtitles, Narrative

Recently retired Misha Brankov is entrusted with a battered box excavated from the site of a former Nazi death camp. Scanning the documents inside, Brankov makes a jarring discovery: his real name is not Brankov, but Weiss. Digging deepery, Misha struggles through a collective national amnesia to uncover the truth about his past....
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HOW TO RE-ESTABLISH A VODKA EMPIRE
Dir. Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell (75 min, UK, 2012)
Documentary


When filmmaker Daniel Edelstyn travels to the Ukraine in search of his roots, he discovers that the vodka distillery opened by his great grandfather in 1904 is still in operation. Impetuously, he decides to become an entrepreneur and import the vodka to the UK - despite his utter lack of business experience....More Information and Tickets



LORE
Dir. Cate Shortland (108min, Australia/Germany/UK, 2012)
German with English Subtitles, Narrative


Left to fend for themselves after their Nazi parents are arrested by the Allies at the end of WWII, five German children undertake a harrowing journey that exposes them to the reality and consequences of their parents' actions. Along the way, they find help from a seemingly unlikely source–a charismatic Jewish refugee named Thomas.
...More Information and Tickets


MY KOSHER SHIFTS
Dir. Iris Zaki (22min, UK, 2011)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary Short


A young secular receptionist at North London hotel catering to Orthodox Jews fields inquiries grand, small and humorous....More Information and Tickets


NO PLACE ON EARTH
Dir. Janet Tobias (81min, USA/UK/Germany, 2012)
Documentary

Out of options, a group of families descend into underground caves in southern Ukraine to escape Nazi persecution in October of 1942. Five hundred days later, the families emerge from the dark, having endured unimaginable hardships and proving the indomitability of the human spirit. Winner of the Audience Award at the Hamptons Film Festival.
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THE OTHER SIDE
Dir. Khen Shalem (15min, Israel/UK/USA, 2011)
Narrative Short


Shunned by his classmates, a young Israeli boy strikes up a silent, soccer-fueled, friendship across the West Bank separation wall....More Information and Tickets



PINI
Dir. Tomer Barzide and Udi Shadmi (10min, UK, 2012)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short
 

Well meaning, occasionally crass, and always hilarious, Israeli ex-pat Pini finds that his particular brand of charm is his ticket to getting by in his new London environs. One 10min episode of the mini-series plays in each of the WJFF shorts programs....More Information and Tickets


ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR
Dir. Laurent Bouzereau (90min, UK, 2011)
Documentary


Andrew Braunsberg extracts an intimate, sympathetic and candid portrait of Roman Polanski’s life and work in a series of conversations with the filmmaker. Beginning with his childhood in the Krakow Ghetto, through personal tragedy and controversy, to his Oscar winning, The Pianist, never have the threads of Polanski’s life been so intricately woven.
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BESA: THE PROMISE 
Dir. Rachel Goslins (89min, USA, 2012)
Albanian, English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary


One Albanian man’s quest brings three men together in a journey that transcends borders, time and religion. Besa: The Promise reveals the little-known story of the Albanian Muslims who took Jews into their homes during WWII and saved thousands of lives. It is a true tale about exploration and discovery, Muslims and Jews, fathers and sons, faith and healing....More Information and Tickets




THE CANTOR'S SON
Dir. Ilya Motyleff and Sidney Goldin (uncredited) (90min, USA, 1937)
Yiddish with English Subtitles, Narrative

In this rejoinder to The Jazz Singer, Moishe Oysher makes his screen debut as a cantor’s son who leaves the shtetl behind for the excitement of New York City. Finding stardom, he is torn between the glitzy world of American entertainment and the traditions of the Old Country....More Information and Tickets


DORFMAN (Centerpiece Film)
Dir. Bradley Leong (97min, USA, 2011)
Narrative


28-year-old Deb Dorfman is offbeat, charming, single and perhaps a tad too comfortable in her suburban life in the San Fernando Valley. When she follows a crush to the urban adventure of downtown LA, her cozy existence is blown apart. Elliott Gould co-stars in this quirky romantic comedy.
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FIRST COUSIN ONCE REMOVED
Dir. Alan Berliner (78min, USA, 2012)
Documentary

Poet Edwin Honig—a man defined by his brilliant mind—is in a gradual state of mental decay due to Alzheimer’s. Instead of focusing on Honig’s plight, Berliner offers a more intriguing mix of neurological mystery, striking moments of humor and genuine ode to a friend, mentor and relative..
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FROM THE BLACK YOU MAKE COLOR
Dir. Judy Maltz, Richie Sherman (77min, USA/Israel, 2012)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary

Eight women on the margins of Israeli society are thrown together under one roof during the course of a school year at Tel Aviv’s oldest beauty academy. Amidst the combs and colorings, these women present a microcosm of modern Israel – a study of coexistence in a part of the world more often associated with conflict and violence.
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HAVA NAGILA (THE MOVIE) (Closing Night Film)
Dir. Roberta Grossman (73min, USA, 2011)
Documentary


It is to music what the bagel is to food. It’s musical shorthand for anything Jewish. This new hit from Roberta Grossman takes you from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the nightclubs of New York, as she weaves together the history of Hava Nagila, the Jewish standard that transcended its humble origins to become a worldwide phenomenon....More Information and Tickets



I AM SECRETLY AN IMPORTANT MAN 
Dir. Peter Sillen (89min, USA, 2010)
Documentary


An outsider artist, punk poet and troubled soul once proclaimed “The Godfather of Grunge,” Jesse Bernstein has opened for both Nirvana and William S. Burroughs. This fascinating underground documentary tells the story of a writer and performer who lived and wrote about life on the fringes, all while coping with the substance abuse and mental illness....
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THE LAST FLIGHT OF PETR GINZ
Dir. Sandy Dickson, Churchill Roberts (67min, USA, 2011)
Documentary

By 14, at the dawn of World War II, gifted artist Petr Ginz had written five novels. By 16 he had produced over 170 drawings and paintings, edited an underground magazine in the Theresienstadt Ghetto, written numerous short stories and walked to the gas chamber at Auschwitz....More Information and Tickets


LOU REED, THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, NICO, ANDY WARHOL AND THE SOUNDS OF DISSENT
Presented by Shelley Archives (90min, USA)

The 1960s was a time of experimentation, questioning, and reinvention. Many artists gravitated to Andy Warhol’s Factory for the freedom they sought to create, and the notoriety they needed to seek commercial success. The Velvet Underground, led by Lou Reed, were at the very center of it all.
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MUSIC MAN MURRAY
Dir. Richard Parks (22min, USA, 2011)
Documentary Short


Murray Gershenz, the 86-year old proprietor of an LA music shop stocked with nearly half a million vinyl records, decides it's time to sell.
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OF BIRDS AND BOUNDARIES
Dir. Annie Berman (24min, USA, 2011)
Narrative Short


A craigslist ad leads to a fascinating series of phone calls between a Hasidic man and a secular woman. Foregrounded by beautiful experimental animation, we watch as they thoughtfully explore their relationship to faith, love and loss....More Information and Tickets



OMA & BELLA
Dir. Alexa Karolinski (75min, Germany/USA, 2011)
German with English Subtitles, Documentary


Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz have been friends since childhood. They share recipes, an apartment in Berlin and a common past as Holocaust survivors. Remaining in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook—remembered from their shared childhood—that bonds them.
...More Information and Tickets



ORCHESTRA OF EXILES
Dir. Josh Aronson (85min, Germany/Israel/Poland/USA, 2012)
Documentary
 

In the early 1930’s, as the Nazis began forcing Jewish musicians out of European orchestras, they unwittingly presented a violin prodigy with a unique opportunity. In a race against time, Bronislaw Huberman founded the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra, and helped hundreds of Jewish musicians escape Europe....More Information and Tickets


THE OTHER SIDE
Dir. Khen Shalem (15min, Israel/UK/USA, 2011)
Hebrew with English Subtitles, Narrative Short


Shunned by his classmates, a young Israeli boy strikes up a silent, soccer-fueled, friendship across the West Bank separation wall....More Information and Tickets



RE-EMERGING: THE JEWS OF NIGERIA
Dir. Jeff Lieberman (95min, Nigeria/USA, 2012)
English and Hebrew with English Subtitles, Documentary


In an African country where Christians are terrorized and their churches burned down, it is a decision of extraordinary bravery for Nigerians to declare themselves Jewish. See the world of thousands of Igbo, whose intense commitment to practicing Jewish ritual, learning Hebrew and keeping Kosher sets them truly in a world apart....More Information and Tickets


ROMEO AND JULIET IN YIDDISH
Dir. Eve Annenberg (92min, USA, 2011)
English and Yiddish with English Subtitles, Narrative

Ava, a wisecracking middle-aged E.R. nurse—and bitterly lapsed Orthodox Jew—undertakes a translation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from old Yiddish to new Yiddish, in her pursuit of a Master’s degree. In over her head, she accepts help from two charismatic and ethically challenged young Ultra Orthodox dropouts.
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SHABBAT DINNER
Dir. Michael Morgenstern (15min, USA, 2012)
Narrative Short

An outrageously uncomfortable Shabbat dinner brings together two quirky families. While loud declarations of politics, class and religion dominate the "adult" conversation at dinner table, a quieter set of revelations is are taking place in the boys' room, when the kids are left to play alone...More Information and Tickets

WOODY BEFORE ALLEN
Dir. Masha Vasyukova (13min, Russia/USA, 2012)
Documentary Short

An adventurous meditation on past and present, on two former Konigsbergs — a man and a city that no longer use the same name: one a Russian city which was renamed Kaliningrad, another a renowned film director who changed his name to Woody Allen. Precedes Paris Manhattan...More Information and Tickets