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After Auschwitz - Profiling Six Extraordinary Holocaust Survivors and Their Lives After the War
"You're free. Go home." Most Holocaust films end with these words, the very words that survivors heard at liberation. But AFTER AUSCHWITZ is not a typical "Holocaust" film. It begins with these words, inviting audiences to experience what happened next.…
Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas - Jewish Songwriters Composing Christmas Music
Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Torme, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker…
The Last Laugh - On Holocaust Jokes and Comedic Taboo
Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this outrageously funny and thought-provoking film, filmmaker Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy's ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Harry Shearer, Jeff…
Demon
Peter receives a piece of land as a gift for his upcoming wedding. While preparing the property to build a home for his new family, he finds human remains in the ground. He decides to keep the discovery to himself…
The Women's Balcony - Ismach Hatani
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a rift between the men and women in a devout community in Jerusalem in this rousing, good-hearted comedy. Awash with Jerusalem's distinctive glow, THE WOMEN'S BALCONY is a warm, poignant portrait…
Keep Quiet - An Anti-Semitic Politician's Astonishing Transformation
As vice-president of Hungary's far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials, and founded the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by a pro-Nazi group complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. But his…
Remembrance - Die verlorene Zeit 
Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland 1944. In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancee Hannah, whom he…
When Jews Were Funny
Insightful and hilarious, WHEN JEWS WERE FUNNY surveys the history of Jewish comedy from the early days of Borsht belt to the present, ultimately exploring the entire unruly question of what it means to be Jewish.
The Murderers are Among Us - Die Mörder sind unter uns
Part of the Series: Reel Women in East German Film
In 1945, after three years in a concentration camp, the artist Susanne Wallner (Hildegard Knef) returns to a Berlin in ruins. Shot in the rubble of Berlin just a year after WWII, The Murderers Are among Us was the first…
The Chosen
Set in the Brooklyn of the 1940s, the film elucidates the friendship between two young Jews of differing factions. Danny is Hassidic, while Reuven is a Zionist. Though separated ideologically, the boys find a common bond through their love of…
1948: Creation and Catastrophe - The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Through riveting and moving personal recollections of both Palestinians and Israelis, 1948: CREATION AND CATASTROPHE reveals the shocking events of the most pivotal year in the most controversial conflict in the world. It tells the story of the establishment of…
Unorthodox - Rebellion and Orthodox Jewish Teens
At sixteen, Anna Wexler had broken away from her Orthodox Jewish community in New Jersey, rejecting its religious doctrine and social restrictions, and severing ties to her family. This led to her running away from home, sleeping on the streets,…
Little White Lie - Family Secrets, Dual Identity & the Power of Telling the Truth
Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity -- despite the open questions from those around her about…
A Film Unfinished - Exposing Cinematic Manipulation During World War II
This potent documentary uses a long-lost film reel to illustrate how the Nazis controlled images of Jewish life during World War II. Though the Nazis made a propaganda movie of contented Jews in the Warsaw ghetto, the missing spool exposes…
Aftermath - Poklosie
In this controversial Polish drama based on true historic events, brothers Jozek and Franek discover a secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, family, neighbors, and the history of their nation. Winner of Best Actor (Maciej…
24 Days - 24 jours
When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because he's Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the "gang of barbarians". Winner of the Lia Award at…
Germans and Jews
Today, Europe's fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin. Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these…
A Life Apart - Hasidism in America 
In this extraordinarily intimate film, seven years in the making, we are taken into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. With their use of the Yiddish language, their distinctive clothes and their strict observance…
The Golem - How He Came into the World - Der Golem - wie er in die Welt kam
Widely recognized as the source of the Frankenstein myth, the ancient Hebrew legend of the Golem provided actor/director Paul Wegener with the substance for one of the most adventurous films of the German silent cinema. Suffering under the tyrannical rule…
The Man In The Glass Booth
A New York-based Jewish real estate tycoon is suddenly accused of being a Nazi war criminal. At his trial in Israel, he adopts a shocking defense which raises more questions than it answers. Based on Robert Shaw's book and play.