Keyword: Judaism

Wish I Was Here

Wish I Was Here (2014)

Rated: R Runtime: 113 minutes Release date: 07/17/2014
Aiden is an actor who hasn't booked a part in years, while his wife, Sarah, has played the role of family breadwinner, holding down a steady but dull job. Their children have been able to attend an expensive yeshiva school, thanks to Aiden's father who criticizes his son for abandoning his Jewish roots. When Aiden's father announces he has an aggressive cancer and must reserve his money for costly...
Jewish Cardinal

The Jewish Cardinal (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 96 minutes Release date: 04/10/2014
This film is based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II - and found a new platform to celebrate his dual...
Against the Tide

Against the Tide (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 102 minutes Release date: 07/06/2014
As the persecution of Jews began in Hitler's Germany, Palestinian activist Peter Bergson came to New York in an attempt to rouse an indifferent community of American Jews to join the fight. Using footage of the era and a never-before-seen 1978 interview with Bergson, the film digs deep into the conflict in the American Jewish community, from the leaders who wanted to avoid making waves to those...
Aftermath

Aftermath (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 102 minutes Release date: 10/31/2013
When brothers Jozek and Franek discover a secret, they are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors and the history of their nation. Franek, the older brother, returns home to Poland after living for many years in Chicago and discovers that his younger brother is being mysteriously threatened and shunned by local townspeople. What follows is a gothic...
Book Thief

The Book Thief (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 125 minutes Release date: 11/07/2013
This is the story of a spirited and courageous young girl named Liesel, who transforms the lives of everyone around her when she is sent to live with a foster family in World War II Germany. For Liesel, the power of words and of imagination becomes a means of escape - and even joy - from the tumultuous events enveloping her and everyone she knows and loves.
The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers

The Prime Ministers:The Pioneers (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 115 minutes Release date: 10/17/2013
The film provides a look at the offices of Israel's Prime Ministers through the eyes of an insider, Yehuda Avner, who served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. It focuses on Ambassador Avner's years working with Prime Ministers Levi Eshkol and Golda Meir and then US Ambassador Yitzhak Rabin, and...
Jewtopia

Jewtopia (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 89 minutes Release date: 09/19/2013
Christian O'Connell has met the girl of his dreams in Alison Marks. Unfortunately, Christian told Alison that his name was Avi Rosenberg, and that he was Jewish, neither of which are true. Desperate to keep up the illusion, he turns to his childhood best friend, Adam Lipschitz to teach him how to "act Jewish." But Adam has problems of his own, with a fiancé pushing him closer to a mental...
When Comedy Went To School

When Comedy Went To School (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 83 minutes Release date: 07/30/2013
In a 1970's survey, it was found that although Jews represented approximately 3% of the total U.S. population, they accounted for 80% of professional comedians. How did it come to pass that a nation that started the 20th century laughing at the folk humor of Will Rogers, ended being captivated by the urbane parodies of "Seinfeld"? Is there a common denominator within the generation of...

Only in America (2002)

Rated: N/A Runtime: 78 minutes Release date: 11/29/2002
Follows the political career of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman, from the 2000 presidential race to his recent announcement to run for the Democratic Party's nomination for president in 2004. Lieberman's personal history is explored, with emphasis on his Jewish American roots and the experience of that community at the turn of the century.
Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 113 minutes Release date: 05/28/2013
This biopic documents the work of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. In 1961, Arendt attended the trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann and reported on it in a piece in "The New Yorker" that was controversial for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils, and in which she introduced her famous concept of the "Banality of Evil."
Polish Bar

Polish Bar (2009)

Rated: None Runtime: 96 minutes Release date: 11/29/2009
Reuben, a young middle-class Jew, is fed up with the family jewelry business. He looks for respect by trying to prove himself as a Hip Hop DJ and working for Polish gangsters at the local strip club. In a world of sex, cocaine and violence, he encounters Ebony, a troubled young girl who clashes with Reuben's tough guy front. But when his Orthodox cousin, Moises, arrives he causes Reuben to...
When Jews Were Funny

When Jews Were Funny (2013)

Rated: N/A Runtime: N/A Release date: 11/14/2013
Director Alan Zweig explores the roots and manifestations of his Jewish identity, and particularly, the question of how this Jewishness of his has persisted though he has done nothing to maintain it. He begins his exploration by trying to answer a question that has intrigued him since childhood: why were all the comedians he watched on TV in the fifties and sixties, Jewish? At first he does not...
Last of the Unjust

The Last of the Unjust (2013)

Rated: PG 13 Runtime: 220 minutes Release date: 12/12/2013
In 1975, Claude Lanzmann filmed a series of interviews in Rome with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, the only "Elder of the Jews" not to have been killed during the war. A rabbi in Vienna, following the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, Murmelstein fought bitterly with Adolf Eichmann for seven years while helping...

Awake Zion (2005)

Rated: None Runtime: 65 minutes Release date: 11/29/2005
Rastafarianism is a religion that grew out of Africa and flourished in Jamaica. Despite their many differences, members of Rastas and Jews share quite a lot. Interviews carried out with Rastafarians and Rabbis explain their practices and beliefs and trace their roots back to the Old Testament.
Life Is Strange

Life Is Strange (2014)

Rated: None Runtime: 96 minutes Release date: 01/23/2014
What started out as two friends' attempt to trace their family histories turned into a larger story of many people connected by shared childhood experiences. Conversations and rare footage explore the heart of Yiddish culture before World War II. The movie explores the connection between old age and childhood, what remains of childhood in our later years and how the memory of the past can be...
Dir: Isaac Hertz
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Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria

Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria (2013)

Rated: None Runtime: 93 minutes Release date: 05/16/2013
Several years ago, the Internet was introduced into the more rural parts of southeast Nigeria and began answering some difficult questions of identity for some young Igbo people. Shmuel, who was then called Sam, wanted to know whether there was any truth to the long-told lore that the Igbo people were once Jews. He began comparing Hebrew traditions to Igbo traditions and what he found astounded...
Dir: Jeff L Lieberman
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