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Night and Fog
Part of the Series: Criterion World Documentaries Collection
Ten years after the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, filmmaker Alain Resnais documented the abandoned grounds of Auschwitz. One of the first cinematic reflections on the horrors of the Holocaust, Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard) contrasts the stillness…
Above and Beyond - The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Would you risk everything - your future, your citizenship, even your life - to help a brother in need? In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call…
The Path to Nuclear Fission - The Story of Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn
The story of two close friends who discovered nuclear fission is told in great detail within the context of both World Wars. This video is as much about role of scientists in political events, social responsibility, and discrimination against women…
Holy Land - A Nonpartisan Observer's Year in the West Bank
Essential viewing for Middle East studies and for campuses engaged in debate about the Israel-Paelstine conflict, the film zeroes in on Israeli settlers in the West Bank, and the Israelis and Palestinians who oppose them. Director/producer Peter Cohn comes to…
A Blind Hero - The Love of Otto Weidt
At Yad Vashem, the Berlin brushmaker Otto Weidt is listed as one of the Righteous Among the Nations. But Weidt's story has otherwise been overlooked until now. A Blind Hero finally brings the story of his daring and cunning rescue…
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…
Bacon & God's Wrath - A Jewish Woman Tastes Bacon for the First Time
A 90 year old Jewish woman reflects on her life's experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time. Short Film Jury Award: Non-fiction - Sundance Film Festival 2016 Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival 2015
Famous Nathan - The Story of a Family Owned Fast Food Chain
Rich in nostalgia, FAMOUS NATHAN pushes the boundaries of conventional documentary filmmaking, as kaleidoscopic and layered as Coney Island itself, capturing the honky-tonk, in-your-face spirit that was Nathan's Famous in its hey-day and today. An insider documentary by Lloyd Handwerker,…
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…
Louis Theroux: Ultra Zionists
BBC
Louis Theroux spends time with a small and very committed subculture of ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers in the occupied territories in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Louis wants to understand the lives of people who put both themselves and their…
Bonhoeffer - An Anti-Nazi Dissident
As a young pastor, Bonhoeffer helped to organise the Confessing Church, Germany's only true organised challenge to the Nazi state. A prolific writer and acclaimed preacher, Bonhoeffer came to New York on a teaching fellowship and taught Sunday school in…
A Force More Powerful
A Force More Powerful explores how popular movements battled entrenched regimes and military forces with unconventional weapons like boycotts, strikes, and demonstrations. Acts of civil resistance helped subvert the operations of government, and direct intervention in the form of sit-ins,…
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The Return of Sarah's Daughters - The Orthodox Jewish world
An award-winning film about three secular women as they enter the Orthodox Jewish world. As they grapple or embrace, their experiences throw pat answers about tradition, community, and meaning into relief. "Enlightening, engaging...Personalizes the often faceless tussle between secular and…
At Home in Utopia
A home of one's own: that's the American dream. But what happens when the dreamers are immigrants, factory workers, and Communists? In the mid-1920s, thousands of Jewish immigrant garment workers managed to catapult themselves out of urban slums and ghettos…
Nazi Medicine - In the Shadow of the Reich & The Cross and the Star
Nazi Medicine: In the Shadow of the Reich studies the step-by-step process that led the German medical profession down an unethical road to genocide. It graphically documents the racial theories and eugenics principles that set the stage for the doctors'…
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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.
Protektor
1938, Prague. Emil, a radio reporter, is married to the beautiful Hana, an actress whose new film has catapulted her into fame. As the Nazis come to power, however, Hana's Jewish heritage precipitates her fall from stardom to the bottom…
Best Boy
Part of the Series: The Best Boy Trilogy - A Family Portrait
Best Boy tells the story of Philip "Philly" Wohl, a 50-year-old mentally retarded man who has spent most of his life living at home with his parents in Queens, NY. Philly is a gentle soul who is greatly loved by…
Jews & Muslims: Narratives at War (1945 to Present Day)
Part of the Series: Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers - 4 Part Series
In 1945, the world discovers the horror of the Nazi camps. In 1948, the birth of Israel aroused anger and bitterness among Arabs and Muslims, but triggered joy and exultation throughout the Jewish world. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were…