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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.
Night and Fog
Part of the Series: Janus 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…
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…
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 Red Orchestra - Inside a Nazi Resistance Party
The Red Orchestra was a resistance group that fought against Nazi power within Germany from 1933 to 1942. The Gestapo labeled them as communists and traitors for their efforts to put an end to Hitler's reign -- a theory that…
Hester Street
Gitl and her son arrive on the Lower East side of New York in 1896 to join her husband Jake. While Jake, who has job in a sweatshop and an English-speaking girlfriend, has completely embraced America, Gitl clings to her…
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
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…
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…
I Was Nineteen - Ich war neunzehn
Gregor is a young soldier entering Germany with the victorious Soviet troops at the end of WWII. But he is also the child of left-wing Germans who fled from Hitler and spent the war in the Soviet Union. As a…
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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 Beginning
Part of the Series: The Story of the Jews
PBS
Prize-winning author and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama explores the Jewish experience from ancient times to the present day. The story begins 3,000 years ago with the emergence of a tribal people in a contested land and their extraordinary book, the…
The Children of Chabannes - Rescue, Refugees, & Moral Courage
In the spirit of Louis Malle's "Au Revoir les Enfants" and Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List," the Emmy Award-winning documentary "The Children of Chabannes" has been called "a moving record of the unassuming, uncompromising heroism of ordinary people" (New York Times)…
Blacks And Jews - The Psychology of Victimization and Media Exploration
Scholars and critics probe the history and psychology of victimization shared between Blacks and Jews and their exploitation by the media. The faultline between Blacks and Jews is one of the most visible symbols of America's racial divide. This film,…
Jews & Muslims: The Place of the Other (721-1789)
Part of the Series: Jews & Muslims: Intimate Strangers - 4 Part Series
In the year 721, the Muslim Empire was vast. Across the empire Jews and Christians were minorities motivated by a desire to obtain the most favorable status. Their quest for an elevated status within the empire did not hinder cultural…
Broadway Musicals - A Jewish Legacy
This film that explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. Featuring interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish…
Forgiving Dr. Mengele
Eva Kor and her twin sister were victims of the infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele, who conducted sadistic experiments on human beings at Auschwitz concentration camp. Haunted ever since by these cruel acts, something even more shocking occurs: Eva finds…
The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Part of the Series: The Jewish Americans
PBS
As Jewish Americans tried to enter the mainstream of American life, they were frustrated by anti-Semitism even as they developed their own resources, often succeeding in businesses on the margins of American life. Irving Berlin, an immigrant from Russia, began…
Rotation
The story of an apolitical working-class family that nevertheless gets drawn into collusion with Nazi policies. Rotation was awarded the Golden Leopard at the 1954 Locarno Film Festival and is ranked by film critics as one of Germany's 100 Most…
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The Axe of Wandsbek - Das Beil von Wandsbek
Hamburg, Germany 1934: An executioner is needed. Teetjen (Erwin Geschonneck) makes the biggest mistake of his life. Because his butcher shop is facing bankruptcy, he agrees to execute a group of political prisoners for the Nazis. Once this becomes known,…
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