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WARSAW GHETTO: THE UNFINISHED FILM

Documentary Israel (2010) 87 minutes | English Subtitles

Direct Link: https://vimeo.com/186462698  

The Warsaw Ghetto housed 440,000 Polish Jews and Roma during World War II. Typhus, starvation and random murders killed over 100,000 of the ghetto's residents even before the Nazis began the massive deportations to the Treblinka extermination camp. Yet the Nazis created a mysterious propaganda film that juxtaposed meticulously staged scenes of Jews enjoying a life of luxury in the ghetto with other, chilling images that required no staging at all. After the war, filmmakers and museums - unaware of the deception - used images from the film as objective illustrations of life in the ghetto, which subsequently became engraved as historical truth. With contributions from ghetto survivors and one of the German cameramen, Warsaw Ghetto: The Unfinished Film reveals how the Nazis used the ghetto as a film set, the inhabitants as actors and the decaying bodies as exhibits, and examines how far we can trust historic images.

 

 

WINTER SPOTLIGHT OF SHORT FILMS

WENDY’S SHABBAT

Documentary USA (2017) 10 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/wo51H-se1P8  

A joyful group of seniors captures the spirit of Shabbat in their own unique way, gathering at a fast food restaurant to light candles and say prayers over hamburgers and fries.

 

 

FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF MY FATHER

Documentary USA (2018) 15 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/198357872  

Ted Koppel (narrator) - “Footsteps of My Father” uncovers an act of extraordinary courage by Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, a devout Christian from Tennessee who risked his own life to save the lives of 200 Jewish G.I.s when they were prisoners of the Germans in WWII. He would be the only American soldier ever recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations. Edmonds never spoke of his heroism to anyone. Now, through his own words, written in his own hand, his voice can be heard.

 

99

Comedy USA (2019) 5 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/378601765  

A mother and son shop for a bar mitzvah gift at a 99-cent store.

 

ABORT

Drama Israel (2010) 11 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles

Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/xEZYOUZqOz8  

Abort" Follows Gabriela, a 16 y/o girl who got into an involuntary pregnancy and is having an abortion. During the operation a group of interns, accompanied with rubber gloves, are entering the surgery room, exploring Gabriela's body.

 

7 DAY GIG

Comedy | USA (2013) 10 minutes | English

Direct Link: https://vimeo.com/71789376

A punk, an old man, and a chicken gather round for a make-shift Shiva after JAY (a Romanian/Guamanian/Catholic/Jew) puts an ad on Craigslist looking for mourners to join him.

 

SETUP, PUNCH

Comedy USA (2013) 19 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/287762981

Showing that there is always a reason to laugh, stand-up comic Reuben Stein does the most daring set of his life. The consequences will change his life forever.

 

WITH A LITTLE PATIENCE

Drama Hungary (2007) 14 minutes

Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/5g1FIkw9CYM  

An office clerk as seen during her daily routine - all the little vibrations of her face. And a man, impatiently waiting for her, beyond the windows. From the Director of Son of Saul.

 

VERA KLEMENT: BLUNT EDGE

Documentary USA (2010) 11 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/14772046

 

An HD biographical documentary of Vera Klement, an oil painter in Chicago. Deeply influenced by abstract expressionism and classical music, Vera Klement’s painterly impasto canvas depicts isolated and alienated objects in a white, solid void. In this film, Klement creates a portrait of an artist under oppression, an homage to Russian composer, Dmitri Shostakovitch. Interweaving the artist’s process with her 80th birthday party, the documentary celebrates the artist’s life and her unyielding attempt to create.

 

DISMISSED

Drama Israel (2012) 15 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles

Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/PR8gypLZSR8

After Zvi, an 80 year-old retired general, is being told he doesn't have much time left, he returns home to plan his next steps. An interaction with his son Amir make him re-think his plans.

 

SURVIVAL IN SARAJEVO: FRIENDSHIP IN A TIME OF WAR

Documentary Hungary (2013) 13 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/YQ5uDDqnk2I

 

The story of how an old synagogue in the Bosnian war zone became a beacon of hope for everyone. During the Bosnian war (1992-1995), the Jewish community of Sarajevo refused to take sides, opened their own humanitarian aid agency inside the city's synagogue, and were soon joined by their Muslim, Croat and Serbian friends. While outside of the besieged Bosnian capital, nationalist politicians swore these ethnic groups could not get along, here's a group of people who never got the memo. In this European war, Jews were not the victims. In this war, Jews were saving Muslims and Christians. An inspiring story of friendship and commitment.

 

RIGHTEOUS REBEL: RABBI AVI WEISS

Documentary USA (2014) 49 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/113506327                                                                                                                            For forty years, both from an international platform as well as from his local pulpit in The Bronx, Rabbi Avi Weiss has been an important voice speaking up against injustice for both Jews and non-Jews. In the documentary, filmmaker Phil Schneider provides a compelling, insightful, and comprehensive look into Weiss' extraordinary life, and how, as a result of his crusading activism and "speaking truth to power," he has inspired others to "show up, stand up, and speak up" in times of crisis. The film also explores the softer side of Rabbi Weiss and his relentless commitment to create an environment of inclusion and dignity for his community.

 

THE VISITOR

Drama Australia (2018) 10 minutes | English

Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/389731194

 

Awakened in the dead of night by a frantic young woman on the run, Naomi grapples with a situation that defies belief and must decide how far she will go to protect the visitor.                                                                                                                    

 

KID YAMAKA

Documentary USA (2015) 14 minutes | English

Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/188035088

 

In this deeply human story, Emmy-nominated director Matt Ogens profiles up-and-coming boxer Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman and explores Wohlman's troubled background in Los Angeles, his training under world-class coach Freddie Roach, and his path to personal redemption through boxing, Judaism, and sobriety.

 

IN BED AT 10 PM

Comedy Israel (2010) 16 minutes | Hebrew w/English Subtitles

Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/47847461

Rachel and Motti, both in their 70s, are in bed at 10 PM. But when Motti's wife rings twice, Rachel discovers a new rule - when the phone rings twice, it's urgent.                                                                                               

 

GARY AND MILDRED

Animated Israel (2007) 6 minutes | English

Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/27615031  

Pushy ‘70s mama Mildred and lonely son Gary live together in eccentric disharmony in this hilarious (and slightly bonkers)

 

VEILS

Drama UK (2007) 13 minutes | English

Direct link to the film: https://vimeo.com/68367268  

Starring Maureen Lipman and David Horovitch, and written and directed by Dan Susman, Veils is a story about a Jewish girl and a Palestinian guy on their wedding day. But this is not a standard Romeo & Juliet story of forbidden love - there is much more than meets the eye...