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At the start of “The Testament,” the hero, Dr. Yoel Halberstam, is being interviewed by a European journalist about his Holocaust research, which is stirring controversy in Austria. They talk about the Holocaust and the truth. It would be hard to find two more picked-over subjects in Israel nowadays, but by the end of the movie, director Amichai Greenberg will...
PARK CITY, Utah (AFP) — If it were a conspiracy thriller it would be dismissed as far-fetched, but Tim Wardell’s astonishing story of Jewish triplets separated at birth and reunited by pure chance is all too real. His debut feature documentary “Three Identical Strangers,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, introduces Bobby Shafran, Eddy Galland, and David...
This year’s 27th New York Jewish Film Festival has a well-put-together mix of new documentaries, film narratives, short films, and works by new filmmakers. It is a return to a world-class festival after a few years of errant choices, where films with questionable Jewish content were shown and odd showcases that had no real Jewish content were the norm....
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NEW YORK — A title card before the start of “The Testament” states that it is “inspired by events that took place in the last days of WWII in Austria.” As the film opens in Israel on January 11, we ask: Does that mean this is a true story? Partly a true story? If so, which part? And why does...
The West Valley Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 13th year by featuring three films that vary as much in tone as topic. The festival runs from Jan. 27-29 at Beth Emeth Congregation, with one film being shown each evening. There will be brief introductions provided by festival organizer and Beth Emeth congregant Irene Lehrer. Refreshments will follow the screening. This...
Blind dates that crash and burn before your entrée even arrives. The cringe-inducing realization that your online date knows you’ve taken a profile embellishment too far. Getting absolutely plastered at your last single friend’s wedding and weeping on the floor of the bathroom. All these snapshots of the modern singles experience are captured in the first season of the web...
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A world-premiere feature documentary, the North American premiere of an epic, three-part documentary, and Israel’s Academy Award entry highlight the 74 movies filling 192 screenings in 23 days at the 2018 Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. The full lineup for the 18th annual festival was previewed for sponsors and media Thursday night, Jan. 4, during at party at the Atlanta History Center and announced to...
“Jews, Muslims, Christians – we were all Iraqis – it was paradise.” On the hundredth anniversary of the British invasion in 1917, Remember Baghdad is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed from a completely new perspective – through the eyes of the Jews who lived there for 2,600 years until only a generation...
Renee Saltiel and Solon Molho grew up in the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the world, Salonika, or Thessaloniki, in today’s Greece. More than 90,000 Jews lived there then. But by the time the Germans had rounded up the city’s Jews during the Second World War and deported them to Auschwitz, almost none were left. Only a handful returned. This short film...
When film director and producer Roger Sherman referred to Israel as one of the “hottest food scenes in the world,” his colleagues laughed. It was at that moment that Sherman knew he had discovered a subject for a successful film. Indeed, he had. Sherman’s documentary, “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” featuring world-renowned chef and restaurateur Michael Solomonov, has played in 38...

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