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The Joyce Forum Short Film Festival is triply new.  It will screen on October 6th and 7th at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre of the Lawrence Family JCC separately from the San Diego Jewish Film Festival becoming the first Jewish shorts film festival in the world.   As the Forum’s founder and namesake Joyce Axelrod observes, “There has never been a...
Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Angel Sola), the protagonist in the Spanish language, English-subtitled film The Last Suit, has a promise to keep before his children in Argentina move him out of his house and pack him off to a retirement home. Angry at their insistence that he leave the home in which he has lived for 50 years, he does...
“Nana,” as many of us know from the time as children we were mouthing our first words, means “grandma” and, in this case, “Nana” refers to Maryla Dyamant Michalowski, z”l, a Holocaust survivor who emigrated to Belgium, where she was the subject and co-author of a memoir, and was a frequent interviewee on television shows dealing with the Holocaust. NANA...
Making the rounds of Jewish film festivals is the Israeli documentary When the Smoke Clears, which recreates the battles in which several IDF soldiers were wounded and then follows each of these soldiers on the road to recovery. Almost everyone by now has heard of post-traumatic stress (PTS) but by recreating the situations in Gaza, the West Bank, and Lebanon that haunt...
Generation Wealth explores the American dream, which it defines as the quest for fame and fortune.  This interesting and somewhat distressing documentary written and directed by Lauren Greenfield explores some of the obsessions of modern day society, such as greed, materialism, the desire to be wealthy and famous, and social status.  According to this documentary, this is no longer just...
The 38th annual San Francisco Jewish Film festival is in full swing. From July 19 to August 5, Bay Area theatres in San Francisco, Albany, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Oakland will screen 67 Jewish films from 22 countries. One of the films is a restored 87 minute 1924 Austrian production of ‘Stadt ohne Juden” –“The City without Jews.” It...
‘A Call to Remember: The David Schaecter Story’ will air Thursday at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, and include a conversation with the film’s subject. Courtesy photo
In a study released in April 2018, more than one-fifth of millennials surveyed said they haven’t heard of the Holocaust or aren’t sure if they’ve heard of it. A full two-thirds couldn’t identify what Auschwitz is. (In case you’re in that demographic, in the early 1940s, it was a Nazi concentration camp where an estimated 1.1 million Jewish prisoners...
How often do you catch yourself humming a tune, or singing along with lyrics, when you suddenly experience that moment of clarity as you realize the song’s message?  The instant when you learned that “Ring Around the Rosie” was about Black Plague or that U2 was singing about Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in “Pride in the Name of...
As one can glean from the title, the subject of Path of Blood is not pleasant, but for those who are not Islamic extremists, the insights it provides are necessary to learn.  Documentary film maker Jonathan Hacker utilizes captured Al Qaeda footage along with video from the Security Service of Saudi Arabia, to tell the story of how Osama bin Laden’s...
Two dramatic Jewish-themed films will be screened in July in Boca Raton and Delray Beach . "Righteous," a 2016 Polish drama based on a true story about a Jewish orphan who was hidden during the Holocaust by a Polish couple, will be screened on July 11 at 1 p.m. at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center's Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center in...

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