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Sophia Loren plays elderly Holocaust survivor in ‘The Life Ahead’

Sofia Villani Scicolone first appeared into the movie called Quo Vadis in 1951 when she was only 15 years old. She was renamed “Sophia Loren” by her husband Carlo Ponti who also directed the film. Loren...

When You Kill Children, You Kill Infinite Possibilities

#AnneFrank. Parallel Stories, a 2020 documentary streaming on Netflix, is narrated by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren who revisits Anne Frank’s life and the possibility of what she could have been; reading passages of her...

Movie Review: ‘Kastner and the Little Tuesday’

Kästner and the Little Tuesday, a 2016 movie originally titled in German as Kästner und der Kleine Dienstag is now streaming, with English subtitles, on Amazon Prime. It’s Germany 1931, the children’s novel Emil and the Detectives is being...

Love and War Divide Two Boyhood Best Friends

Secrets of War (Oorlogsgeheimen) is a 2014 film set in the summer of 1943 in Southern Limburg, a Dutch village. The area is occupied by the Germans to mixed reactions from its residents. In the opening scene,...

‘The Bird Catcher’: A Jewish girl’s WWII life in Norway

The Bird Catcher, streaming on Amazon Prime, is a 2019 drama that depicts some of the lesser-known stories of Norwegian Jews through the eyes of a young girl trying to survive during World War II. The...

The Past Hasn’t Even Begun To Pass

Fugitive Pieces, a 2007 is a film streaming on Amazon Prime, spans a period of roughly 35 years, beginning in 1942 and concluding the late 1970s. At the outset, Jakob Beer (Robbie Kay) the protagonist...
A still from the Israeli film “Asia.” Credit: Tribeca Film Festival.

Shira Haas, ‘Asia’ win Israel’s Ophir Awards

The mother-daughter drama “Asia” was named Best Picture at the Israeli Academy of Film and Television’s Ophir Awards, automatically becoming Israel’s entry in the Best International Feature category at the Oscars next spring. “Unorthodox”...
From the documentary “Golda,” about Israel’s first female prime minister’s term of office. Credit: National Library of Israel.

Festival of best Israeli documentaries goes digital, with special track in English

The National Library of Israel’s sixth annual Docu.Text Film Festival is going digital, with a special track for English-speaking international audiences. The festival, running from Nov. 15-25, features award-winning documentary films, question-and-answer sessions and an array of special...

Dark humor, intrigue in ‘Bye Bye Germany’

Bye Bye Germany is a touching post WW2 dark comedy about a band of Holocaust camp survivors who become door-to-door salesmen hawking linens to unsuspecting Germans. The 2017 film is currently streaming on Amazon (pay...

Film documents Skokie’s resistance to Neo-Nazis

Eli Adler is the creator, co-director, narrator and one of the protagonists in the 2015 documentary film Surviving Skokie,” now streaming on Amazon. Adler remembers his youth in Skokie, Illinois – “we lived on the...