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From left: David Benaym, Noam Leibman and Rudy Rochman in Nigeria. Credit: “We Were Never Lost.”

How three Israeli filmmakers wound up becoming the story in Africa

Three Israeli documentary filmmakers arrived home safely from Nigeria at the end of last week, after what they described as 20 “hellish days” detained under inhumane conditions by the government’s Department of State Services (DSS)...
Israeli attorney Lea Tsemel at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on March 4, 2021. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Film about Israeli lawyer who advocates for terrorists gets double Emmy nod

A controversial Israeli documentary about an Israeli attorney who represents terrorists received a double Emmy nomination on Wednesday. “Advocate,” from directors Rachel Leah Jones and Philippe Bellaiche, follows Israeli self-described “human-rights lawyer” Lea Tsemel as...

Hollywood’s war on Judaism

A doctor walks up to a Chassidic Jewish teen lying in a hospital bed and tells him he needs a bone graft to save his leg. The teen and his father both worry that...
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin delivers an address at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland upon his arrival in the United States for a state visit, Jan. 1, 1978. Credit: USAF

The inspirational life of Menachem Begin

Winston Churchill once wrote, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to go.” I thought of those words recently after watching “Upheaval,” a new documentary film produced by the Hidden...
A scene from the film “Where Is Anne Frank?” Source: Screenshot/IMDB.

First Anne Frank animated film debuts at Cannes festival

The first animated film based on “The Diary of Anne Frank” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival to positive reviews from film critics, reported Deutsche Welle. “Where is Anne Frank?” which premiered last week, revolves around...
From the film “Babi Yar. Context.” Credit: Courtesy.

Documentary on Babi Yar massacre to premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary film “Babi Yar. Context” has been selected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in July. The 120-minutes long film is based entirely on archival footage uncovered by Loznitsa, which...
Charles Grodin and Art Garfunkel in 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish comedic actor, box-office star of ‘Beethoven’ Charles Grodin dies at 86

Jewish actor Charles Grodin died of cancer at his home in Wilton, Conn, on Tuesday. He was 86 years old. He was “one of the funniest people I ever met … , ” tweeted Steve...
Alma Har'el attends the 23rd Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Credit: Ovidiu Hrubaru/Shutterstock.

Israeli director Alma Har’el signs TV deal with Amazon Studios

Alma Har’el, the award-winning Israeli director behind Shia LaBeouf’s 2019 autobiographical drama “Honey Boy,” has penned a television deal with Amazon Studios. Har’el and her newly formed production company, Zusa, will work with the studio...
British actress Helen Miren meets with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at City Hall, June 22, 2016. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Helen Mirren to portray Golda Meir in new film on Yom Kippur War

Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren will play the role of iconic Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in an upcoming biographical film Golda. The movie will be directed by Oscar-winning Israeli director Guy Nattiv. Production is...
Aerial view of buildings in the University of California, Berkeley campus with a view towards the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Credit: Sundry Photography/Shutterstock.

Educational video charts history of anti-Semitism for use on college campuses

The Academic Engagement Network (AEN) announces a new video, “Antisemitism in Our Midst,” which charts the history of anti-Semitism, from its ancient origins to its contemporary manifestations. The video was created as part of the...