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How It Felt to Be a Holocaust Survivor in Skokie, Illinois

By On February 20, 2017

On June 25, 1978, after a year-long legal battle that had the whole nation debating the limits of free speech, a group of white supremacists were poised to march in the bucolic… Read More


These American Holocaust Rescuers Are Remembered in Ken Burns’s New Film

By On September 19, 2016

Documentarian Ken Burns, known for award-winning films like Jazz and Baseball (and bad haircuts), now turns his sights on an untold chapter of Holocaust history: the extraordinary story of Americans Waitstill and… Read More


A “Whodunnit” Murder Mystery About Anti-Semitism in Modern Poland

By On August 25, 2016

How deep does anti-Semitism go in modern Poland? In the riveting Polish thriller A Grain of Truth, a woman turns up dead in the small village of Sandomierz, and prosecutor Teodor Szacki… Read More


Searching For a Long-Lost Lover, From Israel to the American Open Road

By On August 25, 2016

Is That You?, a new film by director Dani Menkin, straddles two rom-com sub-genres: the road trip movie and the film-about-making-a-film movie. Ronnie (Alon Aboutboul), a recently laid-off Israeli projectionist, is given… Read More

A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again

A Riveting Gay Family Drama, From Israel to London and Back Again

By On August 9, 2016

During rehearsal for the London Gay Men’s Chorus, Saar Maoz gets a shoulder massage from the man behind him while giving one to the man in front of him. Their voices sound… Read More

Being Dead Hasn't Stopped Rabin From Narrating His New Biopic

Yitzhak Rabin Narrates His New Biopic From The Grave

By On May 6, 2016

  “I think you could say I’m an introverted person. I don’t know if I’m friendly or unfriendly.” These words, spoken by an uncharacteristically confessional Yitzhak Rabin, mark the start of Israeli… Read More


London’s Challah Has a New, Elevating Secret Ingredient

By On April 28, 2016

Grandpa’s challah has a new skunky smell, and the lines outside his London bakery door are full of giggling Jews. The secret to his success? There’s something in the dough. Dough is… Read More

Love, Marriage and Toilet Paper: Israel’s Wedding Doll

Love, Marriage, and Toilet Paper: Israel’s “Wedding Doll”

By On April 14, 2016

The film Wedding Doll is set in an isolated town in Israel’s Negev Desert. Hagit (Moran Rosenblatt) is a peppy young woman with a mild mental disability who works at a local… Read More


A Jewish Mother-Daughter Relationship Like No Other

By On April 4, 2016

In a telling scene midway through Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum’s new documentary Look At Us Now, Mother!, Gayle’s mother explains to the camera, “One of the reasons that I might not… Read More


A 1963 French Detective Holocaust Novel Gets a New Life

By On February 23, 2016

  A little remembered 1963 French detective novel by Hubert Monteilhet—Return from the Ashes—puts forth a fascinating scenario: a Jewish woman, presumed dead, returns to her hometown in France after being liberated… Read More

An Extraordinary But Little-Known Jewish Filmmaker Explores the Nature of Cinema

The Little-Known Jewish Filmmaker Exploring the Nature of Film

By On January 29, 2016

Brooklyn-born avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs has been testing the boundaries of cinema for six decades. His first film “Orchard Street” (1956) portrays the vanishing Jewish immigrant population on the Lower East Side… Read More

Opening Today, "Son of Saul" Changes Holocaust Films Forever

“Son of Saul” Has Gone and Changed Holocaust Films Forever

By On December 18, 2015

Son of Saul, Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes’s powerful debut, begins out of focus and stays there for a disorienting amount of time. The haze clears on an ordinary workday in hell: Saul… Read More

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