Currently Browsing: January 2014

Regina

DAY FIVE OF THE 2014 NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Regina Jonas–a Jewish woman born in Berlin in 1902 who died in Auschwitz in 1944–was the first woman on record to be ordained as a Rabbi. Although she had been a teacher for decades and served in a quasi-clerical role for Jewish social service organizations, […]

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Bethlehem

DAY FIVE OF THE 2014 NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL “Sanfur” (Shadi Mar’i) is a Palestinian teen living on the West Bank who has become the informant of an Israeli Secret Service–Shabak aka Shin Bet–officer named Razi” (Tsahi Halevi). Sanfur comes from a prominent Bethlehem family. His older brother “Ibrahim” (Hisham Suliman) is a well-known and very visible terrorist who has […]

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The Congress

DAY THREE OF THE 2014 NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL Half-animated follow-up to his masterful Waltz with Bashir is a total flop for Folman. The idea is certainly interesting: 40-something Robin Wright agrees to have her essence as an actress digitized on the condition that she-the real person-never act again. She is give the studio the […]

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Friends from France

Multi-dimensional film co-written & co-directed by Philippe Kotlarski & Anne Weil captures the collision of idealistic youths with those worn down by life in a totalitarian state. (JLH: 4.5/5) Review by Managing Editor Jan Lisa Huttner DAY ONE OF THE 2014 NEW YORK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL 1979: Friends from France returns us to the days when […]

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Aftermath (Chgo)

NOTE: On Saturday (1/4/13), Robert Rusiecki (Consulate General of Poland in Chicago), Father John Pawlikowski (a leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue), and Professor Keely Stauter-Halsted (Chair of Polish Studies at University of Illinois at Chicago) will join audiences for an insightful Q&A after the 7:20 PM screening. Click HERE to purchase tickets. ************************* The plane lands at […]

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Marvin Hamlisch: WHDFL

Tzivi reviews Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love “Is it good for the Jews?” One quick look at this year’s Golden Globe nominations reveals the obvious: 2013 has been “a bad year for the Jews” in movieland, not just in Hollywood but beyond. Of the ten candidates for Best Motion Picture, the only two […]

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