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ROSENWALD

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Aviva Kempner’s triumphant new BioDoc Rosenwald introduces us to a Jewish-American philanthropist who used the fortune he amassed as the CEO of Sears, Roebuck and Company to make a permanent impact on African-American life for generations past and generations to come. Although many residents of Metro Chicago know the name Julius Rosenwald, most people outside Chicago have […]

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THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER

Delightful documentary about Sophie Tucker, another whip-smart Jewish girl who made good in Die Goldene Medina–the golden country–of 20th Century America. (JLH: 4/5) ************************* Kudos to internet entrepreneurs Lloyd & Susan Ecker for turning their retirement years into a three-way love affair with Sophie Tucker! Starting small after selling their babytobee.com company in 2006, the Eckers are now developing […]

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PHOENIX

Berlin 1945. A woman returns from Auschwitz with only one goal: Find her husband. Despite being told that he was the one who betrayed her hiding place to the Nazis–she is Jewish, he is not–she still loves him. To say I hated Phoenix–a film as subtle as its title–would be an understatement. (JLH: 2/5) ************************* Phoenix […]

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THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT

The Stanford Prison Experiment is set at Stanford University in August of 1971. While most of his colleagues and their students are away for the summer, Professor Philip Zimbardo (perfectly played by actor Billy Crudup) turns a floor of offices into a mock prison. He then hires twenty-four Stanford students–all male–to populate his prison. Twelve will be guards, […]

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IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU

I am so wrapped up in seeing new films since my move to Brooklyn that I rarely get the chance–or even have the desire–to do much else. But a visit from our friends Mary Lou & George was just the excuse I needed to check an item off my Bucket List… I live by a […]

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A BORROWED IDENTITY

Palestinian prodigy receives a scholarship to attend a prestigious high school in Jerusalem. Consequences are highly specific but also universal. A Borrowed Identity appears in American theatres in the midst of an acrimonious, contentious, and long overdue conversation about “privilege.” Hopefully, many Americans now understand that part of “privilege” is the ability to close your eyes to […]

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TUVIA VE’SHEVA BENOTAV

There is a good reason why Tuvia Vesheva Benotav (the Israeli version of Sholem Aleichem’s Tevye stories) is rarely seen. It doesn’t deserve to be. Although of great historical interest to Fiddler Fanatics like me, it is objectively awful and best kept apocryphal. All too often, I sit in a movie theatre and ask myself: “What […]

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FORBIDDEN FILMS

Director Felix Moeller thoughtfully addresses the question of what to do with films made in Germany during the Nazi Era: destroy them, preserve them or just let them rot. (3.5/5) ************************* Felix Moeller’s new documentary Forbidden Films opens in an eerie location which looks like the site of a low budget SciFi film set in an abandoned […]

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IWWG ’15 Spring Conference

International Women’s Writing Guild Member Author Panel 2015 Spring “Big Apple” Conference JLH Intro: From roughly 1983 to 2002, I worked as a Healthcare Computer Consultant. So basically this was from the dawn of hospital information systems (when people first started getting computer-generated bills) up until the dot-com/dot bomb era. At the tail end of my Healthcare […]

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24 DAYS

The harrowing but critically important French film 24 Days opens today in selected theatres including NYC & Chicago. Also available on iTunes. (JLH: 4/5) ************************* When the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival gave 24 Days their Lia Award celebrating films dealing with Jewish Heritage, they wrote: “This suspenseful drama manages to avoid clichés and intricately presents the […]

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