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Art and Heart: The World of Isaiah Sheffer
Art and Heart, Catherine Tambini’s spirited documentary celebrates the life of Isaiah Sheffer, the founding artistic director of Symphony Space and host of Selected Shorts on public radio who inspired everyone from Leonard Nimoy to Stephen Colbert. Paired with Making Morning Star. Academy Award–nominated filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar’s intimate documentary relates the creation of Morning Star, a new opera by composer Ricky Ian Gordon as he brings 11 years of ideation to life. —Neha Talreja Preceded by Making Morning Star
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 3:20 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 1:30 PM
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 1:40 PM
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Baba Joon
Israel’s submission to the 2015 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film surprises in many ways. For starters, the screenplay is almost entirely in Farsi, not Hebrew. The semi-autobiographical feature film debut from writer/director Yuval Delshad depicts three generations in the Morgian family, Persian immigrants from Iran to Israel eking out a living as rural turkey farmers. Sensitive performances, gentle pacing and refreshing plot twists combine to weave a richly satisfying story. —Emily Kaiser Thelin
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 1:50 PM
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 8:20 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 2:10 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 2:05 PM
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The Bentwich Syndrome
Humorously examining Anglo-Jewish life of the 19th and 20th centuries, directors Gur Bentwich and Maya Kenig embark on a road trip to dissect the origins of their family. An array of aunts and cousins hold court, as well as long-departed Bentwiches, who come to life through zany Monty Python-esque animation. In the end, we become Bentwiches-by-proxy, crammed into the back seat of the family car, enjoying the ride. —Alexis Whitman Preceded by Spring Chicken, Dir. Tamir Elterman.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 1:20 PM
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 11:50 AM
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False Flag
Not since Prisoners of War has there been such a provocative, nail-biting espionage thriller on Israeli TV. In False Flag five Israeli citizens wake up one morning to discover that they are suspects in the kidnapping of the Iranian minister of defense. The five become wanted and news coverage turns their world upside down. Their attempts to deny involvement are in vain. Even their loved ones question, could they be guilty? —Lexi Leban
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 8:30 PM
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 6:50 PM
Sun, Jul 31, 2016 6:30 PM
Sat, Aug 6, 2016 6:30 PM
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Fever At Dawn
A Swedish refugee camp doctor gives Holocaust survivor Miklós six months to live. But the young man refuses to die before meeting the love of his life. He sends letters to 117 Hungarian women in sex-segregated camps throughout Sweden. The response of 19-year old Lilli captures his heart and his imagination. Péter Gárdos’s romantic drama, based upon his novel of his parents’ post-Holocaust courtship creates indelible images of heartbreak and hope. —Sara L. Rubin
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 8:55 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 3:45 PM
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 9:00 PM
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A German Life
From 1942 until the end of the war, Brunhilde Pomsel worked as a stenographer for Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Nazi minister of propaganda. Now 105 years old, she is the last living witness to have seen the machinations of Nazi power from the inside. With her face in close-up, she recounts her past with lucidity and forces us to ask the timely question, “What would I have done in this situation?” —Jay Rosenblatt
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 12:15 PM
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 3:15 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 2:15 PM
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Germans and Jews
This thoughtful documentary is a subtle examination of the history of Germany’s postwar Jewish population and of the fraught and fragile relations between Jews and non-Jews. Structured around a dinner party attended by Germans and Jews—some of whom were born in Germany, some who are “Germans by choice”—the film negotiates sensitive questions of memory, guilt, identity and redemption with grace and aplomb while giving access to both sides of a crucial historical dialogue. —Seth Barron *SJM: Single Jewish Mom Free Screening
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 12:00 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 12:00 PM
Tue, Aug 2, 2016 4:40 PM
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Holy Zoo
In Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, Israelis and Palestinians work alongside one another to tend to the zoo’s elephants, crocodiles and rhinos. Inevitably, tensions within and across animal species reflect themselves in the mostly good-natured, always edgy interactions between employees, who lead regular tours of Muslim and Jewish schoolchildren through the zoo’s grounds. Katharina Waisburd’s keen eye results in an unforgettable lens into the current conflict in the Holy Land. Preceded by The Mute’s House. —Zoe Pollak
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 12:50 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 4:10 PM
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 4:05 PM
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How to Win Enemies
Take a classic Woody Allen–style antihero, add Alfred Hitchcock–level intrigue and a strong dose of Argentine sex appeal, and you have this comic, poignant and smart feature. Director Gabriel Lichtmann shows the complicated family relations of Lucas, a young Buenos Aires Jewish lawyer and a mystery buff (he even has a dog named Sherlock) as he solves the mystery of who conned him out of a down payment on a house. —Emily Kaiser Thelin
Wed, Jul 27, 2016 6:00 PM
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 6:30 PM
Sun, Aug 7, 2016 8:45 PM
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