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THE GO-GO BOYS

Dir. Hilla Medalia
(86min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

The inside story of two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and forming Cannon – at its apex, the most powerful independent film company in the world.

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NEXT TO HER

Dir. Asaf Korman
(90min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

Chelli is raising her mentally disabled sister Gabby all by herself. When the social worker discovers she leaves her sister alone in the house while at work, Chelli is forced to place her in a day-care center and the void left by her sister’s absence makes room for a man in her life.

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FRAGILE

Dir. Vidi Bilu
(104min, Israel, 2013) Narrative

Jerusalem, 1966 – the year before the Six Day War, after which everything will change forever. A small family lives a quirky, but somewhat boring, regular life in the center of the city, living. One day, the apparent peace and serenity of their house is violated.

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24 DAYS

Dir. Alexandre Arcady
(108min, France, 2013) Narrative

In 2006, Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old Parisian Jew of Moroccan descent gives his phone number to a pretty young woman. Later, when his kidnappers demand ransom from his family it became clear that she actually lured Ilan to his capture.

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ABOVE AND BEYOND

Dir. Roberta Grossman
(89min, USA, 2014) Documentary

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish-American pilots answered a call for help – this film celebrates the pilots who formed the Israeli Air Force.

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APPLES FROM THE DESERT

Dir. Arik Lubetzky, Matti Harari
(90min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

Rebecca Abravanel is the only daughter of an Orthodox family living in Jerusalem. Unhappy with her strict upbringing, Rebecca secretly opens herself to the secular world, with unexpected consequences – both for her family and herself.

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THE DOVE FLYER

Dir. Nissim Dayan
(108min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

Based on the autobiographical blockbuster novel by Eli Amir, this sweeping epic recalls a lost and cherished time when over 125,000 Jews lived in Iraq. We follow the teenage Kabi as he navigates the final years of the community’s existence in Iraq, before their expulsion and resettlement to 1950s Israel.

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THE FAREWELL PARTY

Dir. Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
(93min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

A group at a Jerusalem retirement home builds a machine for self-euthanasia in order to help their terminally ill friend. When rumors of the machine begin to spread, more and more people ask for their help, the creators are faced with an emotional dilemma.

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THE GO-GO BOYS

Dir. Hilla Medalia
(86min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

The inside story of two Israeli-born cousins, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, who in pursuit of the American Dream turned the Hollywood power structure upside down, producing over 300 films and forming Cannon – at its apex, the most powerful independent film company in the world.

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GOLEM

Dir. Carl Boese and Paul Wegener
(91min, USA, 1920) Narrative

Grammy-nominated Gary Lucas presents one of his most beloved original scores: the 1920 German silent horror-fantasy expressionist film Golem, the tale of a 16th century rabbi who made a man out of clay to save the Jewish community of Prague from annihilation.

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HESTER STREET

Dir. Joan Micklin Silver
(90min, USA, 1975) Narrative

A traditional Jewish woman (Carol Kane) who arrives with her son to America in the 1890s, only to discover that her cheating husband has assimilated and resents his wife’s old-fashioned ways.

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IT ALWAYS RAINS ON SUNDAY

Dir. Robert Hamer
(92min, UK, 1947) Narrative

With an atmosphere redolent of pre-war French “poetic realism,” this recently rediscovered film is a Brueghelian slice of post-war British life: a feckless trio of thieves try to unload a truckload of hot roller skates; a music store owner chases one shiksa too many; and a pipe smoking inspector wiles away the day.

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LITTLE WHITE LIE

Dir. Lacey Schwartz
(65min, USA, 2014) Documentary

Lacey Schwartz, who tells her remarkable story, grew up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity – despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.

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MAGIC MEN

Dir. Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor
(100min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

In the latest feature from the directors of Mabul, A Matter of Size, and Strangers, a Greek-born atheist and his estranged Hasidic rapper son travel from Israel to Greece searching for the magician who saved his father’s life during World War II.

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THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER

Dir. Asaf Galay
(72min, Israel, 2014) Documentary

This film uncovers a previously unknown and eccentric chapter in Isaac Bashevis Singer’s life: in the mid 1960’s he established an army of female translators – more than forty women – who helped spread his work. He was inspired by their presence, and often fell in love with them. For the first time, we hear their voices.

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NEXT TO HER

Dir. Asaf Korman
(90min, Israel, 2014) Narrative

Chelli is raising her mentally disabled sister Gabby all by herself. When the social worker discovers she leaves her sister alone in the house while at work, Chelli is forced to place her in a day-care center and the void left by her sister’s absence makes room for a man in her life.

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SECRETS OF WAR

Dir. Dennis Bots
(95min, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, 2014) Narrative

It’s 1943, but for thick-as-thieves friends Lambert and Tuur, the German occupation is merely inspiration for more exciting cave-war games. Even this bond is put at risk with the arrival of a lively young girl named Maartje, carrying with her a heavy secret about her past. Recommended for ages 10+

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THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLOM ALEICHEM

Dir. John Lollos
(75min, USA, 2014) Documentary

Portraits of two beloved icons—Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel—are woven together in this enchanting new documentary. The two men have much in common: wit, wisdom and talent, all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit.

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THE TRILOGY OF LOVE

Dir. Laurence Attali
(75min, Senegal/France, 1999-2002) Documentary and Narrative

Laurence Attali’s three-part ode to Senegal, spirituality, and the nature of love. We offer an extremely rare screening of the full work: Even The Wind (1999), Baobob (2000) and The Unshod Man (2002).

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GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIAN AMSALEM

Dir. Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz
(115min, Israel/Germany/France, 2014 ) Narrative

Viviane has been applying to the rabbinical court for a divorce for three years. Her husband continually refuses. In Israel, where neither civil marriage nor civil divorce exist, only an Orthodox rabbi can legalize a union or its dissolution with consent from the husband.

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IN SILENCE

Dir. Zdeněk Jiráský
(84min, Slovak Republic/Czech Republic/Germany, 2014) Narrative

A vibrant, sound-rich and brilliantly inventive ode to the lives of Jewish musicians during the era of National Socialism in Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany. Based on true stories of artists who achieved great musical success – Alice Flachová, Karol Ebert, Edith Kraus, and Arthur Chitz.

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THE ROSENWALD SCHOOLS

Dir. Aviva Kempner
(100min, USA, 2014) Documentary

Driven equally by the Jewish ideal of tzedakah (charity) and the writings of Booker T. Washington, Julius Rosenwald dedicated his wealth and prestige to joining with African-American communities in the South to build over 5,000 schools and establishing a fund to the support African-American artists and intellectuals.

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SERIAL (BAD) WEDDINGS

Dir. Philippede Chauveron
(94min, France, 2014) Narrative

This breakout hit in France comically plays off, and then upends, racial stereotypes of all stripes. The well-heeled Catholic Verneuils struggle with three daughters who have married Jewish, Arab and Asian men – when their fourth daughter falls in love with a Catholic, they’re delighted. But things don’t go quite as planned…

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2 OR 3 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT HIM

Dir. Malte Ludin
(85min, Germany, 20005) Documentary

The filmmaker breaks 60 years of silence and repression, investigating his father’s dark deeds as the Third Reich’s ambassador to Slovakia.

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7 DAY GIG

Dir. Kate Marks
(9min, USA, 2014) Narrative Short

A punk, an old man, and a chicken gather round for a makeshift shiva after Jay (a Romanian/Guamanian/Catholic/Jew) puts an ad on Craigslist looking for mourners to join him.

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AMERICAN MATCHMAKER

Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer
(87min, USA, 1940) Narrative

Leo Fuchs, known on Second Avenue as “the Yiddish Fred Astaire,” plays an elegant and eligible bachelor who can never seem to close the marriage deal.

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AU REVOIR LES ENFANTS

Dir. Louis Malle
(105min, France, 1987) Narrative

A heartbreaking story of friendship and loss concerning two boys living in Nazi-occupied France. At a provincial Catholic boarding school, the precocious youths enjoy true camaraderie — until a secret is revealed. Based on events from writer-director Louis Malle’s own childhood.

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BRUNDIBAR

Dir. Douglas Wolfsperger
(85min, Germany, 2014) Documentary

Holocaust? Again? That’s the reaction of the youth theater company at the Berliner Schaubühne to their newest project: Brundibar, the children’s opera, originally performed at Theresienstadt.

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CHERRIES

Dir. Noa Osheroff
(14min, Israel, 2014) Narrative Short

Yuli, 17, is in love with her classmate Daniel, but is too shy to admit it. Tamara, her best friend, is anything but shy. Tonight at Daniel’s party, she will compel Yuli to make the move, whether she’s ready or not.

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DEAR GOD

Dir. Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor
(13min, Israel, 2014) Narrative Short

Dear God depicts a romantic Jerusalem, told through the eyes of Aaron, a simple man who guards the historic Wailing Wall. One day a beautiful, mysterious woman puts a note in one of the holy drones, and Aaron decides to fulfill her deepest wish, while learning that love is all about communication.

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THE DECENT ONE

Dir. Vanessa Lapa
(94min, Israel/Austria/Germany, 2014) Narrative

Through previously undiscovered private letters, photos and diariest hat were found in Heinrich Himmler’s home in 1945, The Decent One gives unique, and at times uncomfortable, access to the life and mind of the merciless “Architect of the Final Solution.”

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DIVIDED WE FALL

Dir. Jan Hrebejk
(117min, Czech Republic, 2000) Narrative

Set in a small Czech town under German occupation, Jan Hrebejk’s Oscar nominated film explores “not only the banality of evil, but also the banality of goodness, and the ridiculousness, as well as the tragedy, of their collision.”

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END OF SEASON SALE

Dir. Eli Glazer
(35min, Israel, 2014) Narrative Short

Late at night two aging strangers fail to obtain Viagra for a one-night stand. This turns out to be a blessing in disguise as the two men get a chance to exchange the pleasures of the flesh with the pleasures of the heart.

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FIRSTBORN

Dir. Leah Tonic
(13min, Israel, 2014) Narrative Short

Sheri, a free-spirited 21-year old, has her own apartment, an older boyfriend, and works in a bar to make her living. One morning, a surprise phone call brings her face to face with her past, making it impossible to hide from it any longer.

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GLOOMY SABBATH

Dir. Amit Epstein
(15min, Germany, 2013) Narrative Short

At his grandmother’s deathbed Christian travels back in time and reveals the dark secret behind a painting which seemingly has always been part of the family’s property.

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