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An Israeli Love Story

Based on the true story of theatre director and actress Pnina Gary, An Israeli Love Story tells a passionate story of love and independence. Set in the turbulent years of 1947-48, Eli and Margalit are torn between their love for one another and where they see their own futures in the Jewish state. Margalit seeks the spotlight in the budding theatre world of Tel Aviv, while Eli's allegiance is to the struggle for Jewish independence from the British. As their commitment to each other grows, the harsh reality of life in Israel intervenes.
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The Body Collector

The highest-rated mini-series in Dutch television history, this true-life drama depicts the heavy price paid by journalists in their search for truth and justice. As the idealistic editor-in-chief of De Telegraaf, Hans Knoop becomes personally involved in the hunt for Pieter Menten, a Nazi war criminal living a lavish existence in a villa outside Amsterdam. This dramatic film follows Knoop’s struggle to uncover Menten’s dark past.
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Bye Bye Germany (Es war einmal in Deutschland)

After the war, charismatic David Bermann recruits fellow Holocaust survivors for a money-making scheme to realize their shared dream of rebuilding their lives in America. Their clever strategy brings in much-needed cash, until David’s secret past begins to catch up with him. This dark comedy is based largely on co-screenwriter Michel Bergmann’s debut novel “The Traveling Salesmen,” inspired by his own family history.
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After living in New York for decades, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to North London for her estranged father’s funeral. Her arrival causes an uproar in the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her attraction to Esti (Rachel McAdams), her childhood best friend. Based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, Disobedience examines the boundaries between personal freedom and faith as Ronit and a now-married Esti rekindle their repressed romance. Speaker: Professor Michal Raucher, Dept. of Jewish Studies, Rutgers
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The Dybbuk

A rich, ethnographic tapestry of Jewish legend, The Dybbuk is a Yiddish-language drama based on S. Ansky’s seminal play about a bride possessed by a dybbuk, or disconnected soul. The film weaves a mystical tale from the Hasidic shtetls of the late nineteenth century with the story of two close friends, Sender and Nisn, who vow that their first-born children will marry one another. The Dybbuk presented here is a new restoration of the 1937 classic, which was originally filmed just before the outbreak of World War II.
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When Michael and Dafna receive the news that their son Jonathan has died at his military outpost, the family struggles to cope with their unfathomable loss. The film reveals the surreal events that led to Jonathan’s death, and circumstances that mirror a family and society trapped in an unending cycle of conflict. Inspired by the director’s own experience as a soldier in the Israeli army, Foxtrot portrays a tragic yet universal story of grief as it moves from trauma to catharsis.
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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Heading Home follows the unlikely story of Israel’s national baseball team and its advance to the World Baseball Classic for the first time in history. The 2017 line-up includes several Jewish-American Major League players-Ike Davis, Ty Kelly, and Ryan Lavarnway. While some have little connection to Judaism, the players find themselves unexpectedly engaged in soul-searching during their first-ever visit to Israel, developing a sense of pride in their heritage while defending their team’s reputation on the field.
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The Interpreter

When Ali is hired as an interpreter by the son of the SS officer who murdered his parents during the war, an unlikely road trip ensues. Their emotional trek takes them through the Slovak countryside, where Ali and Georg discover a nation eager to forget its role in the Holocaust. Meanwhile, the two men develop an unexpected friendship as they uncover the complexities of their overlapping stories.
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Muhi - Generally Temporary

Muhi: Generally Temporary recounts the extraordinary journey of a Palestinian boy whose spirit sustains him and the doting? staff at the hospital where he has lived for more than seven years. Born with a congenital disease, Muhi was rushed from Gaza to Israel as an infant for a life-saving treatment. This inspiring documentary explores Israeli-Palestinian tensions through the lens of Muhi’s unique circumstances, seeing past the limitations of identity, nationality, and religion and beyond the broader conflict that divides this lively child’s world.
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RBG provides an intimate portrait of the exceptional life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her battles for women’s equality in the workplace to her ongoing legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court and her unlikely role as a pop culture icon.
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Remember Baghdad

As descendants of the scholars who wrote the Babylonian Talmud, Iraqi Jews held a presence in the country for 2,600 years, until their remaining numbers were forced to flee in 1967. In this moving documentary, four families reflect with nostalgia, clarity, fear, and regret on both the heyday and turbulence of Jewish life in their native country. The film entwines archival footage with home movies and scenes from contemporary Baghdad, where one Jewish man returns to purchase a house and stake a claim to his ancestral homeland.
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Rescue Bus 300

In 1984, four armed Palestinian terrorists hijacked a bus en route from Tel Aviv to Ashkelon, taking the passengers hostage and steering the bus towards Gaza. Through interviews with Israeli officials at the time and dramatic reenactments of the bus takeover and the daring rescue, this powerful docudrama portrays the human drama and personal stories behind both the hijacking and subsequent investigation that rocked Israeli society. Speaker Thursday, November 1: Moshe Zonder, head writer for FAUDA and Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, Bildner Center
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The Last Suit (El ultimo traje) / 116 Cameras

Double Feature
The Last Suit (El ultimo traje) Abraham Bursztein has built a successful life in Argentina, but at 88, finds his place in the world diminished. When his daughters arrange his move into a retirement home, he plots a secret, one-way road trip, refusing to fade quietly away. This charming film accompanies Abraham on his bittersweet journey back in time halfway around the world, where he plans to keep a promise to the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. 116 Cameras As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3D digital projections that will interact with generations to come. 116 Cameras follows Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, as she goes through this unique process and reflects on how her role as a Holocaust speaker has changed over time.
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Three Identical Strangers

Through a series of coincidences, three complete strangers discover they are identical triplets who were separated at birth and adopted by different families. Though they lived within 100 miles of each other, the triplets and their families did not know of the others’ existence. This remarkable documentary follows the chain of events set in motion by their serendipitous reunion, unearthing an extraordinary and disturbing secret that transcends the triplets’ own incredible story.
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Who Will Write Our History?

Soon after the Nazis sealed the Warsaw Ghetto, a brave group of resistance fighters compiled and hid some 35,000 pages of testimonies about life in the ghetto. Gathered over three years, the documents were hidden underground in milk cans and metal cases. Combining excerpts from this secret archive with interviews and rare footage, this powerful documentary dramatizes the pen-and-paper rebellion waged by those who risked their lives to ensure that the truth would outlive them. The film is based on the book of the same name by Samuel Kassow.
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Writing About Historical Events - a Panel Discussion

Free event! Tickets required.
A special festival event featuring: Moshe Zonder, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, and Dr. Samuel Kassow, Trinity College.
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