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1945
On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Jews arrive at the train station with mysterious boxes labelled “fragrances.” The villagers fear the Jews may be returning to reclaim lost property and possessions. This stunning film exposes the corrosive power of anti-Semitism and collaboration during the Holocaust. Based on the acclaimed short story "Homecoming" by Gábor T. Szántó.
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A Bag of Marbles
In occupied France in 1941, Maurice and Joseph, two young Jewish brothers, must flee Paris for the Free Zone to the south. The brothers demonstrate an incredible amount of wit and courage evading the Germans as they attempt to reunite with their family in the unoccupied part of the country. The film is based on the best-selling memoir of the same name by Joseph Joffo.
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Ben-Gurion Epilogue
In the depths of an archive in Jerusalem, six hours of interview footage with Israel’s mythic founding father, David Ben-Gurion, were recently discovered and brought to light for the first time in this fascinating documentary. It is 1968 and Ben-Gurion has retired to his kibbutz in the desert. His soul-searching is the focus of this film, and his clear voice provides a surprising vision for Israel’s future.
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The Cakemaker
The Cakemaker is a sensitive portrayal of love and relationships. Thomas, a young German baker, is having an affair with Oren, an Israeli married man who makes frequent business trips to Berlin. When Oren disappears, Thomas travels to Jerusalem looking for answers. Without revealing his secret, he begins working for Oren’s widow at her small café, and becomes involved in her life in unexpected ways. Adult content.
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Dimona Twist
This moving documentary focuses on the lives of seven women from North Africa and Poland who came to Israel by ship in the 1950s and 1960s. They were sent to live in Dimona, a development town in the desert with a population in 1955 of 300. For the first time, they share their personal stories about the difficulties of adjusting to their new home, and their determination to create rich and meaningful lives. Intimate conversations are interwoven with stunning archival footage and the music of the time.
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Harmonia
A modern adaptation of the biblical story of Sarah, Abraham, and Hagar, Harmonia is set against the musical backdrop of an orchestra in Jerusalem. Sarah, the orchestra’s harpist, and her husband, Abraham, the conductor, have no children, and their life revolves around their music. When Hagar, a beautiful young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the orchestra, she bonds with Sarah and a unique friendship evolves. Music plays a dramatic role in this family drama.
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The Invisibles
This dramatic thriller tells the story of four young German Jews in 1943 who manage to survive the Third Reich in Berlin living in plain sight. Taking on false identities and risky activities, they endure through resourcefulness, luck, and the decency of fellow Germans. Skillfully weaving interviews with dramatic reenactments, The Invisibles tells the story of these bold survivors who have become contemporary witnesses.
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Keep the Change
A feel-good romantic comedy set in New York City, Keep the Change is the story of two people who meet in a support group at the Jewish Community Center. When David, an upper-class charmer, meets the outgoing and quirky Sarah, who fully embraces her individuality, an unexpected romance blooms.
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Menashe
In Borough Park, Brooklyn, a Hasidic widower battles for custody of his son. Shot in secret within the Hasidic community portrayed in the film, and performed entirely in Yiddish, Menashe is a tender, life-affirming look at the universal bonds between fathers and sons. Based largely on the real life of its Hasidic star Menashe Lustig, the film is strikingly authentic and deeply moving.
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