Greener Pastures

Dov, a 79-year-old widower, lives in a nursing home where he feels like he’s in jail. He dreams of buying back his old house and returning to live there, but he has no money since losing his pension, for which he blames the state. When he realizes that everyone in the nursing home consumes state-sponsored medical cannabis, he finds his way out.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Assaf Abiri, Matan Guggenheim
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Sharon and Michael Rogoff

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Grossman

“I learned something about my writing since my son, Uri, was killed – there’s one way we’re able to comprehend the slightest inkling of what exists beyond the impenetrable wall of death, the feeling of nonexistence. And yet, to feel the vastness of what it means to be alive alongside it – through writing. That is what I search for in my writing, to exist in both places, for just a brief moment.” David Grossman shares these honest, private, and intimate insights on camera, and exposes the delicate and complex connection between his novels and his personal life. The film follows Grossman up close and takes the viewers on a personal journey into the soul and work of an exceptional human being.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Adi Arbel
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Hebrew, English, with English subtitles

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Herb Alpert Is…

Herb Alpert, the legendary musician, artist, and philanthropist, has sold more than 72 million records worldwide. He has achieved sales of 14 platinum albums and 15 gold albums, and has earned nine Grammy Awards. He outsold The Beatles in 1966 and co-founded A&M Records, the most successful independent record company in history. Herb Alpert Is…, directed by John Scheinfeld, looks at Herb’s extraordinary life with rare footage and interviews with colleagues like Sting and Questlove.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 113 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: John Scheinfeld
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English

Sponsored by:

Lynn and Mike Dean


Ismail’s Dilemma

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In Nazi occupied Albania, Ismail, a poor peasant, is torn between upholding Besa – the national code of honor and protecting his family or saving the two Jewish men he has been hiding for a year, as the Nazis arrive in his village.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 33 mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Dhimiter Ismailaj-Valona
Country: Albania
Year: 2020
Languages: Albanian, Hebrew, and German, with English subtitles

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Kinder

Now in his eighties, Ralph revisits his youth – remembering the time he arrived in England as a 15-year-old boy and how he fell madly in love with the beautiful English girl who lived across the hall.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 19 mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Krysten Resnick
Country: UK
Year: 2018
Languages: English

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Love and Mazel Tov

Anne Braun is a young Gentile woman who has a crush on Judaism and whose bookstore specializes in Jewish literature. She also volunteers in a Jewish retirement home and supports the Jewish author Schlomo Wisniewski. While Anne’s grandparents made wealth by trading in the valuables of their Jewish fellow human beings during World War II, Anne’s parents took over the art and antiques trade without questioning where their inherited wealth came from. Anne feels it is her duty to work off the bad karma of her family and wants to make amends.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 88 minutes
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: Wolfgang Mumberger
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Language: German, with English subtitles

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Love During Wartime

The film follows Osama and Jasmin, newlyweds trying to build a life together against what look like impossible odds: She’s Israeli, he’s Palestinian. When their homelands turn their backs on them, they choose to live in exile. This tender tale of a love infiltrated by politics follows a real-life Romeo and Juliet on their odyssey from the Middle East through an inhospitable Europe. As their hopes rise and fade with each bureaucratic hurdle, will their love survive?

 

Available: March 15-21
Length: 92 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Gabriella Bier
Country: Sweden
Year: 2010
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, German, English, with English subtitles


Masel Tov Cocktail

A Russian-Jewish teen in Germany offers a fierce comic take on modern Jewish life and the hypocritically tolerant way in which his world works.

“Masel Tov Cocktail ingredients: 1 Jew, 12 Germans, 3 oz. culture of commemoration, 2 oz. stereotypes, 2 tsp. patriotism, 1 tsp. Israel, 1 falafel, 5 Stumbling Blocks, 1 dash antisemitism. Directions: Place all ingredients in a film, bring to a boil, and shake vigorously. Garnish with klezmer music. Serving suggestion: Flambé before serving; enjoy at the cinema. 100% kosher.”

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 30 mins
Genre: Comedy
Director: Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Languages: German, Russian, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

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Little Victories

The story of Tamar and Michal, two Tel-Avivian mothers and members of a catch ball team, and of “Coach Moodie”, a charismatic and somewhat odd man, who is determined to release them from their net of daily battles and make them fall in love with a completely different net. Moodie is convinced that they can handle everything, and they start to believe him. As training becomes more intense and the team starts to win, life summons them both trials and challenges: Tamar is trying to cope with being a widow, Michal is fighting cancer, and they learn that if they want to become real players, on the court and in life, the most important thing is to keep playing.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 57 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Woman Directors
Director: Michal Warshai Arluk
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

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Moon Drops

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A talented factory worker tired of his dead-end job, assembles an enigmatic machine that produces miracle liquid drops extracted from the Moon shine. The bottled drops are a hard sell at the town market. But all changes when their surprising effect is revealed. This interesting movie is a fairy-tale like love story made without dialogue.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 16 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Director: Yoram Ever-Hadani
Country: Israel, Serbia
Year: 2018
Languages: None

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