With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film tells of a childhood that, between dictatorship and dark drama, also has its light moments. How much friendship, love, and solidarity are possible in times of repression and despotism?

Neighbours is the winner of the 2021 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s Jury Prize which is awarded by San Francisco’s leading film critics to the best film of the festival!

Available: March 15-31 (Extended due to technical issues earlier)
Length: 124 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Mano Khalil
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2021
Language: Kurdish, Arabic, English, Hebrew, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film Neighbors, courtesy of the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

Next Generation

The film tells the story of the heroic people who rescued the entire Jewish population of Bulgaria during World War II and, because of their actions, offered a chance to the next generations. This is not a historical movie, but rather an emotional journey for the direct descendants of the local survivors, who are looking for their family roots and long-lost ties with their father’s homeland while revealing little-known aspects of the history of Bulgaria during World War II.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 88 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Woman Directors
Director: Niya Aleksandrova, Ayelet Heller
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: Hebrew, English, Bulgarian, with English subtitles

On The Map

On the Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

– “Fascinating” – LA Times
– “This compelling sports tale seems bound for a Hollywood dramatization.” – The Hollywood Reporter
– “Wonderful and little-known story.” – Film Journal
– “A feel-good Cinderella story” – LA Weekly
– “Sports movie at its best” – The Wall Street Journal

Available: March 8-14
Length: 85 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dani Menkin
Country: USA, Israel
Year: 2016
Language: English, Hebrew, with English subtitles

Paul Newman: Behind Blue Eyes

Consistently challenging both the stereotypes and the celebrations of Hollywood, Paul Newman preferred to exercise his freedom of thought. After enrolling in the Actors Studio in the early 1950s, Newman played in over 60 films, working with some of the most iconic directors in film history. Although relatively under the radar, his career as a director, with a dozen films under his belt, reflects the diversity and richness of his artistic vision.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 52 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Director: Pierre-Francois Gaudry
Country: France
Year: 2021
Language: English

Plan A

In 1945, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors develop a plan to poison the water system in Nuremberg, Germany. Based on actual events, this film tells the story of a dangerous and bold secret operation that the plotters called “Plan A”.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 109 minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Country: Germany, Israel
Year: 2021
Language: English

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film Plan A, courtesy of the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

Prosecuting Evil

A portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade in the fight for law and peace.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 83 minutes
Genre: Documentary, History, Biography
Director: Barry Avrich
Country: Canada
Year: 2018
Language: English

Senior Moments

In this funny, witty, bold, and revealing film, the creators of Oldies document intimate meetings with ten resilient elderly folks surviving old age with a vengeance. Senior Moments cohesively samples a cultural variety of personalities in modern-day Israel and provides an inspiring outlook on what it means to be old today.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 50 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Women Directors
Director: Tamar Kay, Yair Agmon
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, English, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

Song Searcher

Moyshe Beregovsky, musician and scholar, crisscrossed Ukraine from the 1920s on to record the traditional music of Ukrainian Jewry on fragile wax cylinders. With tremendous dedication in the face of the hardships Jews faced in Ukraine and under Soviet rule, Beregovsky saved the musical heritage of centuries-old Yiddish civilization, but ultimately paid for it with his life. “The film helps us understand and appreciate [Beregovsky’s] remarkable — and tragic — life’s achievement,” says NYU Professor Gennady Estraikh. Contains Holocaust material.

We recently learned from the Jewish Public Library in Montreal that the film’s primary financial sponsor is Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. To quote from their post, “His name appears prominently at the start and end of the film and is featured on some of the film’s promotional materials. According to many, Abramovich is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest associates, named by imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as “one of the key enablers and beneficiaries of Russian kleptocracy.” At the same time, Abramovich has used his enormous wealth to support a variety of worthwhile endeavors with some of the world’s most renowned Jewish institutions and in support of a range of Jewish cultural projects; this film is one small example of this activity.”

We decided to continue presenting the film, Song Searcher, until midnight, March 14. The story of Moshe Beregovsky and his heroic efforts to record and save the music of Ukrainian Jewry needs to be told. The Jewish Federation of North America has raised more than $24 million over the past two weeks in support of the people of Ukraine and has brought thousands of Ukrainians to Israel in the past few days. To make a donation in support of the Jewish community in Ukraine, click here.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 82 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Women Directors
Director: Elena Yakovich
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2018
Language: Russian, Yiddish, with English subtitles

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film Song Searcher, courtesy of the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

Space Torah

In 1996, NASA astronaut Dr. Jeff Hoffman brought a small Torah scroll on board Space Shuttle Columbia. On Shabbat, while orbiting Earth, he read from the book of Genesis, “In the beginning God created heaven and the earth.” Space Torah, a Film by Verissima Productions, is a story about inspiration, communities, and a man’s journey. A story of how family, educators, scientific and religious communities achieve great things and bring our identity to new realms.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 25 mins
Genre: Documentary Short
Director: Rob Cooper
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Languages: English

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The Seder

When openly gay Leo decides to bring his boyfriend Mitchell home for the first time at his families’ Seder the boundaries of love and understanding get a little strained. Will everything go smoothly or will it all go to pot?

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 13 mins
Genre: Comedy
Director: Justin E. Kelly
Country: Canada
Year: 2011
Languages: English

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