The Automat

This documentary centers on the vending machine popularized in the 20th century that offered fresh cooked meals in a commissary-style eatery. Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are just a few of the prominent folks who recall the joys of the innovative cafeteria.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 79 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Lisa Hurwitz
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English

Sponsored by:

Brenda Jew Waters


The Fourth Window

Behind the international success story of Amos Oz, a symbol of the Israeli conscience and a writer translated into 45 languages, lurked a double tragedy. When he was 12 years old, his mother committed suicide, and a few years before his death, his daughter accused him of being physically and mentally violent, ending all communication with him. The film presents a series of conversations with Amos Oz’s latest biographer, and weaves biographical passages, literature, and conversations with the main people in his life, as Amos Oz tells his last story.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 86 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Director: Yair Qedar
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

A Zoom chat with the filmmaker was held on February 9 at 8:30 am.  To view the Zoom chat, go to our Special Events page.


The Invisibles

While Joseph Goebbels infamously declared Berlin “free of Jews” in 1943, 1,700 managed to survive in the Nazi capital through the end of WWII. The Invisibles traces the stories of four young people who learned to hide in plain sight.

Available: March 8-21
Length: 110 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Director: Claus Rafle
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German, Hebrew, with English subtitles

The Invisibles is proudly sponsored by the Jewish Community Foundation of the West

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Available within the Sacramento Federation Region.

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film The Invisibles, courtesy of the East Bay Jewish Film Festival.

The Lesson

At the age of 14, every school child in Germany is forced to confront the reality of the Holocaust, often for the first time. Filmed over five years, from 2014 to 2019, the film is a window into deeply rooted social and political attitudes in Germany amidst the resurgence of the far right, xenophobia, and a fractured, disparate collective memory of the nation’s history.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 72 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Elena Horn
Country: Germany, United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Language: English and German, with English subtitles

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

The Man who Shot Hollywood

The Man Who Shot Hollywood poster

Chronicles the life of photographer Yasha (Jack) Pashkovsky, from his humble beginnings as a Jewish-Russian immigrant to his self-appointed position shooting the biggest stars in Hollywood’s golden era.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 13 mins
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Director: Barry Avrich
Country: Canada, United States
Year: 2016
Languages: English

A Short Film Pass will allow you to watch all short films for free.

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The Meaning of Hitler

The Meaning of Hitler is a provocative interrogation of our culture’s fascination with Hitler and Nazism set against the backdrop of the current rise of white supremacy, the normalization of antisemitism, and the weaponization of history itself. Filmed in nine countries over three years, the film traces Hitler’s movements, his rise to power, and the scenes of his crimes as historians and writers – including Deborah Lipstadt, Martin Amis, Sir Richard Evans, Saul Friedlander, Yehuda Bauer, and famed Nazi hunters Beate and Serge Klarsfeld – weigh in on the lasting impact of his virulent ideology. As fears of authoritarianism and fascism now abound, the film explores the myths and misconceptions of our understanding of the past, and the difficult process of coming to terms with it at a time in our history when it seems more urgent than ever.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 92 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Petra Epperlein, Michael Tucker
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English and German, with English subtitles


The Raft

The Raft is this year’s film for our young audience. It will be presented on Sunday, March 20, at 10:00am at the California Museum at 10th and O Streets. (We will also be presenting two additional films in the afternoon. Our schedule will be released soon.)

Israel’s soccer team has won a crucial match and has a chance to reach the World Cup! However, due to the security situation in Israel, it is decided to shift the championship final to the nearby island of Cyprus.

Three Israeli teens decide to build a raft and sail to the championship final in Cyprus. During their journey, their friendship will be put to the test as they will get a taste of first love and discover traits and skills in themselves that they didn’t know existed. The innocent adventure evolves into a coming-of-age journey they will never forget.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama/Adventure
Director: Oded Raz
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


The Tattooed Torah

Over the last three decades, the beloved children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg, The Tattooed Torah, has been a powerful resource for Holocaust education for children. he adaptation of The Tattooed Torah into an animated short film is a three-generational endeavor, initiated by Marvell’s daughter, Beth Kopin, who first had the dream to transform this book into a film, and is one of the executive producers.

Now more than ever, it is essential to continue teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to young children in an impactful and palatable way, so that such horrific events are never forgotten and never repeated. The film is presented by The Goldrich Family Foundation in association with USC Shoah Foundation, executive producers Melinda Goldrich and Stephen Smith. The film is narrated by Ed Asner.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 21 mins
Genre: Animation
Director: Marc Bennett
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Languages: English

A Short Film Pass will allow you to watch all short films for free.

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The Ten Plagues

A young woman en route to her family’s Passover Seder has a wake-up call of Biblical proportions when she encounters the modern-day Ten Plagues.  But the worst plagues of all: she must face her family

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 10 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Serena Schuler
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Languages: English

A Short Film Pass will allow you to watch all short films for free.

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The Tiger Within

In the final performance of his illustrious career, multiple Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner — who died in late August 2021 at the age of 91 — portrays Samuel, a Holocaust survivor who develops an unlikely bond with Casey, a homeless Midwestern teenager.

Despite their respective traumas and initial mistrust of one another, they manage to provide a sense of family and mutual support for each other. While Casey gives Sam a new purpose, Sam in turn gives Casey the guidance and courage she needs to start a new life. Gina Wendkos’ (The Princess Diaries) sensitive script, as directed by Montreal-born indie filmmaker Rafal Zielinski, promotes empathy and understanding in the face of prejudice.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 98 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Rafal Zielinski
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Language: English

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

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