The Un-Word

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In this snappy German satire laying bare the discords of modern multiculturalism, tempers flare after a Jewish student is goaded in a schoolyard brawl. After repeated taunts by Muslim classmates, 15-year-old Max fights back, injuring an Iranian and a Palestinian student. A hopelessly naïve teacher arranges a summit with the fuming parents and spineless principal. But her do-gooder attempts at peacemaking, complete with Palestinian and Israeli flags decorating the snacks, expose her own misguided beliefs. As they all point fingers, the hard-nosed school inspector must restore order. Inspired by writer-director Leo Khasin’s own upbringing as a Russian Jew in Berlin, this darkly humorous conversation-starter seeks a common language in the unending fight against intolerance.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 89 minutes
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Leo Khasin
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Language: German, with English subtitles


The United States of Elie Tahari

Documentary about fashion designer and mogul Elie Tahari and his “American dream” story. This documentary tells Tahari’s whole journey from his move to America to his achievements and work process, featuring important fashion personalities.

Available: March 1-8
Length: 65 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Director: David Serero
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English

Sponsored by:

A Zoom Chat about The United States of Elie Tahari , originally scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2022 has been postponed.

The Unorthodox

The Unorthodox is a fictionalized depiction of the establishment of the Shas political party. The year is 1983 and Yaakov Cohen is tired of being pushed around and discriminated against. After his daughter Heli is expelled from a Bais Yaakov school due to her Sephardic background, he decides to form a political party to represent the interests of ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Jews. He gathers two friends and together they improvise a campaign for positions in the Jerusalem municipality – no means, no connections, no money, but with much rage, passion, and a desire for justice.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 92 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Director: Eliran Malka
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Language: Hebrew and Yiddish, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


Wet Dog

The 16-year-old Iranian Soheil moves with his parents from the tranquil, middle-class German town of Göttingen to Berlin-Wedding. He quickly makes friends with the young people in Husseyn’s gang. Turks, Arabs, Kurds – in Wedding everyone is family, and Soheil is welcomed by Husseyn. What his new friends don’t know: Soheil is Jewish. When he wears his Star of David necklace in the supermarket, he is insulted by two Arab teenager and chased away. After that, Soheil hides his Jewish identity. Soheil learns quickly. He adapts his language to the street slang, moves around the streets with the gang, and becomes a sprayer. His tags are cool, “King Star” is his pseudonym. He desperately wants to belong.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 103 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Damir Lukacevic
Country: Germany
Year: 2021
Language: German, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


With No Land

From Aalam-Warqe Davidian (creator of The Fig Tree, winner of Best Female Director at the Toronto International Film Festival) and Kobi Davidian. Thirty years ago, Operation Solomon brought 15,000 Jews from Ethiopia to Israel in under 24 hours and was hailed as a magnificent military operation that only Israel could have pulled off. Discover the untold history, silenced, and kept in the dark for decades, and learn about the dangerous but necessary actions that were taken across three continents by the Jewish Ethiopian activists fighting for justice for their community. With firsthand testimonies and unique archival footage, the film retells the history leading up to Operation Solomon and follows the current efforts to bring to Israel those who were left behind in Ethiopia.

With No Land is proudly co-sponsored by Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Cantor Julie Steinberg, along with Bob Dresser and Choco Leandro Dresser, in honor of the late Harold Schachter, who was actively involved with the American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ). To learn how you too can become a film sponsor, please click here.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 83 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Aalam-Warqe Davidian and Kobi Davidian
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Amharic, Hebrew, English, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Choco Leandro Dresser & Bob Dresser, and
Cantor Julie & Mayor Darrell Steinberg

A Zoom Chat about With No Land will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm. PST . Click here to read more and register.


With Slight Steps

Tirza Hodes used to direct an annual folk dancing festival at Kibbutz Dalia. At 97, she still teaches dancing, but now it is in Germany, where she spends most of her time. Guy Hodes is surprised to be contacted by a Kibbutz seeking footage shot by his grandmother for a celebratory event they are organizing. That leads to a discovery of a Facebook fan page for her with 800 followers. During her visit to Israel, he learns about her legacy.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 30 mins
Genre: Documentary
Director: Guy Hodes
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Languages: Hebrew, with English subtitles

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Zoe’s Dumpling Crisis

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Zoe’s Dumpling Crisis follows a 16-year-old Zoe who enlists the help of her two grandmothers, one Russian and the other Turkish, for a school cooking project. As the grandmother’s rivalry escalates, Zoe wishes she hadn’t bothered to ask them in the first place. The need for culturally identity clashes with the kneading of dough, and Zoe soon realizes how important both of her grandmothers are to her – and that sometimes the way into people’s hearts is through their stomachs.

Available: March 3 through March 24
Length: 10 mins
Genre: Comedy
Director: Ellen Rodnianski
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Languages: English


Here Today

When a veteran comedy writer meets a New York Street singer, they form an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust. Inspired by a true story.

Available: Only at in-person events
Length: 117 minutes
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Director: Billy Crystal
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English

Sponsored by:

Sheila Wolfe & Chris Drouin