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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Moon Drops

Moon Drops poster

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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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.

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