200 Meters

Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart but separated by the wall. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads — his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint, where he must agonizingly wait in line only to discover that there is a problem with his fingerprints, and he is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travelers determined to cross.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Ameen Nayfeh
Country: Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Sweden
Year: 2020
Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, with English subtitles


Caregiver: A Love Story

After four years of battling cancer, 60-year-old Bambi Fass had had enough. Though a natural fighter and optimist, when her cancer went metastatic, she saw the writing on the wall and decided to forego additional painful radiation treatment and instead live out her final weeks in the comfort of her own home. Her decision was supported by her husband Rick, who was reluctant to let go of a woman he had met only three years earlier. A journey that begins with song-filled community gatherings, however, soon turns challenging as Rick is left alone to care for Bambi in her final weeks.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 24 mins
Genre: Documentary
Director: Kevin Gordon & Jessica Zitter
Country: USA
Year: 2020
Languages: English

Available only in California.

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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

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


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

Ismail's Dilemma poster

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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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

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


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

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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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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 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.