A Tree of Life

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In 2018, a white supremacist opened fire at the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue. This was the deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. The survivors recount the harrowing experience and detail how their lives have fundamentally changed. Academy-Award-nominated, Emmy-winning director Trish Adlesic confronts the “moral decay of humanity” and takes a larger look at the hate-based crisis stemming from the political climate to pose the ultimate question: what kind of nation does America want to be? – Anita Raswant

Available: March 8-14
Length: 80 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Trish Adlesic
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Language: English

Sponsored by:

A Zoom Chat about A Tree of Life will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 @ 3:00 pm. PST . Click here to read more and register.

Apples and Oranges

Apples and Oranges, a new documentary, looks back with nostalgia at an era when young idealists from around the world flocked to Israel to participate in its great experiment of communal living. Volunteering became a profitable business, but led to unanticipated outcomes – drugs, alcohol, and marriage with non-Jewish volunteers. The war in Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict forced the volunteers to face a new question – does supporting the Kibbutz mean supporting the state of Israel? 

Available: March 1-7
Length: 80 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Yoav Brill
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Hebrew and English, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


Grossman

“I learned something about my writing since my son, Uri, was killed – there’s one way we’re able to comprehend the slightest inkling of what exists beyond the impenetrable wall of death, the feeling of nonexistence. And yet, to feel the vastness of what it means to be alive alongside it – through writing. That is what I search for in my writing, to exist in both places, for just a brief moment.” David Grossman shares these honest, private, and intimate insights on camera, and exposes the delicate and complex connection between his novels and his personal life. The film follows Grossman up close and takes the viewers on a personal journey into the soul and work of an exceptional human being.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 54 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Adi Arbel
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Hebrew, English, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


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.

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 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.

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.