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

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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.

An Irrepressible Woman

In 1940, Jeanne “Janot” Reichenbach leaves her husband and child to save the man she always loved: Leon Blum, the famous French political figure. She will travel across Europe and sacrifice her freedom to marry him in the Buchenwald camp.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 103 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Laurent Heynemann
Country: France
Year: 2019
Language: French, with English subtitles

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Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film An Irrepressible Woman, courtesy of the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

Glickman

An illuminating portrait of Marty Glickman, who overcame prejudice to forge a remarkable career in sports, setting the gold standard for athletes and sports broadcasters past, present, and future.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 84 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: James L. Freedman
Country: USA
Year: 2013
Language: English

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Want to learn more about this film?  A Zoom Chat about Glickman will be held on Wednesday March 2, 2022 @ 12:00 pm. PST . Click here to read more and register.


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

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

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Neighbours

With a fine sense of humor and satire, the film tells of a childhood that, between dictatorship and dark drama, also has its light moments. How much friendship, love, and solidarity are possible in times of repression and despotism?

Neighbours is the winner of the 2021 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival’s Jury Prize which is awarded by San Francisco’s leading film critics to the best film of the festival!

Available: March 15-31 (Extended due to technical issues earlier)
Length: 124 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Mano Khalil
Country: Switzerland
Year: 2021
Language: Kurdish, Arabic, English, Hebrew, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

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

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


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 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