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

Sponsored by:

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.


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


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


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


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.

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

A Short Film Pass will allow you to watch all short films for free.

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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 Man who Shot Hollywood

The Man Who Shot Hollywood poster

Chronicles the life of photographer Yasha (Jack) Pashkovsky, from his humble beginnings as a Jewish-Russian immigrant to his self-appointed position shooting the biggest stars in Hollywood’s golden era.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 13 mins
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Director: Barry Avrich
Country: Canada, United States
Year: 2016
Languages: English

A Short Film Pass will allow you to watch all short films for free.

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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.