Masel Tov Cocktail

Masel Tov Cocktail poster

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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The Seder

The Seder poster

When openly gay Leo decides to bring his boyfriend Mitchell home for the first time at his families’ Seder the boundaries of love and understanding get a little strained. Will everything go smoothly or will it all go to pot?

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 13 mins
Genre: Comedy
Director: Justin E. Kelly
Country: Canada
Year: 2011
Languages: English

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The Ten Plagues

A young woman en route to her family’s Passover Seder encounters the Ten Plagues.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 10 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Serena Schuler
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Languages: English

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The Un-Word

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In this snappy German satire laying bare the discords of modern multiculturalism, tempers flare after a Jewish student is goaded in a schoolyard brawl. After repeated taunts by Muslim classmates, 15-year-old Max fights back, injuring an Iranian and a Palestinian student. A hopelessly naïve teacher arranges a summit with the fuming parents and spineless principal. But her do-gooder attempts at peacemaking, complete with Palestinian and Israeli flags decorating the snacks, expose her own misguided beliefs. As they all point fingers, the hard-nosed school inspector must restore order. Inspired by writer-director Leo Khasin’s own upbringing as a Russian Jew in Berlin, this darkly humorous conversation-starter seeks a common language in the unending fight against intolerance.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 89 minutes
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Director: Leo Khasin
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Language: German, with English subtitles


Zoe’s Dumpling Crisis

Zoe's Dumpling Crisis poster

Zoe’s Dumpling Crisis follows a 16-year-old Zoe who enlists the help of her two grandmothers, one Russian and the other Turkish, for a school cooking project. As the grandmother’s rivalry escalates, Zoe wishes she hadn’t bothered to ask them in the first place. The need for culturally identity clashes with the kneading of dough, and Zoe soon realizes how important both of her grandmothers are to her – and that sometimes the way into people’s hearts is through their stomachs.

Available: March 3 through March 24
Length: 10 mins
Genre: Comedy
Director: Ellen Rodnianski
Country: USA
Year: 2021
Languages: English