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


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

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Dolphin Boy

Dolphin Boy tells the story of Morad, a teenager from an Arab village in the north of Israel who disconnects himself from humans following a violent attack. As a last resort before hospitalization in a mental institution, he is taken by his devoted father to be treated with dolphins in the Red Sea. Morad starts speaking again after months of silence but wants to erase his past and refuses to go back home.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 72 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Director: Dani Menkin, Yonatan Nir
Country: Israel
Year: 2011
Language: Hebrew and Arabic, with English subtitles


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


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


Love During Wartime

The film follows Osama and Jasmin, newlyweds trying to build a life together against what look like impossible odds: She’s Israeli, he’s Palestinian. When their homelands turn their backs on them, they choose to live in exile. This tender tale of a love infiltrated by politics follows a real-life Romeo and Juliet on their odyssey from the Middle East through an inhospitable Europe. As their hopes rise and fade with each bureaucratic hurdle, will their love survive?

 

Available: March 15-21
Length: 92 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Gabriella Bier
Country: Sweden
Year: 2010
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, German, English, with English subtitles


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

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


Next Generation

The film tells the story of the heroic people who rescued the entire Jewish population of Bulgaria during World War II and, because of their actions, offered a chance to the next generations. This is not a historical movie, but rather an emotional journey for the direct descendants of the local survivors, who are looking for their family roots and long-lost ties with their father’s homeland while revealing little-known aspects of the history of Bulgaria during World War II.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 88 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Woman Directors
Director: Niya Aleksandrova, Ayelet Heller
Country: USA
Year: 2019
Language: Hebrew, English, Bulgarian, with English subtitles


On The Map

On the Map tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship, which took place at a time when the Middle East was still reeling from the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the of lens of sports, On the Map presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amid domestic turmoil and the global machinations of the Cold War.

– “Fascinating” – LA Times
– “This compelling sports tale seems bound for a Hollywood dramatization.” – The Hollywood Reporter
– “Wonderful and little-known story.” – Film Journal
– “A feel-good Cinderella story” – LA Weekly
– “Sports movie at its best” – The Wall Street Journal

Available: March 8-14
Length: 85 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Dani Menkin
Country: USA, Israel
Year: 2016
Language: English, Hebrew, with English subtitles