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


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


Senior Moments

In this funny, witty, bold, and revealing film, the creators of Oldies document intimate meetings with ten resilient elderly folks surviving old age with a vengeance. Senior Moments cohesively samples a cultural variety of personalities in modern-day Israel and provides an inspiring outlook on what it means to be old today.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 50 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Women Directors
Director: Tamar Kay, Yair Agmon
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Language: Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, English, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


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 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 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 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

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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


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.