The Unorthodox

The Unorthodox is a fictionalized depiction of the establishment of the Shas political party. The year is 1983 and Yaakov Cohen is tired of being pushed around and discriminated against. After his daughter Heli is expelled from a Bais Yaakov school due to her Sephardic background, he decides to form a political party to represent the interests of ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Jews. He gathers two friends and together they improvise a campaign for positions in the Jerusalem municipality – no means, no connections, no money, but with much rage, passion, and a desire for justice.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 92 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History
Director: Eliran Malka
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Language: Hebrew and Yiddish, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


With No Land

From Aalam-Warqe Davidian (creator of The Fig Tree, winner of Best Female Director at the Toronto International Film Festival) and Kobi Davidian. Thirty years ago, Operation Solomon brought 15,000 Jews from Ethiopia to Israel in under 24 hours and was hailed as a magnificent military operation that only Israel could have pulled off. Discover the untold history, silenced, and kept in the dark for decades, and learn about the dangerous but necessary actions that were taken across three continents by the Jewish Ethiopian activists fighting for justice for their community. With firsthand testimonies and unique archival footage, the film retells the history leading up to Operation Solomon and follows the current efforts to bring to Israel those who were left behind in Ethiopia.

With No Land is proudly co-sponsored by Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Cantor Julie Steinberg, along with Bob Dresser and Choco Leandro Dresser, in honor of the late Harold Schachter, who was actively involved with the American Association for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ). To learn how you too can become a film sponsor, please click here.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 83 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Aalam-Warqe Davidian and Kobi Davidian
Country: Israel
Year: 2021
Language: Amharic, Hebrew, English, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Choco Leandro Dresser & Bob Dresser, and
Cantor Julie & Mayor Darrell Steinberg

A Zoom Chat about With No Land will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 @ 12:00 pm. PST . Click here to read more and register.


With Slight Steps

Tirza Hodes used to direct an annual folk dancing festival at Kibbutz Dalia. At 97, she still teaches dancing, but now it is in Germany, where she spends most of her time. Guy Hodes is surprised to be contacted by a Kibbutz seeking footage shot by his grandmother for a celebratory event they are organizing. That leads to a discovery of a Facebook fan page for her with 800 followers. During her visit to Israel, he learns about her legacy.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 30 mins
Genre: Documentary
Director: Guy Hodes
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Languages: Hebrew, with English subtitles

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