1618

This historical drama is based on a true story: the visitation by the Visitador Sebastião Noronha to Porto in 1618. At the time the entire population was exhorted to denounce heresies under pain of excommunication. In a city where a large part of the population had Jewish ancestry, over one hundred New Christians, among others, were imprisoned, causing terror in the New Christian community, mass emigration, and the near-total destruction of the city’s economy. With his family and community in danger, António Álvares devises an escape plan.

The film’s main action unfolds in places similar to those existing at the time that has meanwhile been destroyed. Many characters actually existed in real life and took part in the facts as narrated in the film.

Available: March 8-21
Length: 81 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Luis Ismael
Country: Portugal
Year: 2021
Language: Portuguese, Hebrew, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region.

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film 1618, courtesy of the Miami Jewish Film Festival.

200 Meters

Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart but separated by the wall. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads — his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint, where he must agonizingly wait in line only to discover that there is a problem with his fingerprints, and he is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travelers determined to cross.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 96 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Ameen Nayfeh
Country: Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Sweden
Year: 2020
Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, with English subtitles


An Irrepressible Woman

In 1940, Jeanne “Janot” Reichenbach leaves her husband and child to save the man she always loved: Leon Blum, the famous French political figure. She will travel across Europe and sacrifice her freedom to marry him in the Buchenwald camp.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 103 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Laurent Heynemann
Country: France
Year: 2019
Language: French, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

Click here to view a pre-recorded Zoom Chat about the film An Irrepressible Woman, courtesy of the Austin Jewish Film Festival.

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


Deep Blue

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While mourning the death of his wife, Zvi tries to operate the washing machine without success. 

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 11 mins
Genre: Drama??
Director: Itamar Schwartz
Country: Israel
Year: 2018
Languages: English, Hebrew and Yiddish, with English subtitles

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

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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

Sponsored by:

Anne & Hal Eisenberg


Greener Pastures

Dov, a 79-year-old widower, lives in a nursing home where he feels like he’s in jail. He dreams of buying back his old house and returning to live there, but he has no money since losing his pension, for which he blames the state. When he realizes that everyone in the nursing home consumes state-sponsored medical cannabis, he finds his way out.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Assaf Abiri, Matan Guggenheim
Country: Israel
Year: 2020
Language: Hebrew, with English subtitles

Sponsored by:

Sharon and Michael Rogoff

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region


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


Ismail’s Dilemma

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In Nazi occupied Albania, Ismail, a poor peasant, is torn between upholding Besa – the national code of honor and protecting his family or saving the two Jewish men he has been hiding for a year, as the Nazis arrive in his village.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 33 mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Dhimiter Ismailaj-Valona
Country: Albania
Year: 2020
Languages: Albanian, Hebrew, and German, with English subtitles

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Love and Mazel Tov

Anne Braun is a young Gentile woman who has a crush on Judaism and whose bookstore specializes in Jewish literature. She also volunteers in a Jewish retirement home and supports the Jewish author Schlomo Wisniewski. While Anne’s grandparents made wealth by trading in the valuables of their Jewish fellow human beings during World War II, Anne’s parents took over the art and antiques trade without questioning where their inherited wealth came from. Anne feels it is her duty to work off the bad karma of her family and wants to make amends.

Available: March 15-21
Length: 88 minutes
Genre: Drama/Romance
Director: Wolfgang Mumberger
Country: Germany
Year: 2020
Language: German, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region