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

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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 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 8-14
Length: 110 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Director: Claus Rafle
Country: Germany
Year: 2017
Language: German, Hebrew, with English subtitles

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region.


The Lesson

At the age of 14, every school child in Germany is forced to confront the reality of the Holocaust, often for the first time. Filmed over five years, from 2014 to 2019, the film is a window into deeply rooted social and political attitudes in Germany amidst the resurgence of the far right, xenophobia, and a fractured, disparate collective memory of the nation’s history.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 72 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Director: Elena Horn
Country: Germany, United Kingdom
Year: 2020
Language: English and German, with English subtitles


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


Wet Dog

The 16-year-old Iranian Soheil moves with his parents from the tranquil, middle-class German town of Göttingen to Berlin-Wedding. He quickly makes friends with the young people in Husseyn’s gang. Turks, Arabs, Kurds – in Wedding everyone is family, and Soheil is welcomed by Husseyn. What his new friends don’t know: Soheil is Jewish. When he wears his Star of David necklace in the supermarket, he is insulted by two Arab teenager and chased away. After that, Soheil hides his Jewish identity. Soheil learns quickly. He adapts his language to the street slang, moves around the streets with the gang, and becomes a sprayer. His tags are cool, “King Star” is his pseudonym. He desperately wants to belong.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 103 minutes
Genre: Drama
Director: Damir Lukacevic
Country: Germany
Year: 2021
Language: German, with English subtitles

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