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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Kinder

Now in his eighties, Ralph revisits his youth – remembering the time he arrived in England as a 15-year-old boy and how he fell madly in love with the beautiful English girl who lived across the hall.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 19 mins
Genre: Drama
Director: Krysten Resnick
Country: UK
Year: 2018
Languages: English

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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

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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


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

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Song Searcher

Moyshe Beregovsky, musician and scholar, crisscrossed Ukraine from the 1920s on to record the traditional music of Ukrainian Jewry on fragile wax cylinders. With tremendous dedication in the face of the hardships Jews faced in Ukraine and under Soviet rule, Beregovsky saved the musical heritage of centuries-old Yiddish civilization, but ultimately paid for it with his life. “The film helps us understand and appreciate [Beregovsky’s] remarkable — and tragic — life’s achievement,” says NYU Professor Gennady Estraikh. Contains Holocaust material.

Available: March 8-14
Length: 82 minutes
Genre: Documentary, Biography, Women Directors
Director: Elena Yakovich
Country: Ukraine
Year: 2018
Language: Russian, Yiddish, with English subtitles


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


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 Ten Plagues

A young woman en route to her family’s Passover Seder encounters the Ten Plagues.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 10 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director: Serena Schuler
Country: USA
Year: 2014
Languages: English

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