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.

A Thousand Kisses

Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil.

Available: March 1 through March 21
Length: 15 mins
Genre: Animation
Director: Richard Goldgewicht
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Languages: English

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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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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 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


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


Plan A

In 1945, a group of Jewish Holocaust survivors develop a plan to poison the water system in Nuremberg, Germany. Based on actual events, this film tells the story of a dangerous and bold secret operation that the plotters called “Plan A”.

Available: March 1-7
Length: 109 minutes
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Doron Paz, Yoav Paz
Country: Germany, Israel
Year: 2021
Language: English

Available within the Sacramento Federation Region

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

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


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.

We recently learned from the Jewish Public Library in Montreal that the film’s primary financial sponsor is Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. To quote from their post, “His name appears prominently at the start and end of the film and is featured on some of the film’s promotional materials. According to many, Abramovich is one of Vladimir Putin’s closest associates, named by imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny as “one of the key enablers and beneficiaries of Russian kleptocracy.” At the same time, Abramovich has used his enormous wealth to support a variety of worthwhile endeavors with some of the world’s most renowned Jewish institutions and in support of a range of Jewish cultural projects; this film is one small example of this activity.”

We decided to continue presenting the film, Song Searcher, until midnight, March 14. The story of Moshe Beregovsky and his heroic efforts to record and save the music of Ukrainian Jewry needs to be told. The Jewish Federation of North America has raised more than $24 million over the past two weeks in support of the people of Ukraine and has brought thousands of Ukrainians to Israel in the past few days. To make a donation in support of the Jewish community in Ukraine, click here.

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

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

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.