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Advice and Dissent
USA, 2002, 21 minutes, color
Directed By Leib Cohen
35mm DVD VHS
A frustrated businessman, Jeffery Goldman (John Pankow) tries to end his hopeless marriage by asking his local Rabbi (Eli Wallach) to place a curse on his wife. What happens next sets in motion a chain of unexpected events. Also starring Rebecca Pidgeon. More

Ambulance (Ambulans)
Poland, 1962, 15 minutes, B&W
Music only- no narration/dialogue.
Directed by Janusz Morgenstern

16mm DVD
In this haunting short film, a group of Jewish children and their teacher are herded into ambulance (or so it appears) by Nazis. A powerful trigger for discussion, the film draws parallels to the real life fate of Janusz Korczak who died with his students at Treblinka. More


America Condemns Nazi Terrorism
USA, 1938, 4 minutes, B&W
Narrator: Lowell Thomas
16mm
This Movietone newsreel from the week of 20 November 1938 is the only known filmed American news story about Kristallnacht. This rare footage shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Secretary of State Cordell Hull, former president Herbert Hoover, Al Smith, and Alf Landon. More

Amy
USA, 1997, 8 minutes, color
Directed by Susan Rivo
DVD
A poignant and hilarious personal narrative about the filmmaker’s lifelong attachment and deep bond with a stuffed animal received at birth. More

An Appeal to the Jews of the World
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USSR, 1941, 6 minutes, B&W
Russian, Yiddish and English with English subtitles

16mm DVD
In 1941, a group of the Soviet Union’s most prominent Jewish writers and artists, including Solomon Mikhoels, Peretz Markish, and Sergei Eisenstein, signed an appeal to Jews throughout the world, asking them to join the Soviet people in fighting against fascism. More

Auschwitz (Oswiecim)
USSR, 1945, 21 minutes, B&W
English narration
Produced at the Central Documentary Film Studio
16mm DVD
This Soviet Army film of the liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp was awarded the Red Banner in 1945. It contains dramatic footage of the survivors and some of the atrocities perpetrated in this most notorious of camps. More

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Baklava and The Meaning of Life
USA, 1999, 23 minutes, color
Directed by Jamil Simon

DVD
Where does one find the meaning of life? Perhaps in the kitchen of Iraqi-born sculptor Helene Simon, where she discusses her life and shows us how to make her famous Baklava. More

The Bene Israel: A Family Portrait
India, 1994, 33 minutes, color
Marathi with English subtitles
Directed by Karen Nathanson and Jean-Francois Fernandez

DVD
This film is both an intimate family portrait and a fascinating ethnographic study of the Bene Israel, one of three groups of Jews living in India today. More

Benjamin and the Miracle of Chanukah
USA, 1978, 30 minutes, color, animated
Directed by Robert Mitchell

16mm
This animated film featuring the voice of Herschel Bernardi traces the story of Chanukah through the fictional story of a young boy and his faithful donkey. More

The Benny Zinger Show
Israel, 1993, 37 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Arnon Goldfinger

DVD
Benny Zinger presents slide shows at weddings until one day, while preparing a show for a couple, he falls in love with the bride. More

The Bent Tree
USA, 1980, 8 minutes, Animated
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Sally Heckel

16mm
An animated fable based on Itzik Manger's folk tune. More

Bound for Nowhere: The St. Louis Episode
USA, 1939, 9 minutes, B&W
Produced by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
16mm DVD
The JDC produced this film to record what it thought would be a successful effort to save over 900 Jews, by sailing them from Nazi Germany to Cuba on the ship St. Louis, but Cuba and then the United States barred the refugees’ entrance. More

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A Cantor on Trial (Khazan afn Probe)
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USA, 1931, 10 min, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
35mm 16mm DVD

Cantor Leibele Waldman plays multiple roles in this spoof of a synagogue committee in search of a chazan (cantor). More

A Child of the Ghetto
DIGITALLY RESTORED BY NCJF
USA, 1910, 15 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by D. W. Griffith

16mm Blu-ray DVD
This tale of New York’s Lower East Side life captures the hustle and bustle of Rivington Street through the lens of legendary Hollywood director D. W. Griffith. Ruth flees the ghetto and hides in the country, where a young farmer takes her in and they fall in love. More


The Children of Izieu
USA, 1992, 28 minutes, color
Directed by Tom Demenkoff

DVD
In 1944, one month before the end of World War II, the Gestapo in Lyon, under the command of Klaus Barbie, sent two vans to the French village of Izieu to remove the Jewish children from an orphanage known as La Maison d’Izieu. More

Cohen on the Telephone
DIGITALLY RESTORED BY NCJF
USA, 1929, 9 minutes, B&W
with sound, in English
Directed by Robert Ross

16mm Blu-ray DVD
Trying to make a call and unfamiliar with the telephone, Cohen embroils himself in a comic monologue of misunderstanding. Here, we see how the Jewish immigrant is now characterized not simply by how he moves and looks, but by how he speaks. More

Cohen Saves the Flag
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USA, 1913, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Mack Sennett
16mm DVD
Cohen is a sergeant in the Union Army and the bitter rival of another officer for the attentions of Rebecca. Like most burlesque Jewish characters of this period, this caricature borders on anti-semitism. Yet Cohen is also the hero of the film. More

Cohen's Advertising Scheme
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USA, 1904, 1 minute, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
16mm DVD
This may be the earliest cinematic example of the Jewish stereotype known as the "scheming merchant”. Cohen, a grotesquely made-up Jewish shop owner, tricks a passerby into wearing a coat that has a sign advertising his store attached to the back. More

Cohen's Fire Sale
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USA, 1907, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by Edwin S. Porter
16mm DVD
Cohen, made-up in grotesque vaudevillian Jewish style, pursues a trash wagon, picking up hats as they accidentally drop off. When he finds the hats are not selling, Cohen reads his insurance policy and arranges for an "accidental" fire." More

Comrade Abram (Tovarishch Abram)
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USSR, 1919, 18 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Alexander Razumni
35mm 16mm DVD
Tne of a series of short Bolshevik propaganda films, Comrade Abram focuses on Abram Hersh, a young Jewish pogrom survivor who became a factory worker and organizer in Moscow and, eventually, a leader in the Red Army. More

 The Cowboy
USA, 1968, 11 minutes, B&W
Yiddish (no subtitles)

Directed by Abe Wexler
16mm DVD
It's just your typical all-Yiddish shoot-'em-up. This hilarious spoof was made by adding a Yiddish dialogue to a 1932 Hollywood Western. More

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Danzig 1939
USA, 1980, 30 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Sidney Reichman for the Jewish Museum of New York
16mm
All but approximately 100 Danzig Jews escaped the Nazi terror because local synagogue leaders made the unprecedented move of selling their religious artifacts and using the proceeds to finance the immigration of the entire community. In this film a group of reunited Danzig survivors identify the artifacts and explore the history of their families. More

Davidoff Newsreel
Palestine, 1934, 10 minutes, B&W
Hebrew (an English translation sheet accompanies film)
Produced by Davidoff Newsreel Company
16mm
This newsreel segment depicts the first voyage of a Polish ocean liner to Palestine in 1934, including its departure, voyage, and the urban vistas of Haifa and Tel Aviv, which greeted its arrival. More

The Day Grandpa Died
USA, 1970, 11 minutes, color
Produced by King Screen Productions
16mm
A child comes to accept death as a part of life. More

A Day In Warsaw
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Poland, 1938, 10 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with complete new English subtitles
Produced by Shaul and Yitzhak Goskin
16mm DVD
Rare pre-war views of the lively Jewish neighborhoods of Warsaw—home to 400,000 Jews lived before World War II—including Zamenhof Street and the commercial “beehive” Nalewki Street. More

Death Mills aka Mills of Death (Die Todesmuhlen)
USA, 1945, 22 minutes, B&W
Produced by the U.S. Department of War Information
16mm DVD
Originally made with a German soundtrack for screening in occupied Germany and Austria, this film was the first documentary to show what the Allies found when they liberated the Nazi extermination camps: the survivors, the conditions, and the evidence of mass murder. More

Dreyfus Revisited: A Current Affair
USA, 2006, 17 minutes
Written & Produced by: Lorraine Beitler
Directed by: Jonathan Gruber, Dawn Freer & Patricia Giniger Snyder

DVD
The Dreyfus Affair, one of history’s most notorious cases of criminal injustice and antisemitism, split French public opinion and set off an international uproar that resulted in anti-Jewish riots in every major city in France, violence that served as a prelude to the Holocaust and as a catalyst to the development of modern Zionism. More

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Farewell
Russia, 1992, 27 minutes, B&W
Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Arkadiy Yakhnis
35mm DVD
This award-winning documentary chronicles a 90-year old man’s emigration to Israel from his native shtetl in Bessabaria. This beautifully photographed film poetically captures the end of a rich Jewish heritage in Russia. More

The Feast of Passover (Di Seder Nakht)
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USA, 1931, 15 minutes, B&W
English, Hebrew, and Yiddish (no subtitles)
Produced by Sidney M. Goldin for Jacob Berkowitz
16mm DVD
A seder in the midst of North American prosperity recalls traditional Passover celebrations in Russia (with the same cast enacting both scenes). Then modernity returns with a knock at the door and a humorous twist. More

Fiestaremos! Judy Frankel and the Sephardic Music Tradition
USA, 2008, 30 minutes, color
English with songs in Ladino
Directed by Kathleen Regan
DVD
Judy Frankel was one of the leading collectors and practitioners of Sephardic folk music. Fiestaremos! includes interviews with Frankel, musical excerpts and performances in an intimate look at Frankel and Sephardic music and songs. More

From Philadelphia to the Front
USA, 2005, 37 minutes, color
Directed by Judy Gelles and Marianne Bernstein
DVD
This award-winning film is one of the few documentaries to explore the experiences of Jewish-American World War II soldiers. For Jews, the war to defeat Hitler had deeply personal significance. An audience favorite, this film focuses on six Philadelphia veterans, now in their 80’s. More

The Führer Gives a City to the Jews (Der Führer schenkt den Juden eine Stadt)
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Germany, 1944, 23 minutes (incomplete), B&W
Produced by the Ministry of Propaganda of the Third Reich
16mm DVD
Germany’s Ministry of Propaganda produced this 1944 film about Theresienstadt, the “model” ghetto established by the Nazis. The film, however, is an elaborately staged hoax presenting a completely false picture of camp life. Upon completion, the director and most of the cast of prisoners were shipped to Auschwitz. More

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Girona: The Mother of Israel, The Jews of Catalonia
USA, 1989, 30 minutes, color
Directed by Patricia Giniger Snyder
DVD
This film documents Jewish daily life in Girona, a city in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia, from its “golden age” in the middle ages through the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492 and up to the present day. More

The Giving Tree
USA, 1971, 10 minutes, color
From the story by Shel Silverstein
16mm
This animated short tells the story of the relationship between a little boy and the tree which lovingly and unstintingly provides for his needs at each stage of his life. More

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Half Sister
USA, 1985, 22 minutes, color
Directed by Abraham Ravett
16mm DVD
At 26, Abraham Ravett learned that his mother had previously been married and lost her family at Auschwitz, including his 6-year-old half-sister, Toncia. Half Sister is a cinematic amalgam of memory and imagination, inspired by Ravett’s conception of a life that would have been. More

The Hangman
USA, 1964, 12 minutes, color
Directed by Paul Julian and Les Goldman
16mm
In this allegorical short, the people of a town are condemned to die one by one by a mysterious stranger who erects a gallows in the town square. The townspeople create a rationale for each hanging, until only one person is left, he who failed all along to raise his voice in protest. More

The Holocaust Tourist
UK, 2005, 10 min, color
Directed by Jes Benstock

DVD
A wry, animated documentary about how Holocaust tourism distorts history. A whistle-stop tour from Auschwitz hot-dogs to Krakow's kitsch Judaica. More

Holy For Me
Israel, 1995, 34 min, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Assaf Bernstein
DVD
This fiction film spoofs tours of the "holy" sites of Israel. Join Jonah and his unwitting group of tourists on an insane two-day tour of Tel Aviv. More

The Holy Land
USA, 1917, 5 minutes, B&W, Silent
Produced by Conquest Pictures
16mm
This historic and rare footage of Palestine focuses on the holy Christian and Jewish sites of Jerusalem. More

How Moshe Came Back
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USA, 1914, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Produced by Crystal Films
16mm DVD
An example of Jewish characterizations in the silent film era, Moshe, a 98-pound boxer defeats his 240-pounds opponent…by cheating. More

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I Miss the Sun
USA, 1984, 20 minutes, color
Directed by Mary Halawani
16mm DVD
Halawani profiles her grandmother, Rosette Hakim, the daughter of a prominent Egyptian-Jewish family who fled her homeland in 1959 when Egyptian anti-Zionist sentiments increased and when hundreds of Jews, suspected of pro-Communist activities, were interned in detention camps. More

I Want To Be A Boarder (Ich Vil Zeyn a Boarder)
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USA, 1937, 15 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Seiden
35mm 16mm DVD
A lively short about a husband and wife who seek to reignite their marriage by pretending to be landlady and tenant. More

The Immigrant
USA, 1917, 20 minutes, b&w
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
16mm
Charlie Chaplin's hilarious portrayal of a penniless immigrant's journey to, and arrival in, America. More

In Memory
USA, 1993, 13 minutes, B&W
Directed by Abraham Ravett
16mm DVD
In this non-narrative, meditative, and poignant film, footage of life from the Lodz Ghetto is juxtaposed with the chanting of “Kel Maleh Rachamim,” a plea to God to let the souls of those “slaughtered and burned” find peace. More

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Jewish Life in Bialystock
Jewish Life in Cracow
Jewish Life in Lwow
Jewish Life in Vilna

RESTORED BY NCJF
Poland, 1938 and 1939, each 10 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with complete new English subtitles
Produced by Shaul and Yitzhak Goskind
16mm DVD VHS
In 1938 and 1939, Shaul and Yitzhak Goskind of Warsaw-based Sektor Films produced six short films about urban Jewish communities in Poland. One, about Lodz, is lost. The other five—on Bialystok, Cracow, Lwow, Vilna, and Warsaw—have survived. Viewed together or separately, these rare documents present vibrant portraits of people, communities, and institutions all but completely obliterated after the Nazis invaded and occupied Poland during World War II. More

Jews of the Spanish Homeland (Los judíos de patria española)
RESTORED BY NCJF
Spain, 1929, 13 minutes, B&W
Silent with new English intertitles

Produced by Ernesto Giménez Caballero
35mm 16mm DVD
Shot in the 1920s, this film visits Sephardic communities in Salonika, Constantinople, Yugoslavia, and Romania as well as former centers of Jewish life in Spain. More

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Kurow
Poland, 1932, 10 minutes, B&W, silent
Cinematographer: Jack Weisbord
16mm
This fascinating portrait of shtetl life was made by Jack Weisbord, an American whose father-in-law had emigrated from Kurow, a Polish town not far from Lublin. At the time, the Jewish population of Kurow comprised over 50% of the approximately 4,000 persons in the shtetl. The film shows the villagers of Kurow immersed in animated conversation; the streets and shops of a typical Polish town; a latter-day Tevye with his horse; a weary pauper resting on a curbside; several family portraits; the ancient cemetery; as well as the contrast between the local church and the old synagogue.

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The Legend of Mrs. Goldman and the Almighty God
Germany, 1996, 3 minutes, color
Directed by Michael Verhoeven
35mm VHS
A short comic parable related on camera by writer George Tabori, this gem provides an ideal introduction for the Verhoeven-Tabori feature My Mother's Courage. More

Levy and Cohen: The Irish Comedians
USA, 1903, 1 minute, B&W, Silent
Produced by American Mutoscope and Biography Company
16mm
Two vaudeville comics perform before an unappreciative audience that pelts them with various vegetables.

Long Fliv the King
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USA, 1926, 22 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Leo McCarey
16mm DVD
This offbeat comedy from future Hollywood screwball director McCarey is about a princess who must find a husband in 24 hours or forfeit her throne. She quickly marries a condemned man—but the man is pardoned. More

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The March
USA, 1999, 25 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Abraham Ravett
16mm DVD
Both of Ravett’s parents survived Auschwitz and the ”death march.” His mother “continuously made references to the ‘miracle’ of her survival and recounted in vivid detail what it was like to walk for miles in the bitter cold with just a blanket and a pair of wooden shoes (Trepches)" More

Meet Me In Miami Beach
USA, 1994, 18 minutes, color
Directed by Bonnie Cohen
16mm
This documentary focuses on three elderly Jews living out their retirement years in Miami Beach, poignantly capturing the subjects' thoughts and memories, as well as the contrast between the old and young populations of contemporary Miami Beach. More

Multiply by Six Million
USA, 2007, 24 minutes, B&W
Directed by Evvy Eisen & Kelly Hendricks
DVD
The culmination of Evvy Eisen’s fifteen-yearlong project photographing holocaust survivors and collecting their personal stories. The film presents Eisen’s beautiful, original, black and white gelatin silver prints as the subjects recount their experiences during and after the World War II. More

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Nana: Un Portrait
USA, 1972, 23 minutes, color
French with English subtitles
Directed by Jamil Simon
16mm DVD
80 year-old Louise Zilkha reminisces about her traditional Jewish upbringing in Baghdad, Iraq, the often turbulent coexistence of Iraqi Jews and Moslems, and the persecution that led her family on a journey from Iraq to Beirut, to Cairo, and finally, to New York. More

Night and Fog (Nuit et brouillard)
France, 1955, 31 minutes, color/B&W
French with English subtitles
Directed by Alain Resnais
16mm
Brutally graphic, Resnais's artistic depiction of life and death in a Nazi extermination camp combines ghostly scenes of the abandoned camp in the 1950s with Nazi and Allied stock footage and stills. More

Nightmare: The Immigration of Joachim and Rachel
USA, 1978, 24 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Tom Robertson
16mm
During the struggle to survive the Warsaw Ghetto, thirteen-year-old Joachim and his little sister Rachel receive final instructions from their parents: hide in an old cabinet. More

Nize People
PRESERVED BY NCJF
USA, 1927, 20 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Sam Newfield
16mm
A slapstick comedy in the immigrant/vaudeville genre, Lizzie believes her necklace has been stolen, setting off a series of crazy events when Mr. O'Connor hires the "world's greatest detective," who turns out be Lunatic Louie, an escapee from an insane asylum! More

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Old Isaac, The Pawnbroker
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USA, 1908, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by Wallace McCutcheon
16mm DVD
In this film, a small girl in an urban slum seeks aid for her sick and starving mother. Trying to pawn her doll, she attracts the attention of the shop’s owner old Isaacs, who later stops the men trying to evict the sick woman. More

Orders of Love
UK, 2004, 10 minutes, color
Directed by Jes Benstock
DVD
Some family trees get more complicated with every branch. Armed with a videophone, his dad, and a therapist, director Jes Benstock explores a family history of murder, migration, breakdown, and suicide. More


Our Time in the Garden
USA, 1981, 15 minutes, B&W
Directed by Ron Blau
35mm 16mm DVD
A young Jewish woman’s charmed and secure life in 1930s Berlin is shattered as the Nazis take control. The family's home movies are presented with overlapping soundtracks, in order to re-create their "time in the garden." More

Out of Bondage
USA, 1974, 23 minutes, color
Produced by the United Jewish Appeal
16mm
Narrated by Theodore Bikel, this documentary is an excellent introduction to the history of Soviet Jewry. More

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Papa's Pest
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USA, 1928, 20 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Les Goodwins

16mm DVD
Another in the Izzie and Lizzie series, this film continues the slapstick style which explodes from a domestic comedy into a frenzy of wild action and fast chases. More

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Rachel
USA, 1974, 3 minutes, color
16mm
This short film about intermarriage is recommended as a trigger for discussion of Jewish assimilation and religious customs.

Reunion (Le Retour)
France, 1946, 21 minutes, B&W
French with English subtitles
Directed by Henri Cartier-Bresson for the United States Information Service
16mm
Acclaimed by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as "one of the greatest human documents to come out of WWII," this is the moving story of the liberation of French prisoners from Nazi concentration camps. More

Romance of a Jewess
PRESERVED BY NCJF
USA, 1908, 10 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Directed by D.W. Griffith
16mm DVD
This early D. W. Griffith short shows the director's interest in Jewish ghetto life, portrayed here with sympathy and sentimentality. The melodramatic plot involves the conflict between generations in an immigrant Jewish family. More

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Samuel Bak: The Art of Speaking About the Unspeakable
USA, 2001, 37 minutes, color
Produced by Rob Cooper and the Pucker Gallery
DVD
For over 60 years, from his first paintings as a child prodigy in the Vilna Ghetto, Samuel Bak has produced a remarkable body of work that has earned him an international reputation as a painter of thought-provoking images. More

Scenes from Jewish Life
USSR, c.1912, 31 minutes, B&W, Silent
Director: Unknown
16mm
This obscure Russian-Yiddish two-reeler is believed to feature actors from a Warsaw theater. The plot concerns a young Jew seduced by a belly dancer and subsequently scorned by his family and community. The film ends with the man's suicide.

Second Watch (Mishmeret Shniya)
Israel, 1995, 14 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Udi Ben-Arie
16mm DVD
An Israeli reserve soldier on watch at a remote post along the Israeli-Jordanian border finds a Jordanian soldier who is bored to death just like him. Together they pass the time, help each other, get into trouble and still manage to get away with it. More

17 rue Saint Fiacre
France, 1999, 24 minutes, color
French with English subtitles
Directed by Daniel Meyers

DVD VHS
Two young Jewish siblings sheltered by a family in the Nazi-occupied town of Compiègne, France, during World War II, went to live with a Catholic family. Now living in the U.S. they return to France for their “adopted” mother’s 90th birthday. More

Simply Human
Israel, 2000, 30 minutes, color
Dutch, English and Hebrew with English Subtitles
Directed by Izzy Abrahami & Erga Netz

DVD
Mrs. Hans Snoek, a 90-year old Dutch dancer, famous in The Netherlands as the founder of several dance companies, discusses a little-known episode from her past; during World War II she hid Jews in her Amsterdam home. More

So We Said Goodbye (Nifradnu Kach)
Israel, 1991, 26 minutes, color/B&W
Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Jorge Gurvich
35mm DVD
While saying goodbye to his son and grandchildren who are leaving Israel, Yackov remembers when, as a child, he also said goodbye to his family in Poland in 1937, not realizing that he would never see them again. More

Song of Radauti
USA, 1978, 25 minutes, B&W
Directed by Laurence Salzmann
16mm
Before World War II, 8,000 Jews lived in Radauti, Romania. By the mid-1970s, the town had only 240 Jews. Song of Radauti is a beautiful and melancholy statement about a vanishing culture and the lives of a few Jews who survived the Holocaust.

The Star, the Castle and the Butterfly
UK, 1990, 25 minutes, color
Directed by Naomi Gryn
DVD
Tour Prague's legendary Jewish quarter with Rabbi Hugo Gryn as he visits some of its most evocative sites and recalls a world that is no more. Filmed six months before Prague's 1989 Velvet Revolution. More

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3 Films by Abraham Ravett: Half Sister, In Memory, The March
USA, 2008, 60 minutes, Color/B&W, sound
Directed by Abraham Ravett
16mm DVD
A collection of 3 short films by photographer and filmmaker Abraham Ravett who merges interviews of family members often with previously made films, animation, still photographs and archival footage to make highly personal statements on memory and the Holocaust. More

The Turkey (La Dinde)
Belgium, 1998, 18 minutes, color
French with English subtitles
Directed by Sam Garbarski

35mm
Billed as "a Jewish Christmas tale," this award-winning short takes place in Brussels, 1953. More

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Unknown Secrets: Art and the Rosenberg Era
USA, 1990, 30 minutes, color
Directed by Daniel Keller, Charles Light & Rob Okun
16mm DVD
This film shows the influence of the Rosenberg case on the work of artists past and present, including Arthur Miller, Adrienne Rich, Picasso and many more. Includes dramatic readings by Ed Asner, Ossie Davis, Tony Randall, Ruby Dee, and Tovah Feldshuh. More

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The Vision of Chaim Weizmann
USA, 1963, 27 minutes, B&W
Directed by Lazar Dunner
16mm DVD
A documentary biography of Dr. Chaim Weizmann, the first President of Israel, incorporating film footage, sketches, and still photographs. More

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The Yiddisher Boy
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USA, 1909, 3 minutes, B&W
Silent without intertitles
Produced by the Lubin Company
16mm
Director Lubin (originally Lubszynski) was first Jewish-American filmmaker. In the film, Moses uses his last pennies to help a friend in need. 25 years later the men meet again. The film is remarkable in its depiction of tradition in the face of oppressive circumstances. More

The Yidishe Gauchos
USA, 1989, 28 minutes, color/B&W
Spanish with English subtitles
Directed by Mark Freeman
DVD
At the end of the 19th century, some East European Jews fleeing persecution and pogroms emigrated to Argentina. There, many became ranchers and farmers, adapting a life on the pampas alongside the tough Argentine cowboys, the gauchos. More

Yizkor (Remembrance)
USA, 2010, 24 minutes
Directed by Ruth Fertig
Digibeta DVD
Winner of the 2010 Student Academy Award Gold Medal for Documentary, Ruth Fertig’s film uses animation by Jeanne Stern, archival film, home movies and Super 8 footage to tell her grandmother’s story of survival and resilience in the face of crushing loss. More

Yosl Cutler and His Puppets
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USA, 1935, 18 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
16mm DVD
Fanciful and slightly surreal sketches preserve Cutler’s work with the marionettes he designed, built, and brought to life. More

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Zahor
France, 1996, 22 minutes, color/B&W
French with English subtitles
Directed by Fabienne Rousso-Lenoir

35mm DVD
Zahor makes an essential point about the victims of the Holocaust—that the way they are traditionally presented in the media says nothing about them but everything about their Nazi tormentors. Here, we meet real people—not yet victims—young people with potential. More

Zlateh the Goat
USA, 1973, 20 minutes, color
Directed by Gene Deitch
16mm
This heartwarming and uplifting tale is based on the book of the same name by Isaac Bashevis Singer. A family decides they must sacrifice their beloved goat... More

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