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Bewoket: By the Will of God
USA, 2009, 66 minutes, color
English and Amharic with English subtitles
Directed by Andrea Mydlarz Zeller & Sam Shnider
DVD
In 1990, Dr. Rick Hodes went to Ethiopia to set up medical clinics. He never left. "Dr. Rick" treats thousands of Ethiopians, among them a group of boys who live with him. An Orthodox Jew, he typifies the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam ("repairing the world"). More

Forever Activists! Stories from the Veterans of Abraham Lincoln Brigade
USA, 1991, 60 minutes, color
Directed by Judith Montell
16mm DVD
The Spanish Civil War and the October 1986 reunion of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade serve as the backdrop to Judith Montell's documentary on these heroic veterans and their years of activism. Nominated for an Academy Award. More

Forgotten Children
Australia, 2009, 55 minutes, color
English
Directed by Monique Schwarz
DVD
Amid the crisis surrounding the education of Aboriginal children in Australia, there is a ray of hope. The unlikely source: Israeli teachers. Follow a team of Israeli educators as they bring a new method for teaching at-risk kids to the Australian outback. More

The Free Voice of Labor: The Jewish Anarchists
USA, 1980, 60 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Steven Fischler and Joel Sucher
16mm
Dramatic documentary portrait of immigrant life as seen through the eyes of the sweatshop workers who made of the Jewish anarchist movement. More

Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
USA, 2010, 74 minutes, Color/ B&W
Directed by Lilly Rivlin

DVD
Lilly Rivlin’s intimate documentary is a rich, inspiring portrait of writer, activist and New York icon Grace Paley (1922-2007). This film casts an important and penetrating light on a brilliant and highly principled woman whose life illuminates the major protest movements of the latter part of the 20th century. More

The Inheritance
USA, 1964, 58 minutes, B&W
Produced by Harold Mayer
16mm DVD
A portrait of 20th century America as seen through the eyes of its working people: immigrants in the early 1900s, workers in sweatshops, coal mines, and textile mills, soldiers on the battlefields of world wars I and II and in the Civil Rights movement. More

My 100 Children (Me'ah Yeladim Sheli)
Israel, 2003, 68 min
English, Hebrew & Polish w/ English subtitles
Directed by Amalia Margolin & Oshra Schwartz
DigiBeta DVD
When Lena Küchlar discovered dozens of orphaned Jewish children in Krakow after WWII, she employed the progressive psychiatric methods of Janusz Korczak and slowly brought these damaged kids back to life. Based on Küchlar’s best-selling autobiography. Best Documentary, Israel Film Academy. More

Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good (Síla lidskosti: Nicholas Winton)
Czech Republic/ Slovak Republic, 2002, 64 minutes, color
English and Czech with English subtitles
Directed by Matej Minac
35mm DVD
A gripping documentary about the courage and determination of a young English stockbroker who saved the lives of 669 children. In 1939, Sir Nicholas Winton organized 8 transports to take children from Prague to new homes in Great Britain, and kept silent about it until his wife discovered a scrapbook documenting his unique mission in 1988. More

Our Children (Unzere Kinder)
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Poland, 1948, 68 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Natan Gross and Shaul Goskind
35mm 16mm DVD
In this, Poland’s last Yiddish feature film, comedy duo Dzigan and Shumacher play all the parts in a Sholem Aleichem story staged for an audience of children who survived the Holocaust. More

A Pause in the Holocaust (1943 Le temps d’un répit)
France, 2009, 52 minutes
French and Italian with English Subtitles
Directed by André Waksman
DVD
In the summer of 1943, thousands of Jewish refugees in Italian-occupied southern France enjoyed a rare respite from persecution, protected by an unusual force: the occupying Italian Army, who temporarily shielded local and foreign Jews despite pressure from the Germans and the French Vichy administration. More

The Righteous Enemy
Italy/UK, 1987, 84 minutes, color/B&W
Italian and German with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Rochlitz
16mm DVD
Rochlitz’s documentary about the non-Jewish Italian resistance to Hitler’s “Final Solution” explores how Italian officials prevented the deportation of Jews in Italian-occupied Europe. More

Rites of Passage: The Spiritual Journey of Alice Shalvi
Israel, 1998, 51 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Paula Weiman-Kelman
DVD VHS
In this intimate documentary portrait, Alice Shalvi shares her thoughts and memories of her public and private life, from her childhood in Essen to her success as a leading Israeli scholar, feminist, and peace activist. More

Rosenwald
USA, 2015, color
Directed by Aviva Kempner

Public Performance Rental only
The incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who never finished high school, who rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build 5,300 schools, providing 660,000 black children with access to education in the segregated American South. 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 Many Miracles
Canada, 1987, 58 minutes, color
Directed by Katherine Smalley and Vic Sarin
16mm DVD
Interweaving docu-drama sequences with archival material, this film follows Israel and Frania Rubinek on their emotional return journey to Poland to reunite with the woman who, with her husband and son, saved their lives 40 years earlier. More

Song of Hannah
USA/Hungary, 2005, 45 minutes, color/B&W
English, Hungarian and Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Nicole Opper
DVD
Hoping to rescue victims of the Holocaust, 23-year old Hannah Senesh left the Palestine kibbutz she had helped to build and parachuted into her native Hungary. Instead, she was imprisoned and killed. More

Women Unchained
USA, 2011, 60 minutes, color
Hebrew and English with English subtitles
Directed by Beverly Siegel & Leta Lenik
DVD
An important new film documenting the experiences of modern-day “agunot,” or women whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce. Narrated by actress Mayim Bialik (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory), Women Unchained offers strategies for what women can do to protect themselves and why the issue matters to all Jews. More

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