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Women Studies DVD Collection
6 New Releases at a 25% Discount More

Ahead of Time
2009, USA/ Israel, 73 minutes, Color/ B&W
English & Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Robert Richman

Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber became the youngest Ph.D. in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She emerged as the eyes and conscience of the world. With her love of adventure, fearlessness and powerful intellect, Ruth defied tradition in an extraordinary career that spanned more than seven decades. More

Aya: An Imagined Autobiography (Autobiographia Dimionit)
Israel, 1994, 87 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Michal Bat-Adam
35mm DVD VHS
Director Michal Bet-Adam, stars in the title role as a woman driven by her father’s ambitions for her. Now she is shooting a film and fragments of dreams and fantasy alternate with reality. More

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

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

Braids (Tzamot)
Israel, 1989, 90 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Yitzhak Halutzi

16mm DVD
Based on a true story, Braids tells the tale of So'ad, a 14-year-old Jewish girl imprisoned by the Iraqi government in 1947 for her participation in the Zionist movement. More

Camera Obscura (La Camara Oscura)
Argentina, 2008, 86 minutes, color/B&W
Spanish and Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed By María Victoria Menis
35mm DVD
A lyrical, inventive new film from award-winning, film festival favorite director María Victoria Menis. At the end of the 19th century, Gertrudis grows into her role as the ugly duckling in a colony of Argentinean Jews until she meets a nomadic photographer whose uncompromising vision allows her to see herself for the first time. More

A Child of the Ghetto

USA, 1910, 15 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by D. W. Griffith

16mm DVD VHS
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

Chronicle of Love Chronika Shel Ahava
Israel, 1998, 90 minutes, color
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Directed by Tzipi Trope
35mm DVD
In this the first Israeli feature film to deal with the subject of battered women. Nava, a social worker, shares the painful secret of her suffering with Jania, another woman victimized by her husband and the two form a healing bond. More

Diamonds in the Snow
USA, 1994, 59 minutes, color
Directed by Mira Reym Binford

16mm DVD VHS
Thousands of Jewish children lived in the Polish city of Bendzin before the Holocaust. Barely a dozen survived the community’s destruction. This critically-acclaimed documentary tells the story of three of these children—Ada, Shulamit, and the filmmaker herself, Mira. More

East and West Mizrekh un Mayrev/ Ost und West
Austria, 1923, 85 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson
16mm DVD
Morris Brown, a New York gambler acquainted more with his checkbook than his prayer book, returns to Galicia with his very American daughter, Mollie (Molly Picon) for a family wedding. But Mollie, whose exuberant antics fill the film, unexpectedly meets her match—an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart. More

Fiestaremos! Judy Frankel and the Sephardic Music Tradition
USA, 2008, 30 minutes, color
English with songs in Ladino
Directed by Kathleen Regan
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

Finding Leah Tickotsky: A Discovery of Heritage in Poland
USA, 2010, 48 minutes, color
Directed by Sarah Golabek-Goldman
This documentary explores Polish-Jewish relations as well as one filmmaker's personal journey to discover her family roots. Through her eyes, Finding Leah Tickotsky provides a perspective on one of the most painful periods in history and serves as a reminder of the extraordinary contributions Jews made to Poland over nine centuries. More

Four Friends Pegisha Hozeret
Israel, 2000, 60 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Esther Dar
16mm DVD
Four women—a Palestinian Moslem; a Palestinian Christian; a Jew from a prominent Zionist family; and a Jew from Tel Aviv—roommates at an Anglican boarding school in Jerusalem in 1939, meet 50 years later for a reunion. More

Half the Kingdom
Canada, 1989, 58 minutes, color
Directed by Francine E. Zuckerman & Roushell N. Goldstein
In this provocative, award-winning documentary seven remarkable women from Canada, Israel, and the United States strive to find common ground between religious and cultural tradition and contemporary feminist principles. More

His Wife's LoverZayn Vaybs Lubovnik
USA, 1931, 80 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Sidney M. Goldin
35mm DVD
His Wife’s Lover stars the popular comedian of the Yiddish theatre Ludwig Satz. It was billed as the "first Jewish musical comedy talking picture." More

Hungry Hearts

USA, 1922, 80 minutes, B&W
Silent with English intertitles
Directed by E. Mason Hopper
16mm DVD VHS
A Hollywood adaptation of the short stories of Anzia Yezierska, the first writer to bring stories of American Jewish women to a mainstream audience, Hungry Hearts focuses on the hopes and hardships of the Levin family, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe living on New York City's Lower East Side. More

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

The Imported Bridegroom
USA, 1990, 93 minutes, color
Directed by Pamela Berger
35mm 16mm DVD
A Jewish romance begins when Asriel, a turn-of-the-century, rich Boston widower returns from a visit to the old country with a man he believes is the perfect man for his daughter. But when the two meet, his thoroughly modern daughter is appalled by this pious scholar, or is she? More

A Letter to Mother A Brivele der Mamen

Poland, 1939, 106 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Green and Leon Trystand
35mm 16mm DVD
One of the last Yiddish films made in Poland, ths is story of a mother's persistent struggles to support her three children in pre-war Polish Ukraine. After her family is pulled apart by the war, she and her children make their way to New York and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. More

Living For Tomorrow: Untold Stories by the Pioneering Women of Israel
USA, 2000, 53 minutes, color
Hebrew and English with English subtitles
Directed by Lilach Dekel
Director Dekel’s grandmother, along with other young idealists from Eastern Europe, immigrated to Palestine in the 1920s resolved to build the kibbutz movement. Now in their 80s and 90s, these women offer candid evaluations of the their youth. More

Love at Second Sight Ahava Mimabat Sheni
Israel, 1998, 90 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Michal Bat-Adam
35mm DVD VHS
Renowned Israeli filmmaker/actress Michal Bat-Adam wrote and directed this intriguing tale of romantic obsession in present-day Tel Aviv. Michal Zuaratz stars as a young female photographer infatuated with a stranger whose image she accidentally captures on film. More

Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women
2006, USA, 85 minutes, Color
Directed by Rachel Talbot; Produced by the Jewish Women's Archive
This film festival favorite tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century — Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein. Hosted by four of today’s funniest women — Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Cory Kahaney, and Jessica Kirson — it's the true saga of what it means to be Jewish, female and funny. More

Mamadrama: The Jewish Mother in Cinema
Australia, 2000, 73 minutes, color
Written & Directed by Monique Schwarz
16mm DVD
A funny, penetrating look at how the loving and affectionate portrayals in early Yiddish and Hollywood silent movies developed into the Jewish Mother of modern Hollywood and, conversely, the more flesh and blood characterizations in contemporary Israeli cinema. More

Mirele Efros

USA, 1939, 80 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Berne
16mm DVD
Mirele Efros
, "the Jewish Queen Lear," was the masterpiece of influential Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordin. Berta Gersten gives a memorable performance as Mirele, a wealthy and pious widow whose devotion to her children extends to hand-picking a wife for her eldest son. Unfortunately, she gravely mistakes the young woman's character. More

Mothers of Today Hayntige Mames
USA, 1939, 85 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Henry Lynn
35mm DVD
Mothers of Today includes the sole motion picture performance of radio star Esther Field, who was well-known on the radio airwaves of the 1930's as the 'Yidishe Mama.' More

My 100 Children Me'ah Yeladim Sheli
srael, 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

My Dear Clara
Canada, 2002, 44 minutes, color
Directed by Gary Beitel
When Clara Greenspan left Montreal for Warsaw in June of 1938 she could not have known how her personal destiny would soon become intertwined with unfolding events in Europe. This is the dramatic story of a Polish Jewish refugee’s survival and his Canadian wife’s unflinching battle to change her government’s immigration policies. More

Nana: Un Portrait
USA, 1972, 23 minutes, color
French with English subtitles
Directed by Jamil Simon
16mm DVD VHS
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

Our Time in the Garden
USA, 1981, 15 minutes, B&W
Directed by Ron Blau
35mm 16mm DVD VHS
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

Punch Me in the Stomach
New Zealand, 1996, 58 minutes, color
Directed by Francine Zuckerman
16mm DVD VHS
Multi-talented writer/performer Deb Filler stars in this adaptation of her autobiographical off-Broadway solo show about her life as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. More

Purple Lawns Deshaim S'Gulim
Israel, 1998, 56 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Dina Zvi-Riklis

In this feature film, Yael and Shlomit, two secular, free-spirited women, share a flat in Tel Aviv. Their high rent forces them to take in a third roommate, Malka, an enigmatic ultra-orthodox woman with a secret. More

Rachel de la Comédie-Française
France, 2003, 52 minutes, color
French with English subtitles
Directed by Judith Wechsler
Before the era of Sarah Bernhardt, Rachel Felix (1821-1858) was the great actress of the Comédie-Française-and the first international dramatic star. Small, plain and fierce, Rachel's ability to convey passion in her performances thrilled audiences. More

René and I
USA, 2005, 73 minutes, color
Directed by Gina M. Angelone

Produced by Gina M. Angelone, Leora Kahn & Zeva Oelbaum
This courageous documentary tells the story of Irene and her twin brother René, Czech Jews sent to Auschwitz at age six where they were they were experimented on by Josef Mengele. More

Rites of Passage: The Spiritual Journey of Alice Shalvi
aka The Annotated Alice
Israel, 1998, 51 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Paula Weiman-Kelman
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

Romance of a Jewess
USA, 1908, 10 minutes, B&W, Silent
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

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

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

Song of Hannah
USA/Hungary, 2005, 45 minutes, color/B&W
English, Hungarian and Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Nicole Opper
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

Two Sisters Tsvey Shvester

USA, 1938, 82 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with new English subtitles
Directed by Ben K. Blake
16mm DVD VHS
Make sure there's a hanky nearby: After the death of their mother, older sister Betty works tirelessly, supporting her sister through nursing school and her fiancée through medical school only to see her happiness shattered when the two fall in love. More

Where is My Child Vu iz Mayn Kind?

USA, 1937, 92 minutes, B&W
Yiddish with English subtitles
Directed by Abraham Leff and Harry Lynn
16mm DVD
Celia Adler, doyenne of the Yiddish stage, gives a haunting performance as a new immigrant forced to give up her son. Obsessed with the thought of reuniting with him, she spends the next 25 years searching, pining, and bewailing her loss. More

Women Unchained
USA, 2011, 60 minutes, color
Hebrew and English with English subtitles
Directed by Beverly Siegel & Leta Lenik
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

Yiddle With His Fiddle Yidl Mitn Fidl
Poland, 1936, 92 minutes, b&w
Yiddish with NEW English subtitles
Directed by Joseph Green & Jan Nowina-Przybylski
35mm 16mm DVD
Director Green returned to his native Poland from America to produce this, the most commercially successful musical in the history of the Yiddish cinema. More

Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg
USA, 2009, 92 minutes, Color/B&W
Written, Produced & Directed by Aviva Kempner
The funny and surprising story of television pioneer Gertrude Berg, creator of America’s hit sitcom, The Goldbergs. As an actor, writer (12,000 scripts for CBS!) and TV celebrity, Berg’s trailblazing blend of comedy and social commentary—with Jewish characters at the center—endeared audiences and made her a cultural icon. By Aviva Kempner (Life and Times of Hank Greenberg). More

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