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Women Studies DVD Collection
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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

Alois Brunner: The Last Nazi
USA, 2000, 60 minutes, color
Directed by Monika Kopla
Alois Brunner is the most notorious Nazi war criminal still alive. This documentary includes interviews with the last journalist to have questioned Brunner and with Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, who has, since the end of World War II, been pursuing Brunner—the man who murdered his father. More

Israel, 1994, 53 minutes, color/B&W
English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Ilana Tsur

In 1948, the Altalena arrived in Israel carrying 930 World War II refugees and ammunition amassed by the irgun in direct violation of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion's new military chain-of-command. Ben Gurion gave an order to shell the ship, forcing Jews to fire on Jews and almost sparking a civil war. More

Appelfeld's Table
Israel, 2004, 47 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Adi Japhet Fuchs
Imagination, memories, and fiction combine in this film about the life and world of renowned Israeli writer Aharon Appelfeld. The film joins the author on his daily pilgrimages to the Jerusalem café, Anna Ticho House. More

As If It Were Yesterday Comme si c'était hier
Belgium, 1980, 85 minutes, B&W
French and Flemish with English subtitles
Directed by Myriam Abramowicz and Esther Hoffenberg

16mm DVD
This film documents the little-known heroism of the Belgian Resistance who, during the Nazi occupation, hid over 4,000 Jewish children, rescuing them from deportation and extermination. More

As If Nothing Happened Ke'Ilu Klum Lo Kara
Israel, 1999, 50 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Ayelet Bargur

Based on the personal experience of the director, this award-winning feature film focuses on one family waiting to hear news of a son who may have been involved in a terrorist incident. More

At the End of the Day
Israel, 2000, 50 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Ayelet Bargur

Four young men, all commanders in the same Israeli Defense Force Golan Heights paratrooper unit, were killed over a 22-month period from 1995 to 1997. Their families, realizing they all suffer a common fate, agree to meet and share their stories. 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

Back To Gombin
USA, 2002, 56 minutes, color
Directed by Minna Packer
A tapestry of film and photographs including rare footage shot in Gombin in 1937, this film tells the story of a group of 50 children of survivors of the Shoah, who return to their parents’ Polish village of Gombin and experience acts of reconciliation, healing, and discovery. More

The Balcony
Israel, 2000, 54 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Ruth Walk
A moving portrait of Israel Becker, a founder of the first professional Yiddish theatrical company in post-war Germany and writer and star of the 1946 autobiographic feature film Long is the Road (restored by NCJF), the first feature to portray the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view.

Bitter Herbs and Honey
Australia, 1996, 70 minutes, color
Directed by Monique Schwartz
16mm DVD
After World War II thousands of poor, Jewish immigrants fled Europe to rebuild their lives in Carlton, Australia. These new arrivals chose to maintain their own language, religion, and culture. More

Born in Berlin Shalosh Nashim
Israel, 1991, 85 minutes, color/B&W
German, English, Swedish and Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Naomi Ben-Natan and Leora Kamenetzky
A penetrating look at the lives of three Jewish women writers: Cordelia Edvardson, Angelika Schrobsdorff, and Inge Deutschkron. All three grew up in pre-war Berlin until Nazi racial laws shattered their lives, and eventually all three made their way to Israel. More

Breaking the Silence: The Generation After the Holocaust
USA, 1984, 58 minutes, color
Directed by Edward A. Mason; Produced by Eva Fogelman

This classic film tells a moving story of personal growth as the children of Holocaust survivors find the strength to confront their painful legacy and overcome the barriers of unasked and unanswered questions that separate them from their parents. 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

Chasing Shadows
UK, 1990, 52 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Naomi Gryn
16mm DVD
Hugo Gryn was 15 years old when he left his hometown, Berohovo, believing he would never see it again. In 1990, Gryn and his daughter, filmmaker Naomi Gryn returned to the world of his childhood, where only ghosts and shadows remain. 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

  Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
USA, 2017, 46 minutes, color
Directed By Robin Truesdale & Judy Kreith

DVD Blu-ray DCP
Explore the little-known history of the Jewish refugees who escaped Nazi-occupied Europe for the Caribbean island of Cuba. The documentary recalls the refugees' lives in wartime Havana: the draw of Cuban food, music and dance, its language and people, and the challenges of an unfamiliar land. Shot on location in Cuba, featuring an original score of Cuban and Jewish music.  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

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

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
Directed by Monique Schwarz
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

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

From Philadelphia to the Front
USA, 2005, 37 minutes, color
Directed by Judy Gelles and Marianne Bernstein
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

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

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

Is There Poetry After Auschwitz?
USA, 1992, 60 minutes, color
Produced by Vivienne Hermann and Dale Sonnenberg
This moving portrait of artist Vivienne Hermann, who spent five years as a child in forced labor camps during World War II, answers the eponymous question with a resounding “Yes!” As Hermann says: “I am the poem. I may be a tragic poem. I may be an irritating poem. But I am the poem." More

Israel Rocks: A Journey Through Music of Visions and Divisions
Israel, 2000, 55 minutes, color
Hebrew with English Subtitles
Directed by Izzy Abrahami and Erga Netz

Can you grasp the complexities, the tribulation, and the dreams of Israel by its music? This film features 20 singers, bands, and choruses, from rock to blues, folk, and rap. More

The Land Was Theirs
USA, 1993, 55 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Gertrude Dubrovsky
Set in New Jersey, The Land Was Theirs profiles Jewish farmers and their communities. It opens a window on the experience of immigrants who came to America in search of a better life and found it in the rural countryside. More

Last Journey Into Silence
Israel, 2001, 52 minutes, color
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directed by Shosh Shlam
After the Holocaust, survivors who had nowhere else to go or were emotionally shattered by their experiences ended up in a mental hospital in Israel. This moving documentary follows estranged daughters as they visit mothers they have not seen in decades. 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 A Killing
UK, 1998, 52 minutes, color
Directed by Anne Webber
Directed by Anne Webber, Chair of the European Commission on Looted Art, this documentary is a compelling detective story about one family's 50-year quest to recover their missing art collection set against a backdrop of murder, greed, and corruption. 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

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

Nemt: A Language Without a People for a People Without a Language
France, 2000, 90 minutes, color
Directed by Isabelle Rozenbaumas and Michel Grosman
A film about the identity of Yiddish culture. One of the filmmakers returns to her native Lithuania, leading to a broader series of reflections on the survival of the Yiddish language in today’s world. More

The Paper Bridge
Austria, 1987, 95 minutes, color
German with English subtitles
Directed by Ruth Beckermann
16mm DVD VHS
Beckermann's parents met in Vienna after the Holocaust. Tracing the migratory paths of her family before World War II, Beckermann returns to the European Jewish communities which inspired her childhood stories. More

Partisans of Vilna
USA, 1986, 130 minutes, color/B&W
Directed by Josh Waletzky; Produced by Aviva Kempner
35mm 16mm DVD VHS
The extraordinary story of the men and women who formed the Jewish partisan movement in Vilna, Lithuania, during World War II. 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

Israel, 2010/1995, 62 minutes, color
Producer: Noemi Schory, Belfilms
The assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as he left a peace rally in 1995 plunged the country into mourning. That the gunman was a 25-year old Israeli further complicated the event’s fallout. Constructed entirely from television coverage aired in the seven days following the murder, the film is a mosaic, allowing viewers to experience the events much as Israelis saw them, through the TV screen. 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

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

Rosenzweig's Freedom Rosenzweigs Freiheit
Germany, 1998, 89 minutes, color
German with English subtitles
Directed by Liliane Targownik

35mm DVD VHS
When Michael Rosenzweig a working-class German Jew is charged with the murder of a neo-Nazi leader, he and his family find themselves fighting for justice is the face of with a brick wall of prejudice. More

The Sabbath Bride
UK, 1987, 52 minutes, color
Directed by Naomi Gryn
16mm DVD
Celebrate the excitement and diversity of Shabbat in London. Gryn mixes chicken soup, cholent, and music with interviews with rabbis and members of Orthodox, Reform, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi communities. More

Samuel Bak: Painter of Questions
Canada, 2003, 48 minutes, color
Directed by Christa Singer
On the occasion of a retrospective exhibit of his work, painter Samuel Bak returned to his hometown of Vilna. Saved from the death camps by his father, the miracle of Bak’s survival is a recurring theme in the unique and powerful visual vocabulary of his work. More

The Secret: Poland's New Jews Hasod
Israel/Poland, 2001, 52 minutes, color
English, Hebrew and Polish with English subtitles
Directed by Ronit Kerstner; Produced by Noemi Schory
Through accidental discovery or deathbed confessions many Catholic Polish citizens have made an unsettling discovery: they were born Jewish. These “new Jews" must decide what this new truth means to them, as Poles and as Jews. 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

The Star, the Castle and the Butterfly
UK, 1990, 25 minutes, color
Directed by Naomi Gryn
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

When Grandpa Loved Rita Hayworth Ab ins Paradies
Czechoslovakia/Germany, 2000, 90 minutes, color
Czech and German with English subtitled
Directed by Iva Svarcova
35mm DVD
1969: The first winter after the violent end of the Spring of Prague. Just as three astronauts are flying to the moon, thirteen-year-old Hannah and her crazy young parents land in the German economic wonderland. 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

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 Yizkor (Remembrance) 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

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

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

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