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Jewish Studies Collection

  • Night Will Fall | Director: Andre Singer  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Denmark, Israel, United Kingdom, USA | Language: English, Hebrew, Russian (with full English subtitles available)

    Night Will Fall tells the story of the liberation of the German Concentration Camps. Using remarkable archive footage and testimony from both survivors and liberators, it tells of the efforts made to document the almost unbelievable scenes that the Allies encountered on liberation.
    The film explores how a team of top filmmakers, including Sidney Bernstein, Richard Crossman and Alfred Hitchcock, came together to make a film to provide undeniable evidence of what the Allies found, but the film was stopped in its tracks by the British Government and only now 70 years on, has it been completed. Each new generation deserves access to this evidence.
  • The Muses of Bashevis Singer | Director: Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Israel | Language: English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    Isaac Bashevis Singer, the famous Yiddish writer and Nobel Prize winner wrote with a 'harem' of dozens of translators behind him. Beyond simple translators, these women were a vital source of his creativity. The inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional aspirations. Today nine remain to tell his story. Intimate, poignant interviews and exclusive archival footage combine to form the unknown story of an author who charmed and enchanted his audiences, just as he charmed and enchanted his translators. A film about the art of translation and one of the great figures of twentieth century literature.
  • A Match Made in Heaven | Director: Ronnie Kay  
    Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    Dating and matchmaking in the "Haredi" (ultra-orthodox Jewish) world has always been mysterious and intriguingly different from the secular world. At a time when the institution of marriage in the modern secular world is about to go bankrupt – increasing divorce rates, infidelity, the trend of extended bachelorhood, single parenting, etc. – the question arises: where are we going wrong? And what is it about Haredi relationships that keeps them strong and stable? How does it work?
  • Surviving Hitler: A Love Story | Director: John-Keith Wasson  
    Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    As a teenager in Nazi Germany, Jutta is shocked to discover she is Jewish. She joins the German resistance and meets Helmuth, an injured German soldier. The two become sweethearts and ultimately, co-conspirators in the now famous Valkyrie plot to assassinate Hitler.
  • Hava Nagila
    HAVA NAGILA: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Popular Song | Director: Roberta Grossman  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)

    Hava Nagila is to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. This hilarious and surprisingly deep film follow the song's fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de-sacs of America. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor and more, Hava Nagila (The Movie) takes viewers around the world using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.
  • The Women Pioneers | Director: Michal Aviad  
    Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    A hundred years ago, women pioneers came from Europe to Palestine, to realize the dream of creating a new woman in a new world, a woman who is as independent as men are. The women pioneers have left diaries and texts which tell their stories. Their writings shed new light on the archival footage of the time. The Women/Pioneers uncovers the course of their passionate battles and painful disappointments, until they were defeated, and gave up their own liberation for the national struggle.
  • Torn | Director: Ronit Kertsner  
    Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: Israel | Language: English, Hebrew, Polish (with full English subtitles available)

    Can one be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time? 12 years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and that his name was Jacob Weksler. The film follows his amazing journey from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel. Romuald is torn between two identities, between being Romuald Waszkinel or Jacob Weksler. He is unable to renounce either, and therefore is rejected by both religions and the state of Israel. He is required to choose.
  • Café Nagler | Director: Mor Kaplansky  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Israel | Language: English, German, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    During the 1920s, Café Nagler was the hottest place in Berlin. Mor, the film's director embarks on a journey to find out what's left of her family's legendary café. Her grandmother follows the filming with great anticipation. When Mor discovers the true story behind the café, she is unable to break her grandmother's heart and looks for a creative solution. Café Nagler is a film about memory, about our need for family myths and about our longing for a different past.
  • Family Matters (Girsa Deyankuta) | Director: Noa Roth  
    Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    The film tells the story of how, 30 years ago, the divorce of a woman who went on to become a renowned author, and her husband, an esteemed rabbi, shook the religious city of Bnai Barak and affected the lives of their seven children. It follows a family divided between the two conflicting worlds of the Ultra-Orthodox and the secular. One of the couple's daughters embarks on a journey among the ghosts of her childhood to try to reunite her fractured family and finally start a family of her own.
  • Promises | Director: Justine Shapiro   B.Z. Goldberg   Carlos Bolado  
    Year of production: 2001 | Country of production: USA | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)

    A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.
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