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The Story of Orphaned Holocaust Survivors: ‘The Windermere Children’

Several books and films have told the story of the 10,000 Jewish children who were spirited out of Europe during World War II on...

‘Shtisel’ Star Shira Haas Leaves the Charedi Life in ‘Unorthodox’

A young woman tries to break away from the restrictions of her ultra-Orthodox community and discovers that it’s easier said than done in “Unorthodox,”...

Jesse Eisenberg Is Jewish Hero Marcel Marceau in ‘Resistance’

Most people know French actor Marcel Marceau as the most famous and perhaps greatest mime of all time, but few are aware that he...

‘Chichinette’ Documents the Life of an Accidental Spy

Looking at Marthe Hoffnung Cohn, you would never guess that this tiny 70-pound Frenchwoman spent the last year of World War II crossing enemy...

‘Viral’ Explores the Origin and Impact of Global Anti-Semitism

In Jewish communities across the United States, the signs are literally on the wall. Anti-Semitism is on the rise and attacks against Jews are...

Trump Got ‘Skin,’ A Film About Skinheads, Greenlit

What if we looked at white supremacists as not gangs but as cults? That was the question posed by Guy Nattiv, the Israeli writer-director of...

Teen Befriends Freud in ‘The Tobacconist’

The international 2012 best-selling novel “The Tobacconist” by Robert Seethaler tells the story of 17-year-old Franz Huchel, a newly hired smoke-shop clerk who befriends regular...

Seniors Conspire to Hide a Dead Friend in ‘Stockholm’

It’s one thing to keep the memory of a dead friend alive. It’s quite another to hide his body and pretend he’s still alive....

Neo-Nazi Seeks Redemption in ‘Skin’

In February, a film about a neo-Nazi skinhead who receives shocking retribution because of his racism won the Academy Award for best live-action short....

Tovah Feldshuh Returns to ‘Golda’s Balcony’ on Film

When Tovah Feldshuh accidentally called me instead of Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Executive Director Hilary Helstein a couple of weeks ago, we had...

‘Back to Maracanã’ Mixes Soccer, Comedy and Family Drama

A multigenerational family story set against the background of World Cup soccer, “Back to Maracanã” is truly an international project. It’s an Israeli, Brazilian...

‘Chewdaism’ Explores Montreal’s Jewish Culture

With bagels, babkas, knishes, smoked meats and Moroccan couscous on the menu, with a shmeer of Jewish history and culture on the side, “Chewdaism:...

The Holocaust From a Dog’s Perspective in ‘Shepherd’

“Shepherd: The Story of a Jewish Dog” unfolds from the perspective of Kaleb, a German shepherd. Separated from his owners by the Nuremberg Laws’...

‘Carl Laemmle’ Embodies the Jewish Experience in America

“Carl Laemmle” is an inspired choice for the opening presentation of this year’s Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival because in many ways, the film...

‘Drowning Sea’ focuses on Jews’ safe harbor in Shanghai

He’s best known for crafting courtroom dramas. But longtime “Law & Order” showrunner and head writer René Balcer’s latest project takes on a different...

Violence, distrust erupt in Israeli film ‘Death in the Terminal’

On Oct. 18, 2015, a terrorist began shooting inside the bus terminal in the Israeli town of Beersheba. Muhand Al-Aqabi, a Bedouin from a...

Film tells story of daring creators of ‘Curious George’

In June 1940, children’s book authors Hans and Margret Rey were alarmed by Nazi troops approaching Paris, blasting canon fire in the distance. Both...

Films present dark side of Israeli policies

In 2013, two Israeli films — “5 Broken Cameras” and “The Gatekeepers” — were nominated for an Academy Award for feature-length documentary. It was...

‘Menashe’ director takes unorthodox path for story of ultra-Orthodox single father

Filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein has shot documentaries throughout Asia and Africa, but in 2014 he aspired to explore a unique community closer to his...

A Polaroid master gets her due in Errol Morris’ documentary

Before digital photography made selfie images just a cellphone click away, Polaroid filled the desire for immediate gratification with its portable instant cameras. But for...

Syrian teen and mother start over in L.A. in ‘Dalya’s Other Country’

A documentary from a Jewish director about a Muslim teenager attending a Catholic high school may sound like a hypothetical ecumenical exercise. But Julia...

Gal Gadot and the Jewish essence of Wonder Woman

When Wonder Woman first appeared on the comic book scene in 1941, she entered as a kind of messianic figure. She soared to life during...

‘Monsters’ looks at young prisoners hoping to change the script of their lives

Ben Lear was a bit nervous before he visited a juvenile hall while making what ultimately would become his new documentary, “They Call Us...

Jason Drucker takes ‘Wimpy Kid’ lead in stride

More than 2,000 boys competed for the starring role of Greg Heffley in the new film “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul.”...

‘Wedding Plan’ a perfect match for Israeli actress

From her earliest memories while growing up in Petah Tikvah, Israeli actress Noa Koler dreamed of becoming a performer. “I wanted to be on...

Henry Jaglom’s ‘Train to Zakopané’ carries an unexpected love story

For three decades, Henry Jaglom interviewed his father, Simon, about his past, including his privileged childhood in czarist Russia and his imprisonment as a...

Morgenthau’s Children

If you go see the movie “The Promise” this weekend — and you should — you’ll notice a brief scene about two-thirds of the...

How ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ took Jessica Chastain down a rabbit hole of Jewish history

Actress Jessica Chastain may be best known for her Oscar-nominated turns in the racial drama “The Help” and the action-spy thriller “Zero Dark Thirty,”...

Varied explorations of Jewish culture, history at film festival

Santa Barbara is just 95 miles northwest of Los Angeles, and this month there’s a great reason to make the drive. The Santa Barbara...

Anne Frank: “No Asylum” before the attic

The story of how Anne Frank’s family hid in an attic before being discovered by the Nazis became well-known through the diary she wrote that was found by her father, Otto, after the war.

New Articles

Netanyahu Criticized for Having Son Attend His Passover Seder

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized for having his son attend his Passover seder while Israel is on lockdown throughout the holiday. Netanyahu...

Swastikas Found on Alabama Synagogue

Swastikas were found on a synagogue in Alabama on the evening of April 8, authorities said. The Huntsville synagogue Etz Chayim had two swastikas drawn...

Hamas Arrests Palestinians for Zoom Chats With Israelis

On April 9, Hamas arrested several Palestinians in the Gaza Strip for having a Zoom call with Israelis. The UK Guardian reported that among those...

Census Asks American Jews — Are You White?

“My experience moving through society differs from those who are white,” said one Rabbi.

Zoom Provides Update Addressing Zoombombing

The video conferencing platform Zoom made available a security update to help users prevent Zoombombing. Zoombombing is when people disrupt a call, often with anti-Semitic...
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