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Adio Kerida (Goodbye Dear Love)
A film by Ruth Behar, 2002, 82 min., Color

Distinguished Anthropologist Ruth Behar (recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship) returns to her native Cuba to profile the island’s remaining Sephardic...

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh
A film by Roberta Grossman, 2008, 84 min., Color

At only 22, Hungarian poet Hannah Senesh made the ultimate sacrifice – having already escaped Nazi-occupied Europe for Palestine and freedom, she retu...

Bloodlines
A film by Cynthia Connop, 2008, 52 min., Color

Bettina Goering, grandniece of Hermann Goering, has long tried to bury the dark legacy of her family history. Painter Ruth Rich, a daughter of Holocau...

Cancer in Two Voices
A film by Lucy Massie Phenix based on original films by Ann Hershey, 1994, 43 min., Color

“I’m the first among our friends to have cancer... Many will see their future in the way I handle mine,” Barbara Rosenblum wrote after learning she ha...

Complaints of a Dutiful Daughter
A film by Deborah Hoffmann, 1994, 44 min., Color

With profound insight and a healthy dose of levity, COMPLAINTS OF A DUTIFUL DAUGHTER chronicles the various stages of a mother's Alzheimer's Disease a...

Daring to Resist: Three Women Face the Holocaust
A film by Martha Goell Lubell and Barbara Attie, 1999, 57 min., Color

Why would a young person choose resistance rather than submission during Hitler's reign of terror while her world was collapsing around her? In this ...

Elida Schogt Trilogy
Films by Elida Schogt, 30 min., 4 in series, Color

Elida Schogt’s deeply personal trilogy of short documentaries on Holocaust memory: ZYKLON PORTRAIT (1999), THE WALNUT TREE (2000) and SILENT SONG (200...

Esther Broner: A Weave of Women
A film by Lilly Rivlin, 2013, 62 min., Color

Prolific writer, passionate activist, dedicated scholar and pioneering feminist, Esther Broner infused second wave feminism with a distinctive Jewish ...

Ever Shot Anyone?
A film by Michal Aviad, 1996, 57 min., Color

Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad provides a woman's take on how national culture is informed by male identity through the military experience that bonds...

For My Children
A film by Michal Aviad, 2002, 65 min., Color

In October 2000, as the second Palestinian Intifada erupts, Israeli filmmaker Michal Aviad begins a video exploration about both the moral and mundane...

A Healthy Baby Girl
A film by Judith Helfand, 1996, 57 min., Color

In 1963 filmmaker Judith Helfand's mother was prescribed the ineffective, carcinogenic synthetic hormone diethylstilbestrol (DES), meant to prevent mi...

I Was a Teenage Feminist
A film by Therese Shechter, 2005, 62 min., Color

Why is it that some young, independent, progressive women in today's society feel uncomfortable identifying with the F-word? Join filmmaker Therese Sh...

Jenny and Jenny
A film by Michal Aviad, 1997, 60 min., Color

This moving, closely observed portrait of adolescence documents one summer in the lives of two 17 year old cousins named Jenny. As North African Jewi...

Kings Point
A film by Sari Gilman, 2013, 31 min., Color

During the 1970s and 80s, thousands of New York’s primarily Jewish senior citizens migrated to Kings Point, a retirement community in Florida. Lured b...

My Israel – Revisiting the Trilogy
A film by Yulie Cohen, 2008, 78 min., Color

Few filmmakers have probed issues of Israeli nationalism and Israeli-Palestinian relations more completely or intimately than Tel Aviv-born Yulie Cohe...

My Sister, My Bride
A film by Bonnie Burt, 2004, 26 min., Color

As the issue of gay marriage grips the country, this touching documentary follows the heartwarming and historic journey of two Jewish lesbians as they...

My Terrorist
A film by Yulie Cohen, 2002, 58 min., Color

In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen was wounded in a terrorist attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. A stewardess for the Israeli ai...

Poetry of Resilience
A film by Katja Esson, 2011, 40 min., Color

Academy® Award nominated director Katja Esson’s (FERRY TALES, LATCHING ON) exquisitely made film explores survival, strength and the power of the huma...

Rachel
A film by Simone Bitton, 2009, 100 min., Color

RACHEL is a startlingly rigorous, fascinating and deeply moving investigatory documentary that examines the death of peace activist and International ...

Ramleh
A film by Michal Aviad, 2001, 58 min., Color

A timely and powerful look at the ideological, cultural and political conflicts in contemporary Israel, this highly original documentary profiles thre...

Reconstruction
A film by Irene Lusztig, 2001, 90 min., Color/BW

Filmmaker Irene Lusztig unearths a dark family secret in search of answers and reconciliation in her breakthrough feature documentary, RECONSTRUCTION....

Salata Baladi (An Egyptian Salad)
A film by Nadia Kamel, 2008, 105 min., Color

Award-winning Egyptian filmmaker Nadia Kamel’s heritage is a complex blend of religions and cultures. Her mother is a half-Jewish, half-Italian Christ...

Seven Hours To Burn
A film by Shanti Thakur, 1999, 9 min., Color/BW

"A visually expressive personal documentary that explores a family's history. Filmmaker Thakur mixes richly abstract filmmaking with disturbing archi...

Silent Song
A film by Elida Schogt, 2001, 6 min.

“In SILENT SONG Schogt deftly conjures an elaborate dialogue around issues of memory in its various forms - personal, historical, filmic… [her] rich a...

Sisters in Resistance
A film by Maia Wechsler, 2000, 60 min., Color

“This compelling documentary shares the story of four French women of uncommon courage who, in their teens and twenties, risked their lives to fight t...

A State of Danger
A film by Haim Bresheeth and Jenny Morgan, 1989, 28 min., Color

Shot in Israel and the Occupied Territories, this extraordinary documentary offers a unique, vital perspective on the Intifada seldom seen in U.S. mai...

Sweatshop Cinderella: A Portrait of Anzia Yezierska
A film by Suzanne Wasserman, 2010, 27 min., Color

In the forefront of early twentieth-century American literature about immigrant women’s lives, Anzia Yezierska’s work includes short fiction, novels, ...

Thunder in Guyana
A film by Suzanne Wasserman, 2003, 50 min., Color/BW

THUNDER IN GUYANA is the remarkable tale of Janet Jagan, a young woman from Chicago who married Guyanese activist Cheddi Jagan, and set off for the Br...

Treyf
A film by Alisa Lebow and Cynthia Madansky, 1998, 55 min., Color

TREYF —“unkosher” in Yiddish— is an unorthodox documentary by and about two Jewish lesbians who met and fell in love at a Passover “seder”. With perso...

The Walnut Tree
A film by Elida Schogt, 2000, 11 min., Color

Through a striking combination of documentary and experimental approaches, THE WALNUT TREE examines Holocaust memory, the family, and the role of phot...

Zyklon Portrait
A film by Elida Schogt, 1999, 13 min., Color

A Holocaust film without Holocaust imagery, ZYKLON PORTRAIT combines archival instructional films with family snapshots, home movies, underwater photo...

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