This autumn offers a boutique collection of documentaries with wide-ranging and enticing themes. Two of them, in particular, stand out.
Angress was one of "The Ritchie Boys," a special Army unit made up mainly of young Jewish refugees from Germany, whose World War II exploits have been recorded for the first time in a documentary by German filmmaker Christian Bauer.
The German-Canadian co-production is one of 12 documentaries still in competition for Academy Award honors.
When Canadian Jewish filmmaker Mark Achbar decided which talking heads would discuss business history in his new, capitalist-critiquing film, "The Corporation," the lineup was a quartet of four Jewish left intellectuals, including Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn.
"And that wasn't done consciously," Achbar told The Journal by telephone from his Vancouver home. "It's just that these happened to be the most articulate spokespersons for this critique."
7 Days in Arts
Los Angeles will welcome the 18th Annual Israel Film Festival this month, with 31 Israeli feature films, documentaries, TV dramas and student shorts to be screened at Laemmle's Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills and at Laemmle's Town Center 5 in Encino.
A newly formed Israel-based television network has begun transmitting programs around the clock to expatriates in the United States and Canada and to anyone else who want to stay in touch with news, education, music, sports and sitcoms in the Jewish State.