Quantcast

Jewish Journal

Tag: Documentary

View the most popular tags overall?

  • PBS documentary traces 350 years of Jewish migration

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    “You survive, you honor us by living,” Martin Greenfield’s father told him. Greenfield, now a New York master tailor, recalled the words after his liberation from the Buchenwald concentration camp.

    The quote could be taken as the theme of “The Jewish Journey: America,” a PBS...

  • ‘Deli Man’: A colorful bio sandwiched inside a tasty documentary

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    2 weeks ago

    Erik Greenberg Anjou’s documentary “Deli Man” began when the filmmaker met Ziggy Gruber, 45, the jovial, Yiddish-speaking proprietor of Kenny & Ziggy’s New York Delicatessen in Houston. 

    Over Lucullian platters of pastrami, blintzes and kasha varnishkes several years ago, Gruber...

  • “Above and Beyond,” the story of miracles

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    3 weeks ago

    I just saw Nancy Spielberg’s documentary, “Above and Beyond,” about the U.S. pilots that fought in Israel’s War of Independence. Although I was raised modern orthodox and had been taught a lot about the creation of the State of Israel, there were many things in this movie that I...

  • ‘Night Will Fall’ lifts a curtain on concentration camp atrocities

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2015 | 11:33 am

    The first time I saw the horrific newsreels of the liberation of the concentration camps, showing mountains of skeletons piled up and skulls staring out of empty eye sockets, was in 1959.

    By a fluke, I had a bit part playing a court translator at a war-crimes trial in the...

  • ADVERTISEMENT
    PUT YOUR AD HERE
  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: The First 80 Years [DOCUMENTARY]

    December 19, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Read his full obituary here.

  • ‘Sleepless in America’ reveals eye-opening truth about lack of sleep

    November 25, 2014 | 12:10 pm

    Can’t fall asleep? Not getting enough sleep? You’re not alone, and that sleep deprivation may be causing a lot more damage than you realize.

    Waking up earlier, going to bed later and getting far less sleep than our bodies require not only makes us tired and unable to function, it...

  • Documentary gets inside head of Heinrich Himmler

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 7, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    In 1941, Heinrich Himmler took time out from organizing the Final Solution to write to his 12-year-old daughter, Gudrun: “In life, one must always be decent, courageous and kind-hearted.”

    This fatherly advice illustrates one side of the SS Reichsfuehrer and the real architect of...

  • The new documentary ‘Pump’ asks society to question its fuel choices

    By Avishay Artsy

    September 23, 2014 | 11:05 am

    It’s already been 13 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and in that time we’ve come to understand the difficult geopolitical situation that our oil dependence has put us in.

    In order to keep our cars running, the United States needs to keep the leaders of oil-rich Middle...

  • New documentary ‘Altina’ gives success a different definition

    By  Tom Tugend

    September 17, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    Ambitious girls looking for role models among successful and accomplished women of the past might turn to scientist Marie Curie, aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart or social-justice champion Eleanor Roosevelt.

    And then there was Altina “Tina” Schinasi.

    Tina grew up in the opulent...

  • From Hamas to Shin Bet agent: Mosab Hassan Yousef

    By Tom Tugend

    September 3, 2014 | 1:20 pm

    Few human relationships are as complex and intriguing as one between an intelligence agent and a potential informer, with the Middle East as an ideal proving ground for this thesis, at least cinematically.

    Last year, Israel’s “Bethlehem” and the Palestinian “Omar” vied for an...

  • A modern journey into the ancient world of Kabbalah

    September 3, 2014 | 10:56 am

    There are less time-consuming, less all-encompassing ways of dealing with a midlife crisis than the path chosen by Steven Bram. 

    But having chosen to give his life over to a spiritual journey centered on the study of kabbalah, Bram — a New York-based writer and producer of sports...

  • Documentary reveals Jewish mother’s ‘Little White Lie’

    By Rebecca Spence

    August 11, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    When Lacey Schwartz celebrated her bat mitzvah more than two decades ago in her hometown of Woodstock, N.Y., a synagogue-goer turned to her and said, “It’s so nice to have an Ethiopian Jew in our midst.”

    Never mind that Schwartz, a striking 37-year-old with long black curls and a...

  • PUNK JEWS: Los Angeles Premiere 2/8

    By Tera Greene

    January 30, 2014 | 10:57 pm

    GET EXCITED!

    PUNK JEWS is finally premiering in Los Angeles!!!

    Let me just say that I am SO happy to be back in LA right now. The energy of Los Angeles is vibrant with Arts, Music, Film and media that is worth engaging with.  PUNK JEWS (Dir. Jesse Zook Mann) is a film that...

  • Oren says ‘Gatekeepers’ makes his job harder

    March 18, 2013 | 2:41 am

    Israel's U.S. ambassador,  Michael Oren, said the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" complicates his mission.

    The movie compiles interviews with six former leaders of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, and records their perceptions of how successive...

  • Documentary filmmaker has a ‘Hava Nagila’ in her heart

    By Elyse Glickman

    February 27, 2013 | 8:15 am

    "Hava Nagila” is one of those songs, like “Celebration” and “Auld Lang Syne,” that brings back memories and gets stuck in one’s head. In fact, “Hava Nagila” is so ingrained in American pop culture that many non-Jews can readily identify it, and high-profile non-Jewish recording...

  • Three films to focus on Israeli Air Force

    By Tom Tugend

    February 27, 2013 | 7:22 am

    Some 65 years after a band of foreign volunteers fought in the skies above Israel to assure the nation’s birth and survival, filmmakers are racing to bring their exploits to the screen before the last of the breed passes away.

    Among the competing producers and their financial...

  • Academy’s doc night focuses on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 23, 2013 | 10:28 am

    When did Michael Moore anoint himself the broker of Middle East peace?

    I wondered this as I sat in the audience during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ “Oscar Celebrates Docs” night on Feb. 20, as an evening that began with laudatory reverence for “nonfiction...

  • Fairy tales won’t bring peace: A tale of ‘Five Broken Cameras’

    February 12, 2013 | 4:23 pm

    Five Broken Cameras (2011), a documentary currently up for a 2013 Oscar and co-directed by the film’s narrator and videographer, Palestinian Emad Burnat, and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, attempts to erase the complexity of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film unfolds as a...

  • Amy Ziering’s visible war against military rape

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 6, 2013 | 11:53 am

    On a rainy Saturday night in January, a small group of leaders from the worlds of entertainment, media and philanthropy gathered at the home of billionaire businessman Ron Burkle to watch the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Invisible War.”

    For 97 minutes, the room was still....

  • Gatekeepers or Gate Crashers?

    By David Suissa

    January 30, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    How can a dubious and unoriginal Israeli movie become the darling of the film world and even get nominated for an Academy Award?

    That is the real story behind “The Gatekeepers,” a documentary that, as Jodi Rudoren of The New York Times writes, “has already captured the attention...

  • David Geffen:  prickly and terse about his Judaism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    David Geffen, the notoriously press shy billionaire Hollywood mogul, stared at me as if I had asked him to yank out a tooth.  The setting was PBS’ summer 2012 press tour on July 22, where he was promoting the American Masters documentary, “Inventing David Geffen.” I queried how...

  • ‘U.N. Me’ documentary makes Borat-style attack on world body

    May 29, 2012 | 10:51 am

    Call their style Michael Moore meets Sacha Baron Cohen.

    Two pro-Israel activists are hoping that their documentary on the United Nations—to be released nationwide on June 1—brings focus to what they say is the world body’s global ineffectiveness.

    One of the more powerful scenes...

  • Documentary traces changes in kibbutz life

    By Tom Tugend

    May 23, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Back in the 1930s and ’40s, when Diaspora Jews desperately needed a symbol of Jewish strength and pride, the brawny, sunburned kibbutznik became the poster image for the new Jew emerging in Palestine.

    Two generations further on, the straightforward picture has become blurred. The...

  • Filmmaker writes from experience for post-Holocaust drama ‘Mighty Fine’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2012 | 7:28 pm

    Filmmaker Debbie Goodstein has taken to heart the adage, “Write what you know.” Her 1989 Holocaust documentary, “Voices From the Attic,” recounts her mother’s years of hiding in a garret where snow descended through slats in the roof, a baby died and food was scarce.

    The...

  • Producer threatens L.A. Jewish film fest over rejection of sex-abuse documentary

    March 27, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Producer Scott Rosenfelt, whose credits include “Home Alone” and ”Mystic Pizza,” is threatening a major Jewish film festival after its director raised concerns that Rosenfelt’s documentary about sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community amounts to a “witch hunt.”

    ...
  • ‘Bully’ documentary to land in theaters unrated

    March 26, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    The Weinstein Co. on Monday said it has decided to release its documentary “Bully” without a U.S. film rating after failing to persuade the Motion Picture Association of America to change to one that is less restrictive.

    “Bully,” set for release on March 30, has drawn controversy...

  • The battle to get ‘Bully’ seen by those who need it most

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:06 pm

    At Sioux City Middle School in Iowa, 12-year-old Alex Libby is the odd-man-out. Seen by his peers as different, he has golden hair, gentle eyes, a wide, flat nose and permanently puckered lips. Together, they might seem to express something both pouty and vulnerable, sweet and sad....

  • Q&A with an expert on bullying

    By Danielle Berrin

    March 21, 2012 | 1:00 pm

    Ron Avi Astor, the Richard M. and Ann L. Thor Professor in Urban Social Development at USC, has been studying the epidemiology of school violence for nearly 30 years. In 1997, he moved his family to Jerusalem for one year to run the first-ever large-scale comprehensive school...

  • Amid memories, cemetery documentary imparts lesson of Jewish survival

    By Tom Tugend

    January 4, 2012 | 12:43 pm

    The Weissensee Jewish Cemetery is 130 years old and has survived the kaiser’s imperial Germany, the Weimar Republic, and, astonishingly, the Nazi regime.

    It is the largest active Jewish cemetery in Europe and adds daily to the 115,600 graves on its 100-acre grounds in northeast...

  • Who is Woody Allen?

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 17, 2011 | 11:21 am

    Early on, in a new documentary about Woody Allen, the cultural icon sits in the back seat of his chauffer-driven car, pondering his mortality. He tells a story of a formative near-death experience that occurred when he was a small child in his crib: His mother was at work when his...

    Page 1     of 11 pages        1 2 3 >  Last ›
ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE