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  • A pair of princesses arrive in Los Angeles

    By Iris Mann

    May 18, 2016 | 12:25 pm

    Two very different Israeli films about their titular princesses open in Los Angeles on May 27. The first of these, a movie called simply “Princess,” is a dark, somewhat surreal coming-of-age story about child molestation. The other, “Presenting Princess Shaw,” is a documentary that...

  • Documentary asks: Just what is Israeli cuisine?

    By Eitan Arom

    May 11, 2016 | 11:28 am

    In the opening sequence of the documentary “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” chef Michael Solomonov walks into a Yemenite grill in Tel Aviv and asks for “something grilled, something special” in American-accented Hebrew. 

    As a starter, the waiters bring him 17 small plates with...

  • Documentary shines light on Eva Hesse and her art

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 5, 2016 | 9:47 am

    Eva Hesse first became known in the New York art world of the 1960s by making colorful abstract-expressionist paintings, but it was her departure from the art scene and a lengthy return to her native Germany that led her to begin making the abstract sculptures that would earn her...

  • A candid look at Yitzhak Rabin

    By  Tom Tugend

    May 4, 2016 | 2:12 pm

    In 1974, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin attended a Washington reception hosted by President Gerald Ford, during which Ford asked the prime minister’s wife, Leah Rabin, for a dance.

    That left her husband in a quandary. He knew that protocol called for him to lead Betty...


    By Zoe Hewitt

    May 2, 2016 | 8:13 am

    Two time Academy Award nominee Rick Goldsmith was looking for his next project when he came across Chamique Holdsclaw in the newspaper.  After some conversations and moments of self-reflection, WNBA legend and Olympic Gold Medalist Chamique Holdsclaw agreed to allow Goldsmith to...

  • The enduring relevance of Hannah Arendt

    By Avishay Artsy

    April 27, 2016 | 12:28 pm

    She was a Holocaust survivor, a German-born Jewish intellectual and one of the most significant and controversial political theorists of the past century. Hannah Arendt shocked the world with her New Yorker magazine dispatches from the infamous trial in Israel of high-ranking Nazi...

  • New documentary asks if we’re ready to laugh at the Holocaust

    April 26, 2016 | 9:42 am

    In “The Last Laugh,” a new documentary about humor and the Holocaust (you read that right), the comedian Judy Gold tells this joke: If the Nazis forced her to stand naked on a line with other women, would she hold her stomach in?

    How you, or anybody, feels about a joke like that...

  • ‘Colliding Dreams’ delves into occupational hazards

    By Tom Tugend

    March 4, 2016 | 10:49 am

    The documentary film “Colliding Dreams” sets for itself two seemingly impossible goals.

    One is to cram the history of modern Zionism — from the First Aliyah in 1882 representing the first organized wave of Diaspora Jews returning to the ancestral land, to the still-conflicted...

  • Under the spell of Nina Simone

    February 24, 2016 | 11:41 am

    Her camera has tracked inmates living on a former slave plantation turned prison farm, a Jewish fugitive who married a Nazi, the eccentric chess master Bobby Fischer, mothers with mental impairment and, most recently, chanteuse and civil rights activist Nina Simone. If there is a...

  • A filmmaker with an eye for Wilshire Boulevard Synagogue’s transformation

    By Avishay Artsy

    January 27, 2016 | 3:02 pm

    Los Angeles filmmaker Aaron Wolf never intended to make a documentary about a synagogue. He attended Wilshire Boulevard Temple as a child, became a bar mitzvah there, went to summer camps run by the temple, and his grandfather, Rabbi Alfred Wolf, served on its clergy for more than...

  • Famed Holocaust documentarian making pro-Palestinian film

    November 20, 2015 | 1:52 pm

    Documentary filmmaker Marcel Ophuls is perhaps best known for his 1969 Academy Award-nominated film “The Sorrow and the Pity,” which raised questions of French collaboration during the Nazi occupation, along with his monumental 1988 biopic “Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of...

  • Nina Simone, misunderstood no more

    July 28, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Jeff Lieberman was en route to a South Carolina screening of his first feature, “Re-emerging: The Jews of Nigeria,” when he realized how close he’d be to the tiny Blue Ridge Mountain town of Tryon, North Carolina. The New York-based filmmaker couldn’t pass up a side trip to the...

  • Second-degree rape

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 26, 2015 | 2:13 pm

    When I first met the documentary filmmaker Amy Ziering two years ago, I was startled by how much the Brentwood-based mother of three reveled in the title “workaholic.” 

    “I don’t care about myself,” she said, digging into a plate of egg whites at Le Pain Quotidien. “I’m not much...

  • Producer Nancy Spielberg reflects on finding, forming Jewish identity

    January 28, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Three and a half years ago, Nancy Spielberg read an obituary that would change her life. It noted the passing of Al Schwimmer, a Jewish-American pilot who smuggled 30 surplus planes into the new State of Israel in 1948 and recruited the pilots and crew to fly them, assembling the...

  • Bringing Anne Frank to the Arab world

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 18, 2014 | 5:00 pm

    What on earth is Anne Frank doing in Gaza?

    According to Deadline.com, Croatian director Jakov Sedlar is in the midst of production on "What Does Anne Frank Mean Today?" a film that follows eight Palestinian girls as they audition for the role of Anne Frank.

    "Part drama and part...

  • Hollywood and the Holocaust

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    One wet night 15 years after the end of World War II, in the student union of my university in Northern Ireland, I watched a documentary film made up of home movies taken by Soviet troops at the liberation of the concentration camps. Unlike some similar Allied footage, the Soviets,...

  • Out on a Limb

    By Tom Tugend

    November 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the darkest days of the Holocaust, 63 diplomats from 24 countries risked their careers, in some cases their lives, by issuing unauthorized visas and protective letters to save an estimated 200,000 Jews.The deeds of four of these brave envoys are honored in the documentary film...