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  • ‘Paradise’ Lost

    By Tom Tugend

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Kurt Gerron needed a stage or film set as much as he needed breath," notes one Holocaust survivor in "Prisoner of Paradise," which is vying for best documentary feature honors at the March 23 Academy Awards.

    The survivor's observation helps to explain both the triumphs and the...

  • Songs of Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    On a December day in 1993, an anxious Lee Hirsch sat on a 747 bound for riot-torn South Africa with $600 and a small video camera.

    The 20-year-old filmmaker didn't know a soul in Johannesburg, but he had two telephone numbers and a mission: To make a documentary about the protest...

  • The Sound Of Oscar

    By Tom Tugend

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    And the award goes to --The Holocaust! No, the Academy Awards have not been given out yet, but the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominated "The Pianist," a searing film of one Jew's survival during the doomed uprisings of the ghetto and city of Warsaw during the...

  • Remembering the Comedians

    By Peter Ephross

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Walking into Lillian Lux's Lower East Side home in New York is like entering a museum of Yiddish theater. The apartment holds a photo of Lux and her husband -- the late Yiddish actor Pesach'ke Burstein -- from an appearance in Argentina in the late 1930s. There also is a picture of...

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  • Offbeat Austrian

    By Rob Eshman

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The opening scene of "Gebürtig" is as clever and shocking a scene you'll see on screen this year: The cold, mist-covered grounds of a concentration camp. Skeletal Jews in ragged clothes huddle together for warmth. Nearby, SS officers in thick wool coats smoke, laugh and drink. An...

  • Bogeymen Unmasked

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Promises" is a beautiful documentary and, in light of the daily body count of Israeli and Palestinian victims, a heartbreaking film.

    A nominee for best documentary at last year's Academy Awards, "Promises" was filmed in and around Jerusalem between 1997 and 2000, while the Oslo...

  • Seeing the Truth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "I was the secretary of Anne's murderer." So began a strange letter written in 1988 to Melissa Mueller after the publication of her best-selling "Anne Frank: The Biography" (Owl Books, 1999). The secretary was Traudl Junge, who served as one of Hitler's personal assistants from 1942...

  • Jews Shine at Sundance

    By Amy Klein

    January 30, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Maybe every film wasn't as overtly Jewish as "The Hebrew Hammer" -- a "Jewsploitation" spoof featuring the yarmulke-sporting, tzitzit-wearing, and gun-toting Orthodox hero (Adam Goldberg) who saves Chanukah from the Evil Santa (Andy Dick) -- but there sure were a lot of Jewish films...

  • ‘Strange Fruit’ Takes Strange Twist

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In Joel Katz's intriguing new documentary about the anti-lynching ballad, "Strange Fruit," an African American poet says she always assumed the songwriter was black.

    Katz shared the same misconception before making his film, also titled "Strange Fruit," in the late 1990s. After all,...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday



    Chin up, ladies. The Jerry Herman musical that gave Yiddish diva Molly Picon her debut on Broadway is playing this week in concert performances at the University of Judaism. That would be "Milk and Honey," the story of two American tourists in the Holy Land who keep...

  • Terrors of the Resistance

    By Robert Sklar

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The highly controversial French documentary film, "Terrorists in Retirement," offers a striking revelation that, on reflection, should come as no surprise at all -- Eastern European Jews played a prominent role in the most daring exploits of the World War II French resistance...

  • A Life to the Mind

    By Ellen Jaffe-Gill

    November 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What you notice in almost every shot is the hair: abundant, snow-white, carefully coiffed.

    It's an apt metaphor for Jacques Derrida's mind, which is prolific with ideas, yet well-ordered and consistent in its probity and depth. In a new documentary, filmmakers Amy Ziering Kofman...

  • Europe’s Harms   to China’s Arms

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Just when it seems that all the World War II and Holocaust stories have been told, a little-known tale from a far corner of the world comes along to add another dimension to the saga of the Shoah.

    The powerful documentary film, "Shanghai Ghetto," is one such story -- a fascinating...

  • In Sickness and Health

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    While bathing and dressing her disabled husband, Harlan, Mary Ann Nation often remembers her wedding day 32 years ago. "When I was 18 and standing before that judge ... I didn't say to myself, 'Oh ... this is for life, in sickness and health, but it is," she said. "It's sickness and...

  • Funny ‘Guys’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In between schmoozing with kids for his acclaimed Fairfax High documentary "Senior Year" in 1998, filmmaker David Zeiger hung out with the funny old guys who did lunch with his dad on Tuesdays at the Mulholland Tennis Club.

    The result is his new doc, "Funny Old Guys," which captures...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday



    Think you've never heard of Yitzak Asner? Think again. Like so many in Hollywood, Yitz went with his middle name, Edward, to succeed in showbiz. And though Ed Asner dropped the Yitzak, he never dropped Judaism. Tonight and tomorrow night, the politically minded actor stars...

  • Homeland Insecurity

    By Boaz Ganor

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "American Jihad: The Terrorists Living Among Us," by Steven Emerson. (Simon and Schuster, $26).

    In November of 1994, PBS aired nationwide an unforgettable documentary titled, "Jihad in America." Recognizing as it did -- a year after the first attack on the World Trade Center --...

  • 7 Days In Art

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 15, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    Saturday

    Julius may have inspired Shakespeare and a pizza chain, but Sid made millions laugh with "Your Show of Shows" and "Caesar's Hour." Tonight, you've got good reason to stay in, as KCET presents "The Sid Caesar Collection." The documentary includes sketches from both shows and...

  • MTV’s Yadda Yadda sisterhood

    By Lisa Keys

    August 8, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Omigod, it's, like, the story of the summer. It all started in April, during the spring quarter at UC Davis. The scene is a rush event for the fledgling Jewish sorority Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi. A heretofore unknown presence on campus, the 4-year-old, 35-member sorority had adopted a...

  • The ‘Kid’s’ Staying Power

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Every day during the summer of 1942, 12-year-old Robert Evans set out with a copy of Radio Registry under his arm and hit every audition room in New York.

    "I [made] up one story after another about my brilliant career," the legendary producer recalls in "The Kid Stays in the...

  • A ‘Shattered’ Portrait of Israel

    By Dennis Gura

    June 20, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Shattered Dreams" a "Frontline" documentary on PBS, illustrates the "even-handed," "well-balanced" style beloved of Boston's WGBH (produced in association with France 2, Abu Dhabi Television and Tel-Ad Israel). It is guaranteed to deeply aggravate partisans on all sides --...

  • Heroic Actions of the Few

    By Tom Tugend

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    An upcoming television special and a recently formed educational foundation are out to change the stereotype of Jews as passive victims of the Holocaust, by documenting the little-known feats of Jewish partisans who fought behind enemy lines.

    "Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish...

  • Bogeymen Unmasked

    By Tom Tugend

    March 21, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Promises" is a beautiful documentary and, in light of the daily body count of Israeli and Palestinian victims, a heartbreaking film.

    Considered a favorite for best documentary at this year's Academy Awards, "Promises" was filmed in and around Jerusalem between 1997 and 2000, while...

  • L.A. Trembles

    By Mike Levy

    March 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although "Trembling Before G-d" has enjoyed a successful theatrical run in Los Angeles, drawing in theatergoers is only part of the mission of Sandi Simcha DuBowski's documentary about gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile conflicting parts of their identities.

    "Dialogue is what...

  • The Faces Behind Fairfax

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Ask Boris Dralyuk about his student days at Fairfax High School and the impish young man with startlingly blue eyes will mockingly compare himself to one of the great anti-heroes of literature. "I know about the experiences of Saul Bellow's Augie March and the little Jewish kids...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Solange Borna

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday, March 2

    As part of its part of its annual "31 Days of Oscar" festival, Turner Classic Movies is calling its line-up for March 2: "Oscar Finds Religion". At 10 a.m. the network will air, "Fiddler On the Roof" (181 min.), the beloved musical about a milkman, a matchmaker...

  • ‘Trembling’ Truth

    By Ivor Davis

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    For filmmaker Sandi Simcha DuBowski, "Trembling Before G-d" isn't just a documentary, it's a revolutionary movement.

    The searing, award-winning film profiles gay Orthodox Jews struggling to reconcile their love of Judaism with the strict biblical prohibitions against homosexuality....

  • Lupu’s Lens

    By Gaby Wening

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    His leather jacket underscoring a full-growth white beard and tzitzit, 75-year-old Lupu Gutman is much like his films, where tradition is refracted through the modernity of the camera lens.

    Gutman is now distributing copies of his haunting documentary, "Monuments of Soap," to all the...

  • Truth Diggers

    By Tom Tugend

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Journal readers who were upset when a prominent local rabbi proposed that the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt wasn't literally true, should be forewarned of possible apoplexy while watching the History Channel's "Digging for the Truth: Archaeology and the Bible."

    The stated...

  • Something in Common

    By Tom Tugend

    December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Interfaith relations between Christians and Jews have become a feel-good cliché among the well-meaning and a target of satire, a la Tom Lehrer's "National Brotherhood Week," among cynics.

    For readers in either category, the two-hour documentary, "Jews and Christians: A Journey of...

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