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  • Yiddish theater documentary opens, thanks to WWW

    By Tom Tugend

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    The trailer
    For independent filmmakers Dan Katzir and Ravit Markus, making "Yiddish Theater: A Love Story" was the easy part; booking the documentary into a commercial venue where people could see it was the real struggle.

    After two years of rebuffs, the director and producer of...

  • Films: Romantic triangle survives in the midst of hell

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm a very special Holocaust survivor," Jack Polak says. "I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend, and, believe me, it wasn't easy."

    This may sound like a line from the new genre of Holocaust films with humor, but Polak (who is Jacob on his birth certificate, Jack in...

  • Books: ‘Primo Levi’s Journey’ traces the path of a survivor

    By Tom Tugend

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Primo Levi's Journey" defies neat categorization. It's part travelogue, part Holocaust remembrance, part philosophical reflection.

    The documentary's roots lie in the Italian Jewish writer's long journey after his liberation in January 1945, from Auschwitz to his hometown of Turin on...

  • Briefs: Cancer helps Olmert poll numbers, Mrs. El Presidente in Argentina—still good for the Jews

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert's Popularity Buoyed by Cancer

    Ehud Olmert's disclosure that he has prostate cancer edged up his approval ratings. A poll commissioned by Yediot Achronot after Olmert's surprise announcement Monday found that 41 percent of Israelis "appreciate" his performance as prime...

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  • Six activists illuminate ‘Darfur Now’ documentary

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    'Darfur Now' trailer
    While the Darfur crisis enters its fifth year, the American Jewish Committee and Warner Independent Pictures have taken a lead in raising awareness of and combating the genocide in the Western Sudan region, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed...
  • Film: Germans react to Wehrmacht atrocities

    By Tom Tugend

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Most Germans today will acknowledge the wartime atrocities of Hitler's Waffen SS units, but many insist that the regular army Wehrmacht soldiers fought and behaved honorably.

    It's not difficult to understand the rationale. In the light of overwhelming evidence, Germans, like...

  • Jimmy Carter hatred is alive in Iranian L.A.

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 11, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The September release of a new documentary that follows Jimmy Carter on tour for his controversial book, "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid," has reignited the longstanding animosity many Iranian Americans feel toward the former U.S. president.

    The film, "Man From Plains", reveals the...

  • Film: Child prodigy documentary spotlights director’s ethical struggle

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Amir Bar-Lev began his documentary, "My Kid Could Paint That," after he tired of creating television programs about pop culture for networks such as VH-1. He had previously won six international awards for his debut feature-length film, "Fighter," a portrait of two Holocaust...
  • ‘Europa’ docupic tracks Nazi looting and the fate of art masterworks

    By Tom Tugend

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Nazi regime was not only the world's greatest murderer, but the biggest thief as well. High on the list of loot were Europe's master paintings and sculptures, with failed artist Adolf Hitler and his avaricious henchman, Hermann Goering, personally spearheading the plunder.

    More...

  • Religious riot act, deaf in Africa, small sculptures, kid paint

    By Dikla Kadosh

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday

    Tissa Hami is a Muslim Iranian American comic. Her blog profile says, "People who disapprove of her act will be taken hostage." Chad Lehrman is as Jewish as gefilte fish: He's geeky and meeky, eats bagels, sells insurance and is in show business. Lifelong Hindu Tapan Trivedi...

  • TV: Shoah makes searing mark in Ken Burns WWII documentary

    By Steven Rosen

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ken Burns knew from the start that he didn't want his seven-episode, 14 1/2-hour documentary on World War II to be associated with any notion of "The Good War." And yet in its final episode, as now elderly ex-GIs recount the lessons learned from liberating German concentration camps,...
  • God’s Warriors

    By Rob Eshman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Is there an Emmy Award for Biggest Disappointment?

    If so, I nominate CNN's three-part series, "God's Warriors," hosted or read or fronted -- but certainly not reported - by Christiane Amanpour. The investigation - their claim - into radicals of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim...

  • Documentary: Sao Paolo nightmare gives lesson in class warfare

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    In "Manda Bala," Jason Kohn's nightmarish documentary of Brazil, a young woman describes how a "secret admirer" kept phoning her home in Sao Paolo. But when she went to meet him, she found the flattery was a ruse to kidnap her and hold her for ransom. She was chained inside a box,...
  • Documentary shows ‘Blood and Tears’ of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    By Tom Tugend

    August 23, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Isidore Rosmarin is a brave, or foolhardy, documentary filmmaker. In "Blood and Tears: The Arab-Israeli Conflict," he has attempted to encapsulate, without fear or favor, the relationship between the two peoples -- from biblical times to the present -- all within 73 minutes....
  • Feisty, prolific SF author Harlan Ellison bares ‘Sharp Teeth’ in bio-pic

    By Pat Sierchio

    August 2, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The first question in the book "Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism" asks "Can one doubt God's existence and still be a good Jew?" Ask author Harlan Ellison and he'll tell you that for him the answer is 'yes.'

    "It stems from and resonates with my blood and bones and gristle." The...

  • New film foams with the soap story of Dr. Bronner

    By Ben Ehrlich

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Emanuel Bronner, creator of the company Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, was not your typical boardroom suit.

    Third-generation soap-maker, escaped mental patient and son of Orthodox Jews and Holocaust victims, Bronner, who died in 1997, is the subject of a new documentary, "Dr. Bronner's...
  • The all-too-brief life of American Israeli hero

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On Tisha B'av 2006, a lone soldier was laid to rest in Jerusalem's Mt. Herzl Military Cemetery, the first paratrooper and the only American Israeli to be killed in combat during the conflict that became known as the Second Lebanon War.

    In a new documentary, "A Hero in Heaven,"...

  • L.A. Film Festival features a history of hate and an Israeli spy

    By Susan Josephs

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As a schoolboy, Oren Jacoby once gave a research report about the Crusades, without "having any idea about the Jewish communities that were massacred. We were taught a sanitized version of events," he said.

    Now an acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Jacoby can safely be called an...
  • New Wiesenthal documentary recounts Nazi hunter’s turbulent life

    By Tom Tugend

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "I Have Never Forgotten You: The Life and Legacy of Simon Wiesenthal" runs for close to two hours, but the documentary is barely long enough to encompass the 96 years of the legendary Nazi hunter.

    The image of the sad-eyed, balding man with the wide mustache is almost as well known...
  • History surprises in new ‘67 War documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Is there a middle-age Jew alive who doesn't remember the euphoric days of June 1967, when the caricature of the cringing, defenseless Jew was destroyed forever, when every American Jew suddenly stood taller, when God finally rewarded His people for centuries of suffering, when Israel...
  • The ‘Show’ behind the show

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Irving Berlin was right on the money when he wrote about life on Broadway: "
    Even with a turkey that you know will fold, you may be stranded out in the cold. Still you wouldn't trade it for a sack of gold."
    When the curtain rises on a new production, the audience sees only a...
  • Films: The little Yiddish theater that could

    By Tom Tugend

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Friends and relatives of Dan Katzir were astonished when the Israeli filmmaker came up with a heart-grabbing documentary on New York's fading Yiddish theater.

    For one, Katzir hardly knew a word of Yiddish.

    For another, among Katzir's extended family, which included Israel's...
  • Sacco, Vanzetti and the Not-So-Great United States

    By Tom Tugend

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Every generation or so, America goes through emotional convulsions, when fear of foreign and domestic enemies erodes the nation's sense of tolerance and its respect for civil liberties.

    The 1950s witch hunts of the McCarthy era were preceded by the Red scare of the 1920s, when...

  • Film: Björn Türoque rocks ‘Air Guitar Nation’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Dan Crane struts onto the stage, hurls off his sunglasses, rips his T-shirt to shreds, and rocks his way through a knee-sliding, tongue-flicking performance so awesome that groupies' squeals drown out the amps.

    They're cheering so loudly you'd think Crane represents the second...

  • Yo!  This week it’s Yatzpan, YULA and Yelchin

    By Keren Engelberg

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 24th

    Opening today is mixed-media artist Marcie Kaufman's exhibition "Beyond the Line," which "explores the idea of line in the context of Israel." Painting, photography and digital media are merged to raise questions about physical lines -- such as borders, boundaries,...

  • Crooners celebrate Canuckia’s Cohen and a first for our very own Greenberg

    By Keren Engelberg

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 24th

    A Leonard Cohen love fest takes place at Royce Hall this evening. The enigmatic genius poet/songwriter is paid tribute in an event titled "The Gospel According to Leonard Cohen," which is presented by Perla Batalla, a vocalist with whom he has frequently worked....

  • Filmmaker gets up close and personal with Fleischer

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Nathaniel Kahn achieved critical success and a 2004 Oscar nomination for his documentary, "My Architect" -- a personal story about his relationship with his father, Louis Kahn, the much acclaimed modernist architect who braved travails such as a facial deformity and artistic angst...
  • Horror in the court: Nuremberg trial documentary film finally reaches U.S.

    By Tom Tugend

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Auschwitz has become universally synonymous with the horrors of the Holocaust and man's infinite capacity for evil. But how did Auschwitz-Birkenau function as a 24/7 death camp, and who were the men who operated the gears and levers of the killing machine?

    The answers, or better, a...

  • Sacramento PBS TV affiliate won’t run anti-Semitism documentary

    By Joe Eskenazi

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    David Hosley thinks a scene in which a group of devious Jews slash the throat of a young boy in a ritual slaughter to cull his blood for Passover matzah is not the type of thing that should be shown on television. Yitzhak Santis thinks it's exactly what we should be seeing. Santis...
  • Matisyahu

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Director David Baugnon's Web site is @ www.davidbaugnon.com.

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