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  • 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...
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  • 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.

  • PBS: ‘Los Angeles—Dream of A Different City’

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sick of traffic? Sick of smog? Sick of urban sprawl?

    Don't just complain about it. See what's being done to change it. On Jan. 11, KCET will air a Los Angeles-focused segment of its acclaimed series "Edens Lost & Found."

    This one-hour installment of the multipart series titled,...

  • ‘Yippee’—Paul Mazursky documents Chasids gone wild

    By Tom Tugend

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In all his 76 years, filmmaker Paul Mazursky had never seen anything like the 25,000 Chasidim singing, swaying, blowing shofars and dancing around a lake.

    "It's like the old days at the Apollo in Harlem, with the crowd going wild," the irreverent Mazursky said. "Can you dig it?"...

  • PBS ‘Resurgence’ documentary explores reappearance of anti-Semitism

    By Tom Tugend

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The PBS documentary, "Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence," will discomfit viewers of all stripes.

    Airing Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. on KCET, the film will annoy those who believe that rising anti-Semitism is a myth fueled by Jewish paranoia and self-serving Jewish defense...

  • Swimming in the Holocaust

    By Tom Teicholz

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Recently, I attended a screening of "Swimming in Auschwitz," a still unreleased documentary directed by Jon Kean about the experience in the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp of six women -- Eva Beckmann, Rena Drexler, Renee Firestone, Erika Jacobi, Lili Majzner and Linda Sherman -- all of...
  • Films: Oscar buzz surrounds Israel ‘Disengagement’ documentary

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Storm of Emotions," a documentary on the agonizing evacuation of Jewish settlers from their Gaza Strip homes, is the first Israeli production in decades to have a serious shot at Oscar honors. A close-up and personal account of the "disengagement" operation in August 2005, the film...
  • Films: Thwarted suicide bombers get ‘hell,’ not glory

    By Tom Tugend

    November 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sixteen-year-old Hassan is deeply frustrated because he was caught by Israeli police before he could blow himself up, together with the targeted Israeli civilians.

    "If I had been killed, my mother would call it a blessing," he says. "My family and 70 relatives would have gone to...

  • Box-office politics

    By Rob Eshman

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm



    Trailer for 'Suicide Killers.' Click on the big arrow to play.

    The first person I met at the Liberty Film Festival preview was a riled up Asian American man with a pompadour, who quickly explained to me what was wrong with Hollywood: It is a vast liberal conspiracy.

    "But the...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 14th

    ?Como se dice, "fun" en Espanol? LA Latino Book and Family Festival, por
    Keren's Corner

    Jewish Book Month isn't till November, but why wait? Two Jewish children's authors have events of note going on this week. At Pepperdine's Smother's Theatre, see the...
  • Movie on pedophile priest puts a face on evil

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    In October 2004, journalist Amy Berg cold-called a defrocked priest she has nicknamed the "Hannibal Lecter of pedophiles." While serving Central California parishes in the 1970s and '80s, the Rev. Oliver O'Grady allegedly molested dozens of children -- boys and girls, infants and...
  • Will kill for laughs

    By Hank Rosenfeld

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Comics, that gifted, exclusive society of professional fools." -- Larry Gelbart in his book, "Laughing Matters"
     
    Stand-up comic Mark Schiff is sitting in his tiny office on Pico, near the Museum of Tolerance, talking about the time he played the Knesset.
     
    "I pointed to the...
  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    October 5, 2006 | 8:01 pm

    Saturday the 7th

    Take a stroll for a good cause at today's 14th annual Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk. More than 100 teams are scheduled for the 5K recreational walk around Hollywood Park racetrack, and those wishing to register today are also welcome. Also ambling are...
  • A Jew,  a Catholic and a film crew walk into a born-again summer camp

    By Jean Oppenheimer

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What are a secular Jew and a lapsed Catholic doing making a film about born-again Christians?

    "We were interested in exploring children and faith," explained Rachel Grady, co-director of "Jesus Camp," a documentary about a summer program at which evangelical children are taught to...
  • Films:  just what made Adolf run?

    By Tom Tugend

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Since the Fuehrer took over Germany in 1933, hundreds of feature films, TV miniseries and documentaries have tried to answer the question: Just What Made Adolf Run?
     
    One of the more useful -- and odder -- examples is "Black Fox: The True Story of Adolf Hitler," which won the 1962...
  • Rosenbergs’ Granddaughter Tackles Washington ‘Hill’

    By Ivor Davis

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    What do you do for an encore when your first work is a powerful, heart-wrenching documentary about the life of your notorious grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg?

    The Rosenbergs were executed for spying for the Soviet Union in June 1953. Their personal story was told 51 years...

  • 7 Days in the Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday the 19th

    Now extended through Sept. 30 is the Marvin Chernoff play, "Chaim's Love Song." In it, a 74-year-old Jewish man tells his life stories, tall tales and musings to a young blonde Iowan girl, whom he meets on a Brooklyn park bench.

    Lonny Chapman Group Repertory...

  • Shedding Light on a Dark ‘Rising’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    August 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The film "City of God" shed light on a long-neglected subject, the Third World conditions and inescapable warfare existing in Rio de Janeiro's slums. Now comes "Favela Rising," a documentary that not only limns the tragedy of the favelas, the Brazilian ghettoes, but also tells the...
  • Students Draw on Movie for Tolerance Mural Inspiration

    By Lisa Hirschmann

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Oscar de la Hoyer Animo Charter High School

    In a hallway of Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in downtown Los Angeles, a three-part canvas mural covers a wall, portraying the transformation of society from one plagued by hate to one free of it.

    The mural's creators are at-risk Latino high school students who spent...

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