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April 22- 30th 2006
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Festival Selection
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Next Year in…Argentina
El Ano Que Viene en... Argentina
Israel, 2005, 62 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles
Directors: Jorge Gurvich and Shlomo Slutzky

In this new documentary filmmaker Gurvich and journalist Slutzky, who met in Buenos Aires in the 1970’s before both men immigrated to Israel, talk with several of their friends over a period of six years to examine their decisions to remain in Argentina or emigrate to Israel. The Argentinean Jews struggle with economic and emotional issues which are often very painful. The film reveals the difficulties common to many immigrants, including the filmmakers themselves, especially those Jews in the diaspora who struggle to find a safe and sustaining place for themselves and their families.


So We Said Goodbye
Nifradnu Kach
Israel, 1991, 26 minutes
Hebrew and Yiddish with English subtitles
Director: Jorge Gurvich

In this short fictional film, a family moving to Spain bids goodbye to their elderly parents. The farewell evokes strong memories for the grandfather as he remembers when, as a boy, he was sent away by his mother on the eve of the Holocaust. "This beautiful short film by the outstanding Israeli photographer Jorge Gurvich moved me to tears. Do not miss it!" - Nacham Ingbar, Yediot Aharonot

Best Short Film
Jerusalem Film Festival

Stalin's Last Purge
Israel, 2005, 55 minutes
Director: Alan Rosenthal

An investigation into the details of Stalin’s increasing paranoia and the murderous plots of his final years, this film is also the first to examine Stalin’s actions from the point of view of Jewish cultural figures all of whom had enthusiastically supported the Soviet war effort only to be purged in the immediate post-war period. Much of the material used in this new documentary has only recently become available after the opening of formerly closed Stalin-era archives.

You're in the Army Now
Israel, 2003, 90 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Created and Directed by Zippi Brand Frank

This fast paced popular television series about women recruits captures this formative experience for most Israeli women with poignancy and humor. The seriousness of the army's mission is always present, even when the trainees are too immersed in their fears, foibles, and friendships to understand the larger picture.

Hungary/Germany, 2004, 94 minutes
Hungarian with English subtitles
Director: Mari Cantu
Cast: Péter Andorai, Erika Marozsán

In Cantu’s loosely autobiographical feature film two children, ages ten and six, witness the unfolding of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution from the seclusion of their family’s idyllic Budapest villa. One day a letter arrives from Israel for their Jewish father, a high-ranking official in the Rákosi regime, and the children, vaguely suspecting trouble, conceal it, putting their father in a complicated and ultimately dangerous position.

Sentenced to Marriage

Israel, 2004, 65 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Anat Zuria

In Israel, where divorce is adjudicated according to archaic orthodox Jewish law, thousands of Jewish women live in limbo while they wait for the Rabbinic court to grant them a “get,” a Jewish divorce. Zuria’s documentary, which follows two women caught in this demoralizing legal labyrinth, exposes the Kafkaesque process of divorce for women in Israel.

Best Documentary
2004 Jerusalem Film Festival
Silver Wolf Nomination
International Documentary Film Festival

From Philadelphia to the Front
USA, 2005, 37 minutes
Directors: Judy Gelles and Marianne Bernstein

This new documentary features six Jewish Philadelphians from the Greatest Generation discussing their experiences in the US Armed Forces during World War II. “From Philadelphia to the Front is a real rarity, a film that one leaves wishing it were at least an hour longer. But it's near perfect as it is.” -- George Robinson, The Jewish Week

Best Documentary, Second Place
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival
Audience Favorite
Palm Springs Intl. Festival of Short Films

The Holocaust Tourist:
Whatever Happened to Never Again?

UK, 2005, 10 minutes
Director: Jes Benstock

A wry documentary about how Holocaust tourism distorts history. A whistlestop tour from Auschwitz hot-dogs to Krakow's kitsch Judaica.

UK Jewish Film Festival
Short Film Fund Competition

The White Rose
Die Weiße Rose
West Germany, 1982, 108 minutes
German with English subtitles
Director: Michael Verhoeven
Cast: Lena Stolze, Wulf Kessler, Oliver Siebert

Lena Stolze (The Nasty Girl) stars in this award-winning feature film based on the true story of five German students and their professor who formed the Munich-based secret society dedicated to protesting the Nazi regime. The political controversy in Germany surrounding Verhoeven's film directly caused the German government to officially invalidate the Nazi "People's Court" system that sentenced the White Rose group to death.

Michael Verhoeven Retrospective
Honor: Conscience and Courage

The World Was Ours:
The Jewish Legacy of Vilna

USA, 2006, 60 minutes
Director: Mira Jedwabnik Van Doren

The rich and exciting history of the Jews of Vilna is chronicled with wonderful historical material and poignant first-hand accounts of the vibrancy of Jewish life in this once thriving community. Produced with careful attention to detail and historical accuracy, this visual record of the city known as the “Jerusalem of Lithuania” is a fitting tribute to the 60,000 individuals who were murdered during World War II, destroying the people but not the legacy of their cultural heritage.

Excerpts and Discussion of
The Unknown Soldier

Der Unbekannte Soldat

Germany, 2006
German with English subtitles
Director: Michael Verhoeven

JEWISHFILM.2006 will screen, for the first time in America, significant excerpts of this important new documentary followed by a discussion with filmmaker Michael Verhoeven.

Inspired by the watershed exhibition The Wehrmacht Exhibition—which included photos of Wehrmacht officers killing civilians, directly challenging the enduring image of the “morally proper” German soldier—Verhoeven investigates evidence of the participation of German forces in Nazi crimes in this new documentary.

Michael Verhoeven Retrospective
Honor: Conscience and Courage

Close to Home
Karov La Bayit
Israel, 2005, 90 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Directors: Dalia Hager and Vidi Bilu
Cast: Smadar Sayar, Naama Schendar, Irit Suki, Katia Zimbris

In this new Israeli feature film two 18-year-old Israeli women, Smadar and Mirit, find themselves thrown together while serving their compulsory military service. Assigned to detain and check the identity papers of Palestinians, the young women develop a friendship in this immediate and contemporary examination of the Israeli occupation.

The Verhoevens
Die Verhoevens
Germany, 2003, 75 minutes
German with English subtitles
Director: Felix Moeller

Beginning with patriarch Paul Verhoeven, three generations of the Verhoeven family have worked behind as well as in front of the camera, producing some of Germany’s finest films. This portrait of Michael Verhoeven, his wife, actress Senta Berger, and their children is both a celebration of this remarkable family and a chronicle of the history of German film.

Michael Verhoeven Retrospective
Honor: Conscience and Courage

The Nasty Girl
Das Schreckliche Mädchen
West Germany, 1989, 94 minutes
German with English subtitles
Director: Michael Verhoeven
Cast: Lena Stoltze, Hans-Reinhard Müller, Monika Baumgartner

When a Bavarian schoolgirl researches the history of her town, she discovers some nasty secrets about her forefathers and their complicity with the Nazis.

Nomination, Best Foreign Language Film
1992 Academy Awards™
Best Film
1992 BAFTA FilmAwards

Michael Verhoeven Retrospective
Honor: Conscience and Courage

My Mother's Courage
Mutters Courage

Germany/UK/Austria/Ireland, 1995, 89 minutes
German with English subtitles
Director: Michael Verhoeven
Cast: George Tabori, Pauline Collins, Ulrich Tukur

An adaptation of George Tabori’s story depicting the day in 1944 when his mother was plucked from her everyday life and thrown into the surreal nightmare of mass deportation.

Silver Award
1996 German Film Awards
Best Production
Bavarian Film Awards

Michael Verhoeven Retrospective
Honor: Conscience and Courage


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