It is 1939, in a Jewish village (shtetl) in Soviet Ukraine, across the river from Eastern Poland, which is occupied by Nazi Germany. We witness life in the shtetl over a 2-year period, as it changes “ownership,” and as the various factions of people interact (the Hassidim, the less religious, those who are pro-German, pro-Soviet, pro-Czech). Who are these villagers? A riveting drama and excellent black-and white-cinematography. In Yiddish and Ukranian, with subtitles.

  • Story of Annette Zelman

    A Romeo-Juliet type of story set in 1940s wartime France, only Annette is a young Jewish woman who falls in love with a non-Jewish young writer from a wealthy pro-German family. His family tries to stop the marriage, with disastrous consequences. Based on a true story, with an interview at the end of Annette’s sister by the actress who played her. Beautiful story and lovely photography in contrast to the humanity portrayed. In French, with subtitles.

  • Rabbi on the Block

    A documentary about Tamar Manasseh, a remarkable, renegade Black Jewish woman on the South Side of Chicago whose life is focused on Tikkun Olam, and her journey to be ordained a rabbi. Fascinating, educational film about Black Jews in America, the racism they experience, and their relationship to Ashkenazi Judaism. In English.

  • Less Than Kosher

    A self-discovery story of a “bad-ass,” totally lapsed Jewish singer whose career has taken a downward turn. When Aviva’s mother forces her to attend services on Yom Kippur, her rendition of Avinu Malkeinu wows the congregation and Rabbi, who convinces her to fill in as their Cantor, an unexpected career change for Aviva. In English.

  • All About the Levkoviches

    A story about family relationships. Tomas is a non-believing Jewish boxing coach in contemporary Hungary; his estranged son Ivan is a religious Jew in Israel. Tomas has not spoken to Ivan in 8 years. When Ivan’s mother dies, he returns home with his young son for the funeral and shiva. We witness the dynamics as Tomas and Ivan try to mend their relationship amidst their personal grief. Excellent acting and an emotional story. In Hungarian and Hebrew with subtitles.

  • My Father's Secret

    This is the story of the Kichka family in 1959 in Belgium, told from the perspective of the young son Michel. They live in a largely Jewish neighborhood of Holocaust survivors, but this is not spoken about. Michel is told his father Henri was “in the camps” but not what the camps are. Why does Henri (and others) have a phone number written on their arm? This is a poignant story about survivors, survivor guilt, and the second generation, and is beautifully presented in animation.