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Films of Israel & Jewish History

The titles listed to the right are a small selection of films related to Jewish Studies and/or Israel. All of these titles and more are located in the Music & Media Center (Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, 4th floor) and are available for circulation.

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Selected Titles from Recent Acquisitions

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The Eternal Jew - E. Taübert
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0259
Publication Date: 2004 [1988]
A visit to the Lodz ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland, recorded by German cameramen with the naïve cooperation of the Jewish community, is combined with rare archival footage, clips from international newsreels and excerpts from related cultural films to portray the world's Jews as swindlers and parasites. This pseudo-logical, uncomfortably realistic and genuinely frightening documentary interprets Jewish life and history from the viewpoint of traditional European anti-Semitism and Nazi ideology.

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The Warsaw Ghetto - Jewish Historical Institute and TPS Film Studio
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0355
Publication Date: 2005
Created for the Jewish Historical Institute as part of its permanent exhibit on the fate of Warsaw's Jews during the period from 1939 to 1945. They present the daily lives and deaths of those imprisoned in the ghetto, their hopes and efforts to survive, their armed resistance and struggle, and finally their total extermination.

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Hannah Arendt - Margarethe von Trotta
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0397
Publication Date: 2013
A brilliant biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker, controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils, introduced her now-famous concept of the 'Banality of Evil.' Using footage from the actual Eichmann trial and weaving a narrative that spans three countries, von Trotta beautifully turns the often invisible passion for thought into dramatic cinema.

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Castaways - Sławomir Grünberg & Tomasz Wiśniewski.
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0353
Publication Date: 2013
A deeply moving short documentary about the desperate acts of condemned parents to save their children. Łapy was one of several stations in occupied Poland on the way to the Nazi death camp of Treblinka. Trains transporting Jews would slow down there and sometimes briefly stop while the tracks were being adjusted. Some parents tried to save small children by throwing them off the train; the last eyewitnesses to this story remember these times.

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The Last Witness - Michal Nekanda-Trepka
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0354
Publication Date: 2007
Holocaust survivor Samuel Willenberg returns to his native Poland to visit the places where he lived during World War II, beginning with Opatow. He recalls the events of the war and the Holocaust and describes his part in the revolt of prisoners in the Treblinka concentration camp on August 2, 1943. He tells how he was one of 400 inmates to escape from Treblinka, and retraces the route he took to Warsaw.

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The Peretzniks - Sławomir Grünberg
Call Number: DVD 2013- 358
Publication Date: 2009
The story of a Jewish school in Lodz, Poland shut down following the communist antisemitic campaign in 1968.

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Irena Sendler: In the Name of Their Mothers - Mary Skinner
Call Number: DVD 2013-0359
Publication Date: 2010
In the Name of Their Mothers tells the remarkable story of Irena Sendler and the group of young Polish women who risked their lives to save thousands of Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. In 1943 Irena Sendler was captured, imprisoned and tortured by the Gestapo. Whe she refused to reveal anything about her liaisons in the Polish Resistance, she was sentenced to death. At least 2500 of the children they had hidden survived the war and many were later re-united with their Jewish families. But for decades they could not tell their stories. Silenced by Communist authorities in post-war Poland, many endured Soviet prisons or were forced into exile. This film features Irena Sendler at the age of 95--in the last long interviews she gave--along with several of her co-workers and the children they saved.

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The Legacy of Jedwabne - Slawomir Grünberg
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0356
Publication Date: 2005
Feature-length documentary that tells the story of a pogrom in 1941 in Jedwabne, Poland, and explores the implications of the past for present constructions and negotiations of personal, national and religious identity.

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Saved by Deportation - Slawomir Grunberg and Robert Podgursky.
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0357
Publication Date: 2005
This film tells the story of seven deportees, who in 1940 were sent to Gulag labor camps.

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The Gatekeepers - Moreh, Dror
Call Number: DVD 2013- 0283
Publication Date: 2013
Charged with overeseeing Israel's war on terror, both Palestinian and Jewish, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's Secret Service, is present at the crossroads for every decision made. This documentary features interviews with six former heads of the agency who have agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers and exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach based on a two-state solution.

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Footnote - Dir. Joseph Cedar
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0522
Eliezer and Uriel Shkolnik are father and son as well as rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that Eliezer will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.

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Mirele Efros - dir. Josef Berne
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0617
ISBN: 9781585873272
Publication Date: 2006 [1939]
Berta Gersten plays Mirele, a noble, dignified widow and successful businesswoman who comes into conflict with the daughter-in-law she chose for her eldest son. Her generosity and love for her son lead to her undoing. Based on Jacob Gordin's popular Yiddish play, the film is set in turn-of-the-century Grodno. A classic study in the relations between mothers-and-daughters-in-law.

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Mamele - dir. Joseph Green and Konrad Tom
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0112
Publication Date: 2006 [1938]
Set in Lodz, Poland, Mamele embraces pre-war Polish Jewish life in all its diversity, portraying tenements, nightclubs, religious Jews celebrating the festival of Succot, unemployed Jews, and Jewish gangsters.

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Love and Sacrifice - George Roland
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0619
Publication Date: 2008 [1936]
A mother goes to prison for shooting a would-be suitor and her husband unwittingly marries a home-wrecking schemer.

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Lang ist der Weg - Karl-Georg Kulb et al
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0107
Publication Date: 2006 [1946]
A forgotten classic and a film of passionate restraint, made by and about Jewish Displaced Persons. Produced in the American zone of occupied Germany in the aftermath of World War II, this first feature film to represent the Holocaust from a Jewish point of view has the power of a collective self-portrait. The young hero is deported in the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto, jumps an Auschwitz-bound transport to take his chances in the countryside, and ultimately survives the war with a band of Jewish partisans to search for his family in the ruins of liberated Poland.

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Laughter Through Tears - Grigori Grichter
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0618
Publication Date: 2006 [1928]
Recreates a poor village in Tsarist Russia, depicting a poor Jewish family's tradition, antisemitism, and economic hardship.

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Great Cantors of the Golden Age: Great Cantors in Cinema - Max Wohlberg, M. Hershman, A. Katchko, D. Roitman, Y. Rosenblatt, J. Shlisky
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0620
Publication Date: 2006 [1930-1940]
Great cantors of the golden age: Documentary film includes some of the only known visual and sound recordings of the famous cantors of the 1930s.
Great cantors in cinema: Features some of the rarest and finest examples of renowned cantors from the Golden Age of Chazzanut on film. Restored archival footage of films produced from 1931-1946 presents examples of high cantorial art. Includes excerpts from Dream of my people (1933), We who remain (1946), The voice of Israel (1931), Overture to glory (1940) and A cantor on trial (1931).

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A Day in Warsaw - Dir. Yitshak Goskind
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0109
Publication Date: 2005 [1938]
A portrayal of Warsaw, Poland in 1938, emphasizing the buildings, institutions and neighborhoods associated with the 400,000 Jews living in Warsaw at that time.

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Children Must Laugh - Aleksander Ford
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0108
Publication Date: 2006 [1935]
One of the few surviving documentaries depicting pre-war Jewish life in Poland, viewed through the prism of the Jewish Labor Bund's Medem Sanatorium, a model residential children's institution. The Medem Sanatorium, which existed from 1926 through 1942, stood as a symbol of health and enlightenment.

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The Cantor's Son - Dir. Ilya Motyleff and Sidney Goldin
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0621
Publication Date: 2006 [1937]
A young man, cafe singer by day and synagogue cantor at night, rejoins his elderly parents in his European birthplace to participate in their golden wedding anniversary festivities. Complications frustrate a budding romance with his childhood sweetheart.

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Bar-mitzvah - Dir. Henry Lynn
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0622
Publication Date: 2009 [1935]
A prosperous aristocratic widower on the eve of his son's bar mitvah announces his marriage to his young girlfriend, who plans to leave him with her lover as soon as she gets the money and property the wealthy widower promised her. The family as well as the widower still grieve over his former wife who was lost in a shipwreck on her way to America to visit her mother. On the day of the bar mitzvah, the lost wife returns from America, having survived the shipwreck and suffering from amnesia for the past ten years.

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American Matchmaker - Edgar G. Ulmer
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0623
Publication Date: 2005 [1940]
Nat Silver has been engaged 7 times already. This time, his 8th, he's really going to get married. But a visitor shows up, Shirley's old boyfriend. With a gun ! He'll kill himself unless he can have Shirley back, and Nat graciously gives in. According to Nat's mother, his Uncle Shya was unlucky at love but lucky as a matchmaker, and Nat is just like Shya. Nat then sets himself up with a new name and new business, Nat Gold, Advisor in Human Relations. I want to be a boarder: The story of a husband and wife who pretend to be landlady and tenant.

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Tevya - DVD 2011- 0616
Publication Date: 1989 [1939]
Focuses on Khave, one of the daughters of Tevye the Dairyman, who loves a gentile, the son of a Ukrainian peasant. Tevye's paternal affection is placed in direct conflict with his deep commitment to Jewish religious tradition.

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Jewish Life in Lwow - Yitzhak Goskind
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0110
Publication Date: 2005 [1939]
Now known as L'vov, in Ukraine, this city is shown as it was in early 1939, the Polish City of Lwów. Focuses on the Jews, one third of the population in 1939, their institutions, and their way of life.

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Jewish Life in Bialystok - Yitzhak Goskind
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0111
Publication Date: 2005 [1939]
Documents the commercial, industrial and cultural center of Białystok, Poland emphasizing the city's 200-year-old Jewish community.

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The Yiddish Cinema - Rich Pontius
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0113
Publication Date: 2006
Nourished by Yiddish literature and theater, Yiddish film production in Eastern Europe and the United States flourished between the two World Wars. Using interviews, archival photographs and film clips, The Yiddish Cinema achieves an embrace as comprehensive as its subject, and assigns equal importance to music and tradition, comedy and tragedy, actors and directors. The film traces the decline of the cinema and the language, discussing the Holocaust's decimation of European Jewry, Stalinist suppression of Jewish culture and the New World's demands for assimilation.

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The Wandering Jew - Dir. George Roland
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0106
Publication Date: 2006 [1933]
Set in Berlin in 1933, the film tells of the problems facing Germany's Jews after Hitler's rise to power through the story of a Jewish artist and professor, Arthur Levi. After his new painting, The Eternal Wanderer, is rejected by the academy and he is fired from his position, Levi's German fiancee leaves him. The figure of his father, the model for the Wanderer, comes to life and steps from the painting to keep Levi from destroying his work before the Nazis can. Newsreel footage and footage from earlier period films is used to review Jewish hardship and perseverance throughout the centuries.

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A Vilna Legend: The Rabbi's Power - Dir. George Roland
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0615
Publication Date: 2007 [1933]
A tale of frustrated love and destiny set in the Jewish community of Vilna before the second world war. A yeshiva student and a poor girl who are deeply in love are assisted by the prophet Elijah after it seems that fate and dishonest people have conspired to keep them apart.

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Six Days in June: The War that Redefined the Middle East - Dir. Ilan Ziv
Publication Date: 2007
Although the fighting lasted for only six days in June of 1967, the effects of the Six Day War are still apparent today. On its 40th anniversary, the region remains trapped in conflict and is every bit as explosive as it was then. For Israel, the 1967 war was a military success. But it also redrew the map of the Middle East and mired the region in a never-ending cycle of occupation, terrorism and reprisal. The Six Day War forever changed the politics of the Middle East by helping to destroy the secular basis of Pan-Arab nationalism and transform secular Zionism. It gave rise to a Palestinian nationalist movement and helped unleash the fury of fundamentalism. Shot on location in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Moscow and Washington, this powerful film takes us through the weeks that preceded the war, its six days of fighting and its aftermath that still lingers today.

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Tkuma: The First Fifty Years - Michael Greenspan (narr.)
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0740
Publication Date: 2006
An historical documentary series on the first fifty years of the State of Israel. Based on the Hebrew series Teḳumah broadcast on Israeli TV in 1998.

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Hill 24 Doesn't Answer - Thorold Dickinson
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0736
Publication Date: 2007 [1955]
Four young Zionists are assigned to defend strategic Hill 24 outside Jerusalem in order to maintain access to the besieged city during Israel's War of Independence.

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The Doha Debates Special: With Shimon Peres, Deputy Prime Minister of Israel
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0241
Publication Date: 2007
In the first high-ranking Israeli visit to Qatar in more than a decade, Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres was questioned by students at a Doha Debates Special event.

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Two Kuni Lemels [The Flying Matchmaker] - Israel Becker
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0782
Publication Date: 2005 [1966]
A matchmaker without suitable suitors, look-alikes who don't match, and daughters who deceive are the unlikely heroes of this madcap comedy about lovers and other strangers.

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Atash [Thirst] - Tawfik Abu Wael
Call Number: DVD 2011- 0733
Publication Date: 2003
Abu Shukri and his family have settled alone in a valley far from their home town. Tyrannical father Shukri rules the home with an iron fist, forcing his wife and three children to burn fires all day to make charcoal. When he decides to build a pipeline to bring fresh water to their home, it awakens their instinct for freedom, but carries with it tragic consequences for the entire family.

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L'dor V'dor [From Generation to Generation] - Marc Goldstein
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0479 (in process)
Publication Date: 200?
The 150th anniversary celebration of Congregation B'nai Israel in Baton Rouge, La.

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Arab Labor: The Complete First Season - DVD 2010- 3445
Publication Date: 2008
In Fall 2008, Link TV presented the U.S. broadcast premiere of the controversial hit Israeli comedy series Arab Labor (Avoda Aravit). Created by Sayed Kashua, a 32-year-old Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit" which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work") focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched everyday when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem. Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society that is Israel. ...

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Lemon Tree - Eran Riklis
Call Number: DVD 2010- 3395
Publication Date: 2009
A drama based on the true story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemon tree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

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The Human Resources Manager - Eran Riklis
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0026
Publication Date: 2011
The Human Resources Manager of Jerusalem's largest bakery is in trouble. He is separated from his wife, distanced from his daughter, and stuck in a job he hates. When one of his employees, a foreign worker, is killed in a suicide bombing, the bakery is accused of indifference, and the HR Manager is sent to the victim's hometown in Romania to make amends. Far from home, on a mission to honor a woman he didn't even know but has somehow grown to admire, the HR Manager fights to regain his company's reputation and possibly his own humanity.

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Promised Land - Amos Gitai
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0067
Publication Date: 2004
A group of young, unwitting Estonian girls are smuggled through Egypt to be auctioned off as prostitutes in Israel.

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Hokhmat ha-beigaleh - Ilan Haitner
Call Number: DVD 2012- 0032
Publication Date: 2004 [2002]
Golan, a young man, has a hard time deciding about his future. Almost thirty, he's still attending university and enjoying irresponsibility. He goes on a blind date with his best friend's sister, Dikla, and enjoys pursuing her, but when they try living together, he has second thoughts and begins to feel stifled. Will Golan be able to learn commitment?

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