Jewish Studies

JOE'S VIOLIN
JOE'S VIOLIN

Academy Award Winners & Nominees  Music  New York City  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  2017  Education  Directed by Women 

2017 ACADEMY AWARD® Nominee for Documentary Short Subject In Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and 12-year-old Bronx school girl, showing how the power of music to bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a profound impact.

MIRIAM: HOME DELIVERY
MIRIAM: HOME DELIVERY

New York City  Jewish Studies  Family Relations  Labor Studies  Children & Young Adult  Medicine  Directed by Women  Human Sexuality  Health  Women's Studies  2016 

An intimate observation of the complete process of home birthing - a trend on the rise in many communities, including Jewish communities practicing Orthodoxy - Miriam: Home Delivery follows a charismatic, Brooklyn-based, home birth midwife who has helped mothers giving birth at home for more than two decades, as she’s on call, and provides care to mothers in various stages of their pregnancies.

DRESSING AMERICA: tales from the garment center
DRESSING AMERICA: tales from the garment center

American Studies  Art History  Jewish Studies  New York City  2015  Business  Pacific Street Films 

A captivating documentary that depicts the history of New York’s garment center, Dressing America explores how this business grew from humble beginnings into an industry that’s dressed America.

BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER
BECAUSE I WAS A PAINTER

2015  Art History  Jewish Studies  World History  Europe 

In 1945, when the Allies liberated the concentration camps, they discovered thousands of secretly created artworks. These drawings, hidden from the Nazis, offer an unparalleled understanding of life in the camps. Featuring interviews with surviving artists, this fascinating documentary considers the ability of art to capture, reflect and survive under unimaginable conditions.

THE LAW IN THESE PARTS
THE LAW IN THESE PARTS

Jewish Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Criminal & Law  Political Science  Islamic Studies  Terrorism Studies  Peace & Conflict  2013 

What is legal and what is just? Through candid, first-ever, interviews with Israeli judges, prosecutors and legal advisors, The Law In These Parts - winner of the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival - is a gripping and revelatory investigation into the legal framework put in place by Israel in 1967 to govern the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Executive produced by renowned filmmaker and journalist Laura Poitras.

SEE YOU SOON AGAIN
SEE YOU SOON AGAIN

Jewish Studies  Psychology & Psychiatry  Education  World History  2012  Directed by Women 

Do people still want to hear stories about the Holocaust? This question plagues Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor who has recounted his story to thousands of students across the country. See You Soon Again is a singular film about the weight of history, about how hard it is to tell a story of unspeakable suffering, and how impossible it is not to.

THE WOMAN WITH THE FIVE ELEPHANTS
THE WOMAN WITH THE FIVE ELEPHANTS

Literature  Eastern Europe  Psychology & Psychiatry  Russia  Jewish Studies  World History  2011 

Winner of multiple awards, The Woman with the Five Elephants unravels the mystery behind the life and work of the world's greatest translator of Russian literature. A poetic, precise and revelatory investigation into language, meaning, and the tides of history.

MEN ON THE EDGE: fishermen’s diary
MEN ON THE EDGE: fishermen’s diary

Political Science  Cultural Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Anthropology  Sociology  Religion & Spirituality  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  2008  Directed by Women 

On an abandoned beach off the coast of Israel, against all odds, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen live and work together. Men on the Edge: Fishermen's Diary documents four years in their lives, an eclectic group of men brought together by a shared relationship with the sea.

JERUSALEM CUTS
JERUSALEM CUTS

Cinema Studies  Jewish Studies  Islamic Studies  Middle Eastern Studies  Media Studies  Photography  Political Science  2008 

The founding of Israel – specifically the 1948 war for Jerusalem - is seen through the work of two photographers, British and Palestinian, in this compelling documentary that examines how pictures shape the way history is remembered and taught. Includes remarkable photographs that have never been seen before.

BEYOND EYRUV
BEYOND EYRUV

Religion & Spirituality  Psychology & Psychiatry  Cultural Studies  Jewish Studies  2008 

Hasidic communities in the U.S. and elsewhere are surrounded by an Eyruv, a thin wire that serves as a ritual boundary with the secular world. Beyond Eyruv follows a young man who decides to leave the ultra-orthodox Hasidic community, the only world he's ever known.

SONIA
SONIA

Art History  Women's Studies  Russia  Performing Arts  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Cultural Studies  Architecture  2007  Directed by Women 

A magical portrait of Russia's revolutionary artistic avant-garde - Mayakovsky, Voloshin, Blok, Malevich, Tatlin - through the life of Sonia Dymshitz-Tolstaya, an impassioned artist whose life reflected the social upheavals of her time. She was one of the few Jewish women who became part of this inner circle.

IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS
IN SEARCH OF HAPPINESS

Russia  Jewish Studies  Eastern Europe  Aging / Gerontology 

A beautiful and poetic film about the last remaining Jews in Birobidzhan, the world's first Jewish autonomous region, established in a distant corner of Siberia in the 1920s.

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