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July 2015

Resources Available from the Greater Altoona Jewish Federation

The Federation has a collection of films on DVD and VHS available for loan at no cost. Call the office if you are interested at 515-1182 or e-mail altfed@atlanticbb.net.

Films

Aftermath, DVD, 110 minutes, Polish.  Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family.  Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland. Franek discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, and constantly receives various threats. As Franek and Jozek struggle to rebuild their relationship, they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue. The two brothers eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.

American History X, DVD, 119 minutes. Yinyard (Edward Norton), a charismatic leader of a group of young white supremacists lands in prison for a brutal, hate-driven murder.  Upon his release, ashamed of his past and pledging to reform, Vinyard realizes he must save his younger brother from a similar fate. 

Annie Hall, DVD, 93 minutes, English.  A romantic comedy following two mismatched New York neurotics:  Alvy,  a New York City TV writer and Annie, his aspiring actress/singer girlfriend who's originally from the Midwest. Alvy is an extreme pessimist that obsesses over the subject of death and has very sarcastic and cynical views about the world and the people around him. Annie is a ditsy and clumsy talented singer and photographer. When Alvy and Annie meet for the first time they are instantly attracted to each other and as a result their conversations are awkward but never the less adorable. The film takes you through the couple's love lives, before and after their relationship.

Arranged, DVD, 90 minutes, English.  Two young women — one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim — meet and become friends as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year they learn they share much in common, not least of which is that they are both going through arranged marriages.

Beaufort, DVD, 126 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008. It is the story of Israeli soldiers in a fort in occupied Lebanon. It is a “haunting anti-war movie” – New York Times.

Beau Jest, DVD, 98 minutes.  When Sarah Goldman, a lovely young school teacher in Chicago, wants to please her parents, she invents a boyfriend whom she believes will be the man of her mother's dreams. When her parents insist on meeting the man, Sarah hires Bob, an actor, to pretend to be her "beau". The masquerade works flawlessly for a time and brings comic situations, but in the end, their lives are irrevocably changed.

Bee Season, DVD, 104 minutes. Richard Gere stars in this gripping tale about a father obsessed with training his daughter for the National Spelling Bee. Eliza Naumann (Flora Cross) demonstrates such an amazing gift for spelling any word given to her that her father Saul (Richard Gere) insists on coaching her himself. But as Eliza’s success continues, Saul’s newfound devotion grows...causing huge changes for the entire family. The film touches on Kaballah, Mysticism and getting closer to God.

Berlin ’36, DVD, 100 minutes, German with English subtitles.  Based on the true story of Gretel Bergmann who unwittingly became the biggest threat to the Nazi party in 1936.  Berlin was hosting the summer Olympic Games and Gretel was one of Germany’s best gold medal contenders.  She was also Jewish.  Her skill and ethnicity undermined the Nazi belief that Aryans were the superior race, so the German authorities schemed to replace Gretel with another woman - but “she” had a secret that, if uncovered, could be even more embarrassing to the Nazis.

Black Book, DVD, 145 minutes, in Dutch, German, English and Hebrew with English Subtitles. This is a gripping World War II thriller about resistance to the Nazis by the Dutch in 1944. Black Book also presents a complex moral drama. No one - neither resistance fighter nor Nazi soldier - is ever exactly who he appears to be.

Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi, DVD, 98 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.A warm and witty family comedy that centers on Shlomi, a 16 year old boy who plays the role of peacekeeper within his chaotic family. The pressures of being constant mediator, confidant and cook leave Shlomi little time to develop his own personality. But when one of his teachers detects an extraordinary gift Shlomi never knew he had, aided by the power of first love, Shlomi breaks out of his timid shell, discovering his own independence and potential.

(The) Book Thief, DVD, 131 minutes, English.  When her mother can no longer take care of her, Liesel is adopted by a German couple.  Although she arrives illiterate, Liesel is encouraged to learn to read by her adoptive father.  When the couple then takes Max, a Jew hiding from Hitler’s army, Liesel befriends him.  Ultimately, words and imagination provide the friends with an escape from the events unfolding around them.

Boynton Beach Club, DVD, 95 minutes.A heartwarming romantic comedy about adults in their sunset years who refuse to go gently into the balmy night.

(The) Bracelet of Bordeaux, DVD, 99 minutes, English (SCREENER). Someone is dognapping the canine citizens of Chem City, Texas! Two pre-teen girls overcome danger and conspiracies as they set out to solve the crime and administer justice with the help of a magical bracelet. As the girls battle the Mob, a punk gang and a crooked cop they learn something about friendship, courage and hanging with the right crowd.

Cast a Giant Shadow, DVD, 138 minutes, English. Part fact, part fiction, it dramatizes Israel’s heroic 1947-1948 struggle for independence. It chronicles the work of Colonel Mickey Marcus who created an army to defend the new state and features an all-star cast.

(The) Cemetery Club, Feature Film, DVD, 107minutes. When three spirited widows throw caution to the wind and go in search of eligible bachelors, they discover that the transition from mating to dating is a tricky proposition filled with unexpected surprises. 

Chariots of Fire, DVD, 124 minutes.  The inspiring true story of Harold Abrahams, Eric Liddell and the team of England’s finest athletes on their quest for glory at the 1924 Olympic Games.  Success brings honor to their nation as one of its greatest sports victories.  For two runners, the honor at stake is a personal honor…and their challenge is one from within.

Conspiracy, DVD, 96 minutes. The film is based on the only surviving record of the Wannsee Conference where Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichman sealed the fate of European Jewry with approval of the “Final Solution.”

(The) Counterfeiters, DVD, 99 minutes, German with subtitles. Academy Award winner as best foreign film. Salomon Sorowitsch is the king of counterfeiters. He is arrested and thrown into a concentration camp where he is forced to produce fake foreign currency under the program Operation Berhard.

David and Fatima, DVD, 120 minutes. A Romeo and Juliet story set in the Jerusalem of today where David, a young Israeli Jew falls in love with Fatima, a beautiful Palestinian Muslim girl.

(The) Debt, DVD, Feature Film, 97 minutes. German and Hebrew/Subtitle. In the mid -1960’s, three young Israeli secret agents teamed up to capture a Nazi doctor who had conducted ghastly experiments on death camp prisoners.  When he tried to flee he was shot dead- or was he? More than 30 years later, the three agents, now retired, learn that the monster they risked their lives to destroy may have escaped alive.

(The) Debt, DVD, 114 minutes, - English. Three young Mossad agents capture the Surgeon of Birkenau, a monstrous Nazi war criminal. While being brought to public trial, the Surgeon manages to escape. Faced with failure in their mission, the agents report their captive committed suicide and return to Israel as national heroes. More than thirty years later, the supposedly dead Surgeon resurfaces in the Ukraine, determined to confess his crimes. Rachel Brener, one of the three Mossad agents, must now track down and silence the Surgeon in order to protect the life and reputation she has built upon her fabricated past.

Defiance, DVD, 136 minutes.  Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.

(The) Devil’s Arithmetic, 95 minutes, English.  This is another telling of the holocaust, but this time from the perspective of a modern teenage girl who only grudgingly accepts the Jewish traditions, but when she is asked to "open the front door" as part of the Seder feast finds herself, not unlike Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, to have entered the 1940's and has stepped into the life of a prisoner in one of the German death camps where she experiences all of its horrors firsthand.

(The) Diary of Anne Frank – 50th Anniversary Edition, DVD, 179 minutes, This is the original George Stevens’ production from 1959 and includes special features. Nominated for 8 Oscars in 1959 and winner of 3, it tells the story of 13 year old Anne and her family’s being hidden from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam.

Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story, DVD, 104 minutes, French with English subtitles.  An anxious crowd of refugees surrounds the Consulate of Portugal, an officially ‘neutral’ nation. The Portuguese Consul is a man named Aristides de Sousa Mendes. But Portugal’s Prime Minister Salazar has forbidden its diplomats to open Portugal’s borders to ‘undesirables’ –specifically Jews, refugees from occupied countries, and ‘stateless’ persons.  The Consul, plunged into a moral crisis, takes to his bed for three days. Should he disobey, and thus jeopardize his career and the safety of his family? When he emerges from his room his hair has turned white. But his face is calm as he announces his decision: he will issue visas to anyone who asks!

East/West, DVD, 125 minutes, French/Russian with English & French subtitles.  Film follows the plight of a young couple and their child as they choose to go back to the Soviet Union in 1946.  Their arrival is a rude one.  Interrogations are followed by the grim reality of post-war Soviet Union.  Marie (wife) soon starts to rebel against the circumstances, but her husband finds that his talents are needed and appreciated by the authorities, so he starts to get ahead.  She must face a terrifying choice: to leave her husband and child for freedom, or stay and confront a grim future.

Exodus, DVD, 3 ½ hrs, English.Inspired by Leon Uris’ best seller, the film chronicles the birth of Israel. It stars Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint and features and Academy Award winning score.

Family Law, DVD, 100 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles.A touching comedy about a young husband who must learn to become a good son before he can be a good father.

Fateless, DVD, 140 minutes, Hungarian with English subtitles. Set in 1944, a 14 year old boy from Budapest is separated from his family and taken to a concentration camp. It is a surreal adventure in adversity and adaptation.

Focus, DVD and VHS, 106 minutes. The film is based on the Arthur Miller’s story and stars William H. Macy and Linda Dern in a story of anti-Semitism in New York during WWII.

Footnotes, Feature Film, DVD, 106 minutes, Hebrew subtitles. Footnote is the tale of a great rivalry between a father and son, two eccentric professors, who have both dedicated their lives to work in Talmudic Studies.  The father, Eliezer, is a stubborn purist who fears the establishment and has never been recognized for his work.  his son, Uriel, is an up-and coming star in the field, who appears to feed on accolades, endlessly seeking recognition.

For My Father, DVD, 96 minutes, Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles.  A suicide bomber becomes dependent on the kindness of strangers when his explosives won't detonate, giving him time to meet some of the people he's targeting.

(The) Frisco Kid - DVD, 114 minutes, Yiddish and English, comedy. Gene Wilder plays Polish rabbi , Avram Belinsky, who intends to set up a congregation in San Francisco. Eminitely unsuited for life in the Old West, poor Avram is victimized by everyone with whom he comes in contact, Salvation arrives in the unlikely form of taciturn bank robber Tommy, (Harrison Ford). Incredibly, Tommy takes a liking to the feckless Avram, and together the two men embark on a series of seriocomic adventures.

Gentleman’s Agreement, DVD, 118 minutes (black & white).  Gregory Peck plays a journalist assigned to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism.  Searching for an angle, he decides to pose as a Jew - and soon discovers what it is to be a victim of religious intolerance.

Gloomy Sunday, DVD, 114 minutes, German with English subtitles.This bittersweet love story flashes back from the 1990’s to the 1930’s in Budapest. A hit song of the 1930’s, “Gloomy Sunday” was the inspiration for the film.

Hate Crime, DVD, 104 minutes. A provocative thriller, Hate Crime delves deep into intolerance, challenging audiences to question their own prejudices as they witness the heartbreaking consequences of hate and a family's painful quest for retribution.

Hester Street, DVD, 89 minutes. Carol Kane and Steven Keats star in the story of the trials and tribulations of a young Jewish immigrant couple as they discard their old world traditions and adjust to life in New York City in the early 1900’s.

Holocaust, DVD, 7hrs 29 minutes (3 disc set). The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.

(The) Human Resources Manager, DVD, 104 minutes, Romanian & English with English subtitles. A tragi-comedy centered on the HR manager of Israel's largest industrial bakery, who sets out to save the reputation of his business and prevent the publication of a defamatory article.

I am David, DVD, 90 minutes. It is adapted from the novel “North to Freedom” and tells of a 12 year old boy’s escape from a post WWII labor camp and personal journey through Europe to freedom.

Ida, DVD, 80 minutes, Polish with English & French subtitles. On the eve of her vows, 18 year-old novice Anna meets her estranged aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naïve Anna with a stunning revelation. Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida.  Tasked with this new identity, Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family home to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation.

In Darkness, Feature Film, DVD, 144 minutes, Polish/subtitles. From acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland, In Darkness is based on a true story.  Leoplod Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi-occupied city in Poland, one day encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto.  He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town’s sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. 

(The) Infidel, DVD, 105 minutes. Mahmud (Omid Djalili – star comic, Sex and The City 2) is a loving husband, doting father and an admittedly “relaxed” Muslim. A normal guy living an everyday life.  That is until a chance discovery turns his life upside down, throwing him into a full-scale identity crisis: it turns out he’s adopted, and was actually born Jewish.

Invincible, DVD, 135 minutes, Polish, German and English subtitles. The film is based on a true story of a Jewish blacksmith who leaves a Polish shtetl for 1932 Berlin where he is billed the strongest man in the world.

Ira and Abby, DVD, 105 minutes. A sweet, hilarious and slightly subversive romantic comedy that examines the issues of marriage, monogamy and whether "I do" is the only path to life-long love and happiness.

Jacob the Liar, DVD, 120 minutes.In Nazi occupied Poland during WWII Jewish café owner (Robin Williams) invents news bulletins to lift the spirits of the depressed residents of the ghetto.

(The) Jewish Cardinal, DVD, 100 minutes, French with English subtitles.  The amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood and celebrated his dual identity as a Catholic Jew which earned him friends and enemies among both groups.  When Carmelite nuns start building a convent within the walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities - and may be forced at last to choose his side.

Judgment at Nuremberg, DVD, 178 minutes, 1961.  The docu-drama covers the trial of accused war criminals in Germany after WWII.  The script is based on true events that unfolded during the Nuremberg trials in 1948.  There is an all-star cast including: Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark and Marlene Dietrich.

Julia, DVD, 117 minutes, English. Hellman (Jane Fonda) recalls her lifelong relationship with the fiercely independent and politically minded Julia (Vanessa Redgrave). Born to great wealth, Julia devotes her life to political causes fighting fascism in the 1930's. While Hellman is travelling in Europe, she is approached by one of Julia's political friends (Maximilian Schell) and is swept into Julia's world, smuggling money across hostile borders.

La Petite Jerusalem, DVD, 94 minutes, French and Hebrew with English subtitles.The setting is a Paris suburb where immigrant Sephardic Jews live. It depicts the family conflicts when one daughter rebels against their religious life and embraces a secular lifestyle.

Liberty Heights, DVD, 128 minutes. Film maker Barry Levinson returns to his hometown of Baltimore to explore American social change through the eyes of a Jewish family in 1954.

Life is Beautiful, VHS, 118 minutes.  Guido, a charming but bumbling waiter who’s gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor - has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family.  But then, that life is threatened by WWII…and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate.

Life is Beautiful, DVD, 116 minutes.  Guido, a charming but bumbling waiter who’s gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor - has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family.  But then, that life is threatened by WWII…and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate.

Lies My Father Told Me, DVD, 104 minutes. This heart-warming Canadian film classic set in the 1920’s Jewish immigrant community of Montreal is seen primarily through the eyes of David, the grandson. David lives with his Canadian-born parents, his grandfather Zaida, a junk peddler who emigrated from Russia, and Zaida’s aging horse, Ferdeleh. David’s father is a modern materialistic man of science who dreams of striking it rich by designing unique inventions. Zaida, on the other hand, is a humble man who works hard for his living and patiently awaits the arrival of the Messiah. Intuitively, David responds to his grandfather’s love.  Every Sunday, David travels the back alleys of Montreal with Zaida and his horse Ferdeleh and carriage. Zaida answers all of David’s questions about the world in terms of the Creator and the miracles that he performs. But this winter there are no miracles to spare David the pains of growing up.

(The) Little Traitor, DVD, 88 minutes, English. Proffy Liebowitz, a militant yet sensitive eleven year old wants nothing more than for the occupying British to get the hell out of his land. Proffy and his two friends spend most of their time plotting ways to terrorize and/or blow up the British until one evening, while he's out after curfew, Proffy is seized by Sergeant Dunlop, a British officer. Instead of arresting him, he deposits him back home,but what ensues in the weeks to come is a friendship between these two foes. Proffy looks to Dunlop as a father figure as his own father is cold and remote. Dunlop, lonely and poetic, loves the spirited boy and they find lots to talk about in their meetings which Proffy must keep a secret from his friends and family.

Live and Become, DVD, 143 minutes.In 1984, nine year old Salomon was living in a refugee camp in Sudan. His mother sees the Israeli-American airlift of Ethiopian Jews as the only way to save him from the misery, famine and civil war that were ravaging Ethiopia. She puts him on the plane with the words, “GO, live and become.” Salomon is not Jewish. Thus begins the remarkable story of his life in Israel.

Look to the Sky, DVD, 100 minutes. It is a hope filled view of the Holocaust from the perspective of a young Dutch boy who spends much of his childhood in a concentration camp.

Marjorie Morningstar, DVD, 125 minutes.This treasure from the past stars Natalie Wood, Gene Kelly and Ed Wynn. It is the coming of age story of a young Jewish woman in the 1950’s. The setting is New York City and the Catskills. Kelly sings “A Precious Love,” Wood is beautiful, and Wynn has a great character role.

(A) Matter of Size, DVD, 90 minutes (subtitles).  A group of fat people from the Israeli city of Ramla is fed up with the sanctity of diets and the 'Dictatorship of the Thinness' of the diet workshop they participate in. They leave it and discover the world of sumo, where fat people like them are honored and appreciated. Through sumo they are connecting to themselves and to their fat body, each one in his own way.

(A) Mighty Heart, DVD, 108 minutes. This is an adaptation of Mariane Pearl’s memoir and is a detailed account of the search for kidnapped Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002. Pearl was kidnapped in Karachi, Pakistan by supporters of Islamic radical cleric Omar Sheikh.

Modigliani, DVD, 127 minutes.The post WWI golden age of art in Paris is the backdrop for the story and struggles of Jewish painter, Amadeo Modigliani.

Never Forget, VHS, 94 minutes. This film tells the story of Mel Mermelstein, a Jewish survivor of the Nazi Holocaust who was angered and horrified at the gall of the Institute for Historical Review, a neo Nazi organization dedicated to claiming the Holocaust never happened. When a friend notes that this kind of lying represents a breach of contract, leaving the organization open to a lawsuit, Mermelstein presents his proof, and takes them to court. Now, Mermelstein must battle the neo Nazis not only in court, but outside as well as they try to intimidate him to drop a case that would lead the legal recognition of the Holocaust's occurrence being declared an incontestable fact.

Nowhere in Africa, DVD, 142 minutes. A family flees Berlin in 1938 and try to adapt to their new life in Kenya. This film won an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Film (German with English subtitles) and was the best received film at our 2004 Festival.

O Jerusalem, DVD, 100 minutes.  An epic drama re-creating the historic struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. The film is told from alternating viewpoints of the Jews, Arabs and Brits, all of whom collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem. It brings to the forefront themes of courage, terrorism, deprivation, politics and a strong sense of morality.

One Day You’ll Understand, DVD, 90 minutes, French with English subtitles.  As the 1987 trial of Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie unfolds on television, Victor Bastien reviews old family documents and finds a distressing “Aryan declaration” authored by his late father, a discovery that throws Victor’s conception of his family’s history into darkness.  His mother, Rivka, keeps a stubborn silence about the past, while Tania, his sister, defends their father’s declaration.  At the same time, Victor’s wife and children grow concerned about his increasing distraction. 

(The) Only Way, DVD, 86 minutes. In April 1940, the armies of Nazi Germany invaded Denmark. The Danish government promised peaceful cooperation on the condition that Denmark s Jews remain free. The Nazi s agreed. In October, 1943, the agreement was broken...This is the true and magnificent saga of Denmark s valorous actions to save Danish Jews from Nazi extermination at peril of death! For the Danes, this was THE ONLY WAY.

The Other Son, DVD, 105 minutes, French with English subtitles.  As her is preparing to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, and that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yacine, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank.  This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.

Out of the Ashes, VHS, 120 minutes, English. Christine Lahti stars in this made-for-cable film based on the real-life story of Gisella Perl, a Jewish Hungarian doctor imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz death camp of World War II.

(The) Pawnbroker, DVD, 111 minutes.Rod Steiger gives a mesmerizing performance as the embittered survivor of a Nazi death camp who can’t escape the ghosts of the past or the painful lesson that awaits him in the future.

(The) Pianist, DVD, 150 minutes.  The true-life story of brilliant pianist and composer Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) whose promising career was interrupted by the onset of WWII. This powerful, ultimately triumphant film follows Szpilman’s heroic and inspirational journey of survival with the unlikely help from a sympathetic German officer.

Play the Game, DVD, 105 minutes. A young ladies' man teaches his dating tricks to his lonely, widowed grandfather, and plays his best mind games to meet the woman of his dreams. Starring Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts.

(A)Price above Rubies, DVD, 116 minutes. Set in Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish community, this is a story about a young woman (Sonia) who harbors doubts about continuing to follow the path of her religion.  Sonia always did just what was expected: she married the right man, moved to the right neighborhood and had a beautiful baby.  But when she discovers an exciting world beyond her tightly knit community, it sparks a growing desire for independence that threatens the security of the perfect life she knows.

(The)Prince of Egypt, DVD, 74 minutes, English.  This is the extraordinary tale of two brothers named Moses and Ramses, one born of royal blood, and one an orphan with a secret past. Growing up the best of friends, they share a strong bond of free-spirited youth and good-natured rivalry. But the truth will ultimately set them at odds, as one becomes the ruler of the most powerful empire on earth, and the other the chosen leader of his people! Their final confrontation will forever change their lives and the world.

Remembrance, DVD, 105 minutes, German and English/English subtitles. A remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in 1944 Poland. This impossible passion fuels the courage of a Polish prisoner who manages to rescue his Jewish girlfriend. Against all odds, they escape the camp and survive a treacherous journey to freedom. But during the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died. More than thirty years later in New York, the happily married 52-year-old woman accidentally finds out that her former Polish lover is still alive. And she has to see him again.

Reuniting the Rubins, DVD, 97 Minutes, Comedy; An up-tight lawyer, Lenny Rubins, (Timothy Spall-The Kings Speech), has to put his dream retirement on hold when his ailing mother (Honor Blackman-Goldfinger) emotionally blackmails him into reuniting his estranged children for a Jewish Holiday.
 
Rosenstrasse, DVD, 136 minutes, German and English/English subtitles.A moving testament to a handful of Aryan women who save the lives of their Jewish husbands in 1943 Berlin. This is a powerful film of love, loss and reconciliation. Based on a true story.

Run Boy Run, DVD, 107 minutes, German, Polish, Russian with subtitles.  Escaping the Warsaw ghetto at the behest of his father, nine-year old Srulik flees to the woods. There, he learns to hide from SS patrols and scour for food, until loneliness and the harsh onset of winter drive him back to civilization. Taken in by a kindhearted farmer’s wife (Elisabeth Duda), he is given shelter and a new identity. Passing himself off as Jurek, a Christian war orphan, the intrepid boy traverses the countryside from village to village, working as a farmhand under an ever-present threat of persecution. Some will help him survive and others will betray him. Just when it seems his childhood memories and identity could be lost forever, Jurek’s harrowing journey culminates in a powerhouse conclusion and postscript. 

Sarah’s Key, DVD 111 minutes. In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942. Also have Book on CD available.

Saviors in the Night, DVD, 97 minutes, German with English subtitles. Based on the memories of Marga Spiegel. In her narrative, published in 1965, she describes how courageous farmers in southern Munsterland hid her, her husband Siegfried and their little daughter Karin from 1943 until 1945, thus saving them from deportation to the extermination camps in the East. Without reservation, the farmers offer the refugees their protection. That this turns them into heroes would never occur to them. They are used to weathering even dangerous situations somehow, guided only by their instinct and century-old code of ethics. They risk their own lives, and, if necessary, even that of their families. There is never a discussion about friendship, reliability, humanity.

Schindler’s List, VHS, 3hours 17minutes. A Stephen Spielberg Film that won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Picture, presents the incredible true story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1100 Jews during the Holocaust.   
 
Schindler’s List, DVD, 3hours 16minutes (includes “Voices from the List” special feature). A Stephen Spielberg Film that won the 1993 Academy Award for Best Picture, presents the incredible true story of Oskar Schindler, a Nazi, womanizer, and war profiteer who saved the lives of more than 1100 Jews during the Holocaust.

School Ties, DVD, 107 minutes. After receiving a scholarship to an exclusive prep school, a working class teen becomes a star athlete. But the ties of his new found friendships are broken when a student reveals his secret – he is Jewish.

(A) Secret, DVD, 110 minutes, French with English subtitles.  Francois, a solitary, imaginative child, invents for himself a brother as well as the story of his parents’ past.  But on his fifteenth birthday, he discovers a dark family secret that ties his family’s history to the Holocaust and shatters his illusions forever.

(The) Secrets, DVD, 120 minutes, Hebrew and French with English subtitles. Two Jewish women study in a seminary in Tzfat (Safed) and struggle to discover their own voices in the repressive and male dominated world of Orthodox Judaism.

Selma, DVD, 128 min, English, PG-13.  True story of courage and hope that changed the world forever.  Martin Luther King, Jr. rallied his followers on the historic march from Selma to Montgomery  in the face of violent opposition, an event that became a milestone victory for the civil rights movement.

Selma, Lord, Selma, DVD, 89 minutes, English, PG.  In 1965, during the turbulent early days of the right-to-cote movement, a young Alabama schoolgirl is inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, JR. to resist the degradation that her fellow African-Americans are suffering.  Along with a white seminary student from the north…and against the ever-increasing threat of racial violence…she promises to do what she can to help Dr. King’s efforts.

(A) Serious Man, DVD, 106 minutes.  Physics professor Larry Gopnik can’t believe his life: His wife is leaving him for his best friend, his unemployed brother won’t move off the couch, someone is threatening his career, his kids are a mystery and his neighbor is tormenting him by sunbathing nude.  Struggling to make sense of it all, Larry consults three different rabbis and their answers lead him on a twisted journey of faith, family, delinquent behavior and mortality.

Steel Toes, DVD, 90 minutes. Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night and Good Luck) portrays a soul-searching Jewish lawyer appointed by the court to represent a neo-Nazi skinhead on trial for the racially motivated murder of an East Indian immigrant.

Stolen Summer, DVD, 93 minutes. A touching story of a young Catholic boy on a quest to help a dying Jewish friend get into heaven. Appropriate for children and family viewing.

Taking Sides, DVD, 108 minutes.Based on fact, Taking Sides dramaticizes the post-WWII investigation of Wilhelm Furtwangler, brilliant Berlin Philharmonic conductor and accused Nazi collaborator. Taking Sides is a thought-provoking exploration of the artists social responsibility, and more broadly, of the difficult choice between disloyalty and complicity that anyone must make when living under an evil regime.

(The) Tenants, DVD, 97 minutes. Set in 1972 Brooklyn, Henry Lesser (Dylan McDermott) is the sole tenant in a rundown tenement struggling to finish a novel. His solitary pursuit of the sublime grows complicated when Willie Spearmint (Snoop Dogg), a black militant writer, moves into the building. Henry and Willie are artistic rivals and unwilling neighbors, and their uneasy peace is disturbed by the presence of Willie's white girlfriend and the landlord's attempt to evict both men and demolish the building.

Tevye, DVD, 96 minutes, Yiddish/English subtitles. This memorable adaptation of Sholem Aleichem’s play was filmed in 1939. It centers on Chave who is Tevye, the dairyman’s daughter, who marries Fedye the Ukranian. It is the first non-English language film to be included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

Uprising, DVD, 177 minutes.The film chronicles the uprising of the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943. Disc 2 includes documentaries with actual participants.

Ushpizin, DVD, 92 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.A touching and amusing story of the Haredi (ultra-orthodox) in Jerusalem and their ushpizin (guests) during Sukkot.

Walk on Water, DVD, 104 minutes, Hebrew, English, German/English subtitles, made in Israel and Berlin. Director Eytan Fox explores issues of relationships, use of violence and reconciliation in this popular film about modern Israel.

Waltz with Bashin, DVD, 90 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles. Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign film in 2008, this Israeli production fuses animation and documentary to examine a man’s memory of the first Lebanon war. It mixes real with surreal, the personal and the political.

Westbank Story, DVD, 21 minutes. A musical comedy about competing falafel stands in the West Bank where an Israeli soldier falls in love with a Palestinian cashier. Nominated for an Academy Award for best short subject.

Wondrous Oblivion, DVD, 160 minutes, English.Lack of tolerance for Jews and Blacks in London in the 1960’s is the backdrop for a story of coming of age and friendship. Reggae, Calypso and Ska music is featured.

(The) ZigZag Kid, DVD, 95 minutes, Dutch & French with English subtitles.Nono wants to be like his father - the best police inspector in the world - but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track. However, during the train ride Nono gets one last chance to prove himself... Together with master-burglar Felix Glick - an old acquaintance of his father - he stops the train and enters a world of disguises, chases, French chansons and Zohara, a mysterious woman whose secrets will change Nono's life forever.