Jewish Federation of NEPA Jewish Film Library
(New films denoted with an asterisk *)
A Tale of Love and Darkness
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman directs and stars in the emotional and thought-provoking story about Fania, a young wife and mother in war-torn Jerusalem, during the early years of the State of Israel. Stifled in her relationship and weary from the tedium of her new life, Fania creates fantastical stories for Amos, her 10-year-old son, amazing him with tales of adventure and beauty— stories that would influence the boy to become a writer himself. Based on the international best-selling memoir by Amos Oz.
Based on the acclaimed book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, Denial recounts Deborah E. Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving (BAFTA nominee Timothy Spall), who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team, led by Richard Rampton, to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred.
In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. One Nazis come to Italy, their caretakers organize the departure of the children Switzerland. Based on a true story.
Hidden in Silence
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, Catholic teenage Stefania Podgorska chooses the role of a savior and sneaks 13 Jewish into her attic.
*Hummus: The Movie
Personal stories of the colorful men and women who simply live their lives and love their hummus.
*If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
Carl Reiner tracks down several nonagenarians to show how the twilight years can be rewarding.
*Itzhak; a film by Alison Chernick
This film looks beyond the sublime musician, to see the polio survivor whose parents emigrated from Poland to Israel ultimately bringing the prodigy violinist to New York’s Julliard. As charming and entrancing as the famous violinist himself, this documentary is a portrait of musical virtuosity enclosed in warmth, humor and above all, love.
Loving Leah: A Hallmark Hall of Fame Classic
A handsome Washington, D.C. doctor and a young New York woman fall in love at an unusual time…after they get married. Leah Lever is married to an Orthodox rabbi, Benjamin Lever, whose brother, Jake, is a successful cardiologist and a non-practicing Jew. Jake is stunned when Benjamin dies suddenly, but not as stunned as when he is told that, under an ancient Jewish Law, he is expected to marry the childless Leah to carry on Benjamin’s name. The only alternative is to go through a ceremony where Jake must deny his brother’s existence. For Jake, that’s unthinkable, so impulsively he suggests to Leah that they get married and maintain a secretly platonic relationship. Eager to pursue her own dreams, Leah gladly accepts. Their oversimplified plan to live separate lives under the same roof proves challenging when Leah’s suspicious mother shows up unexpectedly. The harder they try to disguise their “pretend” marriage, the more their appreciation for each other’s worlds grows – and out of understanding, a real love develops. Loving Leah is a heart-warming story.
Inspired by real events, Munich reveals the intense story of the secret Israeli squad assign to track down and assassinate the 121 Palestinians believed to have planned the 1972 Munich massacre of 11 Israeli athletes. ( The Jewish Film Library also owns the movie “Twenty One Hours in Munich” about the massacre at the Olympics).
In this intense, courtroom thriller, Chicago attorney Ann Talbot agrees to defend her Hungarian immigrant father Mike Laszlo against accusations of heinous war crimes committed 50 years earlier.
Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the margins of New York City power and money and strives to be everyone’s friend. His incessant networking leads him nowhere until he ends up befriending a young but charismatic politician, Micha Eshel at a low point in his life. Three years later, the politician becomes the Prime Minister of Israel. Norman uses Eshel’s name to leverage his biggest deal ever: a series of quid pro quo transactions linking the Prime Minister to Norman’s nephew, a rabbi, a mogul, his assistant and a treasury official from the Ivory Coast. Norman’s plans soon go awry, creating the potential for an international catastrophe he must struggle to prevent. Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer is a comedic and compassionate drama of a man whose downfall is rooted in human frailty all too easy to forgive—a need to matter.
*Rejoice with Itzhak Perlman and Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot
This film celebrates the extraordinary artistic world of Eastern European Jewish music thanks to the joined forces of legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman and renowned cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot. These two incomparable virtuosos unite for an evening of cantorial masterpieces and much more.
Remember is the suspense-filled story of Zev, an Auschwitz survivor who discovers that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some seventy years ago is living in America under an assumed name.
The Devil’s Arithmetic
Sixteen-year-old Hanna Stern was a typical American teenager who ignores her family’s heritage until a mystical Passover seder takes her back in time to German-occupied Poland on an emotional journey of life, death, and survival.
The Impossible Spy
The story of the life and death of Israel’s most celebrated spy, Elie Cohen.
The Last Butterfly
This World War II drama stars Tom Courtenay as the famous French Mime Antoine Moreau. Ordered by the Nazis to provide ‘the greatest show of his life’ for use as propaganda showing the kinder side of the Nazis as the war draws to a close, Moreau decides to risk everything to tell the world the real truth behind this monumental lie, and although as a mime he is pledged to keep his lips sealed, his voice must be heard.
The Women’s Balcony
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An accident during a Bar Mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout community in Jerusalem.
The Wedding Plan
A poignant and funny romantic comedy about love, marriage, and faith in life’s infinite possibilities.
*A Yiddish World Remembered
This film is a PBS presentation and winner of the 2002 NY-NATAS Emmy Award. It is the story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe brought to life again by some of the last remaining eyewitnesses. Narrated by Elliot Gould and accompanied by never-before-seen archival films, photographs, and music, the documentary takes a realistic and enlightening look at this all-but-vanished way of life.
The Zookeeper’s Wife
In 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinska (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband successfully run the Warsaw Zoo and raise their family in an idyllic existence. Their world is overturned, however, when the country is invaded by the Nazis and they are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed zoologist (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Zabinskis risk everything by covertly working with the Resistance and using the zoo’s hidden tunnels and cages to save families from Nazi brutality.
Above and Beyond
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish-American pilots answered a call for help. As members of Machal- “volunteers from abroad”- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.
Body and Soul: The State of the Jewish Nation
A powerful documentary sets the record straight eloquently and comprehensively. It not only shows the undeniable historical connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, but also succeeds in debunking propaganda, myths and misinformation that have become accepted as truth by many people.
The story of the fantastic rescue at Entebbe and the loss of Yonatan Netanyahu (brother of the Prime Minister). The Jewish Film Library also owns an Israeli film about the rescue at Entebbe entitled “Operation Thunderbolt”
Hava Nagila (the Movie)
Hava Nigila is a documentary romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the great Jewish standard.
I’m Still Here
Real Diaries of young people during the Holocaust.
Jews and Baseball (narrated by Dustin Hoffman)
Israel: The Royal Tour
A delightful tour headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and travel correspondent Peter Greenberg.
The amazing story of Sir Nicholas Winton who created, on his own, a Kinder-transport in Czechoslovakia saving 669 children from the Nazi inferno.
No Place on Earth-
The harrowing story of Esther Stermer and her family and friends who escaped extermination by the Nazis by hiding in an underground cave is unearthed by accident when cave explorer, Chris Nicola stumbles upon remnants left behind by the cave dwellers.
Rosenwald tells the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of an immigrant peddler who never finished high school, who rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build 5,300 schools, providing 660,000 black children with access to education in the segregated American South.
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg
The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers and Soldiers and Peacemakers
A two disc- set based on the international best-seller by Ambassador Yehuda Avner