Film Reels

Films We Screened Online 

In the past year, like many other film festivals, we tried to create a series of programs that would engage our audience and keep us connected. In one of these popular and ongoing series "Around the World with Fred," a film was made available for streaming from four to six days for free and one evening during that run, award-winning author and historian Fred Rosenbaum would place the film into its historic/cultural context.

 

In addition, we streamed new releases that had just missed their in person premieres due to the pandemic. Israeli Director Eytan Fox's latest movie Sublet, and Megan Thomas' thriller A Call to Spy  were those titles. Below is the list of movies that kept us in touch even though we were physically apart. If you missed the screening of any of these titles, you may find them in Chai Flicks or various other streaming services. You can also visit justwatch.com and search by title to find their availabilities online.   

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Shamir, His Way

(May 2021)

ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW / 2020

This documentary reveals an important slice of history and explores several unreported actions by the late Prime Minister of Israel, especially those in 1991, a pivotal year that started with Iraqi missiles launched on Israel and ended with the consequential Madrid Peace Conference. 

We Were the Others

(April 2021)

ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW / 2019

The film tells the story of six gay men that were born in the days of the establishment of the State of Israel. Their stories serve as the film's background for the depiction of the clandestine and undocumented lives of homosexuals in Israel during the 1960-70s.

BELGIUM, FRANCE, ISRAEL / DRAMA / AMHARIC, FRENCH, HEBREW / 2005

This acclaimed French/Israeli drama is a tour de force. With stellar acting and a powerfully moving story, it captures the challenges of a young Ethiopian boy from his rescue from a refugee camp in the Sudan through his growing up in Israel. 

Live and Become

(March 2021)

ETHIOPIA, USA / DOCUMENTARY / AMHARIC, ENGLISH, HEBREW / 2019

This award-winning documentary follows two young Ethiopian Jewish men on their fateful trip to America where they advocate for an expanded immigration of Ethiopian Jews to Israel.

The Passengers

(March 2021)

Six Minutes to Midnight

(March 2021)

USA / DRAMA / ENGLISH / 2021

Based on true events, this drama starts in the summer of 1939, just weeks prior to the start of WWII. Thomas Miller (Eddie Izzard) has been hired to teach English to the daughters of high-ranking Nazis at the Augusta-Victoria College, a finishing school on the southern coast of England. Under the watchful eye of their headmistress Miss Rocholl (Judi Dench), and her dedicated assistant Ilse Keller (Carla Juri), the girls practice their English and deportment, increase their physical fitness, and learn how to represent the ideal of German "womanhood." However, with war imminent, many of the people in the small town resent the students' presence.

Dough

(February 2021)

UK / COMEDY, DRAMA / ENGLISH / 2016

Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) clings to his way of life as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. Understaffed, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his immigrant mother make ends meet. Dough is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.

ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW, ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 2018

Ofir Trainin's documentary Family In Transition, tells the story of an Israeli family after Amit, a husband and father of four, living in a small traditional town, reveals to his family that he's a transgender woman. The film follows the courage and tolerance demonstrated by all family members insisting on staying together despite personal difficulties and social stigmas and believing that love will overcome all difficulties, and gives us a unique perspective on the experiences of the trans community in Israel.

Family In Transition

(February 2021)

USA / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH  / 2016

Join award-winning Chef Michael Solomonov on a delicious journey to meet Israel’s top chefs, home cooks, vintners and cheese-makers. They represent more than 100 cultures that reflect Israel’s diverse society. Discover the rich and human story that emerges from the food of Israel. 

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

(February 2021)

GREECE / COMEDY, DRAMA / GREEK, ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 2003

Fanis, a forty year old astrophysics professor, journeys back to his childhood home. In affectionate, uplifting scenes, A Touch Of Spice portrays Fanis’ relationship with his beloved grandfather, the pain he suffered from being thrown out of Turkey at an early age, and the difficulties his family faced as they adjusted to life in Greece.

A Touch of Spice

(January 2021)

USA / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH / 2020

Via London, Versailles, and Instagram, Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles follows famous chef Yotam Ottolenghi on his quest to bring the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Ottolengi and the Cakes of Versailles

(January 2021)

ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW, ENGLISH SUBTITLES / 2020

The film shines a light on several LGBT men and women who, for religious reasons, decided to marry against their own sexual orientation. They married in order to be accepted into their families and religious communities.

Marry Me However 

(January 2021)

USA / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH / 2020

Common cause was found in the turbulent ‘60s Civil Rights era, as Jewish leaders backed Dr. King’s efforts at racial equality and harmony. Yet, the relationship has frayed in recent years, as a once mighty bond of support and respect has seemingly faded, been forgotten or ignored.

Shared Legacies

(January 2021)

USA / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH / 2014

In Berlin in the 1930's, the civil rights of Jews were systematically stripped away. A young rabbi refused to be silent. His name was Joachim Prinz and he set out to restore the self-esteem of the German Jews.

Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent

(January 2021)

ARGENTINA / DRAMA / SPANISH / SUBTITLED / 2011

Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, with her mother Dora, until one tragic morning in 1994 everything changes.  

Anita

 (December 2020)

USA / BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA, THRILLER  / ENGLISH / 2019 / PG-13

When winning World War II seemed hopeless, one group of extraordinary women changed the course of history forever.

A Call To Spy

(November 2020)

ISRAEL, USA / DRAMA / HEBREW, ENGLISH / SUBTITLED / 2020

Set in Tel Aviv, Eytan Fox's newest film SUBLET is a warm, touching drama about relationships, hope and self-discovery.

Sublet

(October 2020)

FRANCE / DRAMA / FRENCH / SUBTITLED / 2016

A dedicated history teacher at a French high school is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. 

Once In A Lifetime (September 2020)

SLOVAKIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, AUSTRIA / COMEDY, DRAMA / ENGLISH, RUSSIAN / SUBTITLED / 2018

Setting off with a pistol, 80-year-old translator Ali Ungár travels from Slovakia to Vienna to take revenge on the former SS man who he believes was responsible for his parents’ execution.

The Interpreter

(August 2020)

AUSTRIA, GERMANY / DRAMA, HISTORY, WAR / CHEZCH, GERMAN / SUBTITLED / 2018

The life of a naive young man from a small Austrian town is changed forever after he moves to Vienna to learn a trade from a tobacconist.

The Tobacconist

(July 2020)