Films We Streamed
In 2022, our Year-Round programs remained mostly virtual as our audience enjoyed the accessibility and availability while continuing to follow their safety practices. These programs consisted of films where guest speakers gave us valuable insight and information on their subjects.
Below is the list of films we streamed since the beginning of 2022. If you missed any of these titles, please check Chai Flicks or other streaming services. You can also visit justwatch.com and search by film name to find their availabilities online. For the films we streamed since the beginning of the pandemic until the end of 2021, please visit, Films We Streamed in 2020 and 2021.
USA, ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH / 2022
A treat for the senses, this delectable showcase of culinary heritage gives hope to the idea that collaboration in the kitchen could be a bridge to mutual understanding and, perhaps, a first step toward a lasting peace.
ISRAEL / DRAMA / HEBREW, AMHARIC, ENGLISH / 2022
Although the 1984 Operation Moses brought thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel under dangerous conditions, thousands of their relatives, neighbors and friends remained in Ethiopia awaiting rescue. Exodus 91 is an extraordinary docudrama that follows Israeli diplomat Asher Naim on a seemingly insurmountable mission to bring 14,000 of this ancient community to Israel. In 1991, as Ethiopia is collapsing under famine and a civil war, the diplomat tries to negotiate the release of the remaining Ethiopian Jews, all the time navigating the treacherous world of bureaucracy and international politics. The result was Operation Solomon, one of the largest airlifts in history.
Together with Exodus 91, IJWC also streamed the 2002 short documentary Tzvika, where we meet the Israeli Ethiopian dancer Tzvika Iskias. A recent interview with Tzvika, who is well-known in Israel for his intense and versatile dancing style as well as for his acting, was included with the film.
UKRAINE, LITHUANIA, GEORGIA, US, SPAIN, CANADA / DRAMA / GERMAN, RUSSIAN / 2019
1919, Ukraine. The world is torn by hatred and revenge in the wake of the First World War and the Russian Revolution. Anton, a Catholic, and Jakob, a Jew, refuse to let their religious differences prevent a friendship. Their story unfolds in a small village near the Black Sea, a region settled by German families many decades earlier, and where Jakob’s family lives.
FRANCE / BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA, HISTORY / FRENCH / 2008
June 1940 — A refugee crisis of historic proportions. Paris is occupied. Millions of refugees fleeing the advancing Nazi troops rush to Bordeaux, in the South of France. A veritable sea of humanity comes seeking passage to England, Spain, Portugal, and, by these routes, to America. An anxious crowd surrounds the Consulate of Portugal, an officially “neutral” nation. The Portuguese Consul, Aristides de Sousa Mendes, has been forbidden by his country’s Prime Minister Salazar 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, he announces his decision.
ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW, ENGLISH, ARABIC / 2021
In the revealing documentary Upheaval featuring interviews with Israeli and American leaders and archival footage, the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin is seen as a proud yet scarred leader haunted by the Holocaust and decades of war who struggles to balance history and heroism. He won (along with Anwar Sadat and President Jimmy Carter) the Nobel Peace Prize and was behind the operations to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel beginning in the late 1970s. He gave the go-ahead to bomb Saddam Hussein’s Osirak nuclear reactor in 1981. He also fought David Ben-Gurion over Israel’s getting reparations from West Germany. Throughout his career, he remained a controversial leader whose unwavering commitment to the Jewish people would result in untoward consequences.
CANADA, GERMANY, ISRAEL, SWEDEN, UK / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH / 2019
After Munich is about the aftermath of the Munich Olympic massacre of eleven Israeli athletes in 1972 and how four women's lives have been changed forever. The streaming of this documentary was part of the program "50 Years After Munich."
USA / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH / 1997
Narrated by Morley Safer, the film Exodus 1947 tells the voyage of the ship that launched a nation. The streaming of this documentary was part of the program "Will the Real Ari Ben Canaan Please Stand Up?"
FRANCE / BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA, HISTORY / FRENCH / 2014
This gripping drama traces Simone Veil’s courageous fight to legalize abortion in France. Veil, a teenage Auschwitz survivor, was a French health minister who advocated for groundbreaking legislation.
USA / COMEDY, FILM-NOIR / ENGLISH / 1950
This 1950 black comedy/film noir was directed and co-written by Billy Wilder and is considered one of the 100 best American films of the 20th century. William Holden stars as a struggling screenwriter who is drawn into the fantasy world of a former silent film star, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson).
ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW / 2020
The powerfully moving, mind-opening documentary Transkids follows four Israeli teenagers who undergo the process of life-and-identity-saving gender transformation.
ISRAEL, JORDAN, NETHERLANDS / DOCUMENTARY / HEBREW / 2019
A Palestinian chemist from the village of Sur Baher decides to move from his village to Kibbutz Ketura in the Arava, where he will serve as the academic director of the Arava Institute, which trains students from the Arab countries and Israel. The story of the Palestinian, who seeks to advance peace in the Middle East, develops into the story of the founders of the kibbutz who emigrated from the United States swearing to fix the world and the State of Israel.
GERMANY / BIOGRAPHY, DRAMA, HISTORY, WAR / GERMAN, HEBREW / 2017
Four young men and women try to remain “invisible” in Berlin by using their own ingenuity to stay alive. It is June 1943, and The Third Reich infamously declares the city “judenfrei”—free of Jews. But at that moment, there are actually 7,000 Jews still living there—hiding in attics, basements and warehouses, with some of them protected by courageous Berliners. This innovative, “hybrid” film interweaves dramatic re-enactments with actual testimony to bring edge-of-the-seat suspense to the screen.