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Film Reels

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.

ISRAEL / DOCUMENTARY / ENGLISH, GERMAN, FRENCH / 2021

The main protagonist of this award-winning documentary is Albert Speer, an architect and good friend of Adolf Hitler. He was sentenced to prison at Nuremberg for his work as the Minister of Armaments and War Production in Nazi Germany. Following his release, Paramount Studios began adapting his memoir, Inside the Third Reich, for a film that would have whitewashed his involvement in Nazi atrocities. The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.


Speer Goes to Hollywood
(June 2023)

ISRAEL / DRAMA / ARABIC / 2012

This powerfully moving drama follows teen Kabi during the final years of Jewish life in Iraq. In the early 1950s, Iraqi Jews, the oldest Jewish community in the world, fled rising persecution and immigrated to Israel. The film reveals the complex existence of Iraqi Jews who had strong ties to the surrounding Muslim world and Arabic culture, yet simultaneously feared for its safety. It pays tribute to the nearly 130,000 Jews who fled the country. Based on Eli Amir's best-selling novel Farewell Baghdad.


The Dove Flyer
(May 2023)

NORWAY / DRAMA, HISTORY / NORWEGIAN / 2021

Based on a true story, this Norwegian film is a sober reflection of how one Jewish family, the Braudes, thought that the ravages of war would not reach them or their country's community. Brilliantly filmed and emotionally powerful, this saga is a story of unexpected treachery, the often unseen bureaucratic work that supported the Nazi genocide, and the impact of antisemitism on the Jews of Norway.


Betrayed
(April 2023)

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.


Breaking Bread
(February 2023)


Exodus 91
(January 2023)

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.


Anton
(December 2022)


Disobedience
(November 2022)

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.


Upheaval
(October 2022)

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."


After Munich
(August 2022)

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?"


Exodus 1947
(August 2022)

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.
 


The Law
(July 2022)

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).


Sunset Boulevard
(June 2022)

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. 


Transkids
(May 2022)

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.


The Optimists
(January 2022)


The Invisibles
(January 2022)

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.

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