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New York Jewish Film Festival 2010

January 13, 2010 - January 28, 2010

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Documentary: 13 film(s)
Ahead of Time
Chronicle of a Kidnap
Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades / Les Commandos De La Mor
Forgotten Transports: To Poland / Zapomenute Trasnporty: Do Polsko
Gevald!
Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
A History of Israeli Cinema
Human Failure / Menschliches Versagen
The Jazz Baroness
Leap of Faith
Leon Blum: For All Mankind
Making the Crooked Straight
The Peretzniks / Perecowicze



Ahead of Time
Bob Richman, USA, 2009, 73m
U.S. Premiere
Born in Brooklyn in 1911, Ruth Gruber had an extraordinary career as a foreign correspondent and photojournalist spanning seven decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic (in 1935), she escorted Holocaust refugees to America in ’44, covered the Nuremberg trials in ’46, and reported on the plight of the ship Exodus in ’47. In this riveting documentary Gruber recounts her adventures with gentle humor and deep insight.
Ruth Gruber and Zeva Oelbaum, Producer, will be in attendance at all screenings. Bob Richman, Director, will be in attendance on 1/14.

preceded by


Making the Crooked Straight
Susan Cohn Rockefeller, USA, 2008, 29m
New York Premiere/ Watch the trailer.
Dr. Rick Hodes, an Orthodox Jew born on Long Island, has dedicated the past 20 years of his life to helping heal the sick and poor of Ethiopia, focusing on patients with tuberculosis of the spine. This extraordinary documentary explores his work, his unusual family life—he has fostered 17 children—and the spirituality guiding his choices. HBO Documentary Films.
Susan Cohn Rockefeller, Director, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



Einsatzgruppen: The Death Brigades / Les Commandos De La Mor
Michaël Prazan, France, 2009, m
U.S. Premiere
This meticulous documentary looks at the Einsatzgruppen, mobile commandos who carried out the murder of 1.5 million Jews, Roma (gypsies), Communists, disabled people, partisans, and Soviet prisoners of war. Highly educated officers delegated most of the killing to those commandos. Featuring newly discovered archival material, this extraordinary film also includes testimony from Holocaust survivors, witnesses, and perpetrators. Part I: The Mass Graves (1941-1942); Part II: The Funeral Pyres (1942-1945). Shown with one intermission.
Michael Prazan, Director, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



Forgotten Transports: To Poland / Zapomenute Trasnporty: Do Polsko
Lukás Pribyl, Czech Republic, 2009, 90m
New York Premiere
Lukás Pribyl (Forgotten Transports: To Estonia, NYJFF 2009) returns with a moving documentary on Czech Jews deported by the Nazis to camps and ghettos in Eastern Poland’s Lublin region. Using meticulous research methods and declassified archival footage and photographs, Pribyl delves into the psyche of individuals on the run. Of the nearly 13,000 Czech and Moravian Jews deported to Poland, only 50 survived; several provide testimony for the first time.
Lukas Pribyl, Director, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



Gevald!
Ron Ofer & Yohai Hakak, Israel, 2009, 50m
New York Premiere
This astonishing documentary juxtaposes the lives of two of Israel’s most prominent ultra- Orthodox leaders. Shmuel Chaim Pappenheim is an anti-Zionist radical activist who organizes mass protests against the secular state. The late Avraham Ravitz was a former IDF soldier and a longtime Knesset member who worked within the system to advance his constituency’s religious agenda. This film closely follows them as the 2006 elections approach.

preceded by


Chronicle of a Kidnap
Nurit Kedar, Israel, 2008, 55m
New York Premiere
In this riveting documentary, activist Karnit Goldwasser steps into the media spotlight on behalf of her husband Ehud (Udi), a soldier abducted in 2006 by Hezbollah in Lebanon. The film is an intimate portrait of Karnit’s heroic efforts to lobby for Ehud’s release.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



A History of Israeli Cinema
Raphaël Nadjari, France/Israel, 2009, 210m
Raphaël Nadjari (Tehilim, NYJFF 2008) returns with an extraordinary documentary on the evolution of Israel’s cinema and its parallels with the country’s history. Clips and interviews with directors, scholars and critics—including NYJFF alumni Joseph Cedar, Amos Gitai, and Moshe Mizrahi—explore early Zionist propaganda films, ethnic comedies aimed at Sephardic immigrants, political films of the ’80s, and more. Part I covers 1933-1978. Part II covers 1978-2005. Shown with one intermission.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



Human Failure / Menschliches Versagen
Michael Verhoeven, Germany, 2008, 91m
New York Premiere
In this chilling documentary, Michael Verhoeven (director of the Oscar-nominated feature The Nasty Girl) reveals the expropriation and sale of Jewish assets that benefited innumerable citizens of the Third Reich. Using documentation from recently opened German archives and riveting interviews with archivists, historians, and descendants of Jewish families who lost apartments, bank accounts and property, Verhoeven uncovers involvement at all levels, from tax officials to merchants to the next-door neighbors.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



The Jazz Baroness
Hannah Rothschild, UK, 2009, 90m
New York Premiere
A descendant of the famous Jewish dynasty, Baroness Pannonica “Nica” Rothschild de Konigswarter abruptly leaves her family and creates a new one among celebrated jazz musicians in postwar New York. She goes on to become Thelonious Monk’s close friend and muse, a patron saint for the bebop world. Documentary filmmaker Hannah Rothschild delves into her great aunt’s biography, Monk’s troubled mental health, and the pair’s different backgrounds. Featuring illuminating interviews with Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins, Clint Eastwood, The Duchess of Devonshire—and the voice of Helen Mirren as Nica.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



Leap of Faith
Stephen Z. Friedman & Antony Benjamin, USA, , 95m
New York Premiere
Four families experience the difficulties of abandoning their traditions and embracing Judaism in this groundbreaking documentary. Subjects include former Messianic Jews in Colorado; a recent bat mitzvah whose admission to a Jewish high school is challenged; a single mother and U.S. Army reservist whose 10-year-old son is deeply conflicted over religious and filial allegiances; and a motivated Trinidadian nanny in New York. The 8:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion.
Directors Antony Benjamin and Stephen Friedman, will be in attendance. The 8:30 p.m. screening will be followed by a panel discussion including Leslie Rawlins, Subject.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



Leon Blum: For All Mankind
Jean Bodon, France, 2009, 58m
U.S. Premiere
This powerful documentary tells the story of a prominent French leader—a Jew who at different times was prime minister of France and a prisoner in the Buchenwald concentration camp. Blum devoted his life to improving the well-being of French workers and was an early champion of women’s rights. In 1936, he became prime minister; during his time in office, he led the Popular Front. In 1940, his socialist views and Jewish heritage placed him in jeopardy. The Vichy government sentenced him to five years in Buchenwald. After the war, Blum was welcomed home by the French people and was reelected prime minister.
Jean Bodon, Director, and Antoine Malamoud, Grandson of Leon Blum, will be in attendance. Jean Bodon will be attending only on Jan 18 and 19.

preceded by


Herskovits at the Heart of Blackness
Llewellyn Smith, USA, 2009, 57m
By tracing Black cultural roots directly to Africa, Melville J. Herskovits (1895-1963), a white Jewish anthropologist, instilled pride in many African Americans. However, he simultaneously undercut the scholarship of African American social scientists, dismissing their work as subjective and agenda driven. Interestingly, Herskovits’s work ultimately fueled the Black Power movement of the late 1960s. Using innovative animation and reenactments, this brilliant documentary examines the politics and power brokering associated with cultural history. Co-presented by the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival.
Llewellyn Smith, Director, will be in attendance on Mon. Jan 18.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



The Peretzniks / Perecowicze
Slawomir Grünberg, Poland/U.S, 2009, 92m
U.S. Premiere
Alumni of the Jewish Peretz School recall their adolescence in Lodz before the 1968 anti-Semitic campaign. The Peretzniks never fully said goodbye to Poland or their beloved schoolmates and teachers. Documentary filmmaker Grünberg gathers the diaspora of alumni to share memories of friendship, crushes, mischief, and the trauma of forced exile.
Slawomir Grunberg, Director, will be in attendance.

preceded by


Happy Jews
Jonathan Rozenbaum, Israel/Poland, 2008, 6m
U.S. Premiere
With home movies and a sense of humor, a young filmmaker reflects on a reunion of Polish Jews who emigrated as a result of the anti-Semitic campaign in 1968.
Thu Jan 21: 8:45pm
Wed Jan 27: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 27: 8:45pm



This year's New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator; Andrew Ingall, Assistant Curator, The Jewish Museum; Richard Peña, Program Director, The Film Society of Lincoln Center; Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director of the NYJFF, The Jewish Museum.


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