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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011

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Women: 7 film(s)
Black Bus
Crime After Crime
Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
My Father / Récits de sam
Sixty and the City
Vera Klement: Blunt Edge
Yolande: An Unsung Heroine



Black Bus
Anat Zuria | Israel | 2009 | 76mm
New York Premiere
Documentarian Zuria, director of Purity (NYJFF 2004) and Sentenced to Marriage (NYJFF 2006), returns with the powerful story of two young women who chose to leave their close-knit Haredi communities in Israel and are, as a consequence, estranged from their families. Shulamit is a photographer, Sarah a blogger; both document their daily experiences, which include riding on the so-called “Black Bus,” where women are allowed to sit only in the back.
Tue Jan 25: 1:15pm
Tue Jan 25: 6:00pm



Crime After Crime
Yoav Potash | USA | 2010 | 89mm
New York Premiere
A profoundly moving documentary film on the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, a woman imprisoned in California for over a quarter century due to her connection to the murder of the man who abused her. She finds her only hope for freedom when two rookie attorneys—one of them an orthodox Jew, Joshua Safran—with no backgrounds in criminal law step forward to take her case.
Yoav Potash, director, and Joshua Safran will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 27: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 27: 6:00pm



Grace Paley: Collected Shorts
Lilly Rivlin | USA | 2010 | 75mm
New York City Premiere
In the words of filmmaker Lilly Rivlin, writer and activist Grace Paley “combined the best of all possible worlds—literature, politics, and love of humanity. Grace was a real mensch.” The child of Russian Jewish refugees, Paley went on to write such acclaimed short story collections as The Little Disturbances of Man and Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Featuring intimate and surprising footage of Paley and her family, as well as interviews with Alice Walker, Allan Gurganus and others.
Lilly Rivlin, director, will be in attendance.

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Vera Klement: Blunt Edge
Wonjung Bae | Korea, USA | 2010 | 11mm
New York Premiere
As her 80th birthday approaches, artist Vera Klement starts another figure painting. As she completes the work, Vera, a Holocaust survivor, reflects on her life and celebrates her art.
Wonjung Bae, director, and Vera Klement, artist, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 20: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 20: 6:00pm



Sixty and the City
Nili Tal | Israel | 2010 | 70mm
New York Premiere
Divorced with two children, five grandchildren, a dog and a cat, documentarian Nili Tal decides at age 60 that she doesn’t want to get older alone. With honesty and an amazing sense of humor, she turns the camera on herself and some of her dates as she searches for romance on the Internet. Her quest takes her around Israel, Europe, and on a singles’ cruise to the Mexican Riviera.

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Quentin and Ferdinand
Robin Harsch | Switzerland | 2009 | 20mm
New York Premiere
In this amusing short, Quentin meets a beautiful Swiss Jewish woman and talks his best friend into seducing her sister. The plot thickens when Ferdinand actually falls in love and suggests conversion.
Tue Jan 18: 9:00pm
Wed Jan 19: 3:30pm



Yolande: An Unsung Heroine
Dan Wolman | Israel | 2010 | 60mm
New York Premiere
This riveting documentary tells the story of Yolande Gabai de Botton, considered by many the Jewish “Mata Hari.” A sophisticated Jewish woman from Alexandria, Egypt, she risked her son’s life and her own while collecting intelligence in Egypt and fighting for the creation of an independent State of Israel while undercover as a reporter.

preceded by


My Father / Récits de sam
Esther Hoffenberg | France | 2009 | 15mm
U.S. Premiere
Sam Hoffenberg was one of the few survivors of the camp of Poniatowa, where he was deported when the Warsaw ghetto was liquidated. Through an intimate dialogue with his daughter, Esther (Two Lives of Eva, NYJFF 2006), he offers his reflections on survival.
Tue Jan 25: 3:30pm
Tue Jan 25: 8:15pm



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