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New York Jewish Film Festival 2011

January 12, 2011 - January 27, 2011


World Premiere: 3 film(s)
36 Righteous Men
Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Grey
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

36 Righteous Men
Daniel Burman | Argentina | 2011 | 70mm
World Premiere
Daniel Burman (Waiting for the Messiah, NYJFF 2002; Lost Embrace, NYJFF 2005; Empty Nest, NYJFF 2009) returns to the NYJFF having made his first documentary. Camera in hand, Burman joins a group of Orthodox Jews on their annual pilgrimage to the tombs of Tzaddikim (righteous men) in Russia, Ukraine and Poland, culminating at the tomb of the 17th-century spiritual leader, the Baal Shem Tov. Intrigued by the Jewish mystical belief in 36 hidden Tzaddikim who are always on this earth yet must remain anonymous, Burman takes us on an intimate journey across 2,500 miles and into his own identity as a Jew.
Daniel Burman, director, will be in attendance.

preceded by

Pawel Loziñski | Poland | 2010 | 9mm
U.S. Premiere
Three explorers painstakingly decipher inscriptions on gravestones in the lushly overgrown Jewish cemetery in Warsaw.
Pawel Loziñski, director, will be in attendance.
Wed Jan 26: 3:45pm
Wed Jan 26: 8:30pm

Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Grey
Jonathan Gruber | USA | 2011 | 86mm
World Premiere | Visit the website.
This fascinating documentary is a first-of-its-kind film that reveals the little-known struggles that faced Jewish Americans both in battle and on the home front during the American Civil War. Through period photographs, rare documents, letters and artifacts, and exclusive interviews with experts and descendants, the film chronicles the sacrifices that Jews made for their beliefs and how they took up arms to defend their country both in the Union and the Confederacy. Featuring the voice of Sam Waterston as Abraham Lincoln.
Jonathan Gruber, director, David Frank, executive producer, and Robert Marcus, co-producer/co-writer will be in attendance at the Jan 18 screening.
Tue Jan 18: 3:30pm
Wed Jan 19: 8:15pm

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Joseph Dorman | USA | 2011 | 95mm
World Premiere
Director Joseph Dorman (Arguing the World, NYJFF 1997) returns with this moving portrait of the great Yiddish writer, Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916)—the man whose stories became the basis of the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Using the author’s works and his own life story, the documentary presents a riveting tale of a traditional Jewish world on the cusp of profound change. Ultimately, Laughing in the Darkness reveals Sholem Aleichem’s genius in capturing this world—its darkness, its disorientation—with brilliant humor as he explored the struggle to create a new modern Jewish identity.
Joseph Dorman, director, will be in attendance.
Thu Jan 13: 1:00pm
Thu Jan 13: 6:00pm

Plan Your Visit

The Jewish Museum - 5th Avenue
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128