2008 Film Selections

2008 Sources

2008 Film Categories







Bad Faith
Comedy/France/84 minutes/2007
Directed by: Roschdy Zem
Starring: Roschdy Zem & Cecile De France
French w/ English Subtitles

Clara and Ismael, a Jew and an Arab, are a happy couple. When Clara becomes pregnant, everything’s fine…until they realize they have to tell their parents. A contemporary update of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, this film delivers relevance and poignancy to a romantic comedy for our troubled times.

Drama/Israel/85 minutes/2008
Written and directed by:
Guy Nattiv & Erez Tadmor

Hebrew with English Subtitles

Eyal, an Israeli kibbutznik, and Rana, a Palestinian living in Paris, visit Berlin for the World Cup and are forced to share an apartment. Over three intensive days their friendship turns to love as the World Cup and the second Israel-Lebanon war simultaneously play out before their eyes. When it’s time to go home, they must decide where to go to from there.

Lonely Man of Faith
Documentary/USA/99 minutes/2006
Directed by: Ethan Isenberg

He was a rebel as well as a respected rabbi and Talmudic scholar. Joseph B. Soloveitchik battled ignorance, extremism, corruption and loneliness to make a lasting impact on the American Jewish community.


Children of the Sun
Documentary/Israel/70 minutes/2007
Directed by: Ran Tal
Hebrew with English Subtitles

An intimate journey about the lives of the first children born on Israeli kibbutzes through rare amateur films created from 1930 – 1970. This collage of archival footage depicts aspects of the kibbutz movement from its utopian beginnings to ultimate disintegration.

The First Basket
Documentary/USA/86 minutes/2007
Directed by: David Vyorst

The film examines the inner-city social factors that led urban Jewish youths to basketball. This history of Jewish basketball experiences, from ash cans placed on brownstone stoops to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden still resonates with us today.

Diary of Niclas Gheiler
Short/USA/35 minutes/2007
Directed by: George Aguilar

A cinematic diary which chronicles the journey of a German WWI veteran who served with Hitler in the war. Niclas Gheiler shares his experiences from the war and the events that affected his life and forced him to leave his homeland and family behind.

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About Sugar Cane and Homecoming
Documentary/Brazil/54 minutes/2007
Directed by: Shaul Kesslassi
Spanish/Hebrew/Yiddish with
English subtitles

The story of a growing number of people in rural Brazil on a quest for identity and faith. Born into Catholicism, they choose to follow Jewish rituals and maintain Jewish traditions and communal life, but are not recognized by the Jewish establishment around the world.

Yiddish Soul
Documentary/Belgium/54 minutes/2006
Directed by: Turi Finocchiaro &
Nathalie Rossetti
French/German with English subtitles

Focusing on the revival of Yiddish music in present-day Europe, it follows a new generation of performers such as Karsten Troyke, Shura Lipovsky, and KlezRoym as they tour and perform in different cities across Europe, where they are joined by Chava Alberstein and Myriam Fuks.

Evening of Kosher Film & Art
Presented by ATID

Join us for wine tasting, a dessert bar, live music by Josh Nelson, Jewish themed art and short films made by emerging artists and filmmakers in their 20s & 30s.



The Little Traitor
Drama/USA/Israel/90 minutes/2008
Written, Directed and Produced by Lynn Roth
Produced by Eitan Evan
Starring: Alfred Molina, Ido Port &
Theodore Bikel
English/Hebrew with English Subtitles

Based on Panther in the Basement by world-renowned novelist, Amos Oz, the movie takes place a
few months before Israel becomes a state.
Proffy, a spirited 11 year old militant wants the occupying imperialists off his
land. What starts as a confrontation with
British officer Sergeant Dunlop, builds
into a friendship between these two foes that changes their lives forever.

The Memory Thief
Drama/USA/95 minutes/2007
Directed by: Gil Kofman

Starring: Mark Webber

Lukas is an aimless youth who works as a tollbooth clerk. After a chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor, his interest turns to compassion and he volunteers to collect oral histories. The more Lukas, a non-Jew, learns about the Shoah the greater his obsession becomes, and slowly overtakes his life and identity.

Drama/UK/Hungary/100 minutes/2008
Directed by: Robert Young

Starring: Thomas Kretschmann & Troy Garity

Based upon the initial confession of Adolf
this dramatic portrayal of the conlict
between Eichmann and Captain Avner
Less, the young Israeli officer investigating him becomes a battle of wills. What happens will change a nation forever.Brief nudity.

Documentary/USA/110 minutes/2008

Directed by: Laura Bialis

The first retrospective to chronicle the thirty-year international movement to free Soviet Jews – the film is a tapestry of first person accounts of heroism, sacrifice, and ultimately, liberation told by activists on both sides of the Iron Curtain – many whom survived punishment in Soviet Gulag labor camps.

Spielzeugland (Toyland)
Short/Germany/14 Minutes/2007
Directed by: Jochen Alexander Freydank

German with English Subtitles

To protect her son from the horrors of 1942 Germany, Marianne tells him that his Jewish best friend and his parents are packing for a journey to ‘Toyland’. He begs to go along until one morning her son and the neighbors have disappeared.

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Anne and the Reverend
Documentary/France/49 minutes/2008

Directed by Francois Uzan
French With English Subtitles

Makoto Otsuka is a reverend from Hiroshima, who met Anne Frank’s father 30 years ago. Inspired by that meeting, he created a museum where he transmits the memory of the Holocaust to Japanese children and to a country that is searching for its own memory.

The Tree of Life
Documentary/USA/77 minutes/2007

Directed by: Hava Volterra

A Los Angeles woman tries to come to terms with her father’s death by traveling to his birthplace in Italy to trace her family tree. With the help of her feisty 82 year old aunt and some inventive animation, the story chronicles her relentless travels as she grows to understand the fascinating story of her Italian Jewish ancestors.

Short/Canada/10 minutes/2005
Directed by: Anthony Green

Starring: Michael Lerner & Wendy Crewson

Set during World War II and based on a true story, Pigeon recounts a rare and startling act of charity.

Forgotten Souls
Short/UK/24 minutes/2007
Directed by: Ricky Wood

This is the story of Janek Kowalksi a survivor of the Holocaust who re-settles in Scotland from Poland. Set in 1963, Janek lives in a remote area in an effort to forget the horrors of the past which still haunt him.

Tulip Time
Documentary/Netherlands/50 minutes/2007
Directed by: Marco De Stefanis &
Tonino Boniotti
Italian with English Subtitles

Trio Lescano, the Italian name adopted by the Dutch Jewish sisters Leschan with
their “Swing Italiano”, was the first European ‘girl band’. Their successful career started in 1938 with the song “Tulip Time”, which made them a myth in Italy. But how did they manage to keep going in fascist Italy during World War II?

Torte Bluma
Short/USA/18 Minutes/2005
Directed by: Benjamin Ross
Starring: Stellan Skarsgår

A sobering film inspired by a real-life episode in the life of Franz Stangl, the German commandant at Treblinka, and the Jewish prisoner who cooks his meals.

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The House on August Street
Documentary/Israel/63 Minutes/2007
Directed by: Ayelet Bargur

Hebrew and German with Subtitles

A film about memory, hope and an amazing rescue operation to save the children in a Berlin Jewish orphanage run by a single woman with the foresight and understanding of the realities in 1933 Germany that few others possessed.


Cara de Queso (Cheesehead: My First Ghetto)
Comedy/Argentina/80 minutes/2006

Directed by: Ariel Winograd
Spanish with English subtitles

Some of Argentina’s best talent in this hilarious summer romp through an idyllic Jewish country club. The clash between old traditions and new ideas makes for a hilarious film about a boy going through puberty, facing bullies, his first crush, and pressure from his Jewish parents.

Comedy/UK/94 minutes/2007

Directed by: Paul Weiland
Starring: Helena Bonham-Carter

England in the summer of 1966 is about to be consumed by World Cup Fever, just as 12 year-old Bernie enthusiastically prepares for his Bar Mitzvah. However, family problems threaten to overwhelm the celebration, and when England makes it through the qualifying rounds, Bernie’s longed-for Bar Mitzvah looks headed for disaster.

Max Minsky and Me
Comedy/Germany/94 minutes/2007
Directed by: Anna Justice

German with English Subtitles

Brilliant but nerdy Nelly is distracted from her Bat Mitzvah studies by her determination to meet her fantasy heart-throb, the Prince of Luxembourg at a basketball championship. She chooses an unwilling but attractive classmate, Max, to teach her the game, as she delightfully stumbles her way not only to a choice spot on the school team, but into adulthood.



Making Trouble
Documentary/USA/86 minutes/2007

Directed by: Rachel Talbot
Produced by the Jewish Women’s Archive

This documentary tells the story of six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century who broke new ground and delighted audiences for over three generations. Hosted by four of today’s funniest women, it’s the true saga of what it means to be Jewish, female and funny.

Between Heaven and Earth:
Short films about Jerusalem

A collection of short films from Israel’s top film schools which provide a unique insight into life in Jerusalem as seen through the lenses of the next generation of Israeli filmmakers. Presented in cooperation with The Jerusalem Foundation.

Autism: The Musical
Documentary/USA/100 minutes/2008
Directed by: Tricia Regan

Elaine Hall pledges optimistically to lead a group of autistic children in defying their limited expectations in a collaborative production of a full-length musical. Following five Los Angeles children over the course of six months, the film captures the struggles and triumphs of their family lives, as the production gives these children a comfort zone in which they can explore their creative abilities.

Los Angeles Student Film Showcase
Shorts/USA/80 minutes/2008

The first of its kind, this event will showcase Jewish student films from day/high schools throughout Los Angeles. We will present a diverse and exciting range of student work that represents the burgeoning talent of our future generation of filmmakers.

Shmuli’s Dream
Short/USA/3 Minutes/2007
Directed by: Eli Rosenblatt

Shmuli dreams that his apartment is overrun by klezmer musicians as he goes about his morning routine.

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Song of David
Short/USA/14 Minutes/2007
Directed by: Oded Turgeman

David, an alienated Yeshiva student, reaches out to the only non-Jew he knows, Winston, a security guard that shares his love of hip-hop. David indulges his artistic freedom with an honest self-expression which puts him at odds with his teachers, and he must make a choice between diverging worlds.