Tapping an enlightening new vein of contemporary scholarship, the oft-overlooked genesis of the present-day Israeli-Palestinian turmoil is dissected in this comprehensive analysis of pre-WWI Middle East relations between disparate religious and ethnic groups, and the nascent forces of Zionism and Arabism.
A ragtag band of volunteer airmen mobilizes in the skies above Israel to fight for the fledgling nation’s survival, turning the tide of Israel’s War of Independence, and laying the foundation for its Air Force. Director Roberta Grossman’s mesmerizing, often humorous film is the first feature to chronicle this gallant, daring and heroic wartime escapade.
An Israeli grad student in Berlin strives to reinvent herself but finds something has been lost in translation in this endearing family drama that illuminates with warmth and humor the meaning behind language, homeland and the need for belonging.
The rebellious daughter of ultra-Orthodox parents journeys into the secular world in a romantic coming-of-age tale that explores themes of love, reconciliation and tradition versus modernity. This adaptation of an award-winning play is nominated for three Israeli Academy Awards.
The hope and heartache of the American Dream is lovingly depicted through the saga of an immigrant Jewish family in Baltimore, in writer-director Barry Levinson’s semiautobiographical story, the tender and final chapter in his Baltimore trilogy that includes Diner and Tin Men.
A 25th Anniversary Classic Film Series screening.
Lavishly adapted from the beloved 1965 children’s book is the inspiring tale of an unshakeable bond between a six-year-old boy and his dog set amidst the snowy French Alps during WWII, a heartwarming saga that will thrill audiences of all ages.
Inspired by Chagall and his contemporaries’ memoirs, and brimming with surreal imagery, this sumptuous melodrama mythologizes the artistic and political revolution of early 19th century Russia and the uneasy relationship of two artistic geniuses.
Confronting their disabilities, as they are mentored by some of the funniest names in show business, veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars transform their personal tragedies into sidesplitting stand-up and embark on new missions in life.
This enthralling homage to a legendary showbiz empire is both a cautionary tale and affectionate reminiscence of a bygone era in moviemaking, as it charts the rise and fall of irrepressible Israeli-born cousins who revolutionized Hollywood with their unique blend of low-budget schlock and art house fare.
Oscar-nominee Carol Kane stars as an immigrant from Russia, who grapples with assimilation and her failing marriage in turn-of-the-century New York, in this pioneering drama self-financed by director Joan Micklin Silver, which helped launch the modern era of American indie cinema.
A 40th Anniversary Classic Film Series screening.