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  • TJC always has the best features and documentaries, and now exciting original series! Here are the selections available to you this week:





    Goodbye, New York. A young New York woman, devastated to find out her husband has been cheating on her, decides to hop a plane to Paris to get away. However, she falls asleep on the plane, misses her connection, and winds up in Israel, with no money, no luggage and no friends.

    PrimeIn the Prime of Her Life. Based on S.Y. Agnon’s short story, this modern adaptation takes place in a small city at the edge of the desert. Tirza becomes entranced by Akaviah Mazal, a lecturer at the college where she is studying. Despite the warnings and fears of those closest to her, Tirza pursues her dangerous quest for love.

    PinhasPinhas. Pinhas and his mother are new immigrants from Russia. His mother barely makes a living working night shifts, and she devotes her spare time to the affair she has with a married man. A religious family lives on the third floor, and Pinhas is drawn to the family’s warmth and unity.



    ConcreteConcrete. A war story can be told either by the victims or by the soldiers. Operation “Cast Lead” in Gaza wasn’t covered by the media due to the military embargo. For the first time, Israeli soldiers who took part in “Cast Lead” in Gaza in 2009 tell their story.

    Dubak The Palestinian Jew Dubak – A Palestinian Jew. An authentic story of anguish and love, this beautiful documentary follows Dubak; an extraordinary individual whose life is thoroughly intertwined with the land he lives in: the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank.

    Eyewitness: 60 Years. For 60 years, his eyes and his lens have captured some of the most profound images of Israel’s history. The precise shutter speeds of David Rubinger have captured famous leaders and documented many of the dramatic events that have shaped the Israel we know today.

    HRHaredim – Religion.com. For Yigal Revach, the internet is a lively oasis in a society that restricts freedom of expression. For Rabbi Rothschild, it is a Trojan Horse that might ruin Haredi society from within. This timely documentary explores the tension over the internet in the ultra-Orthodox community.

    Revolution 101Revolution 101. Combining both documentary and fictional material, this unique film focuses on a film director and his producer and their struggle to restore the public in “public broadcasting.” Following the two protagonists over a period of seven years, we see their experience with corruption, inflexibility and deterioration against their quest to guarantee a new law that will ensure well-managed public broadcasting.



    Black Over White. The concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is not just another performance by the band Idan Raichel Project, but also a return to the homeland of two of the Project’s lead singers. Through music, the group reconnects with their own identities.

    Carlebach, You Never Know. Rabbi, folksinger and composer, Shlomo Carlebach is considered by many to be the foremost Jewish religious songwriter of our time. With his spiritual messages still growing in strength today, discover how one man influenced Jewish culture across the globe.

    Confrontation at Concordia. Anti-Israel sentiment is prevalent on college campuses, but no one expected protest to erupt into violent riots when a Jewish student group at Concordia University invited former Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu to speak on campus. The film captures the shocking story as it unfolds while exploring the ramifications of extreme pro-Palestinian activism on college campuses.

    Crossing the Line. This documentary explores the proliferation of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents on North American college campuses. Interspersed with accounts from Jewish students and campus professionals, the film offers a glimpse into the experiences of Jewish college students who are actively involved in the daily struggle of supporting the State of Israel and fighting against biased misinformation both in and out of the classroom.

    Fringes. A documentary about three stories of spiritual innovation, focusing on young Jews in Israel, Canada and the US. These stories are braided together, like the fringes of a tallit, to create an inspiring portrait of cutting-edge Judaism in the 21st century.

    New HomesNew Homes. Told here for the first time is the fascinating story of one Jewish community in Brazil, Nilopolis in Rio de Janeiro. The Jewish community has mostly left the once thriving city, but its imprints and lasting influence linger not only in the town, but in the hearts of its former inhabitants.

    The Jews And The Longest Kiss In History. In 1977, a group of Jewish people, having fled persecution in the Sudan during the 60’s, organized a highly secret mission to transfer the buried remains in the Jewish cemetery and the Torah Scrolls from Khartoum to Jerusalem. This film reveals the unusual journey of the sacred books from the Sudan to make known how this most enigmatic community has kept its identity.



    Divan: Pearl Gluck's FilmDivan. To reclaim an ancestral couch upon which esteemed rabbis slept, Pearl Gluck travels from her Hasidic community in Brooklyn to her roots in Hungary. Along the way, a colorful cast of characters gets involved – the couch exporter, her ex-communist cousin in Budapest, a pair of matchmakers, and a renegade group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews.

    History’s Ultimate Nomads – Portugal. This visual journey through Jewish Portugal recollects their heritage of first being Jews and later as New Christians. Though the present Jewish community of Portugal is one of the smallest in the world, many Portuguese veins runs with Jewish blood.

    SpainHistory’s Ultimate Nomads – Spain. For 1500 years, Jews on the Iberian Peninsula played a significant role in the flourishing civilizations created by Muslims and Christians alike, becoming the largest and most distinguished Jewish community in Europe. But in 1492, they were expelled. This visual journey through Jewish Spain recollects the drama that took place 500 years ago through the eyes of present day Spain–its sights, sounds and people.

    Kafka’s Last Story. While the world may be eternally grateful to Max Brod for preserving some of the greatest works of 20th century literature, and transforming Franz Kafka into a global, cultural icon, Kafka himself may be turning in his grave. However, nearly a century after Kafka’s untimely death, the fate of his invaluable manuscripts is at the heart of a heated debate involving millions of dollars and political wrangling between Israel and Germany.

    The Forgotten Refugees. Tens of thousands of Jews once lived in Libya. Now, there are none left. The film tells the astonishing, but neglected story of Jews forced to flee their Middle Eastern homes when their governments made being Jewish a criminal offense, and neighbors threatened their lives.

    The Story of Chaim Rumkowski. One of the most controversial figures in Jewish history, Rumkowski told the Jews of the Lodz ghetto that work would set them free, yet he ultimately handed over almost the entire population into Nazi hands. Shocking old photographs and the only surviving footage of the ghetto illustrate a story that asks how much people should be willing to compromise in order to survive.




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  • New HomesNew Homes. Told here for the first time is the fascinating story of one Jewish community in Brazil, Nilopolis in Rio de Janeiro....

    Divan: Pearl Gluck's FilmDivan. To reclaim an ancestral couch upon which esteemed rabbis slept, Pearl Gluck travels from her Hasidic community...

    Confrontation at Concordia. Anti-Israel sentiment is prevalent on college campuses, but no one expected protest to...

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