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Kishon — Cinematic Portrait Of An Israeli Humorist

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Kishon — Cinematic Portrait Of An Israeli Humorist

When Ferenc (Ferike) Kishont arrived in Israel in 1949, he spoke not a single word of Hebrew. But within a decade, he had changed his name to Ephraim Kishon and had become one of Israel’s most successful writers. Before he passed away, he had written 40 books and was the most translated author in Israeli […]

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The Holocaust In Two Films

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The Holocaust In Two Films

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which runs from May 3-13 this year, is presenting two movies about the Holocaust. Saving Auschwitz? is a French documentary and The Testament is Israeli. The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, the ultimate symbol of evil, has been expropriated for various purposes over the decades, as Jonathan Hayoun’s bracing documentary, Saving Auschwitz?, […]

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Three Films From Germany

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Three Films From Germany

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival, which runs from May 3 to May 13 this year, is presenting three movies from Germany. Bye-Bye Germany is set in 1946 as Holocaust survivors in Frankfurt struggle to renew their lives amid the rubble of the war. The Invisibles follows the lives of four Jews in Berlin who went into hiding between […]

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Shalom Bollywood

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Shalom Bollywood

The Jewish contribution to the Bollywood movie industry is explored exhaustively by Danny Ben-Moshe in his intriguing documentary, Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema, which will be screened at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on May 6 and 9. From the 1920s until the 1960s, several of its leading ladies and one of its […]

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Remembering Jewish Communities In Iraq And Libya

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Remembering Jewish Communities In Iraq And Libya

The forthcoming Toronto Jewish Film Festival is presenting two documentaries about former Jewish communities in the Arab world. Remember Baghdad and Libya: The Last Exodus will be respectively screened on May 9 and 11 and on May 7, 8 and 9. Iraq, a nation torn by strife and violence, once had one of the most distinguished Jewish […]

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The Last Resort

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The Last Resort

The South Beach enclave of Miami Beach was home to a vibrant community of Jewish retirees and Holocaust survivors from the 1960s to the 1970s. Resembling a transplanted shtetl, it was mainly populated by former garment workers from New York City who were lured there by the warm weather and the relatively low cost of […]

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The No. 5 War

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The No. 5 War

Stephane Benhamou’s intriguing documentary, The No. 5 War, scheduled to be screened at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival on May 6 and May 8, is centered around Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel, the Parisian fashion designer whose name is synonymous with Chanel No. 5, which, for a while after its debut in 1921, was the world’s most popular […]

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Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

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Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

The British-made satirical film, The Death of Stalin, released last year, made fun of the absurdity of Soviet “justice” in the years when the dictator ruled his empire like an Oriental satrap. Accusations against people could come out of thin air. Trials, preceded by torture to extract confessions, took minutes. A bullet in the head […]

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Unintended Consequences In Germany

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Unintended Consequences In Germany

At the risk of sounding monotonous, I return once more to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hasty decision to allow more than one million Muslim migrants to flood into Germany since 2015. Much to her probable astonishment and disappointment, it has had unintended consequences. The majority of the newcomers are from Syria, an Arab police state whose […]

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Israel At 70: Strong Yet Insecure

Filed in Middle East by on April 21, 2018 0 Comments
Israel At 70: Strong Yet Insecure

As Israel celebrated its 7oth anniversary on April 19 by the Hebrew calendar  — the day the doomed but heroic Warsaw ghetto uprising erupted in 1943 — it grappled with a paradox. Never has Israel been as militarily strong, yet so insecure. Israel is the only nuclear power in the Middle East, with a humming […]

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