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Children Of The Sun

Left- wing Labor Zionists in Palestine and Israel attempted to build an egalitarian and socialist society within their web of cooperative settlements. The children they raised in this cloistered milieu from the 1920s to the 1970s were expected to transmit their parents’ and grandparents’ hopes and dreams to future generations, but this would not be […]

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Tacheles — The Heart Of The Matter

Holocaust memory lies at the core of Tacheles — The Heart of the Matter, a documentary film by Jana Matthes and Andrea Schramm. It will be presented in Toronto by the 19th annual Human Rights Watch Canada Film Festival on Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m. at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. From May 30 to […]

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The People Of The Book

Jews in the Diaspora have successfully adopted to local environments while keeping faith with Jewish traditions. This pattern of accommodation looms large in The People of the Book, a 28-minute documentary by Felix Lazarus which focuses on three towns in the Canadian province of Ontario — Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie and North Bay. Released in 1973, […]

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The Jews Of Winnipeg

Winnipeg, in my imagination, is virtually terra incognita, a Canadian city on the prairies known for its bitterly cold winters and sweltering summers. What I actually know about Winnipeg is factual. Three decades ago, I found myself in Winnipeg in January, the coldest month of the year. What I mostly remember now is the extreme […]

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Shoelaces — A Moving Israeli Movie

Jacob Goldwasser, the director of Shoelaces, is intimately familiar with the unique world of special-needs people. He should be. His own son is mentally challenged. So it comes as no surprise that his feature film about this topic is genuine and empathetic in spirit and invariably moving. Starring two of Israel’s finest actors, it will […]

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Born In Jerusalem And Still Alive

Jerusalem has been the target of Palestinian terrorist attacks for decades now. During the second Palestinian uprising, from 2000 to 2005, suicide bombers threw themselves into the deadly mix with particular fervor, blowing up buses and causing a wave of fear. Jerusalem’s horrendous bout with terrorism lies at the core of Yossi Atia’s quirky and […]

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Our Natural Right

Addressing the People’s Council in Tel Aviv on May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion solemnly read the Declaration of Independence proclaiming the Jewish state of Israel. Thirty seven people signed the historic document in Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard, a sedate, tree-lined street in the center of the seaside city. Representing 12 Jewish political parties from […]

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Across The Line

Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians cuts across religious, national, territorial, linguistic and political lines. So it has been for more than a century now, and so it will probably be in the future. Nadav Shlomo Giladi’s 26-minute film, Across the Line, which underscores this sober reality, is one of 11 Israeli movies scheduled to be […]

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A Lullaby For The Valley

Ben Shani’s contemplative documentary, A Lullaby for the Valley, is a sympathetic portrait of one of Israel’s foremost painters, Elie Shamir. Filmed over a decade, it is one of 11 Israeli movies that will be showcased by the ChaiFlicks streaming service during its Israel Independence Day Film Festival from May 4-9. During the period under […]

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Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

David Ben-Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, looks back at his life and reflects on Israel’s situation in Yariv Mozer’s informative documentary, Ben-Gurion, Epilogue, which will be presented online by the ChaiFlicks streaming service during its Israel Independence Day Film Festival from May 4-9. A pivotal figure in the Labor Zionist movement and a […]