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My Unorthodox Life

Julia Haart, formerly known as Julia Hendler, is at the core of My Unorthodox Life, a new nine-part Netflix reality series. Haart, 50, is a success story, one of the founders and the co-owner of the Manhattan-based Elite World Group, a global modelling and talent agency. A liberated women today, she once lived a cloistered […]

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The Chef

Canadian aficionados of Israeli television dramas will be pleased to hear that the Toronto Jewish Film Festival is streaming the first nine episodes of the latest one, The Chef, in its North American premiere. It will be available online until July 11. Created and directed by Erez Kavel and Orit Dabush, it is mostly set in […]

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Gripping Documentary Delves Into Neo-Nazism In Germany

Jews, Muslims, immigrants and left-wing politicians have faced an upsurge of violence in Germany in the past five years, reports Evan Williams in his gripping documentary, Germany’s Neo-Nazis & The Far Right, which will be broadcast on the PBS network and on YouTube on Tuesday, June 29 at 10 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time). Williams, a […]

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The Last Days

The Last Days, the winner of the 1999 Academy Award for best documentary feature, is coming to Netflix on May 19. James Moll’s moving film, a profile of survival against all odds, is presented by Steven Spielberg and the USC Shoah Foundation. It traces the lives of a handful of Hungarian Jews who survived the worst […]

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A Call To Spy

Shortly after Germany’s conquest of France in 1940, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill instructed his intelligence services to send spies behind enemy lines. In a departure from past practices, women were recruited,  supposedly because they were more inconspicuous than men. A Call To Spy, a thriller now available on the Netflix streaming network, tells their […]

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American Insurrection

During the dying days of Donald Trump’s turbulent four-year presidency, hundreds of his supporters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. in a brazen attempt to stop Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. A disturbing proportion of the demonstrators who participated in this unprecedented event on January 6, 2021 were far-right extremists who belonged […]

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Hemingway In Perspective

Nearly 60 years after his suicide, the American novelist, short story writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway is still a formidable, even legendary, figure. Hemingway, a three-part PBS biopic by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores his life and legacy through forceful words and evocative photographs and newsreels. This absorbing documentary, narrated by the actor Peter […]

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Shtisel Dives Into Its Third Season

Shtisel is back for a third season. The Israeli drama about an ultra-Orthodox family in Jerusalem is now available on the Netflix streaming network. Rabbi Shulem Shtisel (Dov Glickman), a widower and the headmaster of a religious day school for boys, is the dominant figure in this meticulously crafted production. Bearded and rumpled, he’s clearly the […]

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Sons Of Anarchy: A Greek Tragedy Set In California

It didn’t seem like the kind of TV show that would even remotely interest me. Sons of Anarchy, created by Kurt Sutter and currently running on the Netflix streaming network, is a crime drama about a motorcycle club in California. What could possibly attract me to Hells Angels types and their misadventures? Throwing caution to […]

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Pele The King

I used to be a big sports fan, but nowadays I seldom follow sporting events. When I do watch sports on television, I tune in to the track and field program at the summer Olympic Games or to the World Cup, the championship of soccer. So when I read that Netflix was planning to broadcast […]