Israeli Filmmaker Uninvited from Film Festival

Anticipating backlash from BDS supporters, the university withdrew its invitation to Shimon Dotan to screen his documentary on settlers in Israel.

09/20/2016 - 16:28
Editorial Intern

Award winning Israeli filmmaker, Shimon Dotan, was recently uninvited to present his newly released documentary “The Settlers” at Syracuse University’s ‘The Place of Religion’ film festival after faculty became worried of a backlash from BDS supporters, reported The Atlantic.

The Settlers documentary poster. Screenshot/IMDB

Ken Burns Trains Camera On Holocaust Heroism

Documentarian helps tell little-known story of Unitarian couple who risked their own lives to save others.

09/07/2016 - 08:52
Staff Writer

Ken Burns’ elegantly paced and photographed documentaries have sketched the contours of the American soul: the freedom/slavery contradiction of Thomas Jefferson; the North/South divide in the Civil War; the individual/collective tension that animates jazz; and the pastoral/urban drama of baseball.

Ken Burns, right, and co-director and producer Artemis Joukowsky discuss the new documentary recently in Los Angeles.

Israeli Student Filmmaker’s Documentary To Be Entered In Oscar Race

08/30/2016 - 11:06

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — A Tel Aviv University graduate has won a top Student Academy Award and her documentary will be automatically entered in the Academy Awards competition.

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New Documentary Offers Rare Glimpse at Life Inside Reclusive Ultra-Orthodox Community

City of Joel follows a year in the life of the secluded Hassidic village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County, NY. amid a high profile court case with neighboring villages

08/09/2016 - 16:49
Editorial Intern

The Satmar Hassidic village of Kiryas Joel, situated 50 miles north of New York, has received its fair share of media attention in recent years, much of it negative. Now, a Kickstarter campaign has been launched for a new documentary which aims to provide an impartial look inside the media-shy community.

Screenshot from the City of Joel Kickstarter trailer.

Capturing The ‘Human Side’ Of The Settlement Controversy

New documentary offers in-depth profiles of families living in the West Bank outpost of Bat Ayin.

07/18/2016 - 09:49
Editorial Intern

On a picturesque hilltop between Jerusalem and Hebron stands the settlement of Bat Ayin, home to around 200 families. Since its establishment in 1989, Bat Ayin has frequently found itself on the wrong side of the news, partly for the extremist ideology of its founder, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, and partly due to some of the more extremist members of the community.

Screenshot of Elad Nehorai with Bat Ayin in the background.

‘We Thought We Were Filming A Comeback Story’

Anthony Weiner Lets It All Hang Out In New Documentary

05/17/2016 - 10:06

It’s just before Rosh Hashanah in 2013, and New York City’s mayoral campaign is heating up. Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, who in a surprise move had thrown his hat in the ring a few months earlier, is doing one of those obligatory photo ops at a Jewish bakery in Brooklyn. 

Anthony Weiner’s surprising and scandal-ridden New York City mayoral campaign is the subject of a new documentary film. JTA

‘He Wasn’t Some Leftist From Tel Aviv’

Erez Laufer puts the focus on Yitzchak Rabin’s life, not his death, in new documentary.

05/03/2016 - 15:51
Special To The Jewish Week

Erez Laufer was 5 years old when he first met Yitzchak Rabin. Laufer’s father taught at the Kadoorie boarding school, a Rabin alma mater, and when the then – chief of staff of the IDF landed in the family’s yard in a helicopter, Erez was there to greet him.

Rabin at home: A shy but blunt man, Rabin kept his family out of the public limelight.

‘Son Of Saul,’ ‘Amy’ And ‘Spotlight’ Win Oscars

02/29/2016 - 11:48

Los Angeles — A Hungarian Holocaust drama, a documentary about a sultry Jewish rock star who died too young and a film about an investigation of church sex abuse led by a Jewish newspaper editor won Academy Awards.

Son Of Saul director, László Nemes poses with the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Oscars. Getty Images

Orthodox Boy Is Breakout Star Of Oprah’s New TV Show ‘Belief’

10/19/2015 - 20:00

Orthodox Jewish boys from Hungary are not typically a hot topic on Twitter.

Mendel Hurwitz in a scene from “Episode 1: The Seekers” in Oprah Winfrey’s new “Belief” series. JTA

Putting A Human Face On Immigration Debate

Through her film about one undocumented immigrant, Mikaela Shwer hopes to say something about the 11 million.

09/16/2015 - 20:00
Special to The Jewish Week

While she was born in the U.S., Mikaela Shwer is always aware that she’s from an immigrant family, with parents and siblings born elsewhere, and a grandmother and many relatives living on a different continent. Shwer, now 33, grew up in a community of Jewish immigrants from South Africa in Phoenix. 

In “Don’t Tell Anyone,” neophyte documentary-maker Mikaela Shwer tells the story of Angy Rivera. Mari Keeler Cornwell
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