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1990-1999

How to Be a Player (1997)

Directed by Reginald Hudlin. Cast: Bill Bellamy, NatalieDesselle, Bernie Mac. Dray is a young playboy whose only objectivein life seems to be to have sex with as many girls as he canwithout getting caught by his girlfriend Lisa. Dray's sister Jennyand her friend Katrina plan to show him that the way he lives iswrong and organize a party in Malibu, inviting all of hisgirlfriends. 100 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jakob the Liar (France / USA / Hungary, 1999)

Directed by Peter Kassovitz. Cast: Robin Williams, Alan Arkin, Bob Balaban, Michael Jeter, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Liev Schreiber, Mark Margolis, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hannah Taylor Gordon. An uplifting tale of hope set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. When Jakob, a poor Jewish cafe owner, accidentally overhears a news bulletin signalling Soviet military successes against German forces, he whispers his secret good news to two friends. As the news spreads, so does a rumour: Jakob must have a radio, an offence punishable by death.

Jew-Boy Levi (Viehjud Levi) (Germany / Switzerland / Austria, 1998)

Directed by Didi Danquart. Cast: Bruno Cathomas, Caroline Ebner, Martina Gedeck, Ulrich Noethen, Bern Michael Lade, Eva Mattes, Gerhard Olschewski. A peaceful, isolated community is engulfed by the hatred and violence of the outside world in this taut drama set in pre-war Germany. Levi, the Jewish cattle dealer, makes his annual trip to a remote farming village but things have changed since his last visit. Nazi propaganda has infected the town and Levi realizes that he has become a target. 90 min.

Jews In Space: or Why Is this Night Different from All Other Nights? (Judios en el espacio [o por que es diferente esta noche a las demas noches] (Argentina, 1998)

Directed by Gabriel Lichtmann. Cast: Fernando Rubio, Luna Paiva, Veronica Llinas, Beatriz Spelzini, Gerardo Chendo, Axel Anderson. A Jewish family in Buenos Aires comes together to celebrate Passover, despite petty jealousy, mismatched romantic feelings, and a suicidal patriarch. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Juice (1992)

Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson. Cast: Omar Epps, JermaineHopkins, Khalil Kain, Tupac Shakur. Four Harlem friends spend theirdays hanging out and looking for a way to get the power and respectthey call juice, when one of them plans to take it through an armedrobbery, and wants the crew to be with him. Features cuttingedge-rap and rock music. 95 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Jungle Fever (1991)

Directed by Spike Lee. Cast: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra,Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Anthony Quinn. An Afro-American architectbegins an affair with his working class Italian secretary. Theirrelationship causes them to be scrutinized by their friends, castout from their families and shunned by their neighbors in thismoving view of inner-city life. 131 min.Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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Just Another Girl on the I.R.T (1992)

Directed by Leslie Harris. Cast: Ariyan A. Johnson, KevinThigpen, Ebony Jerido, Jerard Washington, Chiquita Jackson, KishaRichardson. A black teenage girl living in Brooklyn dreams ofmedical school, a family, and an escape from the generationalpoverty of the inner city. Her dreams are put on hold when shebecomes pregnant by her boyfriend. 97 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Just Beyond This Forest (Jeszcze tylko ten las) (Poland, 1991)

Directed by Jan •321;omnicki. Cast: Ryszarda Hanin, Joanna Friedman, Marzena Tryba•322;a, Marta Klubowicz. Set in 1942, the film opens with an Aryan washerwoman arriving in the Warsaw ghetto. The Jewish woman she worked for before the war hires her to take her young daughter to the countryside until the war is over. 87 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Kadosh (Sacred) (Israel / France, 1999)

Directed by Amos Gitai. Cast: Yael Abecassis, Yoram Hattab, Meital Barda, Uri Klauzner, Yussef Abu Warda, Lea Koenig, Sami Hori, Rivka Michaeli. The story of two Hasidic sisters living in the Mea Shearim area of Jerusalem. Rivka and her husband are deeply in love, but he obeys his rabbi father and divorces her after 10 childless years of marriage. Rivka's sister Malka loves a man who has left Hasidism after joining the army, but accepts the marriage her parents have arranged to the rabbi's assistant. 117 min.

Kansas City (1995)

Directed by Robert Altman. Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, MirandaRichardson, Harry Belafonte, Michael Murphy, Dermot Mulroney, SteveBuscemi, Brooke Smith. Set in 1934 Kansas City, a telegraphoperator named Blondie kidnaps Carolyn Stilton, wife of a powerfulbusinessman who commutes to Washington to advise PresidentRoosevelt. Blondie figures she can use Carolyn to gain safe passagefor her husband Johnny who is in the grip of the city's topgangster, a club owner named Seldom Seen. The movie unfolds in thedark streets of the downtown Kansas City night. 116 min.

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