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Jewish & Holocaust Studies

A Bibo Reader.

A film by Peter Forga¡cs;. Presents a found footage essay featuring home movies and photographs of the philosopher Istvan Bibo, who served time in prison for supplying Jews with fake documents during the Holocaust and was one of the leaders of the 1956 Hungarian revolution. The sensitive rendering of Bibo's social and historical analysis, the meditative texts and images pace the piece from one contemplative state to the next. 2001.

A Day in the Warsaw Ghetto: A Birthday Trip In Hell.

In 1941 a Wehrmacht Sergeant celebrated his 43rd birthday by illegally photographing inside the Warsaw Ghetto. The photographs were hidden for over forty years, until he knew he was dying. The filmmaker has done a masterful job in combining the pictures with readings from ghetto diaries, Yiddish songs, and klezmer music. A film by Jack Kuper. 30 min.
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A Day in Warsaw

Originally produced as a motion picture by Sektor Films, Warsaw, Poland, 1938. Restored version copyrighted in 1990. A documentary portrayal of Warsaw, Poland in 1938, emphasizing the buildings, institutions and neighborhoods associated with the 400,000 Jews living in Warsaw at that time. In Yiddish with English subtitles. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 10 min.View this video online
Stephen Spielberg Jewish Film Archive

A Different World, Poland's Jews, 1919-1943 (Struggles for Poland; 3).

Documents through archival films, stills, interviews and readings the once flourishing and dynamic community of Polish Jews, and the events leading up to the Holocaust. Focuses on ghetto leaders, the Treaty for Protection of Minority Rights and the rise of European facism. 58 min. pt. 3

A Film Unfinished

At the end of WWII, 60 minutes of raw film in an East German archive was discovered. Shot by the Nazis in Warsaw in May of 1942, the film became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of the Warsaw Ghetto. The later discovery of a long-missing reel, including multiple takes and cameramen staging scenes, complicated earlier readings of the footage. Presented here is the raw footage in its entirety, falsely showing the 'good life' of Jewish urbanites.

A Home on the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma.

This quintessentially American story of immigrants tells how a group of Eastern European Jews founded the chicken industry in Petaluma, California. Meet this idealistic and intrepid group through the reminiscences of their descendants, as they confronted obstacles of language and culture in their journey towards becoming Americans. Produced, directed and edited by Bonnie Burt and Judy Montell. 52 min.

A Jumpin' Night in the Garden of Eden.

Shows these two klezmer bands both in performance and in the process of re-discovering this traditional music through its Yiddish, Eastern European, and early 20th Century American roots. 75 min.View this video online (via folkstreams.net)

A Kiss to this Land (Un Beso a esta tierra

In the 1920s and '30s, thousands of Jews from Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Middle East emigrated to Mexico. Their stories are told through archival photographs, film footage, and contemporary interviews with Jewish octogenarians who describe their journeys and their perception of Jewish life in the new world. Directed by Daniel Goldberg. Dist.: National Center for Jewish Film. 1995. 93 min.

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America

A life apart relates the story of the creation of the Hasidic post-Holocaust communities in the United States with particular emphasis on New York City. Seven years in the making, this extraordinarily intimate film takes the viewer into the depths of the Hasidim's joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world. From mystical tales to mesmerizing music, Rebbes to Holocaust survivors, it reveals an insular world few outsiders have seen. A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky.

A Seal Upon Thy Heart: A Portrait of Jewish Marriage

Documents a traditional Jewish wedding, placing special emphasis on Biblical and Talmudic sources of the wedding ceremony. Also explored are the couple's engagement, preparations for the wedding and the marriage, as well as the couple's personal reflections several months after their wedding. Dist.: Ergo Media. 1992. 30 min. ;

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