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Jewish History & Culture

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. ;

A Trial in Prague.

Documentary profiles the 1952 trial of fourteen Czechoslovak communists, including Rudolf Slansky, former General Secretary of the Party, tried on charges of high treason and espionage. Eleven of the fourteen accused were Jews. Presents interviews with many who were caught up in the events. Written and directed by Zuzana Justman. Dist. Cinema Guild. 1999. 83 min.

Allan 'n' Allen's Complaint.

The influence of Jewish fathers on their sons and the complexity of familial relationships are explored in this witty, poignant portrait of two artists and their fathers. Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, and performance artist/sculptor, Allan Kaprow, are the sons who struggle with and against the influences of these patriarchal figures.

American Radical: The Trials of Norman Finkelstein.

A definitive documentary about American academic Norman Finkelstein, a devoted son of holocaust survivors, ardent critic of U.S. and Israeli Mid-East policy, and author of five provocative books, including The Holocaust Industry. Finkelstein has been steadfastly at the center of many intractable controversies, including the recent denial of his tenure at DePaul University. He's called a lunatic and a self-hating Jew by some and an inspirational street-fighting revolutionary by others. Producers and directors, David Ridgen and Nicolas Rossier. 2009. 89 min.

Berlin's Jewish Museum: A Personal Tour with Daniel Libeskind

Architect Daniel Libeskind and journalist Alan Riding tour the Jewish Museum in Berlin, designed by Libeskind. During the walking tour Libeskind lays bare the entire architectural and philosophical concept of the building, an absolutely unique construct of innovation, intellectual prowess, and direct allusions to the lives and work of Berlin's pre-Nazi population of Jewish literati and artists. 2003. 58 min.

Between Two Worlds

A groundbreaking personal exploration of the community and family divisions that are redefining American Jewish identity and politics. The filmmakers' own families are battlegrounds over loyalty to Israel, interpretations of the Holocaust, intermarriage, and a secret communist past. Filmed in the United States and Israel, this first-person documentary begins with a near riot at a Jewish Film Festival in San Francisco, reveals the agonizing battle over divestment from Israel on a university campus, and shows the crackdown on dissent in Israel itself.

Clara Lemlich: A Strike Leader's Diary

On November 22, 1909, New York City garment workers gathered at Cooper Union to discuss pay cuts, unsafe working conditions and other grievances. After two hours of indecisive speeches by male union leaders, a young Jewish woman strode down the aisle and demanded the floor. Speaking in Yiddish, she passionately urged her coworkers to go out on strike. Clara Lemlich, a flegling union organizer, thus launched the "Uprising of the 20,000," when, two days later, garment workers walked out of shops all over the city. A film by Alex Szalat. c2004. 51 min.

Class Lot

A film by Peter Peter Forga¡cs. Filmed from 1946-1971, continues the history of the Hungarian Jewish family of businessman and musician Gyorgy Peto introduced in the film "Free fall." After World War II Gyorgy returns from captivity in Russia and his daughter is born. He continues to manage the family bank until 1949, date of the first nationalizations, and then finds employment in a national orchestra.

Das Haus mit der Goldkuppe.

Presentation of the history of the Neue Synagoge in Berlin, biography of prominent Berlin Jews of the 20th century, and the work of the Centrum Judaicum to promote German-Jewish culture. 44 min.