Jewish Film Round-Up: November 15, 2013


The Holocaust and how people dealt with it from Hollywood to small Polish towns is front and center in this week’s news and highlights. Plus, we book end this round-up with some lost Jewish film history and modern-day Jewish adventures. 

Nearly century old lost Jewish film rediscovered and now on tour
The Yellow Ticket was thought to be lost forever after World War II, but the 1918 German-made Jewish film about a Polish girl is now on tour with a new score and high definition projection. Composer and violinist Alicia Svigals now travels across the country, playing her score live as the audiences are once again able to experience this story.

New film Aftermath reveals sickening past of Polish town
The power narrative film Aftermath reveals the secret of the Polish town of Jedwabne. The World War II massacre of hundreds of Jews in the town was not performed by Nazis, as historically thought, but by the townspeople themselves. Despite backlash from the Polish government and anti-Semitic threats, the filmmakers of Aftermath keep pushing to screen the secret and shame of Jedwabne.

Celebrate the release of The Book Thief with a look back at ten haunting Holocaust films
The new film by Brian Percival brings the acclaimed novel by Markus Zusak to life, a story that highlights courage in a time of terror and oppression that was the Third Reich. Now is a good time as any to take a look back at some equally haunting Holocaust films.

New documentary celebrates “New Adventures” for modern-day Jews
Paula Weiman-Kelman’s new documentary Fringes: New Adventures in Jewish Living showcases the next generation of Jewish Americans as they celebrate their past and history while crafting their own ways of doing things. Weiman-Kelman actually lived with the families shown in the film, making this documentary not only very intimate and personal but also a fascinating glimpse into modern-day Jewish life.