Jewish Film Round-Up: November 25, 2013


People taking a stand against differing types of oppression in the present and past leads this week’s round-up. Jewish “holiday movies” and film screenplays close out the list as holidays and award season are just around the corner.

Screenplays for free download
How cool is it to download scripts that are potential Oscar winners. Screenplays available for download include Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a SlaveLee Daniel’s The Butler, Mud, and Fruitvale Station.

Writer/Political Activist is taking a stand against the Swedish government.
When she recently learned of a pending bill that would outlaw the import and serving of kosher meat, writer Annika Hernroth-Rothstein is taking her story to the media in attempts to preserve her Jewish culture and practices, as well as her basic human right of worship without persecution. Some comments from Swedish politicians may surprise you in this article. 

New documentary is a look at the heartbreaking difficulty of women obtaining a divorce
The stories of the women in Women Unchained tell of emotional and sometimes physical abuse from their husbands in their attempt to obtain a divorce. It took them years to finally break away from their husbands and move on with their lives.

Using film for remembrance and commemoration
Every year, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Florida hosts a Kristallnacht Film Forum for audiences to commemorate “The Night of Broken Glass.” The forum screens a Holocaust-related film and also serves as a fundraiser for scholarships for teens for the March of the Living trip.

“Holiday movies” mean something a little different for Jews
Writer Betsy Gomberg jokes that the term “holiday movies” to Jews means the traditional pairing of movie and Chinese food. She gives some suggestions of upcoming new releases for your viewing pleasure.