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Etgar Keret: Based on a True Story

About the Film 
This modern fairy tale blurs the lines of fantasy and reality, to illuminate the compulsive creativity behind the vibrant and colorful renowned Israeli writer and humorist, with animations of Keret’s stories, reenactments of events from his life, and interviews with family, friends and colleagues.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
67 minutes

Friedkin Uncut

About the Film 
One of the 1970s’ leading directors, whose oeuvre includes The Exorcist, Cruising and The French Connection, a best picture and director Oscar winner, the eccentric and inquisitive William Friedkin deconstructs his no-nonsense, savvy storyteller reputation, his inimitable provocative, profane, candid and often wickedly funny demeanor fully on view.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
107 minutes

Henri Dauman: Looking Up

About the Film 
The seminal work and inspiring story of one of the 20th century’s preeminent photojournalists who produced some of the world’s most iconic images, is told by the engaging storyteller himself, who relays his childhood trauma in wartime France and love of movies, which inform the life-affirming vibrancy of his work.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
87 minutes

The Jewish Underground

About the Film 
Vigilante Israeli extremists seek to derail the peace process and spark a holy war, in this shocking look at a decades-old case of domestic terrorism, reconstructed as a detective-thriller with dramatizations and interviews with key figures, portending disturbing implications for modern Israeli politics.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
96 minutes

Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

About the Film 
An inspiring American success story, recounting the life and times of modern journalism’s founding father and relevant to the “fake news” era, this superbly crafted biography heralds freedom of the press at a time when First Amendment rights are challenged.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
86 minutes

The Last Resort

About the Film 
A once-thriving Jewish beachfront paradise, a mecca of sun, low cost of living and thriving cultural life and veritable shtetl for Jewish retirees and Holocaust survivors escaping harsh Northeast winters, is rediscovered through priceless, captivating photos, in this wistful portrait of a Miami Beach of a bygone era.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
70 minutes

The Oslo Diaries

About the Film 
The secret process behind the failed Oslo Accords—the unsanctioned and unprecedented talks that nearly secured an elusive Mideast peace—is restaged to rivet­ing, emotional effect, in this powerful, tragic reminder of the yet unfinished journey toward peace for the Israeli and Palestinian people.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
97 minutes

To the Ends of the Earth: The Jews of San Diego

About the Film 
From dusty pueblo to vibrant metropolis, this is a colorful, lively journey through over 160 years of Jewish heritage in the American Southwest, with San Diego’s growth recalled by an eclectic mix of interviewees, including rabbis, avant-garde types, even pioneer progeny.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
75 minutes

Who Will Write Our History

About the Film 
Determined to defeat Nazi lies with pen and paper, Jewish intellectuals carry out an extraordinary form of wartime resistance—letters, confessionals, poems, photographs buried in milk cans and metal boxes—in the Warsaw Ghetto, in this account honoring the heroic stewards of historical preservation.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
97 minutes

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