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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles is the first in-depth documentary film that chronicles the life and themes of this iconic offering. The goal of our documentary, says director Max Lewkowicz is to understand why the story of Tevye the milkman is reborn again and again as beloved entertainment and cultural touchstone the world over. Rather than use a narrator, the story is told primarily through a tapestry of interviews. Join Sheldon Harnick, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Grey and many others, as director Max Lewkowicz chronicles the play’s story. Among the many pieces of Fiddler history that were uncovered are clips of Zero Mostel; Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock introducing a song that was cut from the show; the story of an all-Black and Hispanic Fiddler production put on by an inner city middle school in Brooklyn in 1970, which provoked days of protest.
Art of Waiting
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Liran and Tali, a couple in their thirties who dream of having a child together, are one day told they will have to undergo fertility treatments. What seems simple at first turns out to be very complex. They discover that to be parents to a child, they will have to undergo a long journey full of hardships, with all the physical and mental difficulties that accompany it. Family pressures and of course the challenge it poses to the couple's relationship. Will their love last? In this heartwarming, sweetly funny romance-dramedy it is soon clear that the road to parenthood is full of impediments. (Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles) 
Back to Maracana
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Roberto (40), divorced with a failing business, his son Itay (11), a spoiled child that snubs his father and despises soccer, and the grandfather Samuel (76), an enthusiastic soccer fan that recently found out he doesn't have much time to live, depart spontaneously to the World Cup Games in Brazil- their former homeland. Their unplanned trip turns into an emotional journey that changes all of them forever in this heartfelt and warmly funny Israeli-Brazilian family drama. (Brazil, Israel - Hebrew & Portuguese with English subtitles)
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
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When I first read When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr at school, over 35 years ago, I was surprised by its lightness. This was a story about displacement and escape from Nazi Germany and yet the tone was optimistic, almost light-hearted says Oscar®-winning director Caroline Link. Suppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing it became dangerous for some people to live in your country. Suppose you found, to your complete surprise, that your own father was one of those people. That is what happens to Anna in 1933. Anna is not sure who Hitler is. She is nine years old when everything begins, too busy to take much notice of his face on posters all over Berlin. But when her own father goes missing one day, she comes to realize that the man on the posters is about to change the whole of Europe – starting with her own small life. (Germany, Switzerland. German with English subtitles)  
The Humorist
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In the midst of the collapsing USSR, the favorite stand-up comedian of the regime begins challenging censorship. In 1984 Soviet Union, Boris, a Russian-Jewish stand-up comedian, is tormented not only by external oppression and censorship but also by his own insecurities. Fame, combined with lack of personal freedom, is driving him crazy. Once the leaders who dictate what he can and cannot joke about summon him to their villa, the comedian snaps. Armed with the exotic American notion of insult humor, he takes his revenge. This film won the Blue Angel Prize for Best Actor (Aleksey Agranovich) at the Art Film Fest, and the Special Jury Award (Michael Idov) at the Pune International Film Festival. (Russia, Latvia, Czech Republic. Russian with English subtitles)  
DOUBLE FEATURE: Divorce Denied & A Jew Walks into a Bar
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Divorce Denied: No Jewish divorce is complete without the man literally giving the woman her freedom back. With Israel having neither civil marriage nor divorce, women can get trapped. The film follows several such chained women together with Batya, a religious lawyer, who embarks on a struggle against the rabbinical courts. (Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.)

A Jew Walks into a Bar: An ultra-orthodox Brooklynite aspires to become a stand-up comedian in this funny depiction of the troublesome dichotomy and conflict between religion and career. The film won best documentary short at the River Run International Film Festival, the Nevada City Film Festival, and the audience award at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. (USA. English)  
DOUBLE FEATURE: My War Hero Uncle & Dear God
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My War Hero: I decided to start sending letters… until my long-awaited release. Ami wrote these words at the age of 18, before he was killed in the 1967 War. Through stories, Memorial Day ceremonies, and his letters, Ami was always a present absence for his nephew Shaked, the film’s director. Following his grandmother’s declining health, Shaked applies to the Defense Ministry for nursing care. His claim is rejected. Their refusal leaves him confused. Fifty years after Ami’s death, a shocking truth is unveiled. This film won the Van Leer Prize for the Best Director at the Jerusalem Film Festival, and the 12th David A. Stein Memorial Award for the Best Documentary at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. (Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles.)

Dear God: Dear God depicts romantic Jerusalem seen through the eyes of Aaron, a guard at the Wailing Wall. One day, a beautiful mysterious woman puts a note between the holy stones and Aaron decides to fulfill her deepest wish, while learning that love is all about communication. This film won the audience favorite at the Cherry Hill Jewish Film Festival, Best Film at the Asterfest Film Festival, and the Award of Excellence and Best Editing at the Bangalore Shorts Film Festival. (Israel. Hebrew with English subtitles)  
BONUS FILM: Camp Kadimah - The Story of Our Lives
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Since 1943, for six weeks every summer, Jewish children have gathered on the shores of Lake William, Nova Scotia at Camp Kadimah. As they pulled together through generations of song, spirit, and tradition, they shaped a community that would shape their lives forever. Through interviews with alumni from every decade, vintage film and memorable music, this film shows the history of Camp Kadimah from its earliest days to the present. It also tells the story of the Jewish Communities of Atlantic Canada; how they came from Europe to settle in Canada and why Kadimah was founded. (Canada. English) 
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