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The East Valley JCC is pleased to present a virtual Israeli film series for 2020-2021. For more details about each film, including trailers, click on the photo. 

Unsettling
Aug. 23

A pop-up film studio becomes a social laboratory for encounters with camera-shy (but not conflict-averse) Israeli settlers in the West Bank in this documentary by Iris Zaki. The film features a Q&A with Jake Bennett, Israeli-American Coalition for Action director of state legislative affairs. 

The Syrian Patient
Sept. 6

 

Reality surpasses the imagination in this documentary that allows a look at the Syrian wounded and the Israeli doctors at a hospital in Israel, where enemies become connected. The film features a  Q&A with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, the son of Syrian immigrants and the president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy. 

Remember Baghdad
Oct. 25

Through vivid testimonies and vintage home movies, displaced Iraqi Jews share their personal accounts of Baghdad’s former glamorous age and the utopia that was lost to violence and intolerance.

Mother Tongue
Nov. 15

Four women in their 60s tell of their charged relationships with their late mothers; three are second-generation Holocaust survivors and one is from Yeminite descent. 

City of Joel
Dec. 20

This documentary tells the story of Kiryas Joel, a religious haven built by the Satmar sect 50 miles north of New York City. The film explores how this ultra-Orthodox faith has become both a source of strength and tension and examines the turf war between the sect and their secular neighbors. 

The Ancestral Sin
Jan. 3, 2021

The story of Israel’s “development towns” as never told before through testimonials and previously sealed transcripts.

Torn
Feb. 7

Twelve years after he was ordained, a Polish-Catholic priest discovers that he was born to Jewish parents. The film follows his amazing journey, from conducting mass in a church in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a religious kibbutz in Israel.

Sabena Hijacking: My Version
March 7 

Striking re-enactments and harrowing testimonies combine to riveting effect in this true story of a terrorist siege that forever shaped the Jewish State. 

The 90-Minute War
April 18

In this sharp-edged political mockumentary, a century of intractable conflict between Israel and Palestine is gong to be settled once and for all … on the soccer field. 

Ghetto Uprising: The Untold Story
May 2

The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising has become a symbol of heroism throughout the world, but it’s generally accepted story is incomplete. Among the fighters was a group that was not granted commemoration, although it had a crucial part in the success of the historic uprising. 

Covered Up
June 6

The personal journey of Rachel, an ultra-Orthodox film director, through marriage, divorce, matchmaking and family life. Rachel unveils the world of ultra-Orthodox women and gives voice, for the first time, to their concealed inner world through the wig that covers up women’s’ hair. 

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Box for Life
July 11

Noah Klieger is the last living survivor of the boxing team of Auschwitz and the oldest still active journalist in the world. In between, he saw from close up and survived many of the defining events of the 20th century, and some of the events he may have even steered a bit.