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Neighbours

With humor and satire, film gives child’s-eye view of roots of hate

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light March 2, 2022
One of the highlights of this year's St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is “Neighbours”  (“Nachbarn”), a Swiss film set in Syria 40 years ago, in a small village where Kurdish and Jewish families are neighbors. Actually, at this point, there is only one Jewish family left in the village, a change due to the increasingly hostile policies of the ruling Baathist party. 
Conductor Marin Alsop at a workshop at Southbank Centre in London. (Belinda Lawley)
Photo courtesy of Cargo Film and Releasing

Marin Alsop leads the way in uplifting documentary ‘The Conductor’

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light March 2, 2022

Joyful is a good word for Bernadette Wegenstein’s delightful, inspiring biographical documentary “The Conductor,” about Marin Alsop, the first woman conductor of a major American orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. It is still an exceedingly...

Plan A is an astonishing story of Holocaust survivors’ turn Jewish avengers

‘Plan A’ is an astonishing story of Holocaust survivors’ turn ‘Jewish avengers’

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish Light February 28, 2022

The 27th annual St. Louis Film Festival, which will be virtual again this year, begins March 6th. This year film lovers are invited to enjoy an array of 13 international and U.S. films with Jewish themes, with five outstanding documentaries on varied...

Mel Brooks drinking coffee photographed by Carl Reiner while the two were writers for Your Show of Shows, c. 1950-1954 in The Automat.
Photo courtesy of A Slice of Pie Productions

Jewish Film Festival documentary ‘The Automat’ serves up pure charm

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light February 28, 2022

Mel Brooks, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Colin Powell, Carl Reiner and Elliot Gould were all fans of the Automat, the iconic automated cafeterias that dominated New York and Philadelphia in the first half of the 20th century. Lisa Hurwitz's delightful, enlightening...

Doval’e Glickman as Yehuda and Shlomo Bar-Aba as Dov in the Israeli comedy Greener Pastures. Courtesy of Israeli Films

Rebellious retiree not ready to be put out to pasture in Israeli comedy

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish Light February 22, 2022

In the delightfully funny Israeli comedy "Greener Pastures," a retiree named Dov (Shlomo Bar-Aba) feels like he has been put out to pasture, and not a greener one. The widower grandpa in his 70s is dismayed that his daughter, who lives out of town, has...

The 2022 Jewish Film Festival includes (clockwise from top left): ‘Blue Box,’ ‘Tango Shalom,’ ‘Plan A’ and ‘Not Going Quietly.’

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival returns

Cate Marquis , Special For The Jewish Light February 21, 2022

The annual St. Louis Jewish Film Festival shifts to a new season, returning March 6 -13 with an exciting lineup of films, including documentaries on an array of subjects plus comedy and drama narrative films. The 27th annual festival, which will be...

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