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Actor Wojciech Zielinski as Abraham Lewin in the film ‘Who Will Write Our History,’ about Oyneg Shabes, a group of  Warsaw Jews who created a secret archive of eyewitness accounts of Jewish life in Warsaw and documentation of Nazi atrocities.  Photo: Anna Wloch 

St. Louis Holocaust Museum announces 2020 schedule for Sunday film series

January 19, 2020

The 2020 Sandra and Mendel Rosenberg Sunday Afternoon Film Series begins Jan. 26 with “Who Will Write Our History,” the first of 11 films, which will include introductions and post-screening discussions on many issues important to the Jewish community. In...

‘Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me’

Film explores Sammy Davis Jr.’s fight for respect

BY ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR May 31, 2018

At the beginning of “Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me,” the entertainer jokes that he’s a “colored, Jewish, Puerto Rican,” then adds, “When I move into a neighborhood, I wipe it out.”Funny, perhaps, but more to the point, ironic, because...

‘Heading Home:The Tale of Team Israel’

Baseball, patriotism on deck in ‘Tale of Team Israel’

BY ERIC BERGER, STAFF WRITER May 31, 2018

During last year’s World Baseball Classic, after Israel defeats a team from a country with a more storied baseball history, a reporter from that country sends a line drive at the Team Israel manager at a press conference: “What is your opinion on...

Sonia Warshawski (left) and her granddaughter (and filmmaker) Leah Warshawski stand outsidae the Capitol in Washington, D.C., in April 2018 for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Members of Congress watched Leah’s documentary ‘Big Sonia’ at the Capitol on April 12.

Former St. Louisan’s film about Holocaust survivor grandmother gets local debut

By Sam Mosher, Staff Writer May 31, 2018

Kansas City’s Metcalf South Mall in 2011 was a virtual ghost town of gated entrances, empty parking lots and closed storefronts. But one last establishment owned by the bubbly, big-hearted Sonia Warshawski remained open: her colorful tailor shop.Sonia’s...

“Ozark” stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. The series is  streaming on Netflix. Photo: Netflix

Jewish co-directors bring climate change sequel to screen

By Nate Bloom August 2, 2017

At the Movies“An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” opens nationwide Aug. 4.  It is, of course, the sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth,” the 2006 documentary directed by DAVIS GUGGENHEIM that won the Oscar for best documentary. The sequel follows...

‘Cloudy Sunday’

Film fest features stellar lineup of Jewish-interest and Israeli cinema

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 2, 2016

Beginning Nov. 3, the St. Louis International Film Festival celebrates its 25th year with a sterling 10-day lineup that includes something for nearly everyone. SLIFF, presented by Cinema St. Louis, annually gives movie fans a sneak peak at upcoming big...

Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg) and Vonnie (Kristen Stewart) in “Café Society” 2016 Gravier Productions, Inc., Photography Sabrina Lantos

Beauty of Woody Allen’s ‘Cafe Society’ is skin deep

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light July 27, 2016

Dictionaries define “cafe society” as the world of socialites who regularly frequent cafes, nightclubs, resorts and other fashionable spots. The term originated in the mid- to late-1930s, according to the “Random House Dictionary,” which puts...

‘Weiner’ looks at the 2013 mayoral campaign of former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

‘Weiner’ is a study of political self-destruction

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light May 26, 2016

“Weiner” is an involving political documentary about former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, who represented New York’s ninth district for seven terms until his career ended in scandal in 2011 when he was caught sexting and posting a link to suggestive...

NJT will revisit ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ in its 2016-2017 season.  NJT last staged the play in 2005. Pictured from the 2005 production are (from left) Diane Peterson, Dennis Lebby and Gary Wayne Barker. File photo: Lisa Mandel

New Jewish Theatre’s 20th season includes two revivals of past audience favorites

May 4, 2016

To celebrate its upcoming milestone 20th anniversay season, the New Jewish Theatre will revive two of its most popular shows from the past in 2016-2017.The season opens Oct. 6 to 30 with the William Gibson blockbuster, “Golda’s Balcony,” directed...

The Artist staring Jean Dujardin, left, as George Valentin and
Bérénice Bejo as Pepper Miller.

Holiday season delivers films for every taste

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light December 21, 2011

With kids on winter break and Hollywood delivering some of the year's likely Oscar contenders, now's a great time to take in some movies. Films for everyone abound this time of year. While many excellent ones such as "The Descendants" and "My Week with...

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