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Plan A, the astonishing story of Jewish avengers opens this week on VOD platforms

‘Plan A’, the astonishing story of Jewish avengers opens this week on VOD platforms

Dan Buffa, Special For The Jewish LightPublished October 13, 2022

“What if I told you that your family was murdered for no reason at all? Now, ask yourself, what would you do?”  This heart-piercing question opens the Holocaust revenge drama “Plan A,” which is based on a true story. That special brand...

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 LightPublished 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...

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 LightPublished 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 LightPublished 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 LightPublished 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...

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival moving to spring thanks to participants comments

St. Louis Jewish Film Festival moving to spring thanks to participants comments

Published January 12, 2022

"A satisfied customer is the best business strategy of all," is a popular old adage, and one the St. Louis Jewish Film Festival is adhering to, as organizers announce the 27th annual festival will be held virtually this spring, March 6 – 13, instead...

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Jewish Film Festival: ‘Here We Are’ treats autism with respect

DAN. BUFFA , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished June 4, 2021

Aharon (Shai Avivi) is devoted to his young adult son, Uri (Noam Imber). Some would argue he's too devoted. Uri is autistic and has lived inside a gentle cocoon of routine and comfort, one built with precious care and regard by Aharon. But at what point...

Love it was Not

Jewish Film Festival: Documentary tells strange tale of survival in Auschwitz

CATE MARQUIS, Special to the Jewish LightPublished June 4, 2021

“Love It Was Not” is a Shoah survivor’s story about a young woman who was at Auschwitz, but it is also a strange tale about obsession, love and survival. The documentary opens with an old photo. We see a picture of a healthy, pretty, young woman...

Breaking Bread

Documentary looks at how food can build bridges between Jews and Arabs

ELLEN FUTTERMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEFPublished June 3, 2021

The late Anthony Bourdain once said that “food may not be the answer to world peace, but it’s a start.” “Breaking Bread” not only begins with this quote, but director Beth Elise Hawk builds on the sentiment by showing how preparing and enjoying...

This years Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

This year’s Jewish Film Fest has a new leader at the helm

CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished May 31, 2021

This is the Jewish Film Festival’s 26th year, but its first without Zelda Sparks, who retired as director of cultural arts at the Jewish Community Center. Sparks helped start the festival and steered it for 25 years, and this year’s festival is...

Curtain going up on 26th Jewish Film Festival

Curtain going up on 26th Jewish Film Festival

CATE MARQUISPublished May 28, 2021

The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival returns in June for its 26th year, again offering wonderful films from around the world. Like last year, the festival is online, but it is back in its usual early summer slot and is taking place June 6-13. The...

Judi Dench as Miss Rocholl in Andy Goddard’s “Six Minutes to Midnight.” Courtesy of IFC Films. An IFC Films Release.

British WWII historical drama tips its bowler to Hitchcock

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHTPublished February 4, 2021

Judi Dench, Eddie Izzard and Jim Broadbent headline “Six Minutes to Midnight,” a Hitchcock-styled British historical thriller set in the summer of 1939 at a finishing school for German girls on the southeastern coast of England as World War II looms.The...

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