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

DAN. BUFFA , SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT 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 Light 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-CHIEF 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 year's 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 LIGHT 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 MARQUIS 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 LIGHT 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...

Yehuda Nahari Halevi stars in ‘Incitement.’

Chilling ‘Incitement’ dramatizes young man’s devolution to Rabin assassin

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 6, 2020

“Incitement,” director Yaron Zilberman’s gripping, fact-based political thriller, explores the life of a young Israeli man in the two years before he assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a rally in November 1995 celebrating the second...

Rev. Traci Blackmon of Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant and Rabbi Susan Talve of Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis are featured in the documentary “Shared Legacies,” which is part of this year’s St. Louis Jewish Film Festival.

The full lineup: Jewish Film Festival

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish Light November 6, 2020

The Jewish Film Festival is a bit shorter this year, but it offers 12 outstanding dramas, documentaries and comedies from various countries. Some films have already appeared in St. Louis-area film festivals or theaters; others are local debuts. The annual...

Bruno Ganz (left) as Sigmund Freud and Simon Morze as Franz in

Bruno Ganz as Freud propels WWII-era coming of age film

BY CATE MARQUIS, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT July 9, 2020

The late, great Swiss actor Bruno Ganz plays Sigmund Freud in “The Tobacconist,” an imaginative, engrossing tale about a friendship between a teenage boy and Freud set in Vienna just before and during the Nazi invasion. This was one of the Ganz’s...

Writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz, left, and actor Jesse Eisenberg, right, will take part in a Zoom discussion about their film

Can’t resist discussing this film

By Ellen Futterman, Editor April 30, 2020

With movie theaters having been closed for weeks, it’s been difficult to see any brand-new releases, let alone discuss them — until now.  The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival, celebrating its 25th year, in partnership with IFC Films and Mean Street...

The documentary ‘Prosecuting Evil’ looks at Ben Ferencz, a war crimes investigator and a prosecutor at the post-WWII Nuremberg trials.

Last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor continues to seek justice at age 99

By Eric Berger, Associate Editor May 30, 2019

Ben Ferencz has gotten a close look at crimes against humanity over the last century. In fact, he helped to define what the phrase means by serving as a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials of Nazis following World War II. And despite his familiarity with...

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

‘Inside the Mossad’ goes behind the scenes of Israel’s storied spy agency

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus May 30, 2019

Mossad, Israel’s legendary and widely admired intelligence agency, has had a long history of astonishing successes in international intrigue, including planting spies in enemy nations; using a former Nazi officer as a double agent and consciously burnishing...

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