Category Archives: Film

And when God tells Shtetl to go West, baruch hashem (enshallah), Shtetl obeys. Especially if she, the almighty one, is commanding me to sit in a dark room and injest movie after movie. Some call it the cave, some call …

With Oscar season upon us, one Jewish Big Shot in the world of film has got some tips for you on how to make it in Hollywood. Kid, read this, and you’re sure to be a big macher in the movies.

Read Deborah Kramer’s review of a film that portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of two teenagers on opposite sides of the wall.

The controversial film “Between Two Worlds” examines the issues that are dividing the Jewish community today. Who has the right to speak for the Jews? Read Janis Seftel’s review of Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow’s most recent documentary.

“Romeo and Juliet in Yiddish” looks at issues such as arranged marriage, the idealised notion of romantic love, ex-communication from community and family, and community infighting. This is a whacky modern Hassidic take on the age-old tale replete with lost youth, unrequited love and an edginess you’ll only find in Brooklyn.

“Crime after Crime” presents the agonizing story of one woman’s wrongful first-degree murder conviction and her eventual release after serving 27 years behind bars.

“Stalin Thought of You” recounts the fascinating story of Jewish political cartoonist Boris Efimov’s complex relationship to Joseph Stalin. Efimov’s pen drew the political leaders who shaped a century, including the one who had his own brother murdered.

The award winning Israeli movie “A Matter of Size” deals with our conflictual relationship to food, gaining and losing weight, and the results of our decision to concede, or not, to societal pressure.