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(Direct Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG3U0yg55H8 )

MARRIAGE MATERIAL

Short Musical USA (2018) 25 minutes | English

After her boyfriend rejects her marriage proposal, thirty four year old Leah Schwartzmann checks herself into a retreat which promises to take less-than-perfect women and transform them into "Marriage Material."

Director: Oran Zegman

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/324636172 )

Flour & Water – A Baker’s Peace

Documentary USA (2019) 9 minutes | English, French

Three bakers — a Christian, a Jew, and a Muslim — come together in Tel Aviv to bake bread in the form of a “hamsa” — a symbol of peace. Filmed in Israel and southern France.

Director: Christopher King

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/329141673 )

AVE MARIA

Comedy Palestine (2016) 15 minutes | Arabic English Hebrew

In this Academy Award–nominated film, a squabbling family of Israeli settlers find themselves in a sticky situation after their car breaks down in a remote area of the West Bank. (Sabbath laws mean they can’t use phones to call for help.) Their only potential saviors? An order of Palestinian nuns—who’ve taken a vow of silence.

Directed by Basil Khalil

(Direct Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PramR5oxn50 )

Mel Brooks - The Critic

Animation, Comedy USA (1963) 4 minutes | English

Mel Brooks is an old man watching abstract animations. He doesn't understand them, so he heckles with strange commentary, to the annoyance of those around him.

Oscar winning - Best Short 1964

Director: Ernest Pintoff

(Direct Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvSCcH9a0Ec )

INCOGNITO

Biographic History UK (2015) 11 minutes | English

Two mysterious men meet for coffee, cake and a catch-up in Buenos Aires in 1960. The dark secret they share is revealed, along with their identities.

Director: Jeremiah Quinn

(Direct Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKsBI6Pm778 )

THIS IS JOE

Documentary, Animation Spain (2014) 4 minutes | English

Short film about Superman's creator Joe Shuster and the history of his character.

Director: Francis Diaz

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/193788045 )

YIDLIFE CRISIS: THE DOUBLE DATE

Comedy | Canada (2018) 7 minutes | English

A blind date for Leizer with the perfect woman turns into a battle of nebbish proportions. Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, the comedy duo who created the hilarious web series YidLife Crisis star in an episode about the kind of date you definitely don’t want to have. “Big Bang Theory” actress and attachment parenting guru Mayim Bialik guest stars in the episode as Chaya, a high-powered, no-nonsense neurosurgeon apparently set up by her mother on a blind date with Leizer.

Director: Jamie Elman

Starring: Mayim Chaya Bialik, Jamie Elman, Eli Batalion

(Direct Link to film: https://youtu.be/_cGh9zFmHQE )

YIDLIFE CRISIS: THE SCHMALTZ

Comedy | Canada (2014) 5 minutes | English

A chance ordering of a lean smoked meat sandwich in lieu of the usual schmaltzy one leads to not only the jeopardizing of Chaimie and Leizer's entire relationship but a deep meditation on the joys of fat... in all the right places.

Director: Jamie Elman

Starring: Jamie Elman, Eli Batalion

(Direct Link to film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdmP528BuJI )

ACHEINU (OUR BROTHERS)

Drama Israel (2017) 5 minutes | Hebrew w/ English subtitles

Inspired by a real life story, “Acheinu” depicts a conversation at an isolated bus-stop between two strangers: Amir, a secular former IDF soldier and Yosef, an Orthodox man. When circumstances have them waiting together for a delayed bus, the two get into a heated discussion, leading to an unforgettable turn of events. They discover things about each other and realize they have much more in common than they could ever have imagined.

Director: Misha Zubarev

Drama USA (2018) 21 minutes | English

2019 Academy Award Winner Best Live Action Short

In a small supermarket in a blue collar town, a black man smiles at a 10-year-old white boy across the checkout aisle. This innocuous moment sends two gangs into a ruthless war that ends with a shocking backlash.

Director: Guy Nativ

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/299773629/ca46f5b060?utm_source=Copy+of+COVID-19+70+HESTER+Check-In+Flyer+2019&utm_campaign=The+Memory+Thief+Special+Re-Issue+2019+&utm_medium=email )

Documentary, Biography USA (2014) 11 minutes | English

70 HESTER STREET is about the director's childhood home, all childhood homes and the lives of old buildings. The 140-year-old building he grew up in was a former synagogue, whiskey still, raincoat factory and art studio his parents rented for 45 years.

Director Casimir Nozkowski

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/240741677 )

116 CAMERAS

Documentary USA (2017) 16 minutes | English

As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3D digital projections. 116 Cameras follows Eva Schloss, a survivor of Auschwitz and stepsister of Anne Frank, through her story as an interactive hologram that will have conversations with generations to come.

Director: Davina Pardo

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/280137057 )

GEFILTE

Documentary USA (2018) 11 minutes | English

Each year, the Hermelin family of Detroit come together to celebrate Passover (pesach)—honoring the liberation of the Jews from slavery in ancient Egypt—by eating Gefilte fish, the meal that stars in New York-born director Rachel Fleit’s new film. While simple on the surface, gefilte is filled with history and meaning (just like the recipe itself, which includes a stuffing of fish, salt, vegetables and egg). However, “the dish of gefilte isn’t about the fish,” says the Brooklyn-based writer and director. Instead, “it becomes a lightening rod, in which we project all of our feelings about family, identity, tradition, struggle, loss—and as always, love."

Director: Rachel Fleit


(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/240352738 )

IN OTHER WORDS

Animated Israel (2016) 6 min | Hebrew w/English subtitles

A brief meeting after many years undermines a father's world and renders his words meaningless.

Director Tal Kantor

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/234762935 )

A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN

Documentary, History USA(2017) 7 minutes | English

In 1939, twenty-thousand Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN uses striking archival fragments recorded that night to transport modern audiences into this disturbing gathering. With chilling resonance in today's political climate, the film is a reminder about the power that far-right ideology once had in America and a wake-up call about the importance of addressing it today. OSCAR NOMINATED

Director: Marshall Curry

(Direct Link to film: https://vimeo.com/270511276 )

CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO

Animated Germany(2016) 17 minutes | German w/ Eng Sub

Chika the dog and the five-year old Mikasch live in a Jewish ghetto in an unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews by the Germans.

Director: Sandra Schießl

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