This mesmerizing film tells the against-all-odds story of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Championship victory over a Cold War adversary that repeatedly refused to play against Israeli competitors. Exhilaratingly recounted by team captain and Israeli basketball hero Tal Brody and other icons from the sports and political worlds, this pulse-pounding action film presents the story of how one team captured the heart of a nation. Tal Brody became an indelible part of a young country’s history when he famously said, “Israel is ON THE MAP, not just in sport, but in everything.” Winner of 11 Audience Awards to date.
In this bittersweet crowd-pleaser, a brooding son returns home to Casablanca, years after fleeing as a child during the racial tensions of the Yom Kippur War, to make peace with his once famous musician father. When death claims his father before they can reconcile, he seeks to understand the legacy of the iconic singer of yesteryear. With the help of a comical cab driver, he sets off on an adventure to find the surviving members of his father’s legendary orchestra, finding friendship and rediscovering his cultural roots along the way.
Festival audiences nationwide are applauding this incredible true tale of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fears no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters are sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis invade and they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children attempt the impossible to reach the Swiss border to freedom. Winner of 17 Audience Awards to date.
This beautiful film tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton did not speak about these events for more than half a century. Dozens of his "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve extraordinary things – influenced by Winton’s courageous acts so many years ago. Winner of 30 awards including 14 Audience Awards.
This beautifully textured family “dramedy” masterfully explores a family in crisis. After the passing of their beloved mother, three Israeli adult siblings learn their actual father is not the man who raised them. This seismic shock sets the trio on a life-changing trip to uncover the truth of their parentage. As they piece together the secrets of their past, they attempt to reconcile strained relationships and grapple with issues of familial, religious and ethnic identity.
Nominated for 12 Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
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NEW this year: four wonderful short films shown back-to-back, without interruption, followed by a conversation with Dori Berinstein, four-time Tony-winning Broadway producer, Emmy-winning director, producer, and writer of film and television, and director of The Last Blintz.
A donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between 91-year-old Holocaust survivor, Joe Feingold, and 12-year-old Bronx schoolgirl, Brianna Perez, showing how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact. Winner of 7 Audience Awards, 2 Grand Jury Prizes, and the 2017 Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Short Subject.
After years apart, identical twin brothers with very different lives are reunited at their father’s funeral, in this award-winning, sweet and touching tale of identity, family and faith.
A Brooklyn curmudgeon gets a surprise visit from a British gent claiming to be his son, in this charming and gently humorous anatomy of family relations.
The emotional closing of The Cafe Edison, the Broadway diner immortalized in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds from Broadway, is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors. This award-winning film offers an impassioned plea for progress that honors the past, protects the future, and preserves the heart, soul, authenticity and culture of our great cities.