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Film Club

Do you like movies? Do you enjoy watching and discussing Jewish films but don’t always have the chance? CDT members gather on Zoom (and in members’ homes when it becomes safe to do so again!) generally on the second Saturday of each month to discuss moving and thought-provoking Jewish films from around the world. Many of the films have been featured in recent Jewish film festivals.

Everyone is welcome to attend one or all films, so in that sense it’s not actually a club. Typically, films are available to watch on Kanopy, which requires you to sign up with a public library or university library card. We hope you'll join us!

Please note that dates and films are subject to change. Contact Emily Sper at with questions, film suggestions, or if you’d like to lead a discussion about a particular film. 

Upcoming Films: 

December 9: Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song (1 hr 55 min, 2022, Prime, Apple TV, iTunes, Vudu, Netflix)
A definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.”

January 13: Brownsville Black and White (2002, 1 hr 24 min, Kanopy)
This film examines some of the most troubling and perplexing issues facing America and its cities and raises a multitude of discussible questions. The film will provoke reflection, analysis, and debate in a variety of courses in sociology and social issues, 

February 10: Self Made (Boreg) (89 Minutes, 2014, Israel Film Center)
This film tells the story of two women, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, who are trapped within their respective worlds. After a mix-up at a checkpoint, they find themselves living the life of the other on the opposite side of the border.

Please note: It’s likely that there will be a hiatus in March, which would move the March discussion to April and the April discussion to May 11. 

March 10: Magic Men (2014, Israel, 1 hr 40 min, stream at Israel Film Center, Tubi, ChaiFlicks, Amazon)
Avraham Kofinas, an elderly Israeli Jew of Greek origins, and his estranged Hasidic rapper son Yehuda embark on a road trip from Israel to Greece, searching for an old magician who saved Avraham's life during World War II. Their journey leads to unexpected encounters, ultimately bringing them to a final confrontation between father and son.

April 13: Farewell, Herr Schwarz (96 Minutes, 2013, Documentary; Israel Film Center)
Siblings Michla and Feiv’ke Schwarz survived the Holocaust but never reunited after the war. Michla moved to the soon-to-be-founded Jewish state in the Middle East and started a family there. Her brother Feiv’ke considered dead returned to East Germany, married a German woman and inexplicably lived amidst the concentration camp ruins where he was once a prisoner. The Israeli and German sides to the family lived unaware of each other for half a century until first time filmmaker Yael Reuveny probed exactly what happened to her family in 1945.

Previous Films (alphabetized, 2004-2023): 

A History of Israeli Cinema


Arab Labor, Season One


Art of Silence, The

Attack, The

Apples from the Desert

Aviva Ahuvati (Aviva My Love)

Baba Joon

Bag of Marbles

Band's Visit, The


Beyond the Bolex

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

Bonjour, Monsieur Shlomi

Borrowed Identity, A

Boy in Striped Pajamas, The

Breaking Bread

Cakemaker, The

Censored Voices

Close to Home

Concert, The

Dancing in Jaffa

Dear Mr. Waldman





Dybbuk, The

East Jerusalem West Jerusalem: Peace Through Music

Etgar Keret: What Animal Are You?:

Everything is Illuminated


Eyes Wide Open

Fanny’s Journey


Fill the Void

Fire Birds

To Life

Flat, The

Flying Camel, The



Frisco Kid, The

Gentlemen's Agreement

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem

Golden Voices

Green Chariot, A  

Green Prince

Hannah Arendt 


Heir to an Execution

Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger

Hitler’s Children

Holy Land Hardball

Human Resources Manager, The


In Between 

In Search of Israeli Cuisine

Inside Hana's Suitcase

Insult, The 

James’ Journey to Jerusalem


Jewish Cardinal, The

Keep Quiet

Kind Words

Kindergarten Teacher, The [bad/disturbing/now in English]

Komediant, The

La Petite Jerusalem

Late Marriage

Left Luggage

Lemon Tree


Lies My Father Told Me

Life, Animated

Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Life Apart, A

Life of Song: Ruth Rubin, A

Lost Embrace

Mary and Max

Matchmaker, The


Midnight Orchestra, The

My Father My Lord

My Mexican Shiva

Nina's Tragedies

Nora’s Will



One Week and a Day

Orthodox Stance

Other Son, The

Out of Sight


Past Life

Pawnbroker, The

Policeman, The


Rabin The Last Day

Rashevski’s Tango

Reuven Shiloach

Run Boy Run

Sand Storm

Secret, A

Secrets, The

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema


Shop on Main Street, The

Solomon and Gaenor [terrible]

Strangers, The

Summer of Aviya


  Tel Aviv on Fire

Tenth Man, The

They Are Everywhere

Three Minutes: A Lengthening

Time of Favor

To Be or Not To Be [not relevant]

Trembling Before God

Turn Left at the End of the World

Two of Us, The

Uncle Chatzkel


Waiting for the Messiah

Walk on Water

Waltz with Bashir

Write Down, I am an Arab

Woman in Gold

Women’s Balcony

Yellow Asphalt

Yidl mitn fidl

Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg


Yossi & Jagger


Zero Motivation

Fri, December 8 2023 25 Kislev 5784