The film collection of Ruth Diskin Films for Jewish Film is the ever-growing visual record of the Jewish people: where and how they lived, in cities and rural communities throughout the world; the diversity in their professions, politics, and attitudes towards Zionism, art, philanthropy, food, money, marriage, spirituality, history, and identity.
Ruth Diskin Films is a major distributor of Jewish films, with over 200 films available for public performance screenings and DVD purchase, representing more than 150 contemporary, independent filmmakers from Israel and abroad.
Language: Hebrew, English, Yiddish, Vietnamese with English or French Subtitles
A clash of cultures is at the core of this uplifting documentary. A young Israeli couple who are emissaries of the Chabad Movement are sent to Vietnam - on a one-way ticket- to encourage and create a Jewish community in this Communist country.
Reflections of 1970s Soviet Russia through material gathered by filmmaker Vivian Ostrovsky during a series of expeditions in and around Moscow with her Brazilian family - mixed with Soviet-era found footage.
Sponsored by: Channel 10-Israel; Gesher Multicultural Film Fund & The National Lottery Council for the Arts
Language: Hebrew, English with English subtitles
TV Sales World-wide: Cinephil
About 150 patients a day seek an unbiased second opinion from an unusual rabbi, self-educated in medicine. Rabbi Elimelech Firer, a 54-year-old Orthodox Jew, has been advising in medicine for the past 30 years on a voluntary basis.
Produced by: Ella Alterman & Yehuda Bitton – EY Productions
Sponsored by: Israel’s Channel 1 & Makor Foundation for Israeli Films
Language: Serbian, English & Hebrew with English subtitles
The first Muslim woman to be honored as a "Righteous among the Nations" as her family hid the Jewish Kabilio family during World War II. Now it is the Jewish family's turn to help as Sarajevo goes up in flames.
With the help of: OMNI Television Independent Producers Initiative.
Language: English, Dutch & German with English subtitles.
A moving documentary about the artistry and struggle of Canadian figure skating coach Ellen Burka. The film shows how her enthusiasm and energy allowed her wildly creative side to survive and flourish despite the harsh realities around her.
Produced by: Amir Harel, Ayelet Kait, Ran Tal – Lama Films
Sponsored by: ITVS International, USA; Yes Docu, The Rich Foundation, Rabinovich Foundation – Cinema Project, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund
Born into the utopian dream of the early kibbutz movement, these "children of the sun" were destined to fulfill the hope for a new way of life. Fragments of found footage and audio create a moving collective memory.
Sponsored by: Israel's 8 th Channel and The New Foundation for Cinema & Television
Language: French, Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Ladino, Hebrew and English with English subtitles / French subtitles
The metamorphosis of one Jewish melody, an ancient prayer. We follow its many incarnations – and finally to the dramatic point where we learn of its connection to the national anthem of the State of Israel.