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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.

 

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Children Without a Shadow
(Doc 66 min. DVD/BETA, 2009)
  • Written and directed by: Bernard Balteau
  • Produced by: DERIVES/ Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
  • Sponsored by: RTBF (Télévision Belge)


A remarkable story told through the experiences of a remarkable man. As a child of four Prof. Shaul Harel was hidden in Belgium during World War II. His story is the story of the resilience of the spirit.

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$ 29.90
The Phoenixes
(Doc., 56 Min., DVD/MiniDV, color, 2009)
  • Directed by: Yoram Hoenig
  • Produced by: Micha Shagrir
  • Language: Hebrew, English Subtitles

 

The profound and moving stories of seven holocaust survivors who have played a significant role in the development of the Israeli society.

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I had a dream
(Doc., 52 Min., DVD/MiniDV, color, 2009)
  • Directed by: Tezeta Germay
  • Produced by: Micha Shagrir, Tapuz Communication Ltd
  • Language: Hebrew,Amaharic, English subtitles


As a young boy, born into a closed and isolated community in Ethiopia, far from the centers of the Jewish world, Yona Bugale was brought to Europe, where he discovered his common heritage with the Jewish people. Though he himself did not live to see the realization of his dream and life’s work, he worked ceaselessly as a teacher and community leader, in order to prevent the possible destruction of Ethiopian Jewry.

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Tarab
(Doc 78 min. DVD/miniDV color, 2009)
  • Directed by: Boris Maftsir
  • Produced by: Zvi Shefy
  • Language: Hebrew with English subtitles


The Journey of author Eli Amir and Filmmaker Boris Mafstir in search of identity and memory. Boris Maftsir sets out to trace the memories and personal identity of his friend Eli, and in the process encounters his own buried memories from the distant past in the Former Soviet Union.

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The Fire Within
  • Jews in the Amazonian Rainforest
(Doc., 60 Min., 2008, DVD/BETA, Color)
  • Written, Directed & Produced by: Lorry Salcedo Mitrani
  • Language: English & Spanish with English Subtitles


The survival of spirit, belief, and heritage. This is the story of the unique Jewish community of Iquitos. Original Jewish traditions became mixed with indigenous Amazonian life creating an authentic and practically unknown Jewish tradition.

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Gut Shabbes Vietnam
(Doc., 52 min. DVD/BETA, color, 2008)
  • Written and Directed by: Ido & Yael Zand
  • Produced by: Zandoco
  • Sponsored by: Channel 8-Israel
  • 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.
 

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Nikita Kino
( Doc, 40 min. DVD/16mm, Color, 2008)
  • Directed by: Vivian Ostrovsky
  • Produced by: Vivian Ostrovsky
  • Languages: English version, French version

 

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.

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My Flag
(Doc., 58 min., DVD/Digibeta, color, 2008)
  • Written & directed by: Igal Hecht
  • Produced by: Igal Hecht, Chutzpa Productions Inc.
  • Language: Hebrew with English Subtitles.

 
"What does the Israeli flag mean to you?" A heartfelt, comic documentary that explores the crisis of identity that many in Israel now face and offers insight into what the future holds for the nation. 

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Rabbi Firer: A Reason to Question
(Doc., 58 min. DVD/HDV, color, 2008)
  • Written and Directed by: Amit Goren
  • Produced by: Amit Goren & Galia Bador
  • 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.

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The Tree Of Life
  • A woman travels from Los Angeles to Italy to trace the roots of her Italian Jewish ancestors.
(Doc., 76 min. DVD/DigiBETA, color, 2008)
  • Directed by: Hava Volterra
  • Written by: David N. Donihue & Hava Volterra
  • Executive Producer: Andrew Viterbi


Los Angeles based director, Hava Volterra, tries to come to terms with her father's death by traveling to Italy, the land of his birth, to trace the roots of his family tree.

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Jews of Iran
(Doc, 52 min., DVD, 2005)
  • Written & Directed by: Ramin Farahani
  • Produced by: NIK Media, The Netherlands
  • World Sales: NIK Media, The Netherlands
  • Jewish Film Festivals: Ruth Diskin Films
  • Language: Farsi with English subtitles

 

A peek at the Jewish community in Tehran today in the shadow of its 3000 year history - and the current challenges under Islamic rule.

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About Sugarcane and Homecoming
(Doc., 54 Min., 2008, DVD/BETA, Color)
  • Written & Directed by: Shaul Kesslassi
  • Produced by: Nefesh Productions, The Netherlands
  • Language: Portuguese with English subtitles

A quest for identity and faith. An intriguing film about a Jewish community that follows traditional Jewish religion and rites but is not recognized by the Jewish establishment worldwide.

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The Woman From Sarajevo
( Doc., 65 min., DVD/BETA, color, 2007 )
  • Written & Directed by: Ella Alterman
  • 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.

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Skate to Survive
(Doc., 48 min., DVD/Beta, color, 2007)
  • Written by: Michael Kainer
  • Directed by: Astra Burka
  • Produced by: Michael Kainer & Astra Burka
  • 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.

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