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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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Jewish Transit Berlin
(Doc, 52 min. DVD/BETA color, 2009)
  • Directed by: Gabriel Heim
  • Produced by: Jost-Arend Bösenberg - DOKfilm Fernsehproduktion GmbH
  • Language: German & English with English subtitles


While most documentaries recall the Shoah,  “Jewish Transit Berlin” intends to shed new light on the ‘day after’ and uncovers the postwar fate of the Jewish woman, men and children who survived the Holocaust and sought refuge in the Displaced Persons Camps in Berlin.

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Jubanos: The Jews of Cuba
(Doc. 43 min. DVD/miniDV 2010)
  • Directed and Produced by: Milos S. Silber
  • Language: Spanish with English subtitles


Cuba is known for its revolutionary leaders, communism, cigars, and 50's cars. However, religion is not usually associated with this small island. Jubanos tells the story of the 1500 Jews who remained in the country despite the difficulties.

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Oy Mama
(Doc., 50 min. DVCAM/DVD, 2010)
  • Directed by: Orna Ben Dor & Noa Maiman
  • Produced by: Noa Maiman & Tzvia Oron – Added Value Creation House
  • Language: Hebrew, Spanish, Polish, English with English subtitles


Through filmmaker Noa Maiman’s grandmother’s incredible story we get to know her complicated and touching past – and her intricate and poignant present. A film about the Holocaust and the hope for the future.

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Leap of Faith
(Doc. 95 min, DVD, 2009)
  • Directed and Produced by: Antony Benjamin, Stephen Z. Friedman
  • Language: English

 

Searching for truth and meaning in their lives, this group of unlikely Americans take a leap of faith and undergo conversion from Christianity to Orthodox Judaism. Emotional and spiritual strength is needed in order to make such a drastic step in one's life.

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Just Like Home
(Doc., 58 Min., DVD/MiniDV, color, 2009)
  • Written and Directed by: Alexander Gentelev
  • Produced by: Sasha Klein and Maya Zinshtein - S.M.S. Productions
  • Language: Russian with English Subtitles

 
A Moscow orphanage for Jewish children is the setting for this moving story. This gentle film offers a rare glimpse at life in a home with thirty children and two “parents” who refuse to give up hope.

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New Homes
(Doc., 54 Min., DVD/MiniDV, color, 2009)
  • Director: Radames Vieira
  • Produced by: André Sztajn and Solange Amado -ProSol
  • Language: Portuguese with English Subtitles

 

Told here for the first time is the fascinating story of Nilopolis, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro where a fertile community was built by Jews from Eastern Europe in the early decades of the 20th century.

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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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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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