Russian

The Humorist

About the Film 
A successful but stifled Russian-Jewish comedian cracks under the mounting pressure of personal insecurities and state censorship, in this smart, decidedly non-comedic social satire. After failing as a writer, Boris succeeds doing stand-up, but his creativity is stifled under mid-‘80s Soviet repression. Summoned like a court jester by the KGB, and finally pushed to the edge by the decadence and despotism of the ruling elite, events culminate in a revenge-soaked twist worthy of Shakespeare.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
101 minutes

Mum's Hairpins

About the Film 
A Jewish boy and his wounded four-legged friend seize a last chance to escape a Ukrainian shtetl under siege from Nazi invaders, in this somber, poetic and haunting tale of survival and loss.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
20 minutes

The Painted Bird

About the Film 
A poor, nameless Jewish boy faces humanity’s worst on a trek across war-torn Eastern Europe, in this wrenching, but stunning Holocaust epic, the Czech Oscar entry. Ambling alone in the frantic final days of Nazi occupation, he meets ignorant peasants and ruthless soldiers’ extreme depravity: only meager acts of grace offer hope of catharsis. This unflinching depiction of evil, based on Jerzy Kosiński’s controversial novel, is not for the faint-hearted.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
169 minutes

Underground Ballet

About the Film 
Her career cut short, a Russian-Israeli ballet trainer keeps her mother’s legacy alive by launching a dance studio in a most unlikely place. In 1991, Nadya Timofeyeva hastily moved to Jerusalem with her mom, a ballerina-choreographer for Moscow’s Bolshoi. For income, they opened a dance school tucked under Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium’s bleachers. While rowdy fans above cheer the soccer footwork of Beitar Jerusalem, students below do dazzling dance moves, in a surreal intersection of sport and art.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
53 minutes