Social Justice

Advocate

About the Film 
In this DocAviv best film winner, a controversial Jewish lawyer pushes Israeli courts to the limit in an unwavering defense of Palestinian rights. For nearly 50 years, Lea Tsemel has represented Palestinian prisoners in what she views as a rigged legal system. High-profile court cases are juxtaposed with flashbacks to her leftist awakening and attempts to raise a family, as this outspoken anti-establishment figure is astutely examined.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
114 minutes

Alan Pakula: Going for Truth

About the Film 
In this eulogy to a brilliant life tragically cut short, Hollywood remembers the visionary behind many of the 20th century’s most provocative films, including All the President’s Men, Sophie’s Choice and To Kill a Mockingbird. Of Polish-Jewish descent, Pakula’s ethos is manifest in stories of heart and suspense, and themes of moral malfeasance. Interviews with cinema luminaries, and copious movie clips, confirm his exceptional reputation and give the reclusive filmmaker his due.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
110 minutes

Dolce Fine Giornata

About the Film 
An impetuous writer recklessly speaks out following a deadly terrorist attack, in this thought-provoking arthouse drama that contemplates the limits of free speech. Polish-Jewish expat Maria lives her golden years in a charming Tuscan villa, while fostering a secret liaison. When she decries Europe’s eroding democratic ideals, she’s unprepared for the hostility she garners, in this superbly crafted, morally complex intersection of artistic license and political discourse.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
96 minutes

Ma'abarot: The Israeli Transit Camps

About the Film 
Jewish refugees from the Middle East and North Africa reveal the intrinsic bigotry and harsh conditions they found upon landfall in 1950s Israel. Arriving during a time of poverty and austerity, Jews seeking shelter in the Promised Land instead were forced into ma’abarot, remote shantytowns of tents and sheds. Already dispirited, they waited days for food, showers and toilets. An ignored chapter of Israeli history, troubling testimony is illustrated with archival film and photos.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
84 minutes

The Mover

About the Film 
Latvia’s Oscar entry, this gripping, ominous drama tells of real worker Žanis Lipke—Latvia’s Schindler—honored for his courage during WWII. Žanis and his wife are unlikely heroes, suffering under the Soviets and Germans. When the Nazis begin moving Jews from a nearby ghetto into forced-labor camps, Žanis embarks on a covert mission to save them from certain death.
Genre 
Narrative
Running Time 
87 minutes

The Passengers

About the Film 
On their community’s behalf, two young Ethiopian men rally support for immigration to Israel. Roughly 9,000 Ethiopian Jews observe religious customs, yet Israel still denies their birthright return. Desperate to be heard, Demoz and Gezi go to America to find advocates for their cause, confronting homesickness, culture shock, and the frustrations of a grassroots effort. Their journey reveals the thorny politics of Ethiopian Jewry and the Zionist ideal.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
72 minutes

Rewind

About the Film 
An abuse survivor exhumes his past in a forensic search for healing, in this brave, no-holds-barred investigation of trauma in a Jewish American family. All his younger life, Sasha’s father obsessively recorded the family’s every move. Once frisky and bright, Sasha becomes angry and isolated, and the innocuous footage proves a sinister archive of secrets. Amid a high-stakes court battle and media firestorm, family and mental health and legal experts are enlisted to reconstruct a history of child sexual abuse, as cathartic and instructive, as it is disturbing.
Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
87 minutes

Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance

About the Film 

The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation are revisited and revived in this utterly fascinating, urgent call to action. Pivotal events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, and leaders of the movement, including prominent Atlantans such as Congressman John Lewis, Amb. Andrew Young, Rabbi Alvin Sugarman, Rabbi Peter S. Berg, Oscar-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., members of the King family, and many others.

Genre 
Documentary
Running Time 
95 minutes