Australia
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ON THE BANKS OF THE TIGRIS: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music

Dir. Marsha Emerman
(79 min, Australia, 2015) Documentary

Majid Shokor, a Muslim Iraqi living in Australia, finds a hidden Jewish connection in his favorite childhood music. Riveted, he travels to Europe, Israel and Iraq, meeting musicians of all faiths who share his love of the Iraqi sound.

Austria
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DRAWING AGAINST OBLIVION

Dir. Bärbel Jacks
(67 min, Germany/Austria, 2015) Documentary

Using his large-scale charcoal drawings, Austrian artist Manfred Bockelmann sets out to rescue the memory of Jewish children who perished in the Holocaust.

Bahamas
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THE RECORD MAN

Dir. Mark Moormann
(110 min, USA/Bahamas. 2015) Documentary

Brooklyn-born Henry Stone exported the music of Miami to the world. From distributing records out of his ‘48 Packard to establishing the largest independent label of the 1970’s, he was a shrewd record executive with an ear for hits and a knack for discovering talent.

Belgium
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NO HOME MOVIE

Dir. Chantal Akerman
(115 min, France/Belgium, 2015) Documentary

No Home Movie is a Chantal Akerman’s intimate portrait of her dying mother (and the last film she made before her own premature death). A work of great formal precision and beauty that is both personal and universal.

Canada
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NATASHA

Dir. David Bezmozgis
(93 min, Canada, 2015) Narrative

Adapting his prize-winning story collection, Natasha and Other Stories, to screen, David Bezmogis delivers a tragic story of young love.

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PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL MONOGAMIST

Dir. Christina Zeidler, John Mitchell
(82 min, Canada, 2015) Narrative

When Elsie coolly cuts it off with sweet performance artist Robyn, her friends challenge her to stay single for five months – no bars, no clubs, and (for goodness sake) no volunteer work. Seems easy, right?

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SANDS AND SEASONS

(96 min, Canada/Israel/Latvia/The Netherlands/USA, 2015) Shorts Program

Some of life’s greatest changes are unanticipated or imperceptible at first glance. This collection of short films zooms far out to capture a full range of human motion, thought and history, measured in years, decades and centuries.

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THE SHOUK

Dir. Dotan Moreno
(18min, Israel/Canada, 2014) Animated Documentary

A sensitive and introverted Moroccan teenager lives under the shadow of his mother, in a far off corner of Israel. The film explores questions of marginality and poverty in a society searching for its identity.

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THE VISIT

Dir. Pier-Philippe Chevigny
(9min, Canada/Poland, 2014) Documentary

A delicately observed documentary focusing on the odd phenomenon of popular tourism in concentration camps.

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VITA ACTIVA: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt

Dir. Ada Ushpiz
(125 min, Israel/Canada, 2015) Documentary

This spirited documentary, with its abundance of archival material, offers an intimate portrait of the whole of Arendt’s life, traveling to the places where she lived, worked, loved and was betrayed.

Czechoslovakia
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THE CREMATOR

Dir. Juraj Herz
(95 min, Czechoslovakia, 1969) Narrative

Ahead of its time, the blend of black comedy and horror in The Cremator is a stunning example of the Czech New Wave movement, gliding effortlessly between Surrealism and Expressionism.

Denmark
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MOUNTAIN

Dir. Yaelle Kayam
(83 min, Israel/Denmark, 2015) Narrative

An orthodox Jewish woman and her family live a quiet life on the grounds of Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives, the oldest active Jewish cemetery. The mountain introduces her to another world – but one day she is forced to choose sides.

France
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BLACK JEWS: THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE

Dir. Laurence Gavron
(56 min, Senegal/France, 2016) Documentary

A large number of groups in Sub-Saharan African countries spontaneously converted to Judaism in the 20th Century. This film takes a close look at a Jewish community in Cameroon, while also examining African Israeli and African American Jewish communities.

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BORN ALLIES

Dir. Abraham Belaga
(17min, France, 2014) Narrative

Micha takes care of the family business, a shoe-repair store. As he does every Friday for Shabbat, he has dinner with his parents. But tonight is different – his brother Samuel is home.

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THE LAW

Dir. Christian Faure
(87 min, France, 2014) Narrative

Minister of Health and Auschwitz survivor Simone Veil is brilliantly brought to life in this taut fact-based drama, which captures her intrepid fight to legalize abortion in France.

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LOOK AT US NOW, MOTHER!

Dir. Gayle Kirschenbaum
(84 min, USA/India/France, 2015) Documentary

With tear-stained laughter, Gayle Kirschenbaum and her mother hope to understand one another, to find common ground, and perhaps even forgiveness, before it’s too late.

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NO HOME MOVIE

Dir. Chantal Akerman
(115 min, France/Belgium, 2015) Documentary

No Home Movie is a Chantal Akerman’s intimate portrait of her dying mother (and the last film she made before her own premature death). A work of great formal precision and beauty that is both personal and universal.