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Klezmer Musicians Travel Home to Krakow

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The strong spiritual beat felt so vibrantly in Kazimierz, the old Jewish quarter of Krakow, mysteriously compels some of the best international Klezmer musicians to return each year in search of the roots that gave life to their passion of celebrating and performing klezmer music. In exploring that magical energy of Kazimierz and its resonance throughout the city and population in the context of the annual Krakow Festival of Jewish Culture, this documentary focuses on why this place continues to draw world-renowned Jewish musicians and artists..
DVD
2004
Clemons (Stacks)
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Homicide

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An inner-city detective is investigating the murder of an elderly candy shop owner and finds odd clues along the way, while at the same time trying to find out who he has become.
DVD
2009; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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A Little Family Conversation

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Actress Hélène Lapiower documents the growing generational divide and melding of cultures within her Polish Jewish family, who migrated to Brussels, Paris, and New York.
DVD
2008; 1999
Clemons (Stacks)
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Divan: Diṿan

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"As a teenager, filmmaker Pearl Gluck left her [Hasidic] Jewish community in Brooklyn for secular life in Manhattan. Many years later, Pearl's father has one wish: that she marry and return to the community . Pearl, however, takes a more creative approach to mend the breach. She travels to Hungary to retrieve a turn-of-the-century family heirloom: a couch upon which esteemed rabbis once slept. En route for the ancestral divan, Pearl encounters a colorful cast of characters who provide guidance and inspiration, including a couch exporter, her ex-Communist cousin in Budapest, a pair of Hungarian-American matchmakers and a renegade group of formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews...a documentary parable that offers the possibility of personal reinvention and cultural re-upholstery."--Container.
DVD
2005; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Tribe

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What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? This fast-paced, short film rolls together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take viewers on an exhilirating ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people: from Biblical times to present. By tracing Barbie's history, the film sheds light on what it means to be an American Jew in the 21st century.
DVD
2005
Clemons (Stacks)
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The Nose Job Jew

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The fun and confusion begin when a young Jewish guy, who doesn't look Jewish, starts dating a Jewish girl, who doesn't like Jewish guys. A cutting-edge comedy that comments on identity and perception.
VHS
2001
Ivy (By Request)
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The Tribe: An Unorthodox Discussion Kit

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"What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, the film mixes old school narration with a new school visual style. The Tribe weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an electric ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people: from Biblical times to present day. By tracing Barbie's history, the film sheds light on what it means to be an American Jew in the 21st Century"--Container.
Visual MaterialsBookDVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
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Return Trips

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"Chronicles ... the Americanization of early Jewish immigrants and the 'return' of a generation formed by the counter culture movement .... Return trips celebrates this renaissance of Jewish faith and culture in its multiplicity of forms ..."-- Container.
VHS
1997; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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School Ties

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David Greene, a popular student at an exclusive New England prep school, becomes the object of ridicule and scorn when his Jewish heritage is revealed, leading him to take the most important stand of his life.
VHS
1997; 1992
Ivy (By Request)
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Marjorie Morningstar

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Marjorie leaves her family and fiancé for a season of summer stock at an east coast resort, where she meets and falls in love with a handsome producer. He sweeps her off her feet and into a once-in-a-lifetime love affair and teaches Marjorie her first lessons about the theater and life.
VHS
1997; 1958
Ivy (By Request)
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Homicide

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A tough cop in assigned to what appears to be a routine homicide case, only to be drawn into the center of a deadly conspiracy which causes him to question his personal beliefs and his loyalty to the force.
VHS
1997; 1991
Ivy (By Request)
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Matzo & Mistletoe

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Filmmaker Kate Feiffer was six years old when her father told her she was Jewish. Since she celebrated Christmas and never attended synagogue, this information came as a surprise. In Matzo & Mistletoe, Feiffer interviews a fascinating cast of characters, and uses archival footage, illustration, and clips from television shows and movies to ponder the paradox of American secular Judaism. Matzo & Mistletoe features interviews with Ms. Feiffer.
Online
2008
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The Ingathering [electronic resource]

Ben-Gurion's founding principles of the Israeli state were security and immigration. This program examines the history of Jewish immigration and the conflux of cultures that exist within the broader cultural/religious identity of the Israeli population. In addition to identifying as Jewish, Israelis also identify themselves as Polish, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, Libyan, Algerian, Yemenite, and Ethiopian. Yet as the Jewish state prospers and grows, the latest wave of immigrants, the Ethiopians, feel unwelcome. The program explores the question of cultural identity and heritage in a multicultural society founded on a principle of inclusion for all Jewish people.
Online
1998
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Roots and Wings [electronic resource]: A Jewish Congregation

What does it mean to be Jewish? Too few people outside of the religion know Judaism as a living community shaped by thousands of years of a people's relationship with God and the world. This program introduces a Jewish congregation and presents the ways in which Judaism is passed on from generation to generation in a predominantly Christian society.
Online
1994
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White [electronic resource]: A Memoir in Color

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In this deeply personal and emotional exploration of racial identity, director Joel Katz shares his family's journey of immigration, assimilation, liberal idealism, bitter disillusionment, and ultimately, reconciliation. The son of Jewish parents, Katz's father became a professor at Howard University. As a white educator working at the nation's preeminent African American college during the turbulent Civil Rights Era, he was subjected to a range of difficult experiences and emotions, including an attack by a student. When Joel Katz also becomes a professor at a predominately non-white university, he must confront his own racial attitudes--but this reflection on race is made all the more important as Joel and his wife enter the adoption process and are faced with the prospect of adopt [...]
Online
2012
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Life Is Strange

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Life is Strange is an independent documentary film that tells the stories of Jewish people who were displaced by the Second World War, but concentrates on the vibrant cultural and family life they experienced in their youth that ultimately was most influential in their lives. It explores the connection between old age and childhood, asking questions about what remains of childhood in our later years, as well as engaging interesting issues of self-identity, Jewish identity, and the struggle to make any sense of our experience. It includes interviews with Shimon Peres, President of the state of Israel, Walter Kohn, Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Robert Aumann, Nobel Laureate in economics, and children's book author Uri Orlev.
Online
2012; 2011
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A People Is Born

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This study of civilization focuses on the origin of the Jewish people and their development of the concept of God. Concentrates on 3500 B.C. to the 6th century B.C.
VHS
1984
Ivy (By Request)