Author Archives: Jessica Perry

CFIC Executive Director talks the intersection of film, Israel, and women

From October 25th through November 5th, Chicago will be hosting the 12th Annual Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema at theaters in Chicago, Glenview and Skokie. Nestled in the midst of this twelve day celebration of Israeli filmmaking sits the 6th … Continue reading

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Someone To Run With

Told from two perspectives, Someone to Run With directed by Oded Davidoff and based on the novel by David Grossman, follows two teenagers on parallel journeys of salvation and self-discovery. (EML: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. Levenson “Tamar” (Bal … Continue reading

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The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017): Review by Eliana Levenson

Niki Caro’s The Zookeeper’s Wife recounts the efforts of Antonina Żabiński and her husband, Jan, who risked their lives during World War II to harbor Jewish refugees in the basement of their zoo during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw. (EML: … Continue reading

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KEEP QUIET

Directors Sam Blair and Joseph Martin masterfully depict the three year journey of former far-right Hungarian extremist, Csanad Szegedi, as he attempts to reconcile his anti-Semitic past with the discovery that he is not only Jewish, but the grandson of … Continue reading

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BOY 23

An untold story of WW2, Belisario Franca’s Boy 23 tells the forgotten history of Brazil’s support of Nazism and the horrifying account of one boy’s experience with the racist experiments performed by Nazi sympathizers there. (EML: 3.5/5) Review by FF2 … Continue reading

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ON THE MAP

Dani Menkin’s On the Map has all the drama and emotion of the classic sports movie, with the added benefit of the real life accounts of Maccabi Tel Aviv’s struggle to achieve basketball greatness in winning the 1977 European Cup. … Continue reading

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STEFAN ZWEIG: FAREWELL TO EUROPE

Artistry takes priority over substance in Maria Schrader’s biographical film, Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, which follows the life of Austrian-Jewish author Stefan Zweig during his exile from Europe during World War II. (EML: 3/5) Review by FF2 Associate Eliana M. … Continue reading

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IS THAT YOU? (2014)

Dani Menkin’s spin on the traditional road trip movie, Is That You? delivers a poignant bittersweet quality as a man searches far and wide for his long lost sweetheart. In the vein of An Affair to Remember, Menkin’s film captures … Continue reading

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DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR

Using predominately still photos, voiceover, and talking heads style interviews, Ken Burns & Artemis Joukowsky's documentary Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War retells of the Sharps' heroism as they sought to help Jews flee Eastern Europe prior to World War II. … Continue reading

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THREE DAYS IN AUSCHWITZ

Now, less than a century since the Holocaust, already the memory has seemed to fade, dimming for those who only hear about it as part of a broader history lesson. In Three Days in Auschwitz, writer/director Philippe Mora attempts to … Continue reading

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