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Tzivi’s Guide to the 2011 Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema

Despite deep fissures within and turmoil all around (or maybe precisely because of them), Israel continues to send forth an astonishing number of high quality films, many of which have received multiple awards at competitive festivals all around the world.


Sometimes laughter is the best medicine, and this year, in addition to heart-rending dramas and melancholy coming-of-age stories, our CFIC has comedies: two knee-slappers (Lenin in October and This is Sodom) and one near-miss (Qassamba).… read more.


Tzivi’s Sept ’11 Spotlight

Joseph Dorman’s wonderful new documentary Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness opens at the Music Box Theatre in Andersonville and the Landmark Renaissance Place Cinema in Highland Park on Aug 26, but I predict it will be so popular that it will still be playing locally well after this September issue arrives in your mailbox.… read more.


Tzivi’s August ’11 Spotlight

“Women took upon themselves the responsibility to care for others,” said Yehudit Shendar when she introduced Spots of Light: To be a Woman in the Holocaust, the new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. “It was the task of the perpetrators to take away their beauty, but after the war many became gorgeous again.”… read more.


Tzivi’s July ’11 Spotlight

Lookingglass Theatre Company on North Michigan Avenue closes its 2011 season with a Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theater (presented in New York on June 12) and a lovely new premiere production called The Last Act of Lilka Kadison.

An elderly American woman is haunted by a ghost from her Polish past.… read more.


Tzivi’s June ’11 Spotlight

During the final days of World War II, Psychology Professor David Boder of the Illinois Institute of Technology began petitioning the US State Department for permission to enter Displaced Persons camps to interview Jews about their Holocaust experiences. Boder finally reached Europe in July 1946, where, using bleeding edge technology (for its time), he captured 118 sessions with a wire recorder.… read more.


Tzivi’s May ’11 Spotlight

On April 9, we lost Sidney Lumet, one of America’s best and most successful filmmakers. In the course of his long and brilliant career, Lumet made over 40 films, 14 of which were nominated for Academy Awards in multiple categories. Some of Lumet’s films, like 12 Angry Men, Serpico, and Network, defined their times.… read more.