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  • Farewell, Herr Schwarz

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    Interweaving multiple perspectives and three generations of family memories, Yael Reuveny's "Farewell Herr Schwarz" traces a Holocaust mystery with stumbling curiosity and endearing sincerity.

    "An absorbing documentary that eloquently explores questions about forgiveness." - Lou Lumenick, New Yo...

  • Menachem Begin: Peace and War

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    This powerful film was produced in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt and presents a surprising and unfamiliar portrait of Israel’s sixth prime minister. Menachem Begin led Israel for six dramatic and tumultuous years, which produced waves that are ...

  • Kosher Beach

    Movie

    The beautiful coastline of Tel Aviv draws devoted beachgoers eager to find peace and relaxation in the Mediterranean. Among these, are residents of Bnei Brak, a closed orthodox suburb who frequent a gender-segregated stretch of seaside closed off to the neighboring gay beaches by a modesty fence....

  • Golda
    Movie + 1 extra

    Golda

    Movie + 1 extra

    Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for the Israeli television. After the shooting ended the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette off the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her...

  • The Prime Ministers

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    ChaiFlicks is very proud to present THE PRIME MINISTERS, a new limited series of five critically acclaimed films highlighting the lives of five of Israel’s iconic Prime Ministers.

    The five films (and exclusive bonus content) will premiere starting June 15th, with new films becoming available eac...

  • Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

    Movie + 1 extra

    BEN-GURION, EPILOGUE brings to life a lost interview with one of modern history's greatest leaders, David Ben-Gurion. It is 1968, he is 82 and lives in the desert. Ben-Gurion's introspective soul-searching provides a surprising vision for crucial decisions Israel needs to make today. At the time ...

  • Colliding Dreams

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    Award-winning filmmakers Joseph Dorman and Oren Rudavsky recount the dramatic history of one of the most controversial, and urgently relevant political ideologies of the modern era. The century-old conflict in the Middle East continues to play a central role in world politics. And yet, amidst thi...

  • Soul Exodus

    Movie

    A deeply emotional story told through Klezmer music about identity, emigration, faith and disbelief. Once upon a time, there lived a musician and storyteller named Prince Nazaroff. Many people don’t believe he even existed, but these five modern-day musicians from across the world do. They call t...

  • Kingdoms
    1 season

    Kingdoms

    1 season

    Watch the Complete Series Now! | Hundreds of thousands of people in Israel and around the world belong to the Hasidic movement, a social religious creed, which since its birth over 250 years ago, has changed the face of Judaism. A secular person looking at the Hasidic members from outside views t...

  • Watermarks

    Movie

    Yaron Zilberman's "wonderful, heartwarming" (LA Times) film Watermarks narrates the story of the champion women swimmers of the legendary Vienna sports club Hakoah. Founded in 1909 in response to the notorious Aryan Paragraph, which forbade most Austrian sports clubs from accepting Jewish athlete...

  • Jay Myself

    Movie

    JAY MYSELF documents the monumental move of renowned photographer and artist, Jay Maisel, who, in February 2015 after forty-eight years, begrudgingly sold his home—the 36,000 square-foot, 100-year-old landmark building in Manhattan known simply as “The Bank.” Through the intimate lens of filmmake...

  • The Ritchie Boys
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    The Ritchie Boys

    Movie + 1 extra

    As Seen on 60 Minutes! | The Ritchie Boys is the riveting, untold story of a group of young men who fled Nazi Germany and returned as soldiers in U.S. uniforms. They knew the psychology and the language of the enemy better than anyone. In Camp Ritchie, Maryland, they were trained in intelligence ...

  • Killing Kasztner
    Movie + 12 extras

    Killing Kasztner

    Movie + 12 extras

    Hero or traitor? Rezso Kasztner, known as the Jewish Schindler, negotiated face to face with Adolf Eichmann, rescuing 1700 Jews on a train to Switzerland, and may have saved tens of thousands more lives. Yet Kasztner was condemned as a traitor in his adopted country of Israel; accused as a collab...

  • Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women

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    Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women takes us into the rarefied world of young Hasidic women living what some consider an 18th-century way of life in 21st century Québec. The women are Chabad Lubavitch, a sect of Orthodox Hasidim, one of the more conservative branches of Judaism today.

    W...

  • Yiddish

    Movie

    An expressive hybrid with roots in German, Hebrew, and Slavic languages, Yiddish has been shamed, banned, and nearly wiped out, but in fact it’s a vernacular with rich political, historical, religious, socio-economic and literary import. In Nurith Aviv’s unexpected, original documentary, seven yo...

  • Tell Them Anything You Want

    Movie

    Maurice Sendak, the award-winning author of “Where The Wild Things Are” reflects on his creative life, success, and frustrations, including interviews with his celebrity friends.

    Directed by Lance Bangs and Spike Jonze
    United States, 2009
    Documentary, Literature, Kids,, LGBT Stories, Jewish Cult...

  • Shekinah Rising

    Movie

    From the award-winning creators of "Shekinah: The Intimate Life of Hasidic Women" comes the new film SHEKINAH RISING! Four years later, we return to these hermetically sealed communities in Quebec, New York, Paris, London and more and go deeper into the hidden world of Hasidic life, in a rare opp...

  • Bubbeh Lee and Me

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    This Emmy-nominated documentary is a hilarious portrait of an extraordinary, ordinary grandmother and a touching account of her grandson's search for his place in the world. Whether taking daily excursions to the grocery store to return under-ripe produce or sharing hard-won wisdom over blintzes ...

  • More Alive Than Dead

    Movie

    Sigmund Freud: revolutionary genius far ahead of his time, or greedy, devious, charlatan? Dead since 1939, yet still considered to be "more alive than dead", Freud and the highlights of his prolific legacy are analyzed in this eye-opening "animated" documentary from Israeli filmmaker Tzaki Schiff...

  • African Exodus

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    Seeking safety and asylum, some 60,000 Africans have fled to Israel over the past decade. The country, founded as a haven for persecuted Jews in the aftermath of the Holocaust, has no policy, infrastructure or political will to handle this wave of migrants. 'African Exodus,' a documentary film by...

  • Sharon

    Movie

    In January 2006, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon suffered a stroke, leaving him unconscious for the rest of his life. Only six months earlier, he executed the Disengagement Plan, uprooting thousands of Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip. Sharon was the last person to expect such measures fro...

  • Dear Fredy

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    Fredy Hirsch was a proud Jew and openly gay man living in Nazi occupied Europe during WWII. At 19-year-old he fled from Germany to Czechoslovakia with the publication of the Nuremberg Laws. He began working as a sports teacher in a Jewish youth club, and soon became his students’ object of admira...

  • The Waldheim Waltz

    Movie

    A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power.

    Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential ca...

  • Hitler's Hollywood

    Movie

    Filmmaker Rüdiger Suchsland suggests that the Third Reich was essentially an immersive movie starring the German nation, produced and directed by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels. Hitler’s Hollywood collages key films from the more than 1000 features the Nazis produced from 1933-1945: musicals...