François Margolin, who served as producer of Claude Lanzmann’s last cinematic work, joined Lanzmann in North Korea and interviewed him between takes. Margolin employs intimate camera work to offer a glimpse into the thoughts of one of the greatest minds in cinema.
Great Jewish Minds
Underground filmmaker Barbara Rubin’s 1964 controversial masterpiece Christmas on Earth, shocked the New York experimental film scene. Barbara was seeking deeper meaning, converted to Hasidic Judaism and vanished. An illuminating documentary of this radical and enigmatic artist.
The film traces the development of leading 20th century public intellectual, Isaiah Berlin, in the context of his life and times, through archival film and recordings. His major contributions to the philosophy of freedom are explored through in-depth interviews.
How did Joseph Pulitzer, once a penniless young Jewish immigrant, come to challenge a popular president and fight for freedom of the press as essential to our democracy? While he is remembered for the prize bearing his name, his personal heroic battles have been forgotten.
Renowned cartoonist, Michel Kichka’s graphic novel Second Generation, describes how Kichka’s father, Henri – the sole surviving member of his family – marked his children’s and grandchildren’s upbringing. This is an honest conversation between father and son.
Everyone knows about Lauren Bacall, yet no one knows who she really was. Hers is the story of a Jewish girl, born to immigrant parents, who would go on to be discovered by Howard Hawks, and become one of Hollywood’s greatest legends.
Nine months before his passing in 2016, Shimon Peres conducted a series of interviews – from his childhood in Belarus and youth in Palestine, to his various roles. Gracefully narrated by George Clooney, the film features interviews with, among others. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Barbara Streisand.
The Great Russian poet Osip Mandelstam, who died in 1938 in one of Stalin’s concentration camps. The writer Andrei Sinyavsky, himself an exile, talks about Mandelstam’s wife Nadeshda, recites Mandelstam’s poems, and discusses Mandelstam’s position in Russian literature.