The resourcefulness and strength of the women featured in these films are an inspiration; that many of them transcended their certain time periods and societal limitations makes them all the more galvanising.  These films give Jewish women from all different classes, nationalities and ages a visibility that is seldom seen in cinema, from Ms Stern’s free-spirited punk protagonist, to Dolce Fine Giornata’s Nobel-Prize-Winning Poet, to the more fantastical ‘dream decipherer’ of Call For Dreams. Not only that, but we also offer you a broad range of films that focus on women’s lives in the everyday, such as Flawless, which interrogates the effect of unrealistic beauty standards on teenage girls in the form of a teen drama, or God of the Piano, a darker look at the complications that motherhood can bring with it.

Ziva Postec, The Editor Behind The Film Shoah

The gruelling process of editing the seminal Shoah- six years which Ziva Postec described as a ‘prison sentence’- is laid bare in this inspiring and moving doc.

The Diary of Diana B

The astonishing-albeit unknown-story based on the diaries of Diana Budisavljevic, whom aided in one of the biggest rescue campaigns during the war, saving the lives of more than 10,000 Orthodox Christian children.

Marceline. A Woman. A Century.

A touching tribute to fiercely iconic writer, filmmaker and contemporary of Simone Veil, Marceline Loridan-Ivens, a holocaust survivor whom was full of intellectual curiosity and fought for political activism.

Chichinette: The Accidental Spy

The remarkable story of Marthe Cohn’s recruitment as a spy inside Nazi Germany during the Second World War, where as a young French Jewish girl undercover she gathered intelligence for the French Army.

Advocate

Having represented Palestinians in Israeli courts for the past 50 years, human rights lawyer Leah Tsemel prepares to defend two of her most recent clients, one of whom is 13-years-old.

An Impossible Love

An elegant yet heartbreaking study of a mother-daughter relationship over the decades and the damage that love can do.

Leona

A moving debut feature focusing on the struggle for twentysomething Jewish mural painter Ariela, who is torn between her love for charming, non-Jewish Ivan, and her family’s disapproval of him.

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Leona

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  • Venue: Exeter Picturehouse (Exeter)
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Leona

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  • Venue: FACT (Liverpool)
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Leona

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  • Venue: Broadway (Nottingham)
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Leona

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  • Venue: Glasgow Film Theatre (Glasgow)
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Leona

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  • Venue: Hackney Picturehouse (London)
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Leona

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Flawless

Channelling classic American teen movies (think Mean Girls), Flawless is a provocative tale of three best friends that decide to accept a dangerous offer that will allow them to have plastic surgery abroad.

Ms Stern

A hilarious paean to the drive towards death; 90 year old Ms Stern takes recreational drugs, drinks, smokes, and is surrounded by loving family and friends, yet desperately wants to die.

Dolce Fine Giornata

An incisive take on Europe’s refugee crisis. Polish Jewish Nobel Prize Winner Maria Linde’s privileged, beatific existence is threatened when she chooses to speak out against xenophobia after a terror attack in Rome.

Nominated – Dorfman Best Film Award, UK Jewish Film Festival 2019

Call For Dreams

An experimental meditation on the nature of dreams from Israeli filmmaker, artist and musician Ran Slavin. Dream decipherer Eko finds herself mysteriously implicated in a murder investigation in Tel Aviv.

God Of The Piano

Learning that her newborn baby might become deaf, Anat, the scion of a distinguished musical family, decides to do the unthinkable. A nuanced and suspenseful debut from Israeli director Itay Tal.

Heroic Acts

These films all offer a glimmer of optimism even within the darkest of times, with the willingness of some people to stage rescue operations during the Holocaust resulting in the saved lives of many.

Spies and Revolutionaries

Thrilling tales of secret agents are nestled alongside documentaries on the inspiring people who risked their lives in the search for truth.

A History Of Politics

We offer an intriguing range of films that examine the gamut of the Israeli political landscape, as well as the European refugee crisis.