On August 19, 1991, in Crown Heights (Brooklyn, New York) a Hasidic man
accidentally ran over a 7-year-old Black boy (Gavin Cato). Three hours
later a young Jewish scholar (Yankel Rosenbaum) was murdered by Black
youths. Four days of fire-bombing and riots ensued. Utilizing verbatim
excerpts from interviews she conducted, Anna Deavere Smith acts out the
roles of 18 people involved in the racial conflict, trying to present the
differing viewpoints. Includes actual film footage of the riots and
The influences in the development of music from the Middle Ages to the
Renaissance. Medieval plainsong of the Christian Church contributed a
reliable system of notation and led to the development of harmony. In
addition, Jewish, Islamic and Indic music added elements to our musical
Examination of the life and work of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo,
told principally through many of the approximately seventy self portraits
in which the artist charted not only physical changes, but also the events
in her life, including love, loss, politics and the consuming relationship
with her husband, Diego Rivera.
Explores the Jewish influence on American popular music in the 20th century, and its early and continuing conversation with jazz and African-American culture. Includes footage of early films and musical performances that demonstrate how Jewish Americans grew up to capitalize on a vast heritage of Yiddish music and culture, and tells the story of the cross-pollination of Jewish and African-American musical influences.
Through the use of archival footage (chiefly black and white, both
documentary and dramatic), the history of motion picture production in
Hollywood is traced and documented, and how the Eastern European Jewish
immigrants (all men) who founded and ran the major motion picture
companies and studios that gave Hollywood its worldwide fame and produced
many of the all-time motion picture classics of this century left their
lasting influence on American motion picture production.
In 1978 Isaac Bashevis Singer,
Yiddish language writer and American national, received the Nobel Prize
for literature. His works have been translated into 24 languages and
several of his best known books have been adapted as films, including
Yentl and Enemies. The program presents Singer's life story, examines the
social and political events which influenced his work, and includes
commentary, archival documents and rare interviews. Part of the Great
Weaves together the music, art, poetry, and history of the children
imprisoned in the ghetto at Terezin. Features the American Boychoir
performing in concert "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" with the Prague
The Last Klezmer: Leopold Kozlowski: His Life and Music. 2008. DVD 781.62924 L
Yale Strom traveled to Eastern Europe to search for remnants of klezmer music (Jewish folk melodies) that survived the Holocaust such as recordings, sheet music and klezmer musicians. In this program he interviews and travels with Leopold Kozlowski, the last active klezmer musician trained in the original pre-war tradition.
This film portrait, made shortly before the death of Chagall in 1985,
takes the viewer on a journey through time and place on the trail of this
enigmatic artist. Eventually to become the grand old man of French
painting, Chagall began life in a Jewish ghetto in Russia. He escaped the
restrictions of his background and moved to Paris, where he rubbed
shoulders with artists such as Matisse, Leger, and Dufy. There he began to
create the floating surrealistic style which has remained his hallmark.
Part of the Portrait of an Artist series.
The Epstein Brothers form one of the oldest klezmer bands still
playing, and their active retirement is the focus of this documentary. In
some sense, the history of their musical association is the history of
klezmer. They perform in their retirement community in Florida, but they
are frequently invited to perform in New York City and Germany. Of course,
the film's best highlight is its music.
Documentary film on the life of Jewish-American Gertrude Berg, the entertainment genius who wrote, starred in, and produced the first successful domestic sitcom, from her childhood in New York through her radio days to her Emmy Award for best actress.
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