Sheerly Avni


Palestine Vies for Oscar With ‘Omar’

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Palestine Vies for Oscar With ‘Omar’
Hany Abu-Assad discusses how he plans to jumpstart the nascent Palestinian film industry. An Oscar for his drama ‘Omar’ wouldn’t hurt.Read More


The Best Jewish Film Festivals of 2014

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The Best Jewish Film Festivals of 2014
By our count, there are at least 80 Jewish film festivals across the U.S. From San Francisco to New York and Miami, here’s our guide to the best of them.Read More


The Best Little (Dysfunctional Jewish) Strip Club in Toronto

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The Best Little (Dysfunctional Jewish) Strip Club in Toronto
Roger Cohen falls in love with his future wife, Brenda. He starts a business and ropes in the sons. Sounds like a very Jewish story, right? Only in this case, the business is a strip club.Read More


Chatting with Oscar-Nominated Israeli Filmmaker Dror Moreh

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Chatting with Oscar-Nominated Israeli Filmmaker Dror Moreh
This morning brought a first for the Israeli film industry. Two of the five Oscar nods for the Best Documentary went to Israeli films the “5 Broken Cameras” and “The Gatekeepers,” both movies that deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — but from opposing views.Read More


Filming the 'Killing' Fields

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Filming the 'Killing' Fields
For his incendiary new documentary ‘The Act of Killing,’ Joshua Oppenheimer filmed those responsible for genocide re-creating their crimes for the camera.Read More






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  • Vered Guttman doesn't usually get nervous about cooking for 20 people, even for Passover. But last night was a bit different. She was cooking for the Obamas at the White House Seder.
  • A grumpy Jewish grandfather is wary of his granddaughter's celebrating Easter with the in-laws. But the Seesaw says it might just make her appreciate Judaism more. What do you think?
  • “Twist and Shout.” “Under the Boardwalk.” “Brown-Eyed Girl.” What do these great songs have in common? A forgotten Jewish songwriter. We tracked him down.
  • What can we learn from tragedies like the rampage in suburban Kansas City? For one thing, we must keep our eyes on the real threats that we as Jews face.
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  • "Sometime in my childhood, I realized that the Exodus wasn’t as remote or as faceless as I thought it was, because I knew a former slave. His name was Hersh Nemes, and he was my grandfather." Share this moving Passover essay!
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  • "We are not so far removed from the tragedies of the past, and as Jews sit down to the Seder meal, this event is a teachable moment of how the hatred of Jews-as-Other is still alive and well. It is not realistic to be complacent."
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  • This is the face of hatred.
  • What could be wrong with a bunch of guys kicking back with a steak and a couple of beers and talking about the Seder? Try everything. #ManSeder
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  • Real exodus? For Mimi Minsky, it's screaming kids and demanding hubby on way down to Miami, not matzo in the desert.
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