Sheerly Avni


'Ida' Revisits Poland in the Shadow of the Holocaust

By Sheerly Avni

'Ida' Revisits Poland in the Shadow of the Holocaust
Pawel Pawlikowski returns to the 1960s Poland of his childhood. The director explains why the film’s not overtly political, although it unfolds in the shadow of the Holocaust.Read More


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

By Sheerly Avni

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

By Sheerly Avni

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






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