Film

I'm over mother's ruin

By Anthea Gerrie, August 25, 2016

Climbing the gangplank to their cruise liner, they make a charming sight - the bubbly middle-aged woman laughing with the mother she's taking on holiday, still sprightly and beautiful at 93. But behind this pretty picture lies an ugly shadow, one ruined childhood perpetuated by another, a relationship which has left lasting scars and taken a lifetime to resolve.

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The spy who fell into a trap

By Stephen Applebaum, August 18, 2016

How did Sylvia Rafael, a beautiful middle-class South African with a Jewish father and Christian mother, become one of Mossad's most successful spies?

What motivated her to put her life on the line for Israel, and how did she earn the trust of some of the most dangerous people in the Arab world at a time when Palestinian terrorism was expanding across the Middle East and into Europe?

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Welcome to the doghouse

By Stephen Applebaum, August 11, 2016

"I wanted to make a dog movie" is not something I ever expected to hear Todd Solondz say.

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'What makes a film Jewish? There are no easy answers...'

By Keren David, July 28, 2016

"What makes a film Jewish? There are no easy answers. It's obviously not just Jewish ritual and life, but some sort of Jewish sensibility and state of mind. Not everyone will agree with our choices - but it's our job to open the question up to debate and discussion."

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A disastrous political comeback

By Anne Joseph, July 14, 2016

It was supposed to be the political comeback film for the disgraced former US congressman, Democrat Anthony Weiner, who resigned following a sexting scandal in 2011.

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I was raised to be an artist

By Stephen Applebaum, July 8, 2016

It seems as if Rebecca Miller has been on a journey over the last decade that has brought her closer to her Jewish roots and, in some respects, led to her new film, Maggie's Plan.

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Lynne's new Ab Fab life in the countryside

By Lynne Franks, June 30, 2016

"I'm so looking forward to seeing them all again. It's going to be like seeing old family!"

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The film festival with a focus on family

By Anne Joseph, June 16, 2016

UK audiences will have the opportunity to watch some of the latest and best in contemporary Israeli cinema and TV when SERET International, the Israeli Film & TV Festival, opens in London on Sunday.

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Taking Philip Roth to Hollywood

June 2, 2016

You know," says James Schamus, leaning in, "in Hollywood, there are a few of us Jews around!" He breaks into an infectious laugh. "You know, there are a couple! But Hollywood doesn't make Jewish movies! Think about it! It's bizarre!

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'Picturing how I was almost not born'

By Stephen Applebaum, May 26, 2016

If the Nazis had had their way, the Franco-Australian film-maker/painter Philippe Mora, like so many Jews, would never have been born. His mother, Mirka, her two siblings and his grandmother were arrested in Paris during the Roundup (Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv), in 1942, and sent to a transit camp in Pithiviers, from where they'd expected to be transported to Auschwitz.

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