A Song of Loves - R. David Buzaglo
The story of Rabbi David Buzaglo, Moroccan Jewry's greatest liturgical poet of the twentieth century. Upon immigrating to Israel in the 1960s, he became a cultural sensation overnight, reinvigorating the shattered North African communities here and breathing new life into Israel's liturgical tradition.
Only 5,500 works of art have survived from over 100,000 works created after World War II by patients at the art therapy studio of a psychiatric hospital south of London. Now that the works have been rediscovered, they are earning what the creators themselves never achieved: instead of being seen through the lens of therapy, they are being assessed for their artistic value.
While wars were being waged on the frontiers, we sat at home every Friday evening to greet the Sabbath with the Arab Movie of the Week. “Arab Movie” takes us back to the stars and the songs, the twisted plots, and the fleeting moment when we shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East.
B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin, 1979-1989
This is the story of the wild, bizarre, sexy days of a divided 1980s Berlin, when the city was a hotbed of creativity, home to musicians, artists, anarchists, and dreamers from around the world. This is a frenetic mosaic that combines unique archival footage with dramatizations.
Cinema: A Public Affair
Ten years ago, the building that housed the Moscow Film Museum was sold, its vast collection left homeless. The staff, headed by fascinating historian and intellectual Naum Kleiman, now struggles to keep his vision alive by continuing to use film as a tool to create an enlightened civil society.
Gottfried Böhm may be 93, but he is still the "Boss." He's the head of a multigenerational architectural firm considered one the most prestigious in the world. His three son are successful architects in their own right, but they still seek ways to extricate themselves from their father's shadow.
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning
Photographer Dorothea Lange was one of the first artists to give a face and a voice to marginalized America, crushed by the Great Depression. She was selecting works for a retrospective exhibition, just days before she died, when her documentarian granddaughter attempted to uncover what motivated Lange's work.
The last thing that the members of a seniors’ club in New Zealand ever dreamed they’d be doing was getting on stage in Las Vegas to take part in an international hip hop competition. But as one 94-year-old dancer explains, “Since I’ve become a hip hopper, it’s kept me off the streets, looking for fun.”
Keep On Keepin' On
This award-winning film about the deep friendship between trumpet legend Clark Terry, 93 (who taught such musical icons as Miles Davis and Quincy Jones), and his blind student, a 23-year-old pianist. The love they share for each other and for music allows them both to cling to life.
Matti Caspi - Confession
What lies behind the mask that Matti Caspi wears? This film confessional is the story of a gifted child with polio, raised on a kibbutz by an unloving family. It tells of his rise to stardom in a military ensemble, a string of hits, fame, and fortune, followed by a downward spiral to despair and a slow return to center stage.
Once Upon a Time There Was a King
Nissim Aloni was a king of the Hebrew theater. The playwright and director brought magic, balloons, fireworks and imagination to the stage. But in a populist and mundane reality, Aloni was left a king without a country - without an audience, without critics, without theater managers to share his dreams.
Remake, Remix, Rip-Off
"Tarzan in Istanbul", "The Izmir Exorcist" and "Islamic Rambo" were among the thousands of films the Turkish industry produced in a "cut and paste" method during the 1960s and '70s. In the 60s/70s Turkey was home to one of the world's biggest film industries. Soon the filmmakers ran out of topics and they began copying movies from all over the world. Name any Western hit film, there's a Turkish version to it.
Seymour: An Introduction
Seymour Bernstein, a talented pianist, retired from the concert circuit at the height of a successful international career, in order to devote himself to teaching music. He sees this as his true calling and true artistic identity. It makes the world a brighter, more enjoyable place.
The Awakener: The Story of YH Brenner
The murder, life and work of mysterious author Y.H. Brenner, the sharp critic of his generation, a man of ambiguous sexuality who had all the features of a angry prophet. This film tells his story through animated sequences, conversations with his fans and researchers, selections from his work, and period stills.
The Infinite Happiness
A bizarre-looking building on the outskirts of Copenhagen is home to 500 people. Some of them love it and even write poems about it, while others just want to escape. This sweet and sour collection of personal stories focuses on the daily lives of ordinary people living in a very unusual building.