• Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Taking the final stanza of Sylvia Plath's “Mad Girl’s Love Song” as its starting point, Lili Horvát's second feature finds its mysterious love story in Budapest’s male-driven field of neurosurgery. Márta Vizy (played with magnetic aplomb by Natasa Stork) is a brilliant brain surgeon who returns to Hungary after spending some time in America and discovers that a doctor with whom she once shared a passionate affair claims never to have seen her before—and that her grip on reality might…

  • The Light Ahead

    The Light Ahead

    Known as one of the greatest Russian shtetl films, this restored 1939 classic by Edgar G. Ulmer—adapted from a Mendele Mokher Sforim tale—is a sweetly romantic part-comedy, part-satire. Featuring actors from New York’s Artef and Yiddish Art Theaters, the story follows an impoverished young couple, Fishke and Hodel, in their fictional village of Glupsk, near Odessa. They want to get married, and they dream of a future that transcends their own limitations and the constraints of the world. Ulmer, known…

  • Maynard

    Maynard

    Maynard Holbrook Jackson, the first Black mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, made groundbreaking strides in advancing diversity and inclusion in the city between 1974 and 1994. In this clear-eyed documentary about the charismatic leader, Sam Pollard delves into the details of Jackson’s incredible life and career, from his upbringing in the segregated South to the crises and hard-fought triumphs of his three-term mayorship. At once a carefully researched biographical portrait and an insightful examination of a city’s racial and economic transformation, Maynard is an essential film about a remarkable progressive trailblazer.

    Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/29 as part of our Tribute to Sam Pollard.

  • Winter Journey

    Winter Journey

    Classical music radio host Martin Goldsmith wrote the book The Inextinguishable Symphony about his musician parents, who fled Nazi Germany. Before they left, however, they were able to play their instruments in a small orchestra that was set up by the Third Reich as a propaganda measure. Ironically, this gave them a form of shelter for a time. Co-directed by Anders Østergaard and Erzsébet Rácz, Winter Journey casts the late veteran German actor Bruno Ganz in his last role as…

  • Minyan

    Minyan

    Adapted from a story by David Bezmozgis set in Brighton Beach in the 1980s, Minyan follows David, a young Russian Jewish man, as he comes to terms with his homosexuality. David is strongly attached to his family, his background, and his faith. His closest confidante is his recently widowed grandfather, Josef (Ron Rifkin). David wants to move in with him to help him grieve, and while securing an apartment for them, he gets to know an elderly male couple who…

  • Two Trains Runnin'

    Two Trains Runnin'

    In the Freedom Summer of 1964, hundreds of young people—including James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner—were drawn to the Deep South to take part in the Civil Rights Movement. At the same time, two groups of young men (one led by Dick Waterman, the great champion of the Blues, and the other by guitarist John Fahey) made the same trip in search of Blues legends Skip James and Son House. That these two quests ended in the volatile state…

  • The Red Orchestra

    The Red Orchestra

    This documentary re-examines the story of the Red Orchestra: the most important resistance network in Nazi Germany, whose operations extended from Berlin and Brussels to Paris. The leading figures of the group included Leopold Trepper and Harro Schulze-Boysen, who gathered military secrets to share with the Soviets. In 1942, Hitler’s henchmen were able to track down most of the group by picking up radio transmissions. The legacy of this extraordinary tale has long been compromised by contrasting viewpoints and politically…

  • Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

    Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

    Composed of rare archival footage of Sammy Davis, Jr.’s filmed performances as well as interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Lewis, Billy Crystal, and more, Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me surveys the storied life of the multi-hyphenate entertainer and the political complexities that defined his 50-year career. Sam Pollard’s affectionate portrait captures Davis’s struggles with his identity throughout the shifting tides of civil rights and racial equality in the 20th century, from the Great Depression up to Davis’s death in 1990.

    Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/22 as part of our Tribute to Sam Pollard.

  • Breaking Bread

    Breaking Bread

    Founded by the inspiring Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel––the first Muslim Arab to win MasterChef Israel––the hugely popular A-sham Arabic Food Festival promotes social change through shared cuisines. Breaking Bread captures this annual event, where Jewish and Arab Israeli chefs collaborate on mouth-watering dishes, working together to transform traditional recipes and celebrate their unique cultural heritages.

    Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/20 as part of the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival.

  • August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

    August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand

    Made as part of PBS’s American Masters series, Pollard’s 2015 feature documentary was the first to be made about August Wilson, the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright who chronicled the Black experience in 20th-century America through a series of plays that stand as cultural touchstones. With his customarily thoughtful and candid approach, Pollard takes us through Wilson's life with rare interviews and remarkable access to Wilson’s archive, but his primary focus is on the writer’s art. Featuring excerpted performances and dramatic…

  • Asia

    Asia

    Asia (Alena Yiv) is the young single mother of the spirited teenager Vika (Shira Haas, the Emmy-nominated star of Netflix’s Unorthodox), a girl who spends her days at the skate park. Based in Israel, they are immigrants from Russia. They co-exist as roommates, barely interacting, and often clashing in their small home. But when Vika falls very ill, their relationship demands an overhaul. Asia, a nurse, can no longer treat her daughter like an acquaintance. Through the act of devoting…

  • Tahara

    Tahara

    This poignant and comic story traces the coming-of-age of two Jewish teenage girls—one white and straight, and the other Black and queer. Set in Rochester, NY, the film begins at the funeral service of their former Hebrew school classmate who suddenly commits suicide. A complicated romance unexpectedly arises as the best friends navigate their feelings about this tragedy and themselves, and try to make sense of their teacher’s well-meaning but misguided advice about grieving.


    Now playing in our Virtual Cinema until 1/17 as part of the 2021 New York Jewish Film Festival.