New York Jewish Film Festival 2019: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 29th New York Jewish Film Festival

Dates:
January 9-22

About:
This annual event, co-presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, offers eight documentary features among its 21 new feature offerings.

MOHAMED AND ANNA: IN PLAIN SIGHT

Making its world premiere is Veronica Gonzalez Peña’s PAT STEIR: ARTIST, a portrait of the pioneering painter; while US premieres are Stephane Kaas’ ETGAR KERET: BASED ON A TRUE STORY, which profiles the Israeli author; and Taliya Finkel’s MOHAMED AND ANNA: IN PLAIN SIGHT, about an Arab Egyptian doctor who saved a Jewish woman during WWII by disguising her as a Muslim.

DEAR FREDY

NYC premieres at the festival include Roberta Grossman’s WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY, on a secret archive created by Jews within the Warsaw Ghetto; Uri Barbash’s BLACK HONEY: THE LIFE AND POETRY OF AVRAHAM SUTZKEVER, about the Russian-born poet who saved Jewish manuscripts during WWII; Oren Rudavsky’s JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE, on the Jewish immigrant-turned-media giant; Elizabeth Rynecki’s CHASING PORTRAITS, which follows the filmmaker’s efforts to track down her great-grandfather’s art collection, dispersed during the war; and Rubi Gat’s DEAR FREDY, about an openly gay German Jew and his fate during WWII.

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