New York Jewish Film Festival 2021: Documentary Overview

Festival:
The 30th New York Jewish Film Festival

Dates:
January 13-26

About:
Co-presented by Film at Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum, the event goes online this year with eight docs among its offerings of 16 new features.

Among the offerings:

IRMI
Director: Susan Fanshel & Veronica Selver
The inspiring story of Irmi Selver, a Jewish refugee who faced tragedy while escaping Nazi Germany in the 1930s but went on to live a long, resilient, and colorful life. 

KINDERTRANSPORTS TO SWEDEN
Director: Gülseren Şengezer
A powerful documentary about the experiences of four Jewish people who, as children, were sent to Sweden by their parents before the outbreak of World War II. 

WHO’S AFRAID OF ALICE MILLER?
Director: Daniel Howald
The son of the psychotherapist Dr. Alice Miller—a famed advocate of children’s rights—embarks on a trip to uncover the family’s transgenerational trauma.

THE RED ORCHESTRA
Director: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
A fresh and well-rounded account of the Red Orchestra, a crucial resistance network in Nazi Germany, told through interviews and excerpts of feature films made in East and West Germany in the early 1970s.

BREAKING BREAD
Director: Beth Elise Hawk
A portrait of the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, founded by the inspiring Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel––the first Muslim Arab to win MasterChef Israel––to promote social change through shared cuisines.

SHARED LEGACIES: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN-JEWISH CIVIL RIGHTS ALLIANCE
Director: Shari Rogers
This searing documentary delves deep into the longstanding relationship between Jewish and Black communities in the United States.

ON BROADWAY
Director: Oren Jacoby
This star-studded documentary pays tribute to one of the most vibrant legacies of New York: the magic of Broadway. 

LOVE & STUFF
Director: Judith Helfand
A poignant and personal film about the connections between love and the objects we accumulate and pass on. 

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