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Film Club

The Leo Baeck Institute London is delighted to invite you to join our LBI Film Club. This online project will offer interesting and thought-provoking films linked to the German-Jewish and Israeli experience which we hope you will enjoy.

Please click on the titles below to find out more about each film offering.

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The Leo Baeck Institute London would like to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday 27th of January 2024 by inviting you to a special free online screening at the LBI Film Club. We hope that all the film lovers among you will continue to enjoy our selection of interesting and thought-provoking films linked to the immensely rich, diverse and multi-faceted Jewish experience and will relish this latest, gentle, funny and profoundly moving offering in our LBI Film Club programme:

 

(Noam Sobovitz, Israel / Germany, 2021)

How did a football match between enemies become a turning point in history? Twenty-five years after the Holocaust, in the face of insurmountable emotional and political barriers and threats of terror, Israel’s national team and Germany’sBorussia Mönchengladbach met in a match that marked the beginning of the normalisation of relations between Israel and Germany. Through interviews with former German and Israeli footballers, historians and diplomats, and with insights from rare archival materials,…

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Welcome to another screening at the LBI Film Club! This time our film is linked to our recent LBI Lecture Series talk with Prof Cathy Gelbin on Weimar Cinema’s monsters. We hope that all those film lovers among you will continue to enjoy our selection of interesting and thought-provoking films linked to the immensely diverse, rich and multi-faceted Jewish experience.

The LBI film club’s eleventh offering is

The Golem: How He Came Into This World  
(Paul Wegener, Germany, 1920)

A Jewish Girl in Shanghai (2010) is set in Shanghai’s “Little Vienna” Ghetto, where some 30,000 Jewish refugees sought shelter from Nazi persecution during WWII. Without their parents and cared for by a local family, Jewish siblings Rina and her brother Mishalli form a strong friendship with A-Gen, an orphaned Chinese boy. Together they encounter many adventures and teach each other about their distant worlds.  As Shanghai struggles beneath its own cruelly portrayed Japanese occupation, the children must also face the uncertainty concerning the fate of Rina and Mishalli's…

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017) explores the multifaceted life of the Austrian-Jewish actress Hedy Lamarr, once known as the ‘the most beautiful woman in the world’. The star, who is said to have inspired the appearance of iconic characters such as Disney’s Snow White and Batwoman, described herself as an enfant terrible and was a woman of many talents.

During the 1920s, Café Nagler was the hottest place in Berlin. Mor, the film's directorembarks on a journey to find out what's left of her family's legendary café.Her grandmother follows the filming with great anticipation. When Mordiscovers the true story behind the café, she is unable to break her grandmother's heartand looks for a creative solution. Café Nagler is a film about memory, about our need for family myths, about our longing for a different past.

Shown all over the world at film festivals like the 66th Berlinale, the Haifa Int’l Film Festival and the All Lights India…

When the body of an old man (Oded Toemi) with a mysterious tattoo and three stab wounds to his chest is found floating in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon River, Amnon (Amnon Wolf), a reluctant young police detective, is put in charge of the investigation – his first following a previous lengthy suspension from the job. 

The trail leads him to a tattoo artist’s parlour and a club of Holocaust survivors with a zest for life, who find solace in romantic recollections of their pre-war world. Cleverly weaving between past and present a story of deadly dalliances, desire, loneliness and rejection…

The film tells the remarkable story of Wilfrid Israel – a wealthy Jewish businessman and owner of Berlin’s largest department store in the 1930’s who was involved in the saving of tens of thousands of Jews, and played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. Israel was a member of one of Germany’s most prominent Jewish families and acquainted with some of the most influential figures of the 20th century, yet little is known about his personal life and heroic endeavours. Why did his story remain untold? What was there to hide?

Shalom Bollywood reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian-Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focuses on the lives of five of the great Jewish actors. Infused with music and dancing, the vibrant and spirited documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative.

Ambitious Berliner Hanna (Karoline Schuch) decides that if she is going to succeed in business, she will need some volunteer service on her CV. So she heads to Israel to work with the disabled. Itay (Doron Amit), the Israeli social worker supervising her volunteer work, picks on her with cynical comments on German history, whilst obviously flirting with her. 

Hanna initially reacts with rejection, but as her interest in her own family history grows, so does her attraction to Itay. Probing the effects of the Holocaust’s looming shadow on third generation Israelis and Germans,…

The flat on the third floor of a Bauhaus building in Tel Aviv was where Arnon Goldfinger’s grandparents lived since they immigrated to Palestine in the 1930's. Were it not for the view from the windows, one might have thought that the flat was in Berlin. When his grandmother passed away at the age of 98, the family were called to the flat to clear out what was left. Objects, pictures, letters and documents awaited them, revealing traces of a troubled and unknown past.

In his highly acclaimed film debut, film director Ofir Raul Graizer delicately explores the connection between desire and shared grief. When the Israeli businessman Oren dies in a car accident, German baker Thomas travels from Berlin to Jerusalem in search of his lover’s widow and the life Oren left behind. As the lines between longing and loneliness during Thomas’ time in Israel blur, Graizer explores the challenges, which the triangular relationship poses to family and faith. As food may be a way cultures can bridge such divides, so too can it be a way to mark…

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Israel is small, but its desert, the Negev, is large – especially far south from Tel Aviv. The film tells the story of Jewish immigrants from India and Morocco wrestling there with the heat, cultural differences and problems at the workplace. Couscous or Curry, Cricket or Football – parallel worlds or integration … comedy or drama? 

This immensely creative director’s motto is: ‘the stranger is always the latest arrival’. What does integration really mean? Are prejudices between Jews and Jews even possible? And above all, how does love between a man and a woman fare in such…