Shtetlers is a film about the inhabitants of small Jewish towns in the former Soviet Union. Surviving World War II, they clung to the old religion, language and craft until just recently. This world is rapidly vanishing, and the film offers the last glimpse into its unique culture and ways.
We have 32 movies in this genre.
STUMBLING STONES 1933, a Jewish family listens to the radio with fascination. Adolf Hitler makes his first speech as Reich Chancellor. The camera accompanies the downfall of this once harmonious family. 2019, three Stolpersteine are anchored in the ground. The anti-Semitism appears again unimpressed.
Emil is auditioning for a main part in a huge international film production. Playing a homosexual, drug-addicted SS-Officer he needs to break up from his lover shortly before the battle of Stalingrad. But of all people Oskar, his Ex-Girlfriend’s new boyfriend, happens to read the counterpart and threatens Emil’s chances of getting the part.
TERROR Dan, who suffers from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.
In present-day Melbourne, Naomi is awakened by a frantic young woman on the run. Naomi grapples with a situation that defies reality and as the night unfolds, she must decide how far she can go to protect her visitor from rapidly encroaching danger.
Comedy in a Minor Key tells the story of a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico, then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia.
After her recent move to Vienna as a negotiator with the IAEA, Rachel is overcome by the inherited trauma of her family’s Holocaust past when her life unintentionally intersects with a displaced Syrian refugee family. With guidance from a former refugee, she searches for understanding which could alter her life and destiny.
Theatre director Martin wants to put “The Investigation” by Peter Weiss on stage, a piece about the Holocaust. In order to live up to the big topic he goes on a trip to Auschwitz with some members of the ensemble. Besides he wants to take the opportunity to get closer to his favourite actress. Sabine, […]
Separated by the fear of prosecution in the Nazi Germany of 1933, a young Jewish couple in Berlin make loose plans to reunite on the safe tropical shores of Brazil. Inspired by the actual correspondence recovered by the couple’s grandsons 80 years later in São Paulo, A Thousand Kisses presents a peculiar love story tainted […]
WE’RE BACK AGAIN The current generation is trying to live life surrounded by ruins of the past. WE’RE BACK AGAIN depicts one exemplary situation the new generation of Jews experience when trying to build new life in Germany.
IT HAPPENED AND TOOK PLACE RIGHT HERE. VOLKHARD KNIGGE AND BUCHENWALD. What kind of societal relevance does a memorial place of a former concentration camp have 72 years after the end of the war? The historian Volkhard Knigge has been the director of the Buchenwald memorial foundation for the past 20 years. Time and again […]
Nadav, 29, is a young Israeli man who’s come to New York to pursue his dreams. By day, he plays the trumpet, and by night he works as a “Professional Cuddler” in order to finance his first album. He’s so successful at his night job, he stops renting an apartment of his own, and spends […]
Netta, a young Israeli woman wishes to immigrate to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors. He refuses to speak to her again if she leaves. Based on Daniella Koffler’s personal story, “Compartments” is the first German-Israeli animation co-production that […]
The Girls Were Doing Nothing is a study into the conflicting nature of love and the human soul – our basic needs for stability, comfort and routine which clash with equally strong desires for novelty, variety and freedom. It subtly discusses gender roles, female oppression, the collapse of masculinity in modern society, the role of […]
ХАЙМ – HOME – HEIMAT A Russian-Jewish immigrant is searching for his Germaneness and wonders about why his family is celebrating Christmas with a stolen Christmas tree. An autobiographical soul-searching through suburban Germany.
After a long journey through space the last two believers are about to reach their destination. Ananda, the space archaeologist, hopes to prove that Earth is not a myth and that all mankind did originated from the same tiny blue planet – but mostly he wants to prove his colleagues and his father wrong and […]
Mimi (18) reconstructs her immigration story. Her memories from the past mix with the present and future through a stream of consciousness. Her identity dissolves and lost between Ethiopia and Israel.
Exit is a film about two women who left the ultra-orthodox community. Sara Murray became ultra-orthodox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future husband. She lived a strong religious and dedicated life before she couldn´t handle the rigidness of her faith any more. Leaving the […]
THE TRANSFER Erez, an Israeli commissioned officer, and two other soldiers have been ordered to transfer a prisoner to Megiddo prison. Along the way, a conflict arises that forces the young officer to surpass himself in order to solve the situation.
Ali, a sensitive teenage boy is the sole Palestinian-Israeli in a radical activist youth group. He is in love with Yael and plans on revealing his feelings towards her at the upcoming group meeting. When a series of political outbursts in the west bank occur, the group is lead towards a violent act. Ali, struggling […]
The old and grumpy Grandpa Alfred, who produces suitcases, is annoyed because the little Samuel (son of the Jewish neighbors) always enters his store because Samuel has a dream: He just wants to watch and to learn how to produce suitcases. Even though the old Alfred kicked out the little five year old many times, […]
CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO. Chika the dog and the five-year old Mikasch are the heroes of this story which is set in a Jewish ghetto in an unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews and the threats of the 2nd World […]
For sixteen years Iris Kadosh has been the keeper of the museum’s exhibits, with much dedication and no complaints. One day she arrives to work to find out that the museum’s operational manager has left and she will be taking her place. The good news is tainted by Iris’ involvement in an accident, one that […]
UNCLE VASSYA. Leaving behind Saint Petersburg Wasilij drives to the north of Russia to see his grandma’s house where he spent his childhood days. A bitter sweet poem about youth.
THE CABINET DECISION Israel and Palestine, two entities competing over their one beating heart. Will they both survive?
“Warm snow” is an animation short about the relationship between a father and his grown up daughter. It starts out in an ordinary situation with the father and daughter sitting at the kitchen table. The daughter is waiting for her food to get warm and is annoyed by her father’s questions and suggestions. The situation […]
HE AND SHE Thomas is on his way to a life that includes only himself and his girlfriend… but when she breaks up with him, the dream goes up in smoke. Then he meets Annemarie at a lonely rest stop. As he tells the quirky old woman about his failed relationship, he comes to realize […]
On their last night together, Clara, a young Austrian tourist, and Tomer, an Israeli student, find themselves on an unexpected search for the “morning-after pill”. Cultural and personal gaps create distance between them. Tomer and Clara try to open up to each other, but every opportunity for closeness is interrupted by the outside world. With […]
This film tells the story of Mr. X, but his identity, and his face, are never revealed in it. Mr. X is a West-African asylum seeker living in Berlin without a work permit. As his exposure might put him in danger, he is the one holding the camera instead of appearing in front of it. […]
The deep friendship between the young and beautiful actresses Maria and her Jewish friend Lea gradually starts to break as Maria’s husband Hans goes from being unemployed to a high ranking SS-Officer. But on the day of the first deportation of Jews in Munich, Maria goes despite the ban of Hans to warn Lea thereby […]
L’Chaim! is a glimpse into the unusual life of Chaim Lubelski. He had a wild past as a hippy in Germany, London and Paris, before he became a millionaire in New York and a professional chess player in St. Tropez. When his mother needs care, Chaim decides to move in with her into the elderly […]
Juri is growing up under deprived circumstances in a small village in the former CCCP. When his father moves to Germany to earn money for his family he hast to come to grips with a life without a father.