6 Jewish movies to watch this winter
These movies are very Jewish, & very good. From family-friendly stories to Fauda worthy action sequences, here are 7 Jewish movies now streaming on Jewish streaming platform ChaiFlicks.
Winter is the perfect time to rewatch (or discover!) an all-time classic, and it doesn’t get any better than The Women’s Balcony.
The movie follows a tight-knit Jewish community in Jerusalem who, upon an accident during a bar mitzvah celebration, must deal with internal rifts and external pressures challenging their way of life. While its a family-friendly, happy ending type of watch, The Women’s Balcony finds time to tease out such topics as feminism and power dynamics in the Jewish community.
The cast includes a trove of familiar faces, from Aviv Alush of The Beauty and the Baker fame and Itzik Cohen (Fauda’s Captain Ayoub) to local superstars Orna Banai and Evelin Hagoel — all coming together to drive the movie to its heart-warming conclusion.
Stream The Women’s Balcony on ChaiFlicks.
2. The Keeper: A British Blend of Love and Football
Combine British quality, postwar German-English rivalry, and a real love story — and you get a beautiful movie in The Keeper.
The movie is based on the unlikely life story of Bert Tratuman, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, became a goalkeeper for the Manchester City football club — thanks to the support of a local Rabbi and the love of an Englishwoman — and in doing so becomes a legendary footballing icon.
Stream The Keeper on ChaiFlicks
3. Bethlehem: A Secret Service Thriller
Get hyped for the new season of Fauda with this tense thriller starring one of the show’s early stars in actor Tzahi Halevi.
Winner of 6 Israeli Academy Awards including Best Picture, Bethlehem tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by their ideals and competing relationships, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence.
Stream Bethlehem on ChaiFlicks.
4. Nowhere In Africa: Academy-Award Winning Jewish Drama
A winner of the Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film award, Nowhere In Africa is based on the true story of a family who escaped Nazi Germany in 1938 for an unlikely destination — a remote farm in Kenya.
With picturesque nature of Africa as a backdrop, the movie follows the Redlich family’s struggles as they find it equally difficult to forget their once-comfortable life in Germany — now long gone — and to accept their new surroundings.
Watch Nowhere in Africa on ChaiFlicks.
5. ‘The Prime Ministers’: Israeli Leaders Rediscovered
Israel has not been lacking of great statesmen in its short history. The Prime Ministers is a limited documentary series comprised from award-winning feature documentaries, each exploring the life and legacy of one of these vaunted Israeli political figures.
From historic figures like David Ben Gurion, Menachem Begin, and Golda Meir, to contemporary figures like Yitzhak Rabin and current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — each film brings a new perspective to these storied leaders’ time in office as well as the legacies they left behind.
Especially relevant is King Bibi, which covers Benjamin Netanyahu’s time living in the U.S. and his subsequent rise to power with a precise eye.
Stream The Prime Ministers limited documentary series on ChaiFlicks.
6. ‘Tattooed Torah’: an animated, Jewish Children movie
Narrated by the great, late actor Ed Asner and based on the beloved children’s book, The Tattooed Torah brings to life the true story of the rescue and restoration of a small Torah from Brno, Czechoslovakia, and teaches the Holocaust not only as a period of destruction but also as an opportunity for redemption.
Source : Times of Israel