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  • Japanese Quince Tree

    At a certain age, is hard enough to remember what you did yesterday. At 90 it really doesn't matter.You keep on going with either reluctance, or abandon. What seems important, are the little things at hand, a flower, a cat, a crystal glass, a tree, and scattered glimpses into the remembered past that always tend to help. A bitter-sweet look into the freshness of the fleeing moments embodied in our present perfect continuous life. No matter the age. ...

  • JEROME JEROME

    Two days in the lives of autistic teenager Jerome, his coach Kevin and Jerome's mother Anita. Up close and without any comment, the film shows how Jerome loves to provoke and test everyone's patience and resilience. His coach at the day care centre is doing his utmost to adapt to Jerome's behaviour. But, with all his wit and charm, Jerome remains unpredictable. ...

  • Jewish Item

    JEWISH ITEM is a contemporary documentary about the British-Jewish 18-30 somethings who don't fit in the mainstream of social/synagogue life. The starting point was a controversial survey about the so called missing generation which suggested that increasing numbers of young Jews are leaving the fold, to the dismay of the religious establishment. So we interviewed a diverse cross-section of "outsider Jews" who cut across class, race and gender boundaries. Many of whom, like experimental film maker Sandra Lahire, lesbian performance artist Helena Goldwater and club queen Philip Salon, live, breathe their Jewishness without ever needing to attend a Talmud Tareh or a kibbutz club. JEWISH ITEM reflects strong opinions and is lively, challenging, funny and irreverent. ...

  • Jews for Sale

    The film approaches an unusual subject - "the largest citizen sale operation ever employed by a European state”. In 1974, a Romanian passenger carrying a diplomatic passport boarded from the Zürich airport with the destination Bucharest. Upon arrival in Bucharest, he noticed that one of his suitcases was missing. It was a suitcase handed over by an old acquaintance shortly before his departure. The diplomat was General M., a commander in the General Office of Foreign Intelligence, the Securitate's espionage division. The suitcase contained one million dollars designed to facilitate the emigration to Israel for a certain number of Jews. This is just one episode in the history of the human trafficking operations organized by the Romanian communist state: the sale of Jew Romanian citizens to Israel. ...

  • Jiu River Valley People

    Jiu River valley is the most important mining area in Romania. Over the years, it has been the scene for many conflicts. In 1977, the miners from Jiu River valley had the courage to oppose the Ceausescu regime. Later, in the early 90's they were used by the politicians in power in their attempt to reduce to silence the democratic opposition in the country. Their violent interventions in Bucharest have entered recent history under the name of mineriads. After these turbulent episodes, the Jiu River valley miners find it difficult to escape the label of violent people. Using the observational style, the film tells their real life story. ...

  • Joe Leahy's Neighbours

    The follow- up of Fist Contact. It traces the fortune of Joe Leahy, mixed-race son of an Australian explorer Michael Leahy and a highland woman, and follows his uneasy relationship with his tribal neighbours, the Ganina. Joe built his caffee plantation on land bought from the Ganina in the mid 1970s. Raised in the village but educated by the colonial whites, Joe has his feet into cultural camps. He spants much of his walkings hours just keeping the lid on things. Filmmakers Connolly and Anderson lived 18 months on the edge of Joe 's plantation, in the 'no man's land' between Leahy and the Ganina. Their lively non-judgemental narative film eloquently captures the conflicting values of tribalism and capitalism. ...

  • Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

    On Nov. 18, 1978, more than 900 members of Peoples Temple died in the largest mass suicide/murder in history. What drew so many people across racial and class lines to the Peoples Temple? How could a diverse group of 900 people be convinced to commit suicide? What was a California congregation doing in the jungles of Guyana? And who was Jim Jones to command such loyalty that parents would murder their own children? Using never before seen archival footage and survivor interviews, "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" tells the story of the people who followed Jim Jones from Indiana, to California, and finally to the remote jungles of Guyana, South America, in a misbegotten quest to build an ideal society. ...

  • Judgement in Hungary

    In 2008 and 2009, the members of a far-right Hungarian group committed several attacks against the Roma community. In these attacks, six people were killed and among them was a five-year old child. The film follows the trial that began in March 2011 and ended in August 2013, in which four members of the group were found guilty of racially motivated serial killings. ...

  • Just Married

    The film tells the story of two couples who decide to marry although they know that a life together is not possible for them in Israel. Kifah is an educated career woman. She is politically active and she truly believes that there is a chance for coexistence and peace in the Middle East. Her spouse was born in Gaza and she has to go to Berlin to be able to live with him. Suhad is a 23 years old student from Bethlehem. She is engaged to an Israeli. After the wedding, she becomes an illegal resident in her husband's home in Jerusalem. Whenever she wants to visit her parents, she must sneak through breaches of the secured area, and carefully avoid to be seen by soldiers. Her pregnancy makes these trips even more difficult. Just Married tells about the absurdities generated by political conflicts in people's private lives. ...