BEATSxJ

Jewish and Israeli cinema that showcases the sounds, creativity, and societal influence of music and musicians.

Edek

Dir. Malcolm Green
(6 min, United Kingdom , 2018)
Short

What happens when 86 year-old Holocaust survivor Janine teams up with African-American rapper Kapoo to make a film? A hip-hop story for humanity.

Death Metal Grandma

Dir. Leah Galant
(13 min, USA , 2018)
Short

97-year-old Holocaust survivor, WWII II spy, and famous songwriter Inge Ginsberg decides to break out as a death metal singer.

100 Faces

Dir. Benjamin Till
(13 min, United Kingdom , 2018)
Short

One hundred Jewish Brits—one born in every year between 1917 and 2018—sing their shared story of Jewish diversity and memorable milestones, in this charming and uplifting musical.

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Dir. Nick Broomfield
(97 min, United States , 2019)
Documentary

Renowned filmmaker Nick Broomfield’s most personal and romantic film to date captures the beautiful, yet tragic, love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse, Marianne Ihlen.

Mack the Knife – Brecht’s Threepenny Film

Dir. Joachim Lang
(130 min, Belgium/Germany , 2018)
Narrative

Against all odds, Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera becomes a phenomenal success, and the film industry picks up the scent, seeking to make the master direct a film version of his “play with music.”

Hasidistock (Episodes 1-3)

Dirs. Asaf GalayAvida Livny
(90 min, Israel , 2019)
Documentary

A fascinating peek at the creative process of three of the top Orthodox artists working in the music industry today: Gad Elbaz, Motty Steinmetz and Zusha.

Paris Song

Dir. Jeff Vespa
(90 min, Kazakhstan/Latvia/United States , 2018)
Narrative

Kazakh folk hero Amre Kashaubayev’s journeys to 1925 Paris Expo to compete in an international singing competition, where he develops an unlikely friendship with Jewish-American songwriter George Gershwin.

Redemption | Opening Night

Dirs. Joseph Madmony Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
(104 min, Israel , 2018)
Narrative

One of the leading lights of contemporary Israeli cinema, Joseph Madmony (Restoration), returns for this spiritually rousing, emotionally intelligent story of exhilaration and faith.

Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Dir. Max Lewkowicz
(90 min, United States , 2019)
Documentary

The first comprehensive documentary to chronicle the birth and life of Fiddler on the Roof, one of the most iconic offerings of American culture.

Shut Up and Play the Piano

Dir. Philipp Jedicke
(82 min, Germany , 2018)
Documentary

Grammy-winning composer and entertainer Chilly Gonzales zags between rap, electro and solo piano music, along the way inspiring and collaborating with Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk and Drake.

The Conductor (Episodes 1-2)

Dir. Alon Zingman
(84 min, Israel , 2018)
Narrative

Leaving behind a loving girlfriend and a successful career as a world-renown musician, Noah Gamliel (Lior Ashkenazi) finds himself conducting his ailing father’s community choir instead.