This Land is Mine

Please take a look at Nina Paley’s brilliantly sardonic “This Land Is Mine,” the strongest statement you’ll ever see for a two-state solution in the Middle East, right now! Paley’s films include the full-length animation, Sita Sings the Blues. She is committed to freeing art, including her own, from copyright restriction. Enjoy her fantastic work […]

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Young Jews Telling Jokes

Jewish Currents has been running its “Off the Stage!” feature, with caricatures and one-liners of young Jewish stand-up comics, in its print edition for nearly two years. Five of these are artfully strung together in this video.

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Chronicles of a Professional Eulogist

Narrated by a eulogist-in-training, Lapp’s film portrays the late, great Rabbi Arnold Jacob Wolf musings on the burden of his profession. This is a six-minute excerpt from a 26-minute, hand-drawn animation (India ink, gouache, and wax), created in collaboration with Mark Dresser. It uses the imagined figure of the professional eulogist to explore the function […]

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Love and Stuff

Wonderful documentary filmmaker Judith Helfand lost her beloved mother Florence last September. In true documentary fashion, Helfand dissected the process, meaning, and catalytic opportunities — missed, lost, and found — connected to figuring out what to do with her mother’s lifetime of stuff. This moving, don’t-miss short film (from the New York Times website) will […]

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The Rabbi in Berlin

The Rabbi in Berlin, 2006, created during the brutal war between Gaza and Israel, is a 12-minute imagining of what might happen if Israel lost and its land were given to the Arabs. Recorded in Berlin by Bil Thompson, based on a script and edited by Shalom Gorewitz, the video features legendary artworld luminary Willoughby […]

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Love & Fear

Animator, painter, video artist, and professional guitarist Hanan Harchol has created a video series from which these three are selected. The series and other works are available on his website, www.hananharchol.com. His videos were created with funds granted by the Covenant Foundation with fiscal sponsorship by the Foundation for Jewish Culture.

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Headpieces for Peace

Jessica Mitrani is a film director and multidisciplinary artist who works in theater, visual art, and performance and has exhibited at venues internationally, including Jeu de Paume Museum, Paris; Hors Pistes Festival at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York; White Columns Gallery, New York; FIAF, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá; […]

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Poem Teller

Quimetta Perle, a contributing artist and poet to the 2013 Jewish Currents Arts Calendar, has performed at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Roulette, St. Marks Poetry Project, NYU’s Loew Theater and Renssellaer Polytechnic Institute, streamed in live performance over the internet, and embedded in art installations. Her mixed media work, digital prints and artists books have […]

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