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Film & TV

On Netflix and elsewhere, new collections of Palestinian and Israeli films are now available for streaming


(JTA) — Some of Netflix’s biggest international hits of the last few years — from “Fauda” to “Shtisel” — have been Israeli imports. Now, the streaming giant is spotlighting Palestinian entertainment, as well.

Last week, Netflix released a “Palestinian Stories” collection consisting of what it said was 32 films, although only 27 films were listed under the category in the U.S. as of Monday. Of the available...

We asked, you answered: JTA readers’ must-see Holocaust movies


(JTA) — In a recent opinion piece for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Rich Brownstein argued that “The Grey Zone” is the greatest Holocaust film ever made. His column has been the most-read piece on JTA since.

Brownstein is no amateur critic. He is a lecturer for Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies and the author of “Holocaust Cinema Complete: A History and Analysis of 400 Films,...

A story about Palestinians won Israel’s highest film honor. Its stars skipped the award show in protest.


(JTA) — The award for best feature film at Israel’s Ophir Awards, the country’s top film honor and its automatic nominee for the foreign film category at the Oscars, went to “Let It Be Morning,” a film about an Arab-Israeli man forced to grapple with his identity as both Palestinian and Israeli.

But most of the Palestinian stars of the film skipped the award ceremony Tuesday night,...

Alan Kalter, longtime announcer for David Letterman and a former synagogue president, dies at 78

(JTA) — Alan Kalter, his rabbi said, was a “mensch,” a past temple president who dutifully Zoomed into services throughout the pandemic.

Kelter died Monday at 78 at at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut, surrounded by his wife and daughters. His colleagues took to social media, remembering him as a “lovely” man who was generous with his praise and encouragement.

That might not be the Alan Kalter you remember: For 20...

The greatest Holocaust movie ever made, starring Steve Buscemi, debuted on 9/11. It’s time to revisit it.


(JTA) — On Sept. 11, 2001, the greatest Holocaust film ever made, before or since, premiered at a festival — and quickly disappeared, largely unnoticed.  

The film’s cast included Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, David Arquette, Michael Stuhlbarg and Mira Sorvino, and it was written and directed by the acclaimed Jewish actor Tim Blake Nelson. Roger Ebert called it one of the best films of the year; later,...

9/11 musical ‘Come From Away’ returns to stage and screen, with Jewish values at the center of its story


(JTA) — When U.S. airspace closed as a result of the attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, 38 planes were grounded in Gander, Newfoundland, stranding nearly 7,000 international travelers “on the northeast tip of North America.”

So begins the story of “Come From Away,” the Tony Award-winning Canadian musical chronicling the real experiences of those “plane people,” and of the good-hearted locals who...

Daveed Diggs, Rachel Bloom, Sue Bird and more: The Almas award 5781’s top Jewish pop culture contributors


(JTA) — It’s not just the High Holidays, the time of year when Jews reflect on their past year and atone for their sins. For the third time now, it’s also time to appreciate the Jewish moments that helped define the year in pop culture — in the form of The Almas.

Alma, which like the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is part of 70 Faces Media, released its...

‘Seinfeld’ moves to Netflix on Oct. 1

(JTA) — Netflix is now master of the “Seinfeld” domain.

All nine seasons of the megahit show about nothing are heading to the streaming giant on Oct. 1, Netflix announced Wednesday.

The show had been available on Hulu for years. Netflix bought the rights for 2021 in 2019. Jerry Seinfeld released a joke statement on the news to Variety.

“Larry [David] and I are enormously grateful to Netflix for taking...

Ed Asner, who starred as Lou Grant, dies at 91


(JTA) — Ed Asner, who trademarked a gruff, flawed, and loving persona as Lou Grant in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and in a spin-off series about journalism, has died at 91.

“We are sorry to say that our beloved patriarch passed away this morning peacefully,” the family said Sunday on Asner’s Twitter account. “Words cannot express the sadness we feel. With a kiss on your head...

Following media criticism, Spike Lee is re-editing his documentary featuring 9/11 conspiracy theorist who flirted with antisemitism


(JTA) — Spike Lee has announced that he is re-editing the final episode of his new HBO documentary series about New York following reports of early media screenings that criticized the Oscar-winning filmmaker for prominently featuring a conspiracy theorist who has entertained antisemitic ideas.

“New York Epicenters: 9/11-2021½,” a four-part documentary examining the character of the city in the 21st century, began airing Sunday on HBO.