Jews in Shorts: Documentaries

Meet the fascinating subjects from this year's superb collection of doc shorts: a heavily tattooed Jewish prizefighter; a Holocaust survivor set for immortality as a 3-D digital projection; a legendary NYC mom and pop cafe struggling to keep the lights on; and the wild paintings of gun-toting Nazi-fighting wonder women and the artist who brings them to life. –Joshua Moore

116 Cameras | Davina Pardo
As the Holocaust survivor community ages, the USC Shoah Foundation has embarked on an ambitious new project to transform survivors into 3-D digital projections that will interact with generations to come. 116 Cameras follows Auschwitz survivor Eva Schloss, as she goes through this unique process and reflects on how her role as a Holocaust speaker has changed over time.

Hinda and her Sisterrrz | Michael Kissinger
When Hinda Avery retired, she decided to paint the women in her family who had died in the Holocaust as a form of art therapy and a way to connect with her history. Gradually her paintings became bigger and more colorful as she no longer wanted to see her and her family as victims but heroic, fun-loving, wonder women taking on the Nazis.

Kid Yamaka | Matt Ogens
In this deeply human story, Emmy-nominated director Matt Ogens profiles up-and-coming boxer Zachary "Kid Yamaka" Wohlman and explores Wohlman's troubled background in Los Angeles, his training under world-class coach Freddie Roach and his path to personal redemption through boxing, Judaism and sobriety.

The Last Blintz | Dori Bernstein
The closing of the Cafe Edison (aka the Polish Tea Room), the Broadway diner immortalized in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds from Broadway, is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors, but the fading away of a piece of America's past.

All doc shorts are eligible for SFJFF's inaugural Best Short Documentary Award

116 Cameras sponsored in memory of Annette & David Biatch z"l
Hinda and her Sisterrrz sponsored by David Jadeson

The Last Blintz sponsored by Harold and Mary Zlot

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