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Hartley Film Foundation is pleased to support the following acclaimed films.

Before the Spring After the Fall

A film by Jed Rothstein and Liz Garbus

Before the Spring After the Fall takes viewers on an incredible journey through the most tumultuous, inspiring events of the Arab Spring and the timeless, universal desire of young people for freedom.

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Between Two Worlds

A film by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman

Between Two Worlds tells five stories that reveal the passionate debates over identity and generational change inside today's American Jewish community. 

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Bronx Princess

A film by Yoni Brook and Musa Syeed

Bronx Princess follows headstrong Rocky's journey as she leaves behind her mother in New York to reunite with her royal father in Ghana, West Africa.

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Cairo in One Breath

A film by Anna Kipervaser and Miguel Silveira

The Muslim call to prayer has been reduced in Cairo to a single recording of one muezzin reciting the adhan, which is broadcast using wireless receivers. The filmmakers documented the tradition of the adhan before it ceased to exist.

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Casablanca Calling

A film by Hilary Durman, Rosa Rogers and Merieme Addou

A new generation of female spiritual guides, known as the Morchidat, are using the teachings of Islam to change the conditions and attitudes that foster extremism.

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Daughters of Wisdom

A film by Bari Pearlman

For centuries, the women of rural Tibet have been relegated to subservient roles. Regarded as capable of little more than churning butter, bearing children and saying prayers, they have lived servile lives without access to education or the time to practice Buddhism to the same degree as men. In Daughters of Wisdom, the filmmaker creates a vivid, intimate portrait of the lives of these women, and witnesses their culture, a culture on the verge of positive social change realized through education and religious cultivation.

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Defamation

A film by Yoav Shamir and Sandy Itkoff

A personal and global search by Israeli director Yoav Shamir for a better understanding of anti-Semitism is the focus of Defamation. Shamir seeks reactions from the man in the street to opinons about anti-Semitism posed by experts.

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Deli Man

A film by Erik Greenberg Anjou

What makes a Jew?  In the oft-quoted rabbinic source “Ethics of the Fathers,” the three pillars of Judaism are earmarked as prayer, study, and gemilut hasidim, or acts of loving kindness.  But there’s a fourth pillar. Food.

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Four Seasons Lodge

A film by Andrew Jacobs, Matt Lavine, Kelly Sheehan and Albert Maysles

Four Seasons Lodge focuses on 100 Polish, Russian and Hungarian Jews who survived the Holocaust and, in 1979, bought 44 acres of land in the Catskills. There they created a refuge, a bungalow colony with communal buildings.

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