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Home Again

A film by Julie Englander

When you’ve grown up all over the world, can you ever really go home again? Home Again takes an intimate look at the struggles of evangelical Missionary Kids, whose childhoods have taken them around the globe. 

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The Jewess

A film by Erin Reese

Many films have addressed Jewish-Christian relationships during the World War II era from the Jewish perspective.  Director Erin Reese tells the story of The Jewess from the perspective of a Jew saving Germans.

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The Judge

The Judge captures the life of a female judge to be appointed to a religious court in the Middle East.

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The Kosher Beach

A film by Karin Kainer and Hilla Medalia

A half-hour drive separates the ultra-Orthodox suburb of Bnei Brak from secular Tel Aviv. Yet nestled on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean beachfront, between wooden barricades, is a kosher beach that lies side-by-side with hotels, marinas and restaurants. The hermetically sealed kosher beach is the world's largest only same-sex beach. Women and men swim and sunbathe on separate and designated days.

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Life Without Basketball

A film by Jon Mercer and Tim O'Donnell

Life Without Basketball follows Bilqis, a young woman who explores her faith and identify as a Muslim American when a controversial ruling prevents her from playing basketball.

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Love & Stuff

A film by Judith Helfand

This inspirational first-person documentary will explore mother -daughter love from both sides of the camera as the director Judith Helfand embraces a series of spiritual life-cycle challenges and universal rites of passage.

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Loyalty By Another Name

A film by David Washburn

Loyalty By Another Name is a story about Muslims who are reshaping our image of the patriotic American soldier. The film will profile a number of individuals across the country who represent the variety of experiences shared by American Muslims in the Armed Forces. Loyalty By Another Name dives into the contradiction Muslim Americans face as they defend a country that does not always defend them. 

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Moral Monday

A film by Eric Preston

Moral Monday tells the story of a civil rights struggle underway in the U.S. and charts the progress, pitfalls and outcomes of this faith-rooted national justice movement.

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Nobody Should Know

A film by Andrea Eisenman

Nobody Should Know follows three courageous Orthodox Jews, forced by the customs of their community to keep their life-threatening illness, the genetic disease cystic fibrosis, a secret.

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Opening the Gates

A film by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky

Opening the Gates tells the story of the historic Polish concert tour of composer and singer rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

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