Okay, so “should” is a little strong, but if you are looking for a movie this weekend, here are a few of my favorites on Netflix Instant that are of interest to Jews. Either having a Jewish filmmaker or about Jews themselves, these movies are not the typical Holocaust fare, thankfully! I picked a few overlooked titles, but Netflix does have all the typical Jewish choices too like Life is Beautiful, Downfall, etc.
Updated: May 4, 2016
This story about a young woman who on the eve of becoming a Catholic nun, discovers that she is the orphan of a Polish family executed by the Nazis, explores the real-life psychological distress that lingered after the Holocaust was well over. It is an artsy film but very powerful and moving.
LOOK WHO’S BACK
It’s hard to make a comedy about Hitler and few would try but this subtitled German film is totally worth seeing. Synopsis: When Adolf Hitler reawakens at the site of his former bunker, he’s mistaken for a brilliant comedian and becomes a media phenomenon. No, really AND like great comedies, there is an important message at the end.
An award winning film that tells the story of a friendship between an Orthodox Jewish woman and a Muslim woman who go through the process of arranged marriages together.
THE LONG WAY HOME
A winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary in it’s year, The Long Way Home explores what happened to Jewish refugees and camp victims after the close of WWII.
THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS
A really different sort of “holocaust” film that looks at the holocaust through a child’s eyes. A young German boy befriends a boy who lives on the other side of the fence, unaware he’s a Jewish prisoner. Oy, what an ending.
THE BEST OF MEN
A fantastic and inspiring movie about the Jewish doctor that transforms the care of paraplegic former soldiers in WWII.
An award winning documentary that details the shocking family secrets one many finds when he cleans out his grandmother’s apartment in Tel Aviv.
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6
The inspiring true story about the life of pianist and Holocaust survivor, Alice Herz-Sommer. She accounts how music saved her life and gives advice on how to live a meaningful and happy life. Only 40 minutes long, this film won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short in its year.
HAVA NAGILA: THE MOVIE
A documentary on the history and role of the song and traditions that surround the song “Hava Nagilla”.
An amazing film about a married woman who comes to a crossroads when she learns that her former lover who rescued her from a concentration camp 30 years earlier is alive. Ladies, this is going to be your new favorite.
Photo of movie-goer by Betssssy, modified with text and overlay. License (CC) BY 2.0