The Centre's film club is organised by Katja Stuerzenhofecker. It seeks to promote and co-sponsor films and discussion in the area of Jewish life and culture for the Greater Manchester region.

Current events

 

Hitler versus Picasso and the others. The Nazi obsession for art

 

Tuesday 26 February 2019 6pm, HOME 

Dir. Claudio Poli | Italy 2017 | 90 mins

Screening followed by Q&A with Jean-Marc Dreyfus who appears in the film and Janet Wolff and will be chaired by David Berkley QC.

Jean-Marc Dreyfus is a reader at the University of Manchester. He is a specialist of economic and diplomatic aspects of the Holocaust and post-war reparations. He has written on looted art in the Holocaust and has edited several memoirs and Holocaust diary. He is also the author of TV documentaries. He has recently published the "Goering Catalogue“, the original inventory of Goering’s art collection in Carinhall (Paris, Flammarion, 2015). He currently researches the search and exhumation  of victims‘ corpses after the Holocaust. Janet Wolff is Professor Emerita at the University of Manchester. She is a sociologist and art historian, and has taught at the University of Leeds, the University of Rochester (New York) and Columbia University.  She has published a number of books on aesthetics and the sociology of art.  In her most recent book, Austerity Baby (published by Manchester University Press) she has turned from academic to more personal writing, combining memoir, family history and accounts of other lives and events.  Central to the book is the experience of her father and his family in Germany in the 1930s. David Berkley QC is an Israeli born barrister and art enthusiast, David Berkley has conducted interviews for UK Jewish Film and is prominent in Manchester Jewish communal life.

80 years have passed since the Nazi regime placed a definitive ban on so-called degenerate art considered 'cosmopolitan and communist'. In 1937 an exhibition was staged to publically brand and stigmatize it while holding, only a short distance away, an exhibition dedicated to pure Arian art.  At the same time, under the orders of Hitler and Goering, began the looting of classic works of art, those masterpieces that were to occupy an area the Führer planned to turn into the Louvre of Linz, a project that would remain on paper only. Goering too, himself a compulsive collector, compiled a list of artworks that were to appear in his residence at Carinhall, not far from Berlin.  The masterpieces of degenerate art would instead be sold at auction, the proceeds ending up in the state coffers, later used to buy the art that met with the regime’s approval. 

Artworks began to be confiscated from museums in occupied territories, seized from the homes of art collectors, particularly Jews. The looting would continue until the end of the war with the confiscation of the art heritage from those countries traversed by German troops. The accompanying narrative to the documentary is provided by Toni Servillo. Many of the stories told take their cue from four great exhibitions which, 80 years later, in 2017, sum up the situation as to what became of the treasures stolen by the Nazis and many of the people involved at the time. 

Sponsored by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester, in collaboration with the Centre for Jewish Studies.

Early booking is highly recommended. Bookings can be made here.

 

Past events 

Inside the Mossad

Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm, Cineworld Didsbury 

Dir. Duki Dror | Israel, Germany 2018 | 80 mins

Screening will be followed by Q&A withdirector Duki Dror, Ram Ben-Barak and  Moshe Behar

Like the CIA and MI6, Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, has spawned many myths since its foundation in 1950. The tales behind its top secret operations have been the basis for books and films that, in turn, have fed the imagination of fans of conspiracy theories the world over. In Inside The Mossad, former heads and agents break their silence and talk for the very first time about what it is like to work for one of the most enigmatic institutions in the world.

Part of UK Jewish Film Festival 2018. Booking opens on 26 September.

 

Wilfrid Israel: The Essential Link

Monday 13 November 2017 8.30pm, HOME

Dir. Yonatan Nir | Israel, 2016 | 71 mins

Screening will be followed by Q&A with Ruth Barnett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Despite saving the lives of thousands of Jews, taking an integral role in the Kindertransport and working in partnership with the British intelligence, Wilfrid Israel is, for the most part, a forgotten hero. As the wealthy owner of one of Berlin’s largest department stores and an avid art collector, Israel was a high profile yet deeply enigmatic figure. Wilfrid Israel: The Essential Link explores not only Israel’s remarkable rescue operations but also the reasons they had been kept secret for so long.

 

Remember Baghdad

Tuesday 21 November 2017 6.20pm, HOME

Dir. Fiona Murphy | Israel, 2016 | 71 mins

Screening will be followed by Q&A with Fiona Murphy and Moshe Behar

Seen as a site of ongoing fighting, modern-day Baghdad scarcely resembles the city it once was. Remember Baghdad is a fascinating exploration of the rich Jewish life and culture that had flourished in Iraq before the events of the 20th and early 21st centuries dramatically changed the course of the country – and the fate of its Jews. The film features prominent British-Iraqi Jews, including David Dangoor. Their life stories are woven into the history of their fellow Iraqi people, Jews and non-Jews alike.

 

Sacred Sperm 

Wednesday 5 July 2017 8.20pm, HOME

Dir. Ori Gruder | Israel, 2014 | 74 mins

Screening was followed by Q&A with Prof Philip Alexander and Dr Alana Vincent

An eye-opening documentary explores one of the biggest taboos in Judaism. It offers daring exposure of the way parents and rabbis within the Orthodox Jewish community educate their male children to avoid spilling their sperm.Throughout the film, the director seeks a proper way to explain to his teenage son why he should keep this commandment perceived by many as unreasonable and even impossible to fulfill.

 

Germans and Jews 

Wednesday 9 Nov 2016 8.30pm, HOME

Dir. Janina Quint | USA 2016 | 76 mins

Screening was followed by Q&A with Dr Cathy Gelbin

There are more than 200,000 Jews living in Germany today, including thousands of young Israelis who are based in Berlin. How has Germany progressed from the Nazis’ aim to obliterate Jewish life forever to being the country with the fastest growing Jewish community in Europe? Can Germans today accept Jews as merely fellow citizens rather than the children or grandchildren of victims? And why philosemitism is just as dangerous as anti-Semitism? Bringing together Germans and Jews, this fascinating documentary explores the dramatic changes in German-Jewish relations since liberation day in 1945.

The screening was part of the 20th UK Jewish Film Festival which takes place across the country between 5-20 November 2016. The date of the screening, the 9th of November, is selected for its commemorative symbolism for both Jewish and German history: the 1938 Reich Progrom or ‘Crystal Night’ and the 1989 falling of the Berlin Wall.

Zero Motivation 

Thursday 20 Oct 2016, 8.30pm, Cineworld Didsbury

Dir. Talya Lavie | Israel 2014 | 97 mins

Screening was followed by Q&A with Dr Moshe Behar chaired by Gita Conn

A zany, dark, & comedic portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers. The Human Resources Office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment - to friendship, love, and country - are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit.

Gett: The Trial of Vivianne Amsalem

Thurs 30 June 2016. Screening of 'Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem' followed by a Q&A panel with Bernard Jackson and Nechama Hadari. 8.10pm at HOME, Manchester

An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) fights for three years to obtain a divorce from her devout husband (Simon Abkarian), who refuses to grant his permission to dissolve the marriage.

Bernard Jackson was Alliance Professor of Modern Jewish Studies and Co-Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Manchester from 1997-2009. From 2004 he directed the Centre's Agunah Research Unit, whose publications are available from the research unit's website, and drafted its Final Report, published as Agunah: The Manchester Analysis. He has also published extensively in early Jewish law and in modern legal philosophy.

Nechama Hadari gained her PhD in Religions and Theology from The University of Manchester in 2012. Her doctoral thesis – on the rabbinic understanding of the human will in the context of Jewish Divorce Law – was awarded the International Council of Jewish Women’s annual prize for academic research in 2013 and was published as a monograph “The Kosher Get: A Halakhic Story of Divorce”.

My Nazi Legacy

Wed 11 Nov 2015. Screening of 'My Nazi Legacy' followed by a Q&A panel, including Jean-Marc Dreyfus and the film's director, David Evans. 6.20pm at HOME, Manchester.

Internationally-renowned human rights barrister Philippe Sands QC goes on a road trip with two sons of SS officers to find out if they can admit to their fathers’ crimes. When they arrive in the Ukrainian town where Sands’ own family were killed, the three men are forced to confront history in a unique way. An intellectually-charged and deeply moving exploration of history, confrontation and family.

“Extraordinary… a bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain.” (Screen International)

 

Internationally-renowned human rights barrister Philippe Sands QC goes on a road trip with two sons of SS officers to find out if they can admit to their fathers’ crimes. When they arrive in the Ukrainian town where Sands’ own family were killed, the three men are forced to confront history in a unique way. An intellectually-charged and deeply moving exploration of history, confrontation and family.

“Extraordinary… a bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain.” Screen International

- See more at: http://homemcr.org/film/my-nazi-legacy/#sthash.6YWjjxY3.dpuf

Internationally-renowned human rights barrister Philippe Sands QC goes on a road trip with two sons of SS officers to find out if they can admit to their fathers’ crimes. When they arrive in the Ukrainian town where Sands’ own family were killed, the three men are forced to confront history in a unique way. An intellectually-charged and deeply moving exploration of history, confrontation and family.

“Extraordinary… a bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain.” Screen International

- See more at: http://homemcr.org/film/my-nazi-legacy/#sthash.6YWjjxY3.dpuf

Internationally-renowned human rights barrister Philippe Sands QC goes on a road trip with two sons of SS officers to find out if they can admit to their fathers’ crimes. When they arrive in the Ukrainian town where Sands’ own family were killed, the three men are forced to confront history in a unique way. An intellectually-charged and deeply moving exploration of history, confrontation and family.

“Extraordinary… a bracingly rigorous examination of inherited guilt and pain.” Screen International

- See more at: http://homemcr.org/film/my-nazi-legacy/#sthash.6YWjjxY3.dpuf