Inside the Docs: Reaching Out Through Documentary Film

Overview

Inside the Docs is a free, educational program that uses Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film grantees to engage adults 18-30 in thought-provoking conversations about Judaism, Jewish culture, and Jewish identity. Each Inside the Docs film series, composed of three to four films, is based on a topic such as “New Perspectives on Israel,” “Social Justice/Jewish Values,” or “Identity and Inclusion.” The focus of the first series is “Jewish Masculinity.”

The discussion guides begin by introducing each film and its director; include links to reviews and relevant Internet articles; offer two alternate pieces of Jewish-themed text for reflection; and urge participants to engage more deeply with the topic.The films are available in libraries, through distributors, and on Netflix.

It is important to us that “Inside the Docs” remains easily accessible. For this reason, we are offering these discussion guides, all of which are copyrighted by the Foundation for Jewish Culture, for free. You may not charge admission to any event that features the use of “Inside the Docs.” It must be used for educational purposes only. Also, please note that these films and discussion guides are aimed at young adults (roughly 18-30). They may not be suitable for younger viewers.

Check out the trailer for the first series, on Jewish Masculinity, here:

Jewish Masculinity Series (Inside the Docs #1)

How to Use “Inside the Docs”

STEP ONE: Register by filling out this form:

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STEP TWO: Download the Discussion Guides. The documentaries in the Inside the Docs: Jewish Masculinity series are:

  • Waltz with Bashir (2008), by Ari Folman. Folman embarks on a fully animated documentary quest into the depths of personal memory to try to decipher his role in the 1982 Lebanon War. Winner of the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film; Academy Award nominee. Download the discussion guide.
  • Orthodox Stance (2007) by Jason Hutt. This is the coming of age story of Dmitriy Salita, a 23-year old Russian immigrant who challenges precedent and prejudice by dedicating himself to competing life pursuits: a professional boxing title and observance of Orthodox Judaism. Download the discussion guide.
  • Disturbing the Universe: William Kunstler (2009), by Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler. Bill Kunstler’s daughters explore his journey from middle-class family man to movement lawyer to “the most hated lawyer in America,” and strive to come to terms with his legacy. Download the discussion guide.
  • The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (1999) by Aviva Kempner. This film profiles the baseball player who became a hero for American Jews struggling against anti-Semitism during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Winner of several international film festival awards and the Best Documentary award from the National Board of Review & National Society of Film critics; Peabody Award winner; Emmy nominee. Download the discussion guide.

STEP THREE: Obtain copies of the DVDs in the series. All of the films in the Jewish Masculinity series are available via Netflix, as well as in rental stores, libraries, and through the distributors.

STEP FOUR: Consider making a donation to the Foundation for Jewish Culture so that we can continue to provide you and audiences everywhere with high quality Jewish content. We recommend a minimum contribution of $36 or more for use of this program.

Program Funders

Inside the Docs is made possible through the generous support of board member Carol Brennglass Spinner. The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film was established in 1996 with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, Lynn and Jules Kroll, and other generous donors. The grant provides finishing funds for documentaries exploring the Jewish experience. Grantee films have received Golden Globes, Emmys, and Peabody awards, and have been featured at film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca and Cannes.

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