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  • Netflix film ‘The Angel’ spotlights Egyptian spy who helped Israel

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — In 1993, filmmaker Ariel Vromen was part of an Israeli air force rescue unit sent in to Lebanon to evacuate both Jewish and Arab soldiers wounded during a battle. During the fighting, two of Vromen’s closest friends died in front of his eyes. For several months afterward, he suffered debilitating post-traumatic stress…

  • Ben Kingsley carried a photo of Elie Wiesel with him while filming ‘Operation Finale’

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Ask Ben Kingsley about why he was keen to portray Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new film “Operation Finale” and he describes the traumatic childhood incident in which he first learned about the Holocaust. The 74-year-old British actor was then in grammar school and at home alone when he turned…

  • ‘Disobedience’ aims to accurately portray lesbian love — and the Orthodox Jewish community

    LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Sebastian Lelio, the director who recently won the Academy Award for best foreign film for “A Fantastic Woman,” grew up Catholic in Chile knowing almost nothing about observant Jews. So when the Jewish actress Rachel Weisz approached him a couple of years ago and suggested he co-write and direct “Disobedience,” a…