Documenting the Jewish Experience -- KCET's Film Schedule for Jewish American Heritage Month


Get excited about KCET's line-up of Jewish interest features airing in support of Jewish American Heritage month. Throughout May, KCET will be showing documentaries that speak uniquely to the experience of Americans with Jewish heritage. Have a look below for what's on the schedule, and then check back to see what might be added as the month progresses.

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"Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray" -- Thursday, May 10, at 10:00 PM

Civil War buffs and Jewish historians alike may be interested to know the roles that Jewish Americans played during the battle between the Union and the Confederacy. Boasting narration by John Milius, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of "Apocalypse Now" and featuring Sam Waterston as the voice of Abraham Lincoln, "Jewish Soldiers in Blue & Gray" focuses such events as Ulysses S. Grant's 1862 mandate to expel Jewish residents from Union-controlled land.

Watch the trailer here:

"Keeping The Kibbutz" -- Sunday, May 13, at 11:00 PM

An examination of the challenges faced by members of a kibbutz (an Israeli communal living settlement) as the life of their community reached its end. Hope and fear combine as people must reconcile the end of the life they've always known with the opportunity inherent in beginning anew.

Watch the trailer here:

"Swimming in Auschwitz" -- Sunday, May 27, at 11 PM

For six women who were imprisoned in the infamous concentration camp, life was not necessarily an exercise in despair. Instead, they protected themselves from the evil of the Nazi movement with prayer, music and humor. These survivors explain how.

Watch the trailer on the movie's official website here.

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