A 6th Grade class gets a new substitute teacher. She wants to train the class for an international competition in Paris. But something isnt right. How is she able read kids minds? Why is she so mean? And how does she manage to convince everyones parents she is so great when the whole class knows she is really an alien?
When Ossie Schectman, a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, made the first basket for the New York Knickerbockers back in 1946, who knew it was the precursor of today’s NBA? For Jewish immigrants, especially youth, sports played an important role in helping them assimilate. By the 1920s, almost all urban Jewish neighborhoods had a basketball team. When these teams evolved into professional leagues by the late 1940s, Jewish players and coaches led the way.
Though basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith in Springfield MA, the game spread like wildfire through turn-of-the-century New York settlement houses and proved a perfect fit for urban Jewish kids. By the 1920s, basketball had become a staple of life in American Jewish communities, and many of the top teams grew out of these neighborhoods. The First Basket is the first comprehensive documentary to examine both the role that Jewish players had in the evolution of the game and the impact that basketball played in the assimilation of American Jews. The First Basket explores the profound influence that these Jewish pioneers had on the evolution of basketball as it grew from a game played with ash cans on tenement steps to the second most popular sport in the world.
In The First Basket, writer/producer/director David Vyorst and narrator Peter Riegert explore the little-known, yet very important, Jewish history of the game. Chock full of vivid anecdotes and distinctive characters, the film brings back famous as well as unsung basketball legends such as Red Auerbach, Red Holzman, Dolph Schayes, Red Sarachek, Barney Sedran, Eddie Gottleib, Abe Saperstein, Ossie Schectman (that above-mentioned kid from New York who scored the eponymous First Basket), Ralph Kaplowitz, Sammy Kaplan and many more. These legendary players of professional basketball became role models and heroes to generations of fans and changed the face and perception, to this very day, of Jews in all athletics.
Power, money and blood: these are the values that the residents of the province of Naples and Caserta confront every day. They have practically no choice, and are forced to obey the rules of the System, the Gomorra. Only a lucky few can even think of leading a normal life.
Five stories are woven together in this violent scenario, set in a cruel and ostensibly invented world, but one that is deeply rooted in reality.
Following his father’s funeral in the Polish port of Gdansk, Adam sets off to trace his older brother Jan, last heard of in England after leaving Poland when injury cut short a promising football career.
London is a magnet to those looking for a better life - but its surface liberalism conceals a dark heart of intolerance, greed and exploitation. Adam finds his brother at the core of a crowd of sub-contractors supplying cheap foreign labour to unregulated construction projects in the booming city.
Jan initiates Adam into the secrets of his firm, showing how he smuggles illegal labourers into the UK via a transfer between Polish trawlers and English fishing boats.
Adam meets a beautiful Russian girl Anna who, like Adam, has come to find a new life in London. But he is unaware of the extent of his brothers ruthless ambition.
When a death at his construction site leads to Jans arrest, Adam instinctively protects him. But discovering shocking evidence of Jans guilt, Adam is presented with the ultimate test of his loyalty. He must make the most difficult decision of his life: stay loyal to his brother thereby sanctioning the murder of countless immigrants, or betray him to the authorities thus saving Anna from deportation and see his brother sent to jail for life
Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the gripping account of a group of brave women who demanded peace for Liberia, a nation torn to shreds by a decades-long civil war. The womens historic achievement finds its voice in a narrative that intersperses interviews, archival images, and scenes of present-day Liberia together to recount the memories of a few of the women who were there.
In 2003, Liberia was a country devastated by decades of political dislocation, humanitarian crisis, and street-to-street urban warfare. Charles Taylor, then President of Liberia, had emptied the countrys pockets as creatively as any dictator in memory. His ascent to power led to the deaths of thousands of people and a nation in complete ruin.
Out of the wreckage, more than 2000 Christian and Muslim women throughout the country began to organize and banded together in an effort to bring an end to the fighting. At great personal risk, they protested creatively and persistently for peace in the worst days of brutal and protracted civil conflict.
Waking up in London with amnesia and next to a dead body, jack has just enough tome and sense to disappear before the police arrive. In an attempt to lay low, he heads to Paris to visit the ex he cant remember. But a guy like Jack attracts trouble and an encounter with the mysterious Girl X draws him and the woman he loves back into a world hes trying hard to avoid and to remember.
Jack Says is a contemporary film noir thriller and stars Simon Phillips, Rita Ramani, Aurelie Amblard and Daniel Roberts with Rula Lenska, Mike Reid (in his last role) and Eric Cantona.
Daddy Yankee, stars as Edgar Dinero, a misunderstood product of the slums of Puerto Rico who becomes torn between the street life of his childhood neighborhood and his ambition to become something more. Entangled within the strong ties of a violent barrio underworld, Dinero falls for a girl who brings positivity to his life. He then decides to conceal his connection to the hood from her. Soon, Edgar has the opportunity to make a run for it, but he fears he will never be able to hide from the scores of corrupt cops or shake the full-blown turf war that consumes his crew. Dinero is asked the ultimate question: Will he succumb to the violence of the barrio, or will he listen to the beat of his heart and fulfill his goal of becoming a star in his own right?
Searching for twisted thrills, Nick West (Andrew Howard) takes his girlfriend to an abandoned mental hospital to drop acid. But when his date sits on a mysterious chair, she is mutilated and her body is dragged into an unforeseen demonic black hole. When Nick tells his horrifying tale to the police, he is deemed clinically insane and locked away. Now, four years later, a brilliant psychology professor and his students return to the crime scene with the accused killer searching for the truth behind the terrifying occult mystery in this blood-drenched, supernatural thriller.
Following the catastrophic atmospheric explosion that rocks through their small town leaving everyone within sight dead and decaying, six disparate strangers take refuge from the searing fallout in an old manor house where they contemplate and fear whether they have become the sole survivors of the worlds final apocalypse. With time, terror subsides, love blossoms, rivalries deepen, leaderships evolve and life within the shambling manor house takes on a strange sheltered comfort and stilted sense of control. The unnatural routine continues until Alex, the groups youngest member, refusing to give up hope that his suffocating wretched existence is all he will ever know, resolves to take his chances out in whatever remains of the broken planet. However, the more headstrong among the last possible survivors of humanity, knowing Alexs departure would crumble their ill-begotten minuscule empire and end their closeted subsistence, go to some decidedly inhumane lengths to ensure his rebellious young free spirit remains securely and permanently contained.
Somewhere, someplace lives a loner called Børre, a man in his early thirties. He got a boring, good for nothing job that he hates, and a boss he’d love to see drop dead on the spot.
To escape the reality of his sad boring life, he finds comfort in his bong. His only friend is the Pac-Man loving dope dealer at the local groceries store, Sajjad.
Børre knows a lot about old porn flicks, and his greatest hero of all time is the great, one and only Charles Bronson… Mr. Majestyk! Every woman he ever cared for has disappeared from him, into the thin air. His self-esteem is not exactly high. His psychiatrist Dr. Kronenberg is trying to help him solve his problems.
Now, Børre has met Barbra, a sweet happy go lucky girl with an appetite for life, she is the love of his life. She loves him too. Børre is happy; his life is getting back on track…
… but something is lurking in the dark, and all hell will break loose!