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Jewish Film

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies has presented and produced films representing many genres over the last 30 years. 


2023 - Monument

The Melton Center for Jewish Studies presented the Columbus premiere of Monument, a documentary which is a powerful and poetic story of two relatives meeting through time and space to carry their family memory forward. Filmmaker Michael Turner documents his first visit to a Holocaust memorial created by his grandmother Lici, a Hungarian Jew whose parents and sister were killed in Auschwitz.

Scene from Monument


2022 - Where is Anne Frank? 

The Melton Center and Wexner Center for the Arts presented the Columbus premiere of Where is Anne Frank, (2021), a contemporary reimagining of Frank’s story and legacy. The film follows Kitty, the imaginary friend to whom Frank’s diary is addressed, who comes to life from the pages of the diary in contemporary Amsterdam in the house, now a museum, where the Frank family hid from the Nazis.

Scene from the film Where is Anne Frank?


2020 - Thomas and Diann Mann Film Study Series 

The Melton Center offered a virtual 4-part film study series to the public with Ohio State Jewish studies professors. The films included The Debt, a 2010 British remake of the 2007 Israeli thriller film Ha-Hov, Footnote, a 2011 Israeli drama about a troubled relationship between a father and son who teach in the Talmud department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Dancing Arabs, a 2014 Israeli drama film directed by Eran Riklis. It is based on Sayed Kashua's book Dancing Arabs (2002), and Dirty Dancing, a 1987 film that takes place at Catskills resort. With her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.


2014 - The Other Men in Black: The Hasidic Movement, Past and Present

A film presented by the Melton Center for Jewish Studies, The Other Men in Black: the Hasidic Movement, Past and Present. While the story of the Hasidim is taught in modern Jewish history courses around the world, this film brings that story to life with a narrative plot line, historical re-creations, and animation. The Other Men In Black will command the attention of high-school, university, and adult learners. Matt Goldish, Professor of History at Ohio State, is the writer and executive producer of the film.

Click on the image below to watch the film.

image from the film The Other Men in Black: The Hasidic Movement, Past and Present


Melton Matinees, 1993 - 2016


Theodore Herzl on a side view mirror from the film, "Colliding Dreams"
Image from "Colliding Dreams

Inventing Our Life: The Kibbutz                                

Colliding Dreams                                               


The Last Jews of Libya


The Treatment


Raging Dove

Channels of Rage

Love Inventory

Hiding and Seeking


Forget Baghdad: Jews and Arabs – The Iraqi Connection

Melton Matinee flyer


Chazz’n: A Cantor’s Tale

The Golem


Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in the House

God is Great and I’m Not

Shanghai Ghetto

The Last Letter



Total Love

Time of Favor

Melton Matinees flyer, 2000

Obsessed with Jews




From Swastika to Jim Crow

Cours Toujours



My Knees Were Jumping: Remembering the Kinder Transport

Expulsion and Memory: Decedents of the Hidden Jews

Happy Birthday Mr. Mograbi





Chants of Sand and Stars

Melton Matinees, Israeli Films

In Our Own Hands



A Tickle in the Heart

A Life Apart: Hasidism in America

Nothing to be Written Here

Song of Galilee



Carpati: 50 miles, 50 years

Like a Bride

St. Clara

Arguing the World




Melton matinees: modes of Jewish expression


Under the Domim Tree



Everything is Fine

Because of that War

Zohar: Mediterranean Blues

The Last Klezmer



Get Thee Out!

Transport from Paradise


One-Way Street



The Summer of Aviya

Amazing Grace

Fictitious Marriage

Black to the Promised Land book cover

Black to the Promise Land