Judaism, one of the Abrahamic religions, is among the oldest religions in the world. Followers of the religion are spread all across the seven continents. They have a rich history, heritage, and culture, and have been closely associated with many events that have shaped the world as we know it today. Because the religion’s influence has been so widespread and varied, naturally, the art that has been influenced by the religion is vast as well.
During the 20th century, Jews faced probably the worst genocide the world had ever witnessed, when Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party killed around six million Jews during the Second World War. Anti-Semitism is something they have had to face for centuries, and this oppression and discrimination haunted followers of this religion for centuries. For those belonging to the religion, and for those interested in learning more about their culture and history, we’ve got some film recommendations for you. Here’s the list of really good Jewish movies on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
10. Fanny’s Journey (2016)
Fanny is a little girl who is being sent to boarding school by her mother because living in their locality is not safe during the Second World War. Fanny’s father has already been arrested by the Germans and she, along with her little sisters, has been left to their mother’s care. In the boarding school, Fanny comes off as a sweet young girl whom everybody adores. She is given responsible positions in class by her teachers and she is more than happy to carry out her duties. All is well until the school also becomes unsafe and Fanny, along with her eight friends, needs to be moved to some other place. Lola Doillon is the director of this film and she has done a commendable job in portraying the condition of Jewish children during the Second World War. The movie has received critical acclaim, but some have also complained that some moments in the film appear a bit forced.
9. Playing For Time (1980)
What can it be like to make music at Auschwitz? The place where Nazis carried out brutal, inhumane torture against Jews every single day was also home to the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz, a group of famous and accomplished female musicians who were made to form the orchestra and perform for the Nazis and other inmates of the camp. Fania Fénelon was a renowned French Jewish musician who was deported to Auschwitz after the Germans occupied France during the Second World War. She was made a part of the women’s orchestra and Fenelon’s autobiography, ‘The Musicians of Auschwitz’, became the inspiration behind this film. This movie was a direct-to-TV production and the teleplay was written by the eminent playwright, Arthur Miller. The film has won numerous Primetime Emmy Awards and was thoroughly praised by critics.