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JEC has videos available The following videos may be borrowed from the Library and Media Resource Center of the Jewish Education Council, 525 Securities Building, Seattle, WA 98101. For more information call 625-0665. THE BOAT IS FULL Limbo Film, A.C. 1981 104 min., color, Dubbed. VHS JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG Stanley Kramer, Dir. CBSIFOX, 1983, 2 parts. VHS QB VII based on the novel by Leon Uris. CBSIFOX, 3 tapes, VHS BEAR WITNESS National Audio Visual Center, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Education Center. VHS THE HOLOCAUST Worldvision Home Video. 3 VHS tapes, color, total time 7.5 hr JULIA Fred Zinnermann, Dir. based on the novel by Lillian Hellman CBS/FOX, 1979, 118 rain., VHS KITTY--RETURN TO AUSCHWITZ Yorkshire Television Production, 1979 82 rain., color, VHS THE EMPTY CHAIR Halycon Films, N.Y. 22 rain., color, VHS ARE WE ON THE WAY TO THE MUSEUM? Netzach, Dir., Hollywood, CA, VHS JOSEPH SCHULTZ Predrag Golubovic, Dir., Wombat Release, N.Y., 13 min., VHS MY EXODUS Torah Aora, N.Y. 30 rain., color, VHS THE SABBATH: A GESHER VIDEO LEARNING KIT Gesher Jerusalem Products, Jerusalem, 1983. VHS PASSOVER ADVENTURE Israel Instructional Television Centre & Kastel Communications. Jewish Media Service, N.Y., color, VHS THE ANIMATED HAGGADAH Gesher, N.Y., 1985. 24 min., color, VHS THE EYE OF THE STORM Human Relations Film Service 25 min., VHS PREJUDICE FILM Zenger Video, Culver City, CA VHS IMAGE BEFORE MY EYES Almi Home Video Corp., 1985. Documentary, VHS NIGHT AND FOG (Nuit et Bruillard) original French. Video Images, 1955, Color, 32 min. Teacher's Guide: by Social Studies School Service, Culver City, CA, 1981 A SEAL UPON THY HEART Halycon Films, N.Y. 30 min., color, VHS TEACHING SKILLS FOR THE JEWISH CLASSROOM: "THE SCIENCE & ART OF QUESTIONING" With Facilitator's Guide. Produced by Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Jewish Institute of Religion, Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA, 52 rain., VHS 12TH MACCABIAH GAMES Produced by U.S. Committee for Sports in Israel SHOAH Series of emotional interviews with witnesses to the Holocaust. 5 video cassettes. RAOUL WALLENBERG: BETWEEN THE LINES An in-depth portrayal of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Jewish lives in World War II. I The Jewish Transcript JEWISH VIDEO Continued from page 5 statesman Abba Eban as host and narrator. Despite the success of "Heritage" during its international broadcasts -- it netted millions of viewers, overwhelming- ly non-Jewish -- Labaton contends it may be a while before the series arrives at the neighborhood video shop. Is the Jewish market strong enough to warrant the effort and labor needed to produce original programming? "Jewish tapes would have to compete with the finest and slickest productions," says Dr. Nathaniel A. Entin, director of audio-visual material at Gratz College, home of a sizable collection of tapes available to groups and organizations. "It's also a question of marketing. When you see a tape like 'Beverly Hills Cop' for $29.95 and it sells a million copies," that is tough competition at a low price. "You have to assess the market for Jewish entertainment. It just is not that big a market." Not that there aren't people who wouldn't mind cornering even a small corner of that market. "We have the people and the talent to make the product," says Entin. "I really feel that you can't ignore the technological media." Karen Machande, spokeswoman for Vanguard Video, a firm based in Tulsa, Okla., notes that "there has been a definite increase in the religious video market the last two years," including religious-oriented works that transcend specific denominations and ethnicity. Joseph Barbera has noticed that trend, too. in fact, he has been so keenly aware of that interest that he is producing such programs himself. Barbera, one-half of one of Holly- wood's most prominent animation teams, Hanna-Barbera Productions Inc., is eager to talk about "The Greatest Adventure: Stories From the Bible." From the company that has brought the public such highly successful animated works as "The Flintstones," "Quick Draw McGraw" and "Yogi Bear" now come "Moses: Let My People Go," "David and Goliath," "Joshua and the Battle of Jericho," "Noah and the Ark," "Samson and Delilah" and "Daniel and the Lion's Den." Home video, says the animated Bar- bera, is far from a lion's den. In fact, he says, it is one of the most exciting ventures he has embarked on in the company's 28-year history. "I've been trying to get this project off the ground for 17 years," he says of producing animated Bible stories. "The pieces finally came together." "These are great stories. You have Moses, David and Goliath... We're always looking for writers; here the stories are already written." And the tapes make for repeat business. Like Shin'ar's experience with "The Animated Haggadah," Barbera has seen children cry out for more of the 30- minute cassettes. "I just got a letter from my doctor's son," he says with an appreciative chuckle. "He thanked me for the tapes; he had just run them on the VCR five times. He also wanted to know if I could make them longer." Barbera says he realized from the start that his biblical project was risky. "The networks said there is no market for a Bible audience," Barbera says. "When you touch on religion -- of any kind -- you just wait for the slings and arrows to come from any direction." But he has not received negative responses. Of course, it may have helped that he had a trio of clergymen to serve as consultants. One of the three, Rabbi Jerry Cutler, religious leader of the Sholom Aleichem Temple of the Creative Arts in Los Angeles, admits he himself rediscovered a thing or two while working on the project. "1 think kids will retain the biblical stories better from the animated format than 1 did as a child trying to read them from the Bible. And I re-learned from working on the project," the rabbi says. But, he feels, there is nothing like that first discovery, which many children will most likely make from viewing the tapes. "The series will bring a good ecumenical context to kids, allowing them to see what they share with other traditions," he adds. And it's all done in an even-handed manner, says Barbera. "I have seen many religious films that are very heavy- handed. Done like that, it can turn you off." Dr. Eric A. Goldman, director of Jewish Media Service for JWB, predicts that soon, "Local video stores will carry all kinds of programming, including ethnic. I'm getting phone calls now asking if videos exist to help children prepare for a Bar Mitzvah." Indeed "how to" tapes may prove the most valuable -- and profitable opportunities afforded producers of Jewish videos. "Knowing that a lot of Jewish people have lost their tradition over time, I would love to see videos that preserve our heritage," says Patrick Gorlick, director of creative services for the Video Software Continued on page 8 Once in a while, a film project emerges that demands the attention 'i'"" "Z of the entire world. That remarkable project Is now proudly being  presented by Paramount Home Video. ,/,,:..,,,., A masterpiece. A history. Alegacy. The nine extraordinary hours of SHOAH relive the "A film embroiders, horror of the holocaust. Not with morbid historical footage, however, but the painful testimonies of the A documentary records, people who were there: eyewitnesses, death camp SHOAH confronts," survivors, Nazi officers. 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