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Menemsha Films is proud to present LA RAFLE, France's acclaimed epic about the true story of the infamous Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup, starring Jean Reno (The Da Vinci Code, The Professional) and the luminous French star Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, Beginners) in a subtly moving, career-defining performance. An overwhelming hit with audiences in France, LA RAFLE is now available to own on DVD!
Learn more about LA RAFLE, and watch the film's trailer here.
Fall in love with the perfect summer movie - Avi Nesher's beloved film The Matchmaker comes to DVD Tuesday, July 30th!
Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a mysterious matchmaker and Holocaust survivor during the summer of 1968. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, the disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways. Avi Nesher's acclaimed film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.
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Menemsha Films is proud to present the film La Rafle (The Roundup) to U.S. audiences. This acclaimed French epic, starring Mélanie Laurent and Jean Reno, depicts the true story of France's infamous Vel d'Hiv roundup, when the Jews of Paris were rounded up by French police and sent on a road with no return.
In the summer of 1942, French police carried out an extensive raid on Jews in greater Paris, resulting in the arrest of more than 13,000 people — including 4,000 children. After spending several miserable days in the Vélodrome d’Hiver stadium at the apex of summer with little food or water, families were deported to internment camps elsewhere in France and then, finally, to Auschwitz. With it’s emotionally astute and sensitive exploration of a long taboo subject in France — Jacques Chirac issued a public apology to the citizens of France only in 1995 — the raid, its political backdrop and the exquisite and poignant beauty of Paris during war time are brought to stirring life in writer-director Rose Bosch’s new French cinema classic.
July 16th, 2013 marks the 71st anniversary of these tragic events. We invite you to learn more about the "rafle du Vel d'Hiv", to remember both the great atrocities and incredible kindness which we are capable of inflicting upon and fostering in one another.