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Fall Season Film Pass
Purchase a pass for our acclaimed series and enjoy a spectacular season of preview and premiere films, special cinematic events and discussions. Enjoy cutting edge films from around the world, documentaries and special engagements, followed by conversations with filmmakers and special guest speakers. *USAGE NOTES: Fall season runs from 9/1/14-12/31/14. This pass is for personal use only. Passes do not include film festival screenings. To assure tickets to each screening, reservations are still necessary. Please claim tickets in The JCC lobby. Pass does not constitute ticket to films/events. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Sep 2 - Dec 30
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8am weekly
One: A Story of Love and Equality
In the wake of legalization of gay marriage in her home state of New York, filmmaker Becca Roth is plagued by the fact that the majority of states in America currently have constitutional amendments banning gay marriage, including every state in the South. Except one. When she finds out that residents in North Carolina are gearing up to vote on one of the most restrictive marriage amendments in the country, she and her girlfriend Melina travel there to try to understand individuals on both sides and start a dialogue. Dir. Becca Roth (USA, 2014, 102 min) (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Tue, Oct 28
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7:30pm once
Other Israel Film Festival Pass
The Other Israel Film Festival pass is good for five (5) general admission tickets. Special events and programs excluded. Your pass is not a ticket and must be exchanged at the box office at least 30 minutes before show time. (more)REGISTER
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Thu, Nov 6 - Nov 13
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8am weekly
Opening Night: Life Sentences
The story of a man whose very being embodies the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When his Jewish mother learns that her Arab husband was conducting a slew of terrorist bombings in the 1960s, Momi, also known as Shlomo, and his sister were moved to an Ultra-Orthodox community in Montreal, Canada. When as adults, the kids learn about their father they confront their roots in different ways – one becoming ultra-Orthodox, the other Muslim. Nurit Kedar & Yaron Shani 2013 | 92 min | Documentary USA PREMIERE Followed by an exclusive reception with filmmakers & special guests. (more)REGISTER
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Thu, Nov 6
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7pm once
Almost Friends
Only 67 kilometers separate Lod and Tlamim, but the residents are a world apart, divided by vast national, cultural, and ideological differences. Through an education and technology school program aimed at bridging gaps in Israeli society, sixth grade students from a secular school in the impoverished city of Lod and a religious school in the settlement of Tlamim are paired as online pen pals. Samar, an Arab girl from Lod and Linor, a settler who lived in Gush Katif, represent the extremes of these differences. Still, a spark is ignited in their online relationship and a friendship is formed. But when the two girls have the opportunity to meet, their families enter into a profound and complex experience. Dir. Nitzan Ofir & Barak Heymann 2014 | 60 minutes | Documentary US PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Fri, Nov 7
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10:30am once
Villa Touma
A masterful drama from the writer of The Syrian Bride and The Lemon Tree, about three sisters, the last of the bourgeois Christian minority who did not leave after 1967, living in old manor in Ramallah. Time has stood still for the sisters until their young orphaned niece comes to live with them and becomes subject to their routines and delusions of social stance. Their late brother’s daughter gives the sisters hope for a future of pride for the family, as she shakes up the power structure in the old house. Dir. Suha Arraf 2014 | 85 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Fri, Nov 7
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7pm once
New Generations Dinner
Join the New Israel Fund’s New Generations and other young leadership groups for a Shabbat dinner and intimate conversation with guest filmmakers, sharing their visions of the future of Israel. Co-presented by New Israel Fund and JCC 20’s & 30’s. Advanced registration required. (more)REGISTER
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Fri, Nov 7
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7pm once
Transit
The Philippines’ most celebrated film of the year takes on Israel’s 2009 law that allows children of foreign workers to be deported back to their parents’ country. Transit dramatizes the struggles of an extended Filipino family that has lived and worked in Tel Aviv for years. Janet’s work visa has expired and she may be deported back to the Philippines. Her teenage daughter Yael, born of an Israeli father from a past relationship, wants to stay, and Janet’s brother Moses hides his four-year-old son at home for fear that if he is found, the child will also be deported. Dir. Hannah Espia 2013| 93 minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
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Fri, Nov 7
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9pm once
New Voices 2014
A riveting compilation featuring diverse stories across generations. BLACKNESS Directed by Mohammad Bakri EARRINGS Directed by Ziad Bakri ENTA OMRI Directed by Adiya Imri Orr MIRROR IMAGE Directed by Danielle Schwartz (more)REGISTER
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Sat, Nov 8
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2pm once
Arab Labor
Created by renowned Israeli-Palestinian journalist Sayed Kashua, Arab Labor focuses on the hilarious escapades of Amjad and his attempts to fit into Israeli-Jewish society. Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters daringly play on religious identity and political differences that make up the mixed society that is Israel. These new episodes find Amjad on his way to become the perfect husband, an exemplary father, and a promising member of the Knesset—but Amjad yet again manages to get into trouble. Dir. Shay Kapun 2013 | 48 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
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Sat, Nov 8
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4pm once
Write Down, I Am an Arab
An intimate portrait of the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish, from an unexpected perspective: the women who influenced his work. Darwish’s tumultuous life story is brought to screen by an Israeli-Jewish lover, his first wife, personal interviews, and rare archival material. Through these components, the film aims to understand Darwish’s inspiration for some of his most provocative songs, and the passion behind his work. 2014 | 73 minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sat, Nov 8
fall
5pm once
Transit
The Philippines’ most celebrated film of the year takes on Israel’s 2009 law that allows children of foreign workers to be deported back to their parents’ country. Transit dramatizes the struggles of an extended Filipino family that has lived and worked in Tel Aviv for years. Janet’s work visa has expired and she may be deported back to the Philippines. Her teenage daughter Yael, born of an Israeli father from a past relationship, wants to stay, and Janet’s brother Moses hides his four-year-old son at home for fear that if he is found, the child will also be deported. Dir. Hannah Espia 2013| 93 minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
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Sat, Nov 8
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6pm once
Life Sentences
An Arab man and Jewish woman marry and give birth to a girl and a boy. They live in quiet harmony in an Arab-Jewish community. So when dozens of mysterious terror attacks tremble the state of Israel in the late 1960s, no one suspects the Arab father. When he is caught, the mother flees the country with her kids and settles in the heart of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Montreal, Canada. The boy and the girl study shoulder to shoulder with other religious Jewish kids, ignorant of their origins. But in a surprising twist to an already shocking story, the siblings confront their roots as the grow up and take opposite roads—one becoming ultra-Orthodox, the other becoming Muslim. Dir. Nurit Kedar & Yaron Shani 2013 | 92 minutes | Documentary USA PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sat, Nov 8
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7pm once
East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem
Followed by a conversation and songs with David Broza and Mira Awad. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sat, Nov 8
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8pm once
The Dove Flyer
Based on a novel by Eli Amir, this celebrated film tells the story of the most ancient Jewish community in the world in Iraq, just before they leave for Israel after living there for close to two thousand years. Against the background of Jewish life in Bagdad of the 1950s, we witness the coming-of-age of 16-year-old Kabi. Transformed from a studious child to one of the central activists in the Zionist underground, he enables the immigration of the Jews of Iraq to Israel at a time when most Jews did not want to leave. Dir. Nissim Dayan 2014 | 108 minutes | Narrative NYC PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sat, Nov 8
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9pm once
Other Perspectives - Between Politival and Personal in Israel
Other Israel's Outspoken and thought-provoking filmmakers gather to disccuss the challenges they face when exprcted to represent a country, people, culture, and one-self. Light refreshments served. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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12pm once
Almost Friends
Only 67 kilometers separate Lod and Tlamim, but the residents are a world apart, divided by vast national, cultural, and ideological differences. Through an education and technology school program aimed at bridging gaps in Israeli society, sixth grade students from a secular school in the impoverished city of Lod and a religious school in the settlement of Tlamim are paired as online pen pals. Samar, an Arab girl from Lod and Linor, a settler who lived in Gush Katif, represent the extremes of these differences. Still, a spark is ignited in their online relationship and a friendship is formed. But when the two girls have the opportunity to meet, their families enter into a profound and complex experience. Dir. Nitzan Ofir & Barak Heymann 2014 | 60 minutes | Documentary US PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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2pm once
New Voices 2014
A riveting compilation featuring diverse stories across generations. BLACKNESS Directed by Mohammad Bakri EARRINGS Directed by Ziad Bakri ENTA OMRI Directed by Adiya Imri Orr MIRROR IMAGE Directed by Danielle Schwartz (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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3pm once
Fire Lines
The story of the historic cooperation between firefighters of the Palestinian Civil Defense and the Israel Fire and Rescue Services during the tragic Carmel fire in December 2010. The blaze that began on Mount Carmel and swept through hills around the coastal city of Haifa was the deadliest in Israeli history, claiming 44 lives. It was also a cultural historic moment—producing unprecedented cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian firefighters. Dir. Henrique Cyerman & Erez Miller 2014 | 42 minutes | Documentary USA PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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4pm once
Life Sentences
An Arab man and Jewish woman marry and give birth to a girl and a boy. They live in quiet harmony in an Arab-Jewish community. So when dozens of mysterious terror attacks tremble the state of Israel in the late 1960s, no one suspects the Arab father. When he is caught, the mother flees the country with her kids and settles in the heart of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Montreal, Canada. The boy and the girl study shoulder to shoulder with other religious Jewish kids, ignorant of their origins. But in a surprising twist to an already shocking story, the siblings confront their roots as the grow up and take opposite roads—one becoming ultra-Orthodox, the other becoming Muslim. Dir. Nurit Kedar & Yaron Shani 2013 | 92 minutes | Documentary USA PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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4pm once
Write Down, I Am an Arab
An intimate portrait of the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish, from an unexpected perspective: the women who influenced his work. Darwish’s tumultuous life story is brought to screen by an Israeli-Jewish lover, his first wife, personal interviews, and rare archival material. Through these components, the film aims to understand Darwish’s inspiration for some of his most provocative songs, and the passion behind his work. 2014 | 73 minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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4pm once
On the Left: The Story of the Israeli Left 1948-2012
The story of the Israeli left—Zionist and non-Zionist, Marxist and non-Marxist—from the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 to today. This series investigates, among other things, how Israel evolved from a nation that was built by a leftist majority into a proud right wing majority nation, and how the previously complimentary term “Leftist” has turned into a curse word. The first installment follows the founders and the early days of the State and the messages that still echo today. Dir. Ron Cahlili 2013 | 59 minutes | Documentary USA PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
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Sun, Nov 9
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5pm once
Invisibles
The story of Raed and Sleiman, Bedouin cousins, who make their way in life between their parents’ tradition and their wish to be part of modern Israeli society. Their journey, aspirations, and their impossible love of the same Jewish girl tells the story of a whole community in transition. Dir. Mushon Salmona 2013 | 80 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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6pm once
Villa Touma
A masterful drama from the writer of The Syrian Bride and The Lemon Tree, about three sisters, the last of the bourgeois Christian minority who did not leave after 1967, living in old manor in Ramallah. Time has stood still for the sisters until their young orphaned niece comes to live with them and becomes subject to their routines and delusions of social stance. Their late brother’s daughter gives the sisters hope for a future of pride for the family, as she shakes up the power structure in the old house. Dir. Suha Arraf 2014 | 85 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Sun, Nov 9
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6pm once
East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem
Followed by conversation with David Broza and Mira Awad. (more)REGISTER
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Sun, Nov 9
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6:30pm once
Zero Motivation
A zany, dark comedic portrait of everyday life in a unit of female Israeli soldiers. The human resources office at a remote desert base serves as the setting for this cast of characters who bide their time pushing paper and battling in computer games, counting down the minutes until they can return to civilian life. Amidst their boredom and clashing personalities, issues of commitment—to friendship, love, and country—are handled with humor and sharp-edged wit. Dir. Talya Lavie (2014, Israel, 100 mins)Followed by a conversation with the director.Co-presented by IAC-Dor Chadash. (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film
Sun, Nov 9
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8pm once
Almost Friends
Only 67 kilometers separate Lod and Tlamim, but the residents are a world apart, divided by vast national, cultural, and ideological differences. Through an education and technology school program aimed at bridging gaps in Israeli society, sixth grade students from a secular school in the impoverished city of Lod and a religious school in the settlement of Tlamim are paired as online pen pals. Samar, an Arab girl from Lod and Linor, a settler who lived in Gush Katif, represent the extremes of these differences. Still, a spark is ignited in their online relationship and a friendship is formed. But when the two girls have the opportunity to meet, their families enter into a profound and complex experience. Dir. Nitzan Ofir & Barak Heymann 2014 | 60 minutes | Documentary US PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Mon, Nov 10
fall
6:30pm once
Write Down, I Am an Arab
An intimate portrait of the Palestinian national poet Mahmoud Darwish, from an unexpected perspective: the women who influenced his work. Darwish’s tumultuous life story is brought to screen by an Israeli-Jewish lover, his first wife, personal interviews, and rare archival material. Through these components, the film aims to understand Darwish’s inspiration for some of his most provocative songs, and the passion behind his work. 2014 | 73 minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Mon, Nov 10
fall
6:30pm once
Arab Labor
Created by renowned Israeli-Palestinian journalist Sayed Kashua, Arab Labor focuses on the hilarious escapades of Amjad and his attempts to fit into Israeli-Jewish society. Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters daringly play on religious identity and political differences that make up the mixed society that is Israel. These new episodes find Amjad on his way to become the perfect husband, an exemplary father, and a promising member of the Knesset—but Amjad yet again manages to get into trouble. Dir. Shay Kapun 2013 | 48 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Mon, Nov 10
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8pm once
Invisibles
The story of Raed and Sleiman, Bedouin cousins, who make their way in life between their parents’ tradition and their wish to be part of modern Israeli society. Their journey, aspirations, and their impossible love of the same Jewish girl tells the story of a whole community in transition. Dir. Mushon Salmona 2013 | 80 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Mon, Nov 10
fall
8:30pm once
On the Left: The Story of the Israeli Left 1948-2012
The story of the Israeli left—Zionist and non-Zionist, Marxist and non-Marxist—from the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 to today. This series investigates, among other things, how Israel evolved from a nation that was built by a leftist majority into a proud right wing majority nation, and how the previously complimentary term “Leftist” has turned into a curse word. The first installment follows the founders and the early days of the State and the messages that still echo today. Dir. Ron Cahlili 2013 | 59 minutes | Documentary USA PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Tue, Nov 11
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6:30pm once
The Village of Peace
A fascinating look at the community of African-Americans from Chicago, who in 1967 began a migration to Dimona, Israel. The founders of The Village of Peace recount their epic journey from the backdrop of oppression to what they now call home in the Negev Desert. Today, over 5,000 African-Hebrew Israelites live in Israel. The stories of four villagers are woven together to portray a community unlike any other. Inspired by ancient scripture, it includes polygamy, natural birth, veganism, and a rigorous emphasis on health. The community struggles with their immersion into Israeli society and the challenges of passing their traditions to future Dir. Ben Schuder & Niko Philipides 2014 | 63minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Tue, Nov 11
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6:30pm once
Invisibles
The story of Raed and Sleiman, Bedouin cousins, who make their way in life between their parents’ tradition and their wish to be part of modern Israeli society. Their journey, aspirations, and their impossible love of the same Jewish girl tells the story of a whole community in transition. Dir. Mushon Salmona 2013 | 80 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Nov 11
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8pm once
The Challenges of a Young Country: Comparing Israel and the US at the Age of 66
With David Blight and Ari Shavit, moderated by Emily Bazelon It takes harsh compromises to form and sustain a new country. In its sixth decade, the United States faced a catastrophic period, deeply divided over an issue that was fundamental to its continued existence as a unified country. Are there parallels to the Israel of today? What can Israel learn from American history? The Israel Forum is made possible by generous support from the Wechsler Family. (more)REGISTER
center for israel
Tue, Nov 11
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8pm once
The Dove Flyer
Based on a novel by Eli Amir, this celebrated film tells the story of the most ancient Jewish community in the world in Iraq, just before they leave for Israel after living there for close to two thousand years. Against the background of Jewish life in Bagdad of the 1950s, we witness the coming-of-age of 16-year-old Kabi. Transformed from a studious child to one of the central activists in the Zionist underground, he enables the immigration of the Jews of Iraq to Israel at a time when most Jews did not want to leave. Dir. Nissim Dayan 2014 | 108 minutes | Narrative NYC PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
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Wed, Nov 12
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6:30pm once
Fire Lines
The story of the historic cooperation between firefighters of the Palestinian Civil Defense and the Israel Fire and Rescue Services during the tragic Carmel fire in December 2010. The blaze that began on Mount Carmel and swept through hills around the coastal city of Haifa was the deadliest in Israeli history, claiming 44 lives. It was also a cultural historic moment—producing unprecedented cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian firefighters. Dir. Henrique Cyerman & Erez Miller 2014 | 42 minutes | Documentary USA PREMIERE (more)REGISTER
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Wed, Nov 12
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6:30pm once
Sweets at Cinema Village
A cinematic masterpiece, which reflects on Israeli society through the extended metaphor of rivaling candy businesses. Salah, an Israeli-Arab enterpriser, strives to bring happiness to the children of the Israel’s Arab sector by opening a new chain of candy stores. An Israeli corporation that controls the Israeli candy market sees the new business initiative as a real threat, for business as well as culturally and politically. The struggle for control of the candy market is deteriorating rapidly into a brutal violence. Where will it end? Directed by Joseph Pitchhadze 2013 | 132 minutes | Narrative (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Wed, Nov 12
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8pm once
The Village of Peace
A fascinating look at the community of African-Americans from Chicago, who in 1967 began a migration to Dimona, Israel. The founders of The Village of Peace recount their epic journey from the backdrop of oppression to what they now call home in the Negev Desert. Today, over 5,000 African-Hebrew Israelites live in Israel. The stories of four villagers are woven together to portray a community unlike any other. Inspired by ancient scripture, it includes polygamy, natural birth, veganism, and a rigorous emphasis on health. The community struggles with their immersion into Israeli society and the challenges of passing their traditions to future Dir. Ben Schuder & Niko Philipides 2014 | 63minutes | Documentary (more)REGISTER
arts + ideas > film > other israel film festival
Wed, Nov 12
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8:30pm once
Closing Night: Sweets
A cinematic masterpiece, which reflects on Israeli society through the extended metaphor of rivaling candy businesses. Salah, an Israeli-Arab enterpriser, strives to bring happiness to the children of the Israel’s Arab sector by opening a new chain of candy stores. An Israeli corporation that controls the Israeli candy market sees the new business initiative as a real threat, for business as well as culturally and politically. The struggle for control of the candy market is deteriorating rapidly into a brutal violence. Where will it end? Directed by Joseph Pitchhadze 2013 | 132 minutes | Narrative Followed by a dessert reception. (more)REGISTER
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Thu, Nov 13
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7pm once
On the Way to School
Four children from Kenya, Argentina, Morocco, and India live worlds apart from each other but share the same thirst for knowledge. These children are united in their quest to learn and, despite having to cross dangerous savannahs, the winding trails of the Atlas Mountains, and dizzying Patagonian plateaus, take journeys to change their lives forever... Dir. Pascal Plisson (France/China/South Africa/Brazil/Colombia, 2013, 77 min) (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Nov 25
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7:30pm once
Regina
This film tells the story of the first ordained female rabbi, Rabbi Regina Jonas (1902-1944), who grew up in Germany and raised the spirits of German Jews during World War II. Though only one photograph of Regina survives, her story is told through amazing and poetic archival footage bringing her and the world she lived in to life. Dir. Diana Groó (UK/Hungary/Germany, 2013, 93 min) Co-Presented by the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Dec 2
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7:30pm once
Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber
Ruth Gruber, an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist, became the eyes and conscience of the world during an extraordinary career that spanned more than seven decades. Gruber was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935. She escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946, and documented the Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. This riveting documentary interweaves verité scenes with never-before-seen archival footage. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with Ruth Gruber and the filmmakers, moderated by Myriam Abramowicz. Dir. Bob Richman (USA, 2009, 73 min)Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org (more)REGISTER
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Tue, Dec 9
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