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Jewish Film Festival

 

Jewish Film Festival 2020 
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Aulcie
Showings:
Tuesday, January 28 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 3 | 1:00 p.m.

This anticipated sequel tells the inspiring story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball legend who inspired Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship in 1977. After the season, to the surprise of many, Aulcie Perry converted to Judaism, adopted the Hebrew name Elisha ben Avraham, and became an Israeli citizen. This uplifting film tells the story of a remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, triumphant and victorious against all odds, and put Israel on the map.

Directed by Dani Menkin
USA-Israel 2020 | Documentary, Sport
English and Hebrew with English subtitles | 73 minutes

Director Dani Menkin will be in attendance to introduce the film and participate in an extended conversation with the audience afterward.


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Denial
Showings:
Wednesday, February 5 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, February 10 | 1:00 p.m.

Based on the book Denial: Holocaust History on Trial, this film recounts author and American historian Deborah Lipstadt’s legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, English author, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. In the English legal system, in cases of libel, the burden of proof is on the defendant, therefore it was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust occurred. Based on a true story.

Directed by Mick Jackson
USA-England 2016 | Drama, History
English | 110 minutes

 


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Those Who Remained
Showings:
Sunday, February 9 | 2:30 p.m. @ NSU Art Museum
Monday, February 17 | 1:00 p.m.

Having survived the camps, 42-year old Dr. Aládar “Aldó” returns to his ob-gyn practice in Budapest. His family perished in the camps, and he lives alone, with only his medical journals for company, until Klára, a 16-year-old force of nature, holding on to hope that her parents return, storms her way into his life. Also a survivor, she senses a kindred spirit in Aldó and soon, he is acting as a foster father. As they grow closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns, but as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure relationship is put into question. This lyrical story about the power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma is one of the few Holocaust films to center on the healing process of those who survived and remained with us.

Directed by Barnabás Tóth
Hungary 2019 | Drama
Hungarian with English subtitles | 83 minutes

 


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Love in Suspenders
Showings:
Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 2 | 1:00 p.m.

A minor car accident results in an unlikely love story when 64-year-old widow Tami accidentally hits 70-year-old widower Beno with her car. In this charming romantic comedy for the young and young at heart, Tami and Beno experience all sorts of emotional and funny struggles as they fall for each other.

Directed by Jorge Weller
Israel 2019 | Romantic Comedy
Hebrew with English subtitles | 79 minutes



 


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Ask Dr. Ruth
Showings:

Tuesday, February 18 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 9 | 1:00 p.m.

Ask Dr. Ruth chronicles the incredible life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, a Holocaust survivor who became America's most famous sex therapist. As she approaches her 90th birthday and shows no signs of slowing down, Dr. Ruth revisits her painful past and unlikely path to a career at the forefront of the sexual revolution.

Directed by Ryan White
USA 2019 | Documentary
English | 100 minutes


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Incitement
Showings: 

Thursday February 20 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 16 | 1:00 p.m.

This gripping psychological drama depicts the lead-up to the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin through the worldview of his assassin, Yigal Amir. Set in the year preceding the incident, the film embeds the viewer in the world of Amir moving from his family home to his failed relationships to his ultimate radicalization. With a rigorous, exacting gaze, Incitement sets out to expose the motivations that led to Rabin's death.

Directed by Yaron Zilberman
Israel 2019 | Drama
Hebrew with English subtitles | 123 minutes

 


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Mrs. G
Showings: 

Wednesday, March 4 | 8:00 p.m.
Monday, March 30 | 1:00 p.m.

This inspiring film tells the story of Mrs. Lea Gottlieb (Mrs. G), the legendary designer, founder and owner of the Gottex swimwear empire. A Holocaust survivor with endless creativity and a dominant personality, Mrs. G was able to climb to the pinnacle of the glamorous fashion world. The film follows her complex relationships with her two daughters, and her unbridled passion, for which she paid a heavy price.

Directed by Dalit Kimor
Israel 2019 | Documentary
Hebrew with English subtitles | 60 minutes


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Picture of His Life
Showings: 

Sunday, March 8 | 2:30 p.m. @ NSU Art Museum
Monday, April 6 | 1:00 p.m.

World-renowned Israeli wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum is gearing up for the “picture of his life,” also the most challenging expedition of his career: photographing a polar bear in its natural habitat, underwater in the Canadian Arctic. In this fascinating film, the 65-year-old Jaffa-born photographer dedicates himself to following his photographic dreams.

Directed by Dani Menkin & Yonatan Nir
Israel-USA-Canada 2019 | Documentary
Hebrew, English, Inuktitut with English subtitles | 72 minutes

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Forgiveness
Showings: 

Sunday, March 15 | 8:00 p.m. 
Monday, April 13 | 1:00 p.m.

A resoundingly fun and warm-hearted comedy, set during the Days of Awe in a small town in southern Israel, tells the tale of two friends, Nissan and Shaul, who are bumbling thieves that are desperately attempting to pull off a heist. While Nissan flees, Shaul is caught and sent to prison. Forgiveness tells the story of what happens when Shaul is released and goes home to seek forgiveness from his wife, while Nissan becomes an observant Jew also asking forgiveness from his friend.

Directed by Guy Amir & Hanan Savyon
Israel  2019 | Comedy
Hebrew with English subtitles | 104 minutes