Our Film Festival Committee is working to finalize our 2017 films.
You can see a complete list of last years films below.
Not Rated (contains drug use, some violence)
Widower Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce) obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as a Kosher baker in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his struggling immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Dough is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. Sponsored by Uptown Dining Group (The Mark Dine & Tap and Uptown Kitchen).
8:00 PM - Son of Saul
Rated R (contains violence and graphic nudity)
In this 2016 Academy Award winning film, Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in the machinery of large-scale extermination taking place at Auschwitz-Birkenau. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he takes for his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner's Kaddish and offer the boy a proper burial. Sponsored by The Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund For Holocaust Remembrance.
Not Rated (Recommended for all ages)
Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald tells the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, the son of a Jewish immigrant peddler, who rose to become the President of Sears. Inspired by the Jewish focus on Tzedakah (charity) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Rosenwald used his influence and wealth to combat racial inequality by partnering with educator Booker T. Washington and
African American communities throughout the south during the Jim Crow era to build over 5,300 schools. Sponsored by WNIT Public Television.
Rated R (contains violence and language)
In this suspenseful thriller, Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer portrays an elderly German Jew who struggles with memory loss, and, with help from a fellow Holocaust survivor (Academy Award Winner Martin Landau), embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former Nazi responsible for the deaths of their family members. Sponsored by WNIT Public Television.
Rated PG-13 (contains thematic elements of violence and suggestive material)
Nelly Lenz, a Jewish singer and concentration-camp survivor, returns to Berlin after facial reconstruction surgery, with the hopes of finding her musician husband in the ruins of the city against the advice of her friend Lene. When she finally finds him, she struggles with the fact that not only does her love not recognize her, but he may have in fact been the one to betray her to the Nazis. Sponsored by The Kurt and Tessye Simon Fund For Holocaust Remembrance.
8:00 PM—Labyrinth of Lies
Rated R (contains scenes of sexuality)
Labyrinth of Lies (Germany’s submission to the 2016 Academy Awards) depicts 1958 Germany, where a newly appointed public prosecutor begins investigating the crimes committed at Auschwitz, a place many had never heard of, and more would like to forget. What he discovers will bring to light the country's eagerness to forget its past horrors and will change Germany forever. Sponsored by Saint Joseph Health System.
5:30 PM—Above and Beyond
Not Rated ( Recommended for all ages)
In 1948, just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal – “volunteers from abroad” – this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride. Sponsored by Cari & Barry Shein.
8:00 PM—East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem
Not Rated (Recommended for all ages)
Israeli singer-songwriter, David Broza chronicles the creative process of recording his album, East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem. Broza, known for using his music to promote peace, invites Israeli, Palestinian, and American musicians to an East Jerusalem recording studio to create a dialogue across enemy lines at a time when tensions are at an all time high. Sponsored by Cari & Barry Shein.
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