Films & Schedule

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Saturday, November 8, 7:00pm, JCC Hart Theatre

DORFMAN IN LOVE

Director: Brad Leong, USA, 2013, 92 min, English, narrative


Unknowingly trapped in her role as caretaker of her unappreciative family, a young single woman desperately needs to get her own life. When she volunteers to cat sit at her unrequited love’s downtown L.A loft, her world changes forever. In seven days, she meets another man who appreciates her and she not only transforms the mess of a loft but also transforms the mess that is her life.

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Sunday, September 21, 2:00pm, JCC Hart Theatre

GENERATION WAR

Director: Philipp Kadelbach, Germany, 2012, 4 hrs 39 min (Part 1- 131 min., Part 2- 148 min), German w/subtitles, narrative


Valor, courage, and betrayal come to the fore in this remarkable epic that shows the everyday realities of wartime life from a deeply personal perspective. Billed as a German Band of Brothers, GENERATION WAR vividly depicts the lives of five young German friends forced to navigate the unconscionable moral compromises of life under Hitler.

In Berlin in 1941, on the eve of Hitler’s invasion of the Soviet Union, level-headed officer Wilhelm (Volker Bruch) is full of patriotic fervor as he heads for the eastern front with his sensitive younger brother Friedhelm (Tom Schilling). Charlotte (Miriam Stein) is a young nurse in love with Wilhelm who is serving in the Red Cross. Greta (Katherina Schüttler) is an ambitious singer who longs to become another Marlene Dietrich, while her boyfriend Viktor (Ludwig Trepte) faces a daily struggle for survival as a Jew in an increasingly oppressive regime.

These five exceptional young actors infuse their characters with the certainty of youth, which drains away with each successive month of war as the true horrors of the Third Reich are slowly revealed. At nearly every moment, they are faced with choices between complicity and rebellion, self-preservation and self-sacrifice, blood on their hands and love in their hearts.

Eight years in the making and filmed on over 150 sets across Germany, Lithuania and Latvia, GENERATION WAR insightfully reveals a country still grappling with how previous generations could have become so tragically misdirected. In Germany, the film has sparked a passionate discussion about personal responsibility and the legacy of guilt for Nazi atrocities.

German critics have widely praised the film, with Der Spiegel calling GENERATION WAR a "turning point in German television" and national newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung describing it as "the first and last chance... to ask our grandparents about their true biographies, their immoral compromises...the missed chances to act.”


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The Zigzag Kid

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Sunday, July 13, 1:00pm, Dryden Theatre

THE ZIGZAG KID

Director: Vincent Bal, Netherlands/Belgium, 2012, 95 min, English/Dutch/French w/subtitles, narrative

The son of the world’s greatest detective embarks on a rollicking adventure to solve the mystery of his true identity in this wonderful, family-friendly, action-packed adaptation of... more »

Run Boy Run

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Sunday, July 13, 3:30pm, Dryden Theatre

RUN BOY RUN

Director: Pepe Danquart, France/Germany, 2013, 108 min,
German/Polish/Russian w/subtitles, narrative


This compelling saga of courage and compassion is the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi... more »

Bethlehem

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Sunday, July 13, 7:30pm, Dryden Theatre

BETHLEHEM (followed by Opening Night Party!)

Director: Yuval Adler, Israel, 2014, 99 min, Arabic/Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

This intricate, tick-tock cliffhanger is centered on the tragic relationship between an Israeli intelligence officer and his Palestinian informant. Sanfur (Shadi Mar’i), a hot-headed Palestinian... more »

Sharon: An Inner Journey from War to Peace

Monday, July 14, 11:00am, JCC Hart Theatre

SHARON: AN INNER JOURNEY FROM WAR TO PEACE

Director: Dror Moreh, Israel, 2007, 90 min, Hebrew w/subtitles, documentary

In December 2003, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon publicly announced the Disengagement Plan. Against acrimonious resistance from his own ranks, he ordered 21 Jewish settlements to be razed to the ground. As General of the settlers’ movement, Sharon was responsible for the massacres of... more »

Under the Same Sun

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Monday, July 14, 1:30pm, JCC Hart Theatre

UNDER THE SAME SUN

Director: Sameh Zoabi, Israel/Palestine/USA, 2013, 75 min, English/Arabic/Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

An optimistic utopian vision of things as they might be imagines the origin of peace between Israelis and Palestinians in the simple collaboration of two businessmen... more »

The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life

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Monday, July 14, 6:00pm, Dryden Theatre

DOUBLE FEATURE
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6 & 50 CHILDREN

Director: Malcom Clarke, USA/Canada, 2013, 38 min, English, documentary

At 109 years old, pianist and music teacher Alice Herz-Sommer lives alone in a tiny flat in London,... more »

The Jewish Cardinal

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Monday, July 14, 9:00pm, Dryden Theatre

THE JEWISH CARDINAL

Director: Ilan Duran Cohen, France, 2012, 90 min, French w/subtitles, narrative

This dramatic clash of ecclesiastical politics and spiritual soul-searching, is the remarkable true story of the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who, while maintaining his Jewish identity,... more »

The Sturgeon Queens

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Tuesday, July 15, 11:00am, JCC Hart Theatre

THE STURGEON QUEENS

Director: Julie Cohen, USA, 2014, 52 min, English, documentary

For fans of smoked fish and bagels, there is really only one place to go in New York City: The famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. Open since 1914, Russ &... more »

The Prime Ministers: The Pioneers

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Tuesday, July 15, 6:00pm, Little Theatre

THE PRIME MINISTERS

Director: Richard Trank, USA, 2013, 115 min, English, documentary

Based on the book by Ambassador Yehuda Avner, this captivating account of Israeli politics is told through the iconic leaders of the Jewish State. As adviser to five Israeli Prime Ministers,... more »

For a Woman

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Tuesday, July 15, 9:00pm, Little Theatre

FOR A WOMAN

Director: Diane Kurys, France, 2013, 110 min, French, narrative

Inspired by the director’s own family memoir, the film opens in 1980s France as young novelist Anne (Sylvie... more »

American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco

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Wednesday, July 16, 11:00am JCC Hart Theatre

AMERICAN JERUSALEM: JEWS AND THE MAKING OF SAN FRANCISCO

Director: Marc Shaffer, USA, 2013, 57 min, English, documentary

Puzzled visitors to San Francisco often wander around wondering where the Jewish neighborhood is, or at least was. Beginning with the city’s boom in the 1849 Gold... more »

My German Friend

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Wednesday, July 16, 1:30pm JCC Hart Theatre

MY GERMAN FRIEND

Director: Jeanine Meerapfel, Germany/Argentina, 2012, 100 min, German/Spanish w/subtitles, narrative

It’s 1950 in Buenos Aires where Jews and Nazis, having fled Europe, are thrown together in a foreign land. The children of affluent German emigrants,... more »

Special Interview

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Wednesday, July 16, 6:30pm, Little Theatre

SPECIAL INTERVIEW

Director: Nitzan Rozenberg, Israel, 2012, 55 min, English/Hebrew w/subtitles, documentary

POST-FILM DISCUSSION With Jewish Family Service

Two young people with disabilities become star reporters in this heartwarming and uplifting... more »

Out in the Dark

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Wednesday, July 16, 9:00pm, Little Theatre

OUT IN THE DARK

Director: Michael Mayer, Israel/Palestine/USA, 2012, 96 min, Hebrew/Arabic w/subtitles, narrative

When sweet and handsome grad student Nimr sneaks away from his Palestinian family one night to dance with friends in a Tel Aviv gay nightclub, he... more »

Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story

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Thursday, July 17, 11:00am, JCC Hart Theatre

QUALITY BALLS: THE DAVID STEINBERG STORY

Director: Barry Avrich, Canada, 2013, 75 min, English, documentary

The son of a Winnipeg Rabbi rises to become one of Canada’s greatest comedy exports. At the height of his popularity, David Steinberg was one of the... more »

Operation Sunflower

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Thursday, July 17, 1:30pm, JCC Hart Theatre

OPERATION SUNFLOWER

Director: Avraham Kushnir, Israel, 2013, 105 min, Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

The Iranians are bringing missiles out of their bunkers and within an hour and a half they will be just a “push of the button” away from launching them at Israel. On his return... more »

All In

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Thursday, July 17, 6:00pm, Little Theatre

ALL IN

Director: Daniel Burman, Argentina, 2012, 113 min, Spanish w/subtitles, narrative

In this sharp Argentine romantic comedy, Uriel is a dedicated single dad who runs the family business by day. At night, he is a Jewish Don Juan and professional gambler who has mastered the art of bluffing. One weekend,... more »

In the Shadow

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Thursday, July 17, 9:00pm, Little Theatre (1)

IN THE SHADOW

Director: David Ondrícek, Israeli/Czech/Poland, 2012, 106 min, Czech/Polish/German w/subtitles, narrative

In this noir political thriller, a simple jewelry store heist unravels a larger Cold War conspiracy against Czechoslovakian Jews. Honest police detective Jarda Hakl (Ivan... more »

Cupcakes

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Thursday, July 17, 9:00pm, Little Theatre (5)

CUPCAKES

Director: Eytan Fox, Israel, 2013, 90 min, Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

A perky group of young Israelis find themselves the underdogs in an international singing contest in this kitschy musical comedy from celebrated Israeli director Eytan Fox (Director of... more »

Cupcakes

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Saturday, July 19, 4:00pm, Little Theatre (1)

CUPCAKES

Director: Eytan Fox, Israel, 2013, 90 min, Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

A perky group of young Israelis find themselves the underdogs in an international singing contest in this kitschy musical comedy from celebrated Israeli director Eytan Fox (Director of... more »

It Happened in St. Tropez

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Saturday, July 19, 6:30pm, Little Theatre

IT HAPPENED IN ST. TROPEZ

Director: Danièle Thompson, France, 2013, 100 min, French w/subtitles, narrative

Bad timing! Domestic entanglements involving a family of opposites set the stage for a distinctly French mix of romance and pratfalls in this breezy... more »

Ida

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Saturday, July 19, 9:00pm, Little Theatre

IDA

Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013, 80 min, Polish w/subtitles, narrative

This moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (stunning... more »

Aftermath

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Sunday, July 20, 1:00pm, Dryden Theatre

AFTERMATH

Director: Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Poland, 2012, 107 min, Polish w/subtitles, narrative

POST-FILM DISCUSSION
With special guests, Dr. Michael Dobkowski
and Polish-American filmmaker Slawomir Grunberg

Franek and Jozek Kalina,... more »

Magic Men

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Sunday, July 20, 6:00pm, Dryden Theatre

MAGIC MEN

Director: Guy Nattiv/Erez Tadmor, Israel, 2014, 100 min, Hebrew/English/Greek w/subtitles, narrative

A father-and-son road movie, this is the magical story of a 78-year-old Greek man and his Hasidic rapper son, who have been estranged for many years. They embark together on a road trip from Israel to Greece... more »

The Attack

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Sunday, July 20, 8:30pm, Dryden Theatre

THE ATTACK

Director: Ziad Doueiri, Belgium, 2012, 102 min, Arabic/Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

In this intense, powerhouse story, Amin Jaafari is a highly regarded Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. He has a loving wife, an exemplary career, and many Jewish friends.... more »

Hunting Elephants

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Monday, July 21, 7:00pm, Dryden Theatre

HUNTING ELEPHANTS (followed by Closing Night Party!)

Director: Reshef Levi, Israel, 2013, 107 min, English/Hebrew w/subtitles, narrative

At the bank where his father works, 12-year-old Jonathan (Gil Blank) watches helplessly as his father succumbs to a sudden heart attack. In a cruel double... more »