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GPJFF 2020 Season Films
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NOTE: SECURITY WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE AT ALL 2020 GPJFF SCREENINGS


IMPORTANT: Website "Will Call" sales will not be available after midnight Friday, February 7. Tickets ordered online will be Print at Home or show on your phone only. Tickets for all films will be available at the Festival desk prior to show time at any of the three Harkins theaters.

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    Abe

    Twelve-year-old New Yorker ABE navigates the complicated identity issues that arise from having a Jewish-Israeli mother and a Muslim-Palestinian father. 

    While political skirmishes play out across the dinner table, Abe’s focus is squarely on the kitchen itself, where the cultural fix he seeks is of the food fusion variety. While wandering Brooklyn, he meets the Brazilian chef Chico, who emphatically believes that “mixing flavors can bring people together” and takes Abe under his wing. Abe is inspired and uses his newfound cooking skills to plan a Thanksgiving feast that celebrates his diverse heritage, with the hope of unifying his family. Mixing youthful idealism, the healing power of food, and a dash of Brazilian rhythms, ABE is a coming-of-age tale that demonstrates the power of food and love to overcome prejudices, while illuminating the challenges surrounding one of the longest-running conflicts on our planet.

     

    USA/BRAZIL • 2019

    Run Time:

    85 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    COMEDY

    Director:

    FERNANDO GROSTEIN ANDRADE

    Short Film:

    EGG CREAM - The beloved chocolate soda drink is extolled in this nostalgic and tasty reminder of a simple but culturally significant ingredient in the Jewish-American experience.

    USA  •  2018  •   15 minutes  •  Language: English   • Director:  Nora Clair Miller & Peter Miller 

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    The Accountant of Auschwitz

    Raising thorny moral and legal questions, THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ reconstructs the 2015 controversial war crimes trial of an elderly Nazi underling, which made headlines worldwide.

    A former Auschwitz guard responsible for collecting the stolen loot of Jewish prisoners, Oskar Gröning was 94 years old when charged by German prosecutors as an accessory to mass murder of over 300,000 Jews. As the frail old man faces death camp survivors, a debate rages over his complicity and fitness to stand trial. Was Gröning just following orders, a mere cog in a large killing machine, or a culpable witness to genocide, despite his rank and young age? Racing against time, a new generation of investigators seeks to atone for past sins, pursuing charges against the last living perpetrators of the Holocaust while testing the limits of international law and historical reconciliation. With broad implications, THE ACCOUNTANT OF AUSCHWITZ’s deftly-researched look at the pursuit of justice is sure to provoke both outrage and fascination.

     

    CANADA • 2018

    Run Time:

    78 MINUTES

    Language:

    GERMAN & ENGLISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    MATTHEW SHOYCHET

    Short Film:

    NO BAD ENDINGS - Moments before the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, the members of a kibbutz realize that the last Holocaust survivor in their community has no intention to come.

    Israel  •  2019  •  13 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles  •  Director:  Ziv Hermelin-Shadar

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    The Art of Waiting

    The stresses of infertility threatens to undermine the love of a couple undergoing fertility treatment in THE ART OF WAITING

    Liran and Tali, a couple in their thirties who dream of having a child together, are one day told they will have to undergo infertility treatments. What seems simple at first turns out to be extraordinarily complex. They discover that in order to be parents to a child, they will have to undergo a long journey full of hardships, with all the physical and mental difficulties that accompany it. Will the couple’s love survive the family pressures and challenge of fertility treatment in THE ART OF WAITING?

     

    ISRAEL • 2019

    Run Time:

    90 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES  

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    EREZ TADMOR

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    Autonomies

    AUTONOMIES is a globally-relevant dystopian tale from the creators of the Shtisel that centers on the burning issues of identity, religion, politics and personal freedom in Israel.

    Set in the present day, Autonomies imagines an alternative reality in which Israel is split into two separate entities: the secular State of Israel, whose capital is Tel Aviv, and, on the other side of an imposing dividing wall, an Ultra-Orthodox autonomy based in Jerusalem. Broide is an Ultra-Orthodox smuggler who makes his living sneaking minor contraband between the two regions. One day, he receives a life-changing proposal to kidnap a little girl at the heart of a custody battle between two families that live in the opposite regions that threatens to push the two territories into irrevocable chaos. Meanwhile, an impossible love story develops between Broide and Anna, a musician from the opposite side of the wall. With Israel once again aflame and civil war closer than ever, a great longing for home arises from among the fragments, walls and tears in AUTONOMIES.

     DUE TO THE LENGTH OF THE FILM, IT IS BEING SPLIT INTO 2 PARTS.

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    Part 1 - 126 min
    Part 2 - 81 min.

    Language:

    HEBREW AND YIDDISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ORI ELON, YEHONATAN INDURSKY

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    Broken Mirrors

    From the outside a family lives an enviable life, but underneath the surface, a dark secret hides in BROKEN MIRRORS.

    Beneath Giora Adler’s great love for his family lays an obsession with his eldest daughter Ariella. Giora is a strict, military father who inflicts severe methods of punishment as a form of discipline. Seventeen-year old Ariella commits a grave error that her father isn't willing to punish her for. Seeking a punishment of her own, Ariella runs way and embarks on a dark quest where she will discover a secret to her father's past that will lead them to confront one another. Father and daughter each struggle with their own feelings of guilt and punishment. Will they allow their fatal mistakes to take them down in BROKEN MIRRORS, or will they leave past guilt behind in favor of forgiveness and a sane future?

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    104 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    AVIAD GIVON

    Short Film:

    11 MINUTES - A newly trained female combat medic comes into contact for the first time with a life and death situation.

    Israel •  2018  •   20 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew/ English subtitles   • Director:  Hagai Adorian

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    City of Joel
    “City of Joel” is showing at the same time as the “Keeper”

    Small-town politics and ancient tradition collide deep in the Hudson Valley, in CITY OF JOEL, an absorbing account of a high-profile turf war between an ultra-Orthodox community and its neighbors.

    Fifty miles north of New York City, the Satmar sect has thrived for over 40 years in a 1.1 square mile religious haven called Kiryas Joel, or City of Joel. With some of the highest rates of marriage, birth, and religious observance in the United States, their success has come at a price, as Kiryas Joel is no longer big enough to hold its 22,000 members. When a plan is created to double the size of the village to keep up with its growth, their secular neighbors fight back, believing that the expansion will disrupt their lives, harm the environment, and tilt the balance of local political power. With unprecedented access, CITY OF JOEL presents people on all sides of a conflict - from religious zealots to dissidents, from rabbis to people who doubt their own faith as they struggle to find their place.

     

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    95 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    JESSE SWEET

    Speaker:

    Tempe Marketplace

    Rabbi Michael Beyo joined the East Valley JCC as the CEO in November of 2015. Under his leadership, the EVJCC has experienced unprecedented growth in community outreach, partnerships & program expansion providing hundred of programs every year and impacting the lives of thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and religious affiliations.

    Rabbi Beyo oversees all the departments of the EVJCC which now offers hundred of lectures and classes, exhibits, movies, and concerts that engage thousands of people. Rabbi Beyo served as the Chief Development Officer for Hillel of Georgia overseeing 12 colleges and universities and prior to that, he served as the Executive Director and Rabbi of Boston University Hillel, as well as the Jewish Chaplain for Boston University. Rabbi Beyo brings over 25 years of professional, entrepreneurial and Rabbinical experience. He earned three Rabbinical Ordinations of the highest honor and focused his studies on Israeli Politics and History, Jewish History and Jewish Philosophy. A published author, accomplished speaker and guest lecturer at colleges and universities on Jewish Theology, Zionism, Jewish History, & Jewish Law - He has guest lectured at Emory University, Georgia Tech, Boston University, Scottsdale Community College, Chandler/Gilbert Community College.

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    Crescendo

    When a world famous conductor tries to create an Israeli-Palestinian orchestra, it takes all his skill and resources to overcome the discord and get them to play in harmony in CRESCENDO.

    When conductor Eduard Sporck accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides as are far from able to form a team, much less an orchestra. The students who have taken part in his world-class ensemble grasp that they are reaching for something impossible, but they still believe it is important to try. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young musicians forget their hatred at least for the three weeks until the concert? CRESCENDO is a film about the power of music, acceptance, and reconciliation that will strike a chord with audiences, young and old alike.

     


    GERMANY • 2019

    Run Time:

    112 MINUTES

    Language:

    ARABIC, ENGLISH, GERMAN & HEBREW W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    DROR ZAHAVI

    Speaker:

    Shea 14 Only

    Dannah Rubinstein joined Congregation Or Tzion in 2016 as their full-time Cantor. As a youth, Cantor Rubinstein devoted her time to musical pursuits, studying violin, guitar, piano, as well as voice and theory. She also read Torah and led prayer often. Cantor Rubinstein attended Brandeis University where she received her B.A. in Music, with a minor in Film and Judaic Studies in 2002 and studied at Gratz College in Philadelphia, where she received her M.A. in Cantorial Studies and Jewish Music in 2008. Following experiences as a Torah reader, B’nai Mitzvah Program Coordinator, tutor, and prayer leader with congregations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, she spent six years as the Cantor of Temple Beth Shalom in Vero Beach, Florida. Cantor Rubinstein continues to expand her musical repertoire and deepen her understanding of spirituality in worship. She lives in Phoenix, with her husband Keith, and their fur baby, Mattie.

    Short Film:

    SUSHI, MEATBALLS & EVERYTHING (PEORIA) - A young woman decides to stand up to her loving in-laws, once and for all.

    Israel •  2019  •  11 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles  • Director:  Liel Gur

    (Second Place Winner of the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest)

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    Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

    Revealing how Sholom Aleichem’s story of Tevye the Milkman became an unlikely Broadway classic, FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES is a sweeping and joyous look back at the creative origins and long-lasting cultural impact of a musical masterpiece. 

    When it first opened on Broadway in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof seemed poised to be a massive flop, only to become one of the most popular shows in the American theater canon, holding the record as the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years. Touching audiences with its humor and heart, the show’s universal tale of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Bringing Fiddler to life through rare archival materials, performance footage, and clips from the Oscar-winning 1971 film adaptation, filmmaker Max Lewkowicz chronicles the show’s back story, from its early New York roots to the enduring themes that inspire theatergoers across the generations. Insights from the musical's creators and cast are paired with lively commentary from luminaries Stephen Sondheim, Itzhak Perlman and Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, who are among the interviewees included in FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES, a definitive look at a musical phenomenon that continues to resonate with audiences worldwide.

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    90 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    MAX LEWCOWICZ

    Speaker:

    Peoria

    Baruch Koritan has served as Cantor at Temple Beth Shalom in Sun City since 1992.  He studied at Philadelphia Institute of Music, Temple University, and the University of Madrid. He has sung in Israel, Austria, and Canada, performing in numerous operas, concerts, and musicals, including the title role in the Arizona premiere of Sweeney Todd and the role of Lancelot in Camelot. In 2019, he performed, “If I were a Rich Man,” with The Violins of Hope, restored Holocaust instruments.

    On the faculty of Bureau of Jewish Education, Scottsdale, he teaches courses related to Broadway and Hollywood musicals, material he also offered at Scottsdale Community College’s Extension Division for many years.

    Cantor Koritan is a voice teacher, coaching students both privately and in classes. He composes liturgical music and served as president of the Arizona Composers’ Forum. In addition, he was tea-time pianist for seven years at the Phoenician in Scottsdale.

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    Shea 14

    Shaina Hammerman is the author of Silver Screen, Hasidic Jews: The Story of an Image from Indiana University Press. She teaches Jewish cultural history for the Swig Program in Jewish Studies and Social Justice at the University of San Francisco. Hammerman holds a PhD in Jewish History and Culture and an MA in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union. She has published widely on Jews, race, and gender on film and television.  


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    Tempe Marketplace

    Rural Street Klezmer Band finds its home at Temple Emanuel of Tempe. Born in 2002 as an elective class in the Hebrew high school program, the group has grown to include members from throughout the Valley’s Jewish community. Audiences from across the Phoenix metro area and beyond have experienced the joy of the Rural Street Klezmer Band’s unique brand of Jewish soul music at various performances and cultural festivals.

    Short Film:

    THE FIDDLE (DER FIDL) (TEMPE & PEORIA) - The story of Sholom, the boy who was destined to become The Fiddler On The Roof.

    Israel •  2018     9 minutes    Language: Yiddish w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Asher Schwartz


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    A Fortunate Man

    In A FORTUNATE MAN, a pastor’s ambitious son, seeking to reject his strict religious upbringing and fulfill his dreams, hopes to wed into a Jewish family and find success in 19th century Copenhagen.

    In the 1880s, Peter Sidenius, a gifted but self-destructive young man, leaves his suffocating Lutheran upbringing in the country for metropolitan Copenhagen. An engineer with progressive ideas, he is welcomed by a wealthy Jewish family and ingratiates himself into their opulent milieu, embarking on a journey of personal and professional ambition that teeters between triumph and catastrophe. But when Peter and the alluring Jakobe Salomon, a progressive Jewish intellectual, get engaged, his devout Lutheran family spurns his new life and fiancée. Based on Danish writer Henrik Pontoppidan's Nobel Prize-winning coming-of-age novel and directed by Academy Award winner Bille August, A FORTUNATE MAN’s moving performances, dazzling cinematography, sumptuous costume design and period detail deftly follows Peter’s quest for happiness as it vies with his desire for material success. 

    DENMARK • 2018

    Run Time:

    167 MINUTES

    Language:

    DANISH & GERMAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    BILLE AUGUST

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    Gentleman's Agreement

    In GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT, a highly respected writer is recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. 

    When journalist Phil Green (Gregory Peck) moves to New York City, he takes on a high-profile magazine assignment about anti-Semitism. He is not too keen on the assignment, mostly because he's not sure how to tackle the subject. In order to truly view things from  an empathetic perspective, he pretends to be a Jew and begins to experience many forms of bigotry, both firsthand and through a Jewish friend, Dave Goldman (John Garfield). Phil soon falls in love with beautiful Kathy Lacy (Dorothy McGuire), but their relationship is complicated by his unusual endeavor.

    It takes little time for him to experience bigotry. His anger at the way he is treated also affects his relationship with Kathy Lacy, his publisher's niece and the person who suggested the series in the first place.

    WINNER OF 1948 ACADEMY AWARDS FOR BEST PICTURE, BEST DIRECTOR AND BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

    USA • 1948

    Run Time:

    118 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ELIA KAZAN

    Speaker:

    Kim Klett holds a master’s degree in English, and has taught English at Dobson High School since 1991. There, she developed a semester-long Holocaust literature class, which she has taught since 2001, and the course is now year-long. She also teaches a class on Holocaust history at Scottsdale Community College. Kim is a Museum Teacher Fellow of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a teacher trainer for Echoes and Reflections, and a Pathways for Peace Fellow.  She is Deputy Executive Director for the Educators’ Institute for Human Rights, and works with teachers in Bosnia on their behalf.  She also serves on the board of the Phoenix Holocaust Association.

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    The Good Nazi

    THE GOOD NAZI is a Holocaust film with a very unexpected hero – a Nazi major. Major Karl Plagge, a Schindler-type German officer who, during World War II, saved hundreds of Jews in Lithuania from the murderous SS by creating a “forced labor camp” called “HKP.”

    HKP is the only Holocaust site in Europe that has not been destroyed or turned into a museum. It’s now slated for demolition, to make way for urban renewal. Before that happens a team of American and Canadian scientists converge on the place. They use ground-penetrating radar (GPR) in order to identify the mass grave of the Jews that were murdered by the SS and the secret hiding places – in the walls and in the ground – of the Jews who were saved by Plagge. In THE GOOD NAZI, a survivor, who hid in one of those secret spaces as a child, joins the scientists to weave together the untold and amazing story of Major Karl Plagge.

    CANADA  • 2019

    Run Time:

    52 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    YARON KISKI, RIC ESTHER BIENSTOCK

    Short Film:

    TORCH - Fifteen-year-old Jerusalem resident Noga, lost her father in a terror attack. On Memorial Day, she and her mother go on a journey, which ends up at the annual torch-lighting ceremony at the local community center. The torch that she lights will be her voice, and her rebellion.

    Israel  •  2017  •   17 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles     Director: Odya Rosenak

     

     

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    Henri Dauman - Looking Up

    Focusing a lens on one of the 20th century's preeminent photojournalists, HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP celebrates the seminal work and inspiring story of the artist behind some of the world's most iconic images. 

    Hardly a household name, Henri Dauman created a slideshow of American history, popular culture and high society, seen by millions of readers of Life magazine and other publications. Seeking to capture not just the likeness but the essence of his subjects, Dauman immortalized celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, Brigitte Bardot, and Elvis Presley. His work extends to pivotal world events, portraits of ordinary people and, notably, stunning New York City photos that launched his 40-year career after immigrating to America.Stepping out from behind the camera for the first time in HENRI DAUMAN: LOOKING UP, Dauman proves an engaging storyteller, relaying his childhood trauma in wartime France and his reinvention from an orphaned Holocaust survivor to one of the 20th century’s preeminent photojournalists.

    USA /FRANCE • 2018

    Run Time:

    87 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH & FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    PETER KENNETH JONES

    Speaker:

    Peter Kenneth Jones is a Writer & Director originally from Chicago, Illinois. Beginning his career with National Geographic, Peter soon found himself working on studio features. Drawn to the directness and simplicity of documentary storytelling, Peter was thrilled when his directorial debut, Henri Dauman: Looking Up, brought him back to his documentary roots. Peter discovered Henri’s art at the same time that Henri did, in November 2014 at his exhibition in Paris. The cinematic flare that leapt from every photograph immediately left an imprint on Peter. But after meeting Henri, Peter was even more fascinated by the life and character of this newly discovered artist. He knew right then and there that documenting Henri’s life and work was something he had to do.

    Nicole Suerez is a Costume Designer for feature films and television by trade, but after being presented with the opportunity to produce a documentary about Henri Daumans's life and work she jumped at the opportunity. Nicole has been inspired by Henri her whole life, because for Nicole, Henri is more than a brilliant photographer, he's her incredible grandfather. Having grown up and experienced Henri's passion for life and art first hand, there is nothing more important to her than sharing Henri's story.

    Short Film:

    MAMANAmos runs to the aid of her 90-year-old neighbor, whose husband dies just before Shabbat sets in, but before calling for help, they light the traditional Shabbat candles together.

    Israel •  2018     13 minutes    Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Hila Cohen

    (Winner of the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest)


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    The Keeper
    “The Keeper” is showing at the same time as “City of Joel”

    THE KEEPER tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. 

    While visiting a POW camp near Manchester at the end of War World II, Margaret Friar, the daughter of the manager of the local football team, notices young German soldier Bert Trautmann. Her father is so taken by Bert's prowess as a goalkeeper that he gets him out of the camp to play for his local team. 

    His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. THE KEEPER raises tough questions about love and forgiveness, forgetting, and the power of sports to unite and sometimes even reunite.

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    “The Keeper” is showing at the same time as “City of Joel”.

    UNITED KINGDOM  • 2019

    Run Time:

    113 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    MARCUS H. ROSENMÜLLER

    Short Film:

    AN AVERAGE STORY (TEMPE) - An ordinary husband becomes an instant celebrity after being officially designated Israel’s most average man.

    ISRAEL •  2016  •   18 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles  •  Director: Yaniv Segalovich

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    King Bibi - THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU

    Brilliantly assembled entirely of footage from countless TV appearances, KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU charts the ascent of Israel's media-savvy Prime Minister.

    As his political fortunes rose, Bibi quickly perfected his skills as a master of public speaking and media manipulation. Through four decades of news conferences, interviews and speeches, Israel's second longest-serving Prime Minister exhibits an obsessive, near-faultless execution of public image. Netanyahu's quintessentially American style of politicking is paralleled with that of Donald Trump and their similar love-hate relationship with the press. Deconstructing the man who singlehandedly ushered Israeli politics into the 21st century, the potent portrayal of KING BIBI: THE LIFE AND PERFORMANCES OF BENJAMIN NETANYAHU reveals a controversial politician's instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.

    ISRAEL/USA • 2018

    Run Time:

    87 Minutes

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    DAN SHADUR

    Short Film:

    AN AVERAGE STORYAn ordinary husband becomes an instant celebrity after being officially designated Israel’s most average man.

    ISRAEL   2016     18 minutes    Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles    Director: Yaniv Segalovich


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    Leona

    Coming into her own, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love in the melancholic romance LEONA.

    Ariela is an independently-minded artist living with her family in a cloistered Jewish neighborhood. Pressured to find an appropriate suitor, serendipity leads to a passionate courtship with Ivan, a non-Jewish writer who shows her a world of possibilities beyond her sheltered life. As their feelings deepen, Ariela must weigh their unsanctioned relationship against rejection by her family and community, where religious values and traditions run deep. Bridging the divide between generations and cultures, LEONA deftly blends romantic comedy with an incisive feminist journey of discovery and self-determination.

    MEXICO • 2018

    Run Time:

    95 MINUTES

    Language:

    SPANISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ISAAC CHEREM

    Short Film:

    TORCHFifteen-year-old Jerusalem resident Noga lost her father in a terror attack. On Memorial Day, she and her mother go on a journey, which ends up at the annual torch-lighting ceremony at the local community center. The torch that she lights will be her voice, and her rebellion.

    Israel    2017     17 minutes    Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles     Director: Odya Rosenak

     

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    Love in Suspenders

    An encounter between two people with vastly different personalities logically has to result in a nightmarish outcome, but as LOVE IN SUSPENDERS proves, love plays by its own inexplicable rules.

    Tammy, a bubbly, energetic 64-year-old widow constantly dealing with the memory of her loving late husband, “meets” Beno, a 70-year-old sarcastic lone wolf widower, when she hits him with her car. From this a relationship blossoms, and Tammy and Beno experience all types of emotional and funny struggles along their winding romantic path. Notwithstanding their differences in lifestyle and personality, and especially their interfering offspring and neighbors, they eventually fall in love. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again as LOVE IN SUSPENDERS travels with them to the finish line

    ISRAEL • 2019

    Run Time:

    102 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    COMEDY

    Director:

    JORGE WELLER

    Short Film:

    YIDLIFE CRISIS: The Double Date (SHEA 14) - A blind date for Leizer with the perfect woman (played by Mayim Bialik) turns into a battle of nebbish proportions.

    Canada •  2016    7 minutes    Language:English & Yiddish w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Jamie Elman 

    SUSHI, MEATBALLS & EVERYTHING (TEMPE) - A young woman decides to stand up to her loving in-laws, once and for all.

    Israel •  2019  •  11 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles  • Director:  Liel Gur

    (Second Place Winner of the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest)

    AN AVERAGE STORY (PEORIA) - An ordinary husband becomes an instant celebrity after being officially designated Israel’s most average man.

    Israel •  2016  •   18 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/English subtitles  •  Director: Yaniv Segalovich

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    Murer - Anatomy of a Trial

    A transfixing courtroom drama depicting one of history's most shameful miscarriages of justice, MURER: ANATOMY OF A TRIAL reconstructs the case of a sadistic Nazi war criminal and the ensuing scandal that implicated the Austrian courts, press and political apparatus. 

    Nearly 20 years after the end of World War II, Franz Murer, a respected statesman and wealthy landowner, was charged with the mass murder of thousands in a once-thriving Jewish community in Lithuania. The so-called Butcher of Vilnius faces harrowing testimony from countless survivors and witnesses, leaving little doubt of his guilt. But in a nation still in denial about its wartime complicity, conflicted jurors are manipulated by the obfuscating tactics of a polished defense attorney. In a time when the notion of truth is again being eroded by manipulation and ideological fervor, MURER is a shattering examination of political expediency at the expense of justice.

    AUSTRIA/LUXEMBOURG • 2018

    Run Time:

    137 MINUTES

    Language:

    GERMAN, HEBREW & YIDDISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    CHRISTIAN FROSCH

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    My Name Is Sara

    Based on the true-life story of a 13-year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by Nazis, MY NAME IS SARA recounts the girl’s grueling escape and attempt at survival. 

    Prior to World War II, Koretz, Poland was home to a thriving Jewish community whose history went back over 1000 years. But after witnessing her entire family’s execution at the hands of the Nazis in 1942, Sara Góralnik  escapes to the Ukrainian countryside. Sara steals her Christian best friend’s identity and finds refuge in a small village, where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employer's marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity. MY NAME IS SARA provides fascinating insight into Ukrainian identity and society, and pays testament to the bravery of a single young woman.

     

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    90 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    STEVEN ORITT

    Speaker:

    Tempe Marketplace Only

    Dr. Anna Cichopek-Gajraj, a native of Kraków, Poland, joined Arizona State University’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in 2011. She is also affiliated with ASU’s Center for Jewish Studies and the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Her research focuses on Polish-Jewish relations, anti-Semitism, ethnic violence in Poland, and Polish-Jewish diaspora after the Holocaust. 

    Dr. Cichopek-Gajraj has authored two books on postwar Polish-Jewish history, including "Beyond Violence: Jewish Survivors in Poland and Slovakia in 1944-1948.  In 2016, she received the Shofar Zakhor Award from the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors' Association.  She served as director for John J. Hartman's Foundation of Remembrance and Reconciliation for the restoration of Jewish heritage in Poland, and has received numerous grants and fellowships from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO Institute, and Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture in New York.

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    Dr. Ettie Zilber earned a master’s degree in second language acquisition, a doctorate in international school administration and served as an educator and school director at international schools in Israel, Singapore, Spain, Guatemala, China and Arizona. While in Israel, she worked as a docent and workshop facilitator at the Diaspora Museum. She is an active member of the Phoenix Holocaust Association.

    Born in a DP camp in Germany to survivor parents from Lithuania, she has taught students about the Holocaust. Pursuant to the publication of her book A Holocaust Memoir of Love & Resilience: Mama’s Survival from Lithuania to America*, she continues to present at schools, universities, and conferences in the U.S. and other countries. 

    https://amsterdampublishers.com/books/holocaust-memoir-of-love-resilience/

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    My Polish Honeymoon

    MY POLISH HONEYMOON mixes elements of romantic comedy and drama to look at the joys and pains that come with learning about one’s family history.

    Anna and Adam, a young Parisian millennial couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married and technically speaking this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam's grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago. Adam is not really enthusiastic, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby. Anna, on the other hand, is both extremely anxious and overly excited about the trip to her grandmother's country. She is hoping to reconnect with her roots and finally discover more about her own family's history, which was always a mystery in MY POLISH HONEYMOON.

    FRANCE • 2019

    Run Time:

    113 MINUTES

    Language:

    FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    COMEDY/DRAMA

    Director:

    ÉLISE OTZENBERGER

     

    Speaker:

    Debbie Yunker Kail is the Executive Director for Hillel at Arizona State University.  By prioritizing pluralism, innovation, collaboration, and leadership development she is overseeing a revitalization of Jewish life on campus. The Covenant Foundation recognized Debbie’s leadership and ambitions with the Pomegranate Prize award in 2015. She was recently appointed to the Hillel International Director’s Cabinet, which represents Hillel professionals throughout North America in shaping strategies and policies that impact the entire Hillel movement. Debbie holds a B.A. in psychology from Emory University and an M. A. in Higher Education Administration from New York University. She lives in Phoenix with her husband Ben, son Gabe and daughter Emma.

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    I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU - An unfathomable decision by an Auschwitz survivor leaves a huge burden on her conscience in this uplifting and extraordinary story of love and survival.

    Israel / Italy / United Kingdom  •  2018  •   14 minutes  •  Language: French w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Matan Rochlitz

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    Noble Savage *

    Almost everything in 15-year-old Eli's life is on the brink of disaster. Overweight and dealing with an eating disorder, the teen lives in a seedy Tel Aviv neighborhood with his mother and her possessive husband, two ex-junkies preoccupied with living a normal life, while his alcoholic father is an unemployed artist and street philosopher. In this impulsive, violent world, Eli tries to escape his parents’ fate and be the responsible adult, but his attempts at family reconciliation lead only to anger, bitterness and ultimate catastrophe. NOBLE SAVAGE is a disturbing but beautifully acted and humane examination of anguished characters fighting to overcome their circumstances.

    ✸ FOR MATURE AUDIENCES

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    99 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    Drama

    Director:

    MARCO CARMEL

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    The Other Story

    Complications arise when a dysfunctional Israeli family tries to lure their willful daughter away from Orthodox Judaism, in THE OTHER STORY.

    Renouncing the hedonism of her Jerusalem youth, obstinate young Anat devotes herself to a pure life and the study of Torah. Her upcoming marriage to a raunchy pop star-turned-devoted Hasid Shahar, is the final straw, as her divorced secular parents and grandfather scheme to foil the nuptials. Amid rising tensions and shifting alliances, no one has a monopoly on virtue, as multi-layered plots converge with unexpected consequences. Sensitively exploring the religious-secular divide, this universal tale of broken relationships and forgiveness masterfully weaves its many threads with poignant, gently humorous performances by a stellar cast. As the case becomes more complex, the paths of both these troubled families begin to tangle in unexpected ways in THE OTHER STORY.

     

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    117 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    AVI NESHER

    Speaker:

    Rabbi Elana Kanter is the director of the Women's Leadership Institute, a program to engage young women in building a stronger Phoenix Jewish Community, and co-rabbi of The New Shul in Scottsdale.

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    The Rabbi from Hezbollah

    THE RABBI FROM HEZBOLLAH explores the incredible story of a Lebanese Muslim member of Hezbollah who transformed into an ultra-Orthodox Jew, living in Israel, and one of the country’s top international agents and spies.

    Ibrahim Yassin was born in a small village in Lebanon and destiny had him following in his father’s footsteps as a farmer and shepherd. But fate had something else in store for Ibrahim. As the course of his life turns against him, death becomes his only wish. Just when it seems as if his story’s over, a new one begins that sounds like a work of suspense fiction, placing Yassin at the heart of some of the most daring, dangerous and secret operations Israel attempted in Lebanon in the 1980s and ’90s. THE RABBI FROM HEZBOLLAH challenges you to believe that transformation out of despair is quite possible.

     

    ISRAEL • 2019

    Run Time:

    64 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    ITMAR CHEN

    Short Film:

    MAMAN - Amos runs to the aid of her 90-year-old neighbor, whose husband dies just before Shabbat sets in, but before calling for help, they light the traditional Shabbat candles together. 

    Israel •  2018     13 minutes    Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Hila Cohen

    (Winner of the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest)

     

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    SHEPHERD: The Story of a Jewish Dog

    The timeless, unbreakable bond between a boy and his faithful dog is put to the ultimate test in wartime Berlin, in the heartwarming family drama SHEPHERD: THE STORY OF A JEWISH DOG. 

    When the Nuremberg Laws are adopted in the 1930s, Kaleb, a German Shepherd, is separated from his Jewish family. Adopted by an SS officer at a concentration camp, the dog is retrained to help round up and terrorize Jewish prisoners. Kaleb is well cared for and good at his job until one day when he is distracted by a familiar scent. Kaleb's former master, young Josh, has arrived at the camp, and the dog rediscovers his unwavering loyalty. Together the pair attempts to escape the camp and begin the perilous journey to freedom. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Roth and based on the bestselling Israeli novel by Asher Kravitz, SHEPHERD: THE STORY OF A JEWISH DOG is a sensitively told story of love, loyalty and courage that offers a way to learn about the Holocaust accessible by children of all ages.

    ***recommended for ages 11 yrs and older

     

    USA/HUNGARY • 2019

    Run Time:

    93 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    LYNN ROTH

    Speaker:

    TEMPE MARKETPLACE

    Wendy Ratner is a retired middle school teacher from Long Island, NY and currently resides in Prescott, AZ with her husband Rob and their faithful German Shepherd, Takoda.  She and Rob have raised several German shepherds, including Sheena, a highly intelligent and loyal friend who "found" Wendy many years ago on a cold winter day.  Sheena served as a therapy dog helping countless children and adults throughout her remarkable life.

    Wendy honored Sheena in her beautifully illustrated children's book, Sheena's Kiss (available through prescottwolfproductions@gmail.com). Wendy continues to write children's books, is a master gardener, wildlife enthusiast and lover of all animals, most especially German Shepherds.

    Short Film:

    EGG CREAM (PEORIA)The beloved chocolate soda drink is extolled in this nostalgic and tasty reminder of a simple but culturally significant ingredient in the Jewish-American experience.

    USA  •  2018     15 minutes    Language: English   • Director:  Nora Clair Miller & Peter Miller


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    Shooting Life (A film about filmmaking)

    While helping his war-weary students find their own voices through filmmaking, a high school teacher starts a new life in an Israeli town in the teen drama SHOOTING LIFE.

    Yigal, a middle-aged divorc and unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, accepts a position teaching filmmaking in Sderot, near the Gaza border. His students are slow to warm to him, but he gains their trust by coaxing them to film their own stories of love and loss. With their cameras on themselves, they connect with family members, discovering secrets about their lives. But Yigal's fervent commitment to honest self-expression leads some kids into conflict with their parents, and puts him at odds with his school principal. Bolstered by a strong ensemble cast of up-and-coming young actors, SHOOTING LIFE, an engrossing coming-of-age story, ponders from the next generation's viewpoint, the shattered dreams and future hopes of the Middle East. All this takes place in a city where air raid sirens are ubiquitous.

    ISRAEL • 2018

    Run Time:

    93 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    DAVID KREINER

    Short Film:

    OPTIMISTIC REALISTFed up with an endless series of dead-end Hollywood casting calls, a struggling young actress takes career advice from her fifth-grade Hebrew school students.

    USA •  2018     10 minutes    Language: English   • Director:  Brandon Ravet

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    Short Program
    Program Time 90 minutes

    The GREATER PHOENIX JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL SHORTS PROGRAM is a carefully-curated collection of six short feature films, including the top three selections from the Israel Student Filmmaker Contest sponsored by The Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival and Barbara and Bob Murray. The purpose of the contest is to support student filmmakers and Israel in the Festival. Also shown will be short film by  Valley resident, Connor Griffin, who was sponsored by the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival at the Jerusalem International Film Workshop, a five-week summer program in Israel this past summer.

    THE SECULAR OASIS 

    USA •  2019  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Cinematographer:  Connor Griffin

    Yeshiva student Nir pursues knowledge about his culture and Jewish identity.

    TOUCH

    Israel • 2018 • 15 minutes • Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles • Student Director: Miriam Baron • School: Kibbutzim College

    TOUCH is a black comedy about the heartfelt story of Labe Kadenski, a widowed old man who was not accepted into a senior home because he was not in the Holocaust.

    ELINA

    Israel • 2017 • 13 minutes • Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles • Student Director: Evelin Kachulin • School: Tel Aviv University, Steve Tisch School of Film

    Elina, the 7 year old daughter of a Russian immigrant desperately wants to fit into Israeli society, but her well-meaning mother has more difficulty assimilating.

    3rd Place

    NOA

    Israel •  2019    Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Shulamit Lifshitz

    When Noa attempts to escape from abuse under her own roof, she unintentionally puts her younger sister at risk.

    2nd Place

    SUSHI, MEATBALLS & EVERYTHING

    Israel •  2019  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Liel Gur

    A young woman decides to stand up to her loving in-laws, once and for all.

    1st Place

    MAMAN

    Israel •  2018    Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Hila Cohen

    Amos runs to the aid of her 90-year-old neighbor, whose husband dies just before Shabbat sets in, but before calling for help, they light the traditional Shabbat candles together.

    Run Time:

    72 MINUTES TOTAL

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    Sobibor

    In SOBIBÓRa Soviet-Jewish prisoner-of-war spearheads a daring and carefully orchestrated revolt that leads to the most successful uprising at any concentration camp.

    The only successful revolt in a Nazi death camp during World War II took place in 1943 at the Sobibór death camp in Poland. This harrowing true story centers around Alexander Pechersky, a Red Army lieutenant and hero in the fight against Nazism. He is captured in October 1941 and sent to the small-scale but deadly Sobibór extermination camp. Horrified by the inhuman conditions, he organizes what becomes the most successful Nazi death camp uprising. Pecherky must make difficult choices and puts at risk many lives, including his own, to save hundreds of prisoners. Shadowing his every move is the camp commandant whose sanity is teetering. Russia's submission for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, SOBIBÓR beautifully yet graphically portrays how different people show equal heroism and courage when united by the desire to live.

     

    RUSSIA • 2018

    Run Time:

    110 MINUTES

    Language:

    RUSSIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    KONSTANTIN KHABENSKY

    Speaker:

    Janice Friebaum holds a master’s degree in Jewish and Holocaust Studies.  She is the immediate past chair of Generations After – Descendants of Holocaust Survivors in Greater Phoenix, and presently serves as Vice President of the Phoenix Holocaust Association.  Janice is a member of the Coordinating Council of Generations of the Shoah International, and conducts speaker trainings for survivor descendants' groups and trainings for frontline health care workers and others who assist aging Holocaust survivors. Janice gives presentations related to the Holocaust at academic conferences, colleges, secondary schools, religious congregations, and at various public, private and non-profit events.  She recently joined the board of directors of the Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival.

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    The Spy Behind Home Plate

    From the streets of Newark to five major league teams to his secret life spying for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II, Morris “Moe” Berg’s improbable life story is captured in THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE.

    Berg, a son of Ukrainian-Jewish immigrants, grew up in New York City and Newark. After graduating from Princeton he played baseball professionally for 15 seasons while earning a law degree at Columbia University and passing the bar exam. He spoke at least 10 languages and befriended several famous figures of his time, including Albert Einstein and Babe Ruth. And somewhere along the way, Berg managed to become a spy for the Office of Strategic Services and spy for the United States on the Nazis’ atomic bomb program. Berg’s extraordinary, improbable story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with an All-Star roster of commentators drawn from the worlds of history, sports and spy craft. Though THE SPY BEHIND HOME PLATE hit only .243 during his 15 years as a professional ballplayer, he proved to be an MVP when it came to America’s security.

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    100 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DOCUMENTARY

    Director:

    AVIVA KEMPNER

    Speaker:

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    Washington DC based filmmaker Aviva Kempner makes award winning documentaries about little known Jewish heroes for 40 years. The Spy Behind Home Plate was released in May, 2019. She wrote, directed and produced Rosenwald, a documentary about how philanthropist Julius Rosenwald partnered with Booker T. Washington in establishing over 5,000 schools for African Americans in the Jim Crow South. She also made Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, about Gertrude Berg who created the first television sitcom and the Emmy nominated and Peabody awarded The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg, about the Hall of Famer who faced anti-Semitism during the 30s. She also produced the award-winning Partisans of Vilna, about Jews fighting the Nazis. 

    She is presently making a film on screenwriter, playwright, journalist, and novelist Ben Hecht, who was a dedicated activist for the cause of exposing the horrors of the Holocaust to the American public and in the quest for survivors to find a permanent home in Palestine.

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    Standing Up, Falling Down

    STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN follows the unlikely friendship that kindles between a struggling stand-up comedian from L.A., forced to move back home, and a tragically flawed, but charming and charismatic, alcoholic dermatologist. Starring Billy Crystal in a dramatic role.

    Things are not going according to plan for Scott (Ben Schwartz), a stand-up comedian begrudgingly returning to Long Island after striking out on the Los Angeles comedy scene. He’s humiliated to move back in with his family and haunted by what could have been with Becky (Eloise Mumford), the hometown girlfriend he abruptly left for the West Coast. Wracked with doubt and facing the prospect of a soul-crushing “real” job, Scott finds an unexpected connection with Marty (Billy Crystal), a local dermatologist and charming barfly with a penchant for karaoke. Scott learns that Marty’s larger-than-life personality and alcoholism mask past disappointments of his own. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Marty and Scott find the strength to start confronting their long-simmering regrets.

    STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN is a funny and emotionally resonant story about finding the strength to start anew.

    USA • 2019

    Run Time:

    91 MINUTES

    Language:

    ENGLISH

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    MATT RATNER

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    YOU’RE INVITED - After hearing that an elderly Holocaust survivor died alone with no one left to mourn her, a college student shows the beauty and contagious power of selfless kindness through a simple caring act.

    USA •  2019  •   14 minutes  •  Language: English  • Director:  Andrew Kaplan

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    Tel Aviv on Fire

    A soap opera writer finds himself caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the audacious, big-hearted satire TEL AVIV ON FIRE.  

    A hapless intern on a well-liked Arab soap opera, popular in both the Territories and Israel, Salaam must navigate through an Israeli checkpoint every day to get to the Ramallah studio. The television show, whose action is set just before and during the Six Day War, is stilted and melodramatic, but has a devoted following in both Israel and the Territories. In order to gain favor with the commander of the checkpoint, Salaam allows him to suggest changes to the plot that would see a sultry Arab spy fall in love with an IDF general. Torn between the demands of the army officer and the show’s Arab financial backers on how the love story will end, Salaam devises a final masterstroke in TEL AVIV ON FIRE.

     

    ISRAEL  •  2018

    Run Time:

    100 MINUTES

    Language:

    ARABIC & HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    COMEDY

    Director:

    SAMAH ZOABI

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    Those Who Remained

    A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma, THOSE WHO REMAINEDreveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.

    Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara, who also survived the Holocaust, lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to the hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. As they grow closer and closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon. 

    Many films deal with the suffering of the Holocaust years, but far fewer focus on those who managed to return from the camps. THOSE WHO REMAINED poignantly tells the story of two traumatized survivors whose relationship helps them to heal and provides them with someone to live for.

    HUNGARY • 2019

    Run Time:

    88 MINUTES

    Language:

    HUNGARIAN W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    BARABBAS TÓTH

    Speaker:

    Dr. Murray Henner is Professor of International Law and Intelligence at Embry Riddle University. He has authored over 50 books and 75 Law Journal articles over the past 35 years. He holds a Post Doctoral Degree in International Law and is a Fulbright Scholar. Recently, he was awarded the Brandeis International Legal Scholar award as one of the top three such academics globally. Each year, he takes to the Film Festival over 40 to 50 of his students as part of their graduate human rights program. He is a former judge from the 2nd District and is a member of over ten state and six federal bars. His area of expertise is Holocaust Revisionism. He is fluent in German.

    Short Film:

    YOU’RE INVITED - After hearing that an elderly Holocaust survivor died alone with no one left to mourn her, a college student shows the beauty and contagious power of selfless kindness through a simple caring act.

    USA •  2019  •   14 minutes  •  Language: English  • Director:  Andrew Kaplan

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    The Tobacconist

    THE TOBACCONIST is a tender coming-of-age drama about a young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna. 

    When 17-year-old Franz is sent to Vienna to apprentice for a tobacconist, he has a lot to learn -- not just about tobacco, but also about life in the big city and the transition from childhood to manhood. Franz is in luck after he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer in the tobacco shop. And who better to help a boy on his life’s journey? As Franz and Freud form a friendship, Freud gives the young man advice about women, heartbreak, psychology, and the vivid dreams that haunt Franz at night. But on the brink of the Nazis arrival in Austria, with a rapidly changing political and social climate, the challenges Franz faces will become much bigger, and tremendously more dangerous. Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler, THE TOBACCONIST is a beautiful and heart-breaking story of friendship, romance, resistance, and bravery.

     

    GERMANY • 2019

    Run Time:

    108 MINUTES

    Language:

    GERMAN W/ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    NIKOLAUS LEYTNER

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    Upside Down Tree

    UPSIDE DOWN TREE is a fascinating family-friendly psychological thriller about the question of identity and relationship in times of war.

    Eva is a Jewish girl orphaned during World War II and raised by a Ukrainian peasant in the early 1950’s. One day, a mysterious woman appears at their house and presents herself as Eva’s real mother; she wants to take the girl to Israel. Torn between her adoptive mother and her biological mother, Eva eventually decides to join her biological mother in their joint journey to Israel. A series of strange events makes her wonder whether the woman is really her mother— and if not, then who is she and why did she take Eva away from the family that raised her. UPSIDE DOWN TREE, based on the bestselling autobiography book “As Long As I Live” by Aharon Margalit, is both a geographical journey and an expedition into the meaning of identity

    USA • 2019
    Run Time:

    82 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    ARIEL COHEN

    Short Film:

    I HAVE A MESSAGE FOR YOU - An unfathomable decision by an Auschwitz survivor leaves a huge burden on her conscience in this uplifting and extraordinary story of love and survival.

    Israel / Italy / United Kingdom  •  2018  •   14 minutes  •  Language: French w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Matan Rochlitz

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    Working Woman

    WORKING WOMAN chronicles a few months in the working life of a woman trapped in an abusive workspace who must chose between supporting her family and her self-esteem.

    Orna, an ambitious career woman, takes a new job as a real estate marketing manager, selling luxurious apartments to overseas buyers. Determined to prove herself to Benny, her new boss, she is willing to sacrifice her family life and free time. But when Benny’s flirting turns into harassment, Orna struggles to restore her sense of dignity and self-worth. At the same time, Orna’s husband also is struggling to keep his new restaurant afloat, so Orna, the main breadwinner for their three children, poignantly navigates the tempestuous waters of her job and her sense of self-worth in WORKING WOMAN

    ISRAEL • 2018
    Run Time:

    93 MINUTES

    Language:

    HEBREW & FRENCH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

    Genre:

    DRAMA

    Director:

    MICHAL AVIAD

    Short Film:

    LAMED - An unfathomable decision by an Auschwitz survivor leaves a huge burden on her conscience in this uplifting and extraordinary story of love and survival.

    Israel  •  2019  •   12 minutes  •  Language: Hebrew w/ English subtitles   • Director:  Shahar Cohen 

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