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GPJFF 2020 Season Films
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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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    City of Joel

    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

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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 side 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 Sprock 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

    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 backstory, 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

    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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    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

    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 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 goal-keeper 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.

     

    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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    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:

    YID LIFE CRISIS (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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    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 the 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 employers’ 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

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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

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    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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    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

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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.

    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

    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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