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The Keeper

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), 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. 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 (Freya Mavor), 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. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

RUNNING TIME 113 MINUTES
GENRE DRAMA
COUNTRY UNITED KINGDOM
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
YEAR 2019



Flawless

Eden, a 17-year-old high school student, discovers that her two best friends are planning to sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and a dress for prom. Eden, who is secretly a trans woman, realizes that this may be the answer to her prayers. She joins the others on their journey to Kiev to exchange their kidneys for the flawless body of their dreams. Their trip does not go as planned and when Eden’s secret is exposed, all three of them need to come to terms with the prejudices they have and redefine who they really want to be in this world.

RUNNING TIME 97 MINUTES

GENRE DRAMA
COUNTRY ISRAEL
LANGUAGE HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
YEAR 2018

In partnership with
OUT Memphis

The MJCC is helping with a drive for OUT Memphis Metamorphosis Project in collaboration with the upcoming Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival film, Flawless. Please CLICK HERE to find out more, and to see what items are being requested. Please drop off donation items at the MJCC. Thank you!



Golda’s Balcony, The Film

Tovah Feldshuh recreates 100 years of Jewish history playing 45 different characters (including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Holocaust survivors, Israeli soldiers and, of course, Golda Meir herself), in one of the greatest acting performances of the last 50 years—now captured on film for all time, in this brand new motion picture, GOLDA’S BALCONY, THE FILM.

WINNER of 21 "Audience Favorite Awards" at all 21 of its competitive Festivals to date, including the Jewish Film Festivals  of Boston, L.A., Philadelphia, Tel Aviv, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Pittsburgh and others.

RUNNING TIME 85 MINUTES
GENRE NARRATIVE
COUNTRY USA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
YEAR 2019

In partnership with
Jewish Historical Society of Memphis & the MidSouth



Crescendo

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann)  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 are far from able to form a team. 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 people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

RUNNING TIME 103 MINUTES
GENRE DRAMA
COUNTRY ISRAEL
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, GERMAN
YEAR 2019

In partnership with
Memphis Friends of Israel



Skin
This film contains graphic and violent content.

Jamie Bell, delivering a visceral and explosive performance, makes the dangerous choice to leave the white supremacist gang he joined as a teenager and tries to escape to a new life, all the while questioning whether he’s capable of undoing, and repenting for, the evil he’s done. With his former friends against him, he is determined to create a new life for himself—if he can make it out alive. Israeli filmmaker Guy Nattiv, whose short film of the same title won an Academy Award earlier this year, makes his English-language feature debut with this galvanizing story of transformation, inspired by true events.

RUNNING TIME 119 MINUTES
GENRE DRAMA
COUNTRY USA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
YEAR 2019



Abe

Twelve year-old Brooklynite Abe Solomon-Odeh (Noah Schnapp, Stranger Things) is half-Israeli Jewish and half-Palestinian Muslim. He spends hours in the kitchen concocting recipes, food blogging, and slipping out of the house to explore New York’s indie food scene. But when it comes to navigating his family’s huge culture clash, he’s at a loss.

During one chaotic family dinner, Abe escapes and discovers a street fair and the culinary magic of Chico (Seu Jorge, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), a talented Afro-Brazilian chef. An unlikely friendship helps Abe find his identity and discover how food can bring people together in this charming and poignant feast for the senses.

RUNNING TIME 85 MINUTES
GENRE DRAMA
COUNTRY USA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
YEAR 2019

In partnership with
Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission



King Bibi

King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media. From one studio to another, “Bibi” evolved from Israel’s great political hope, to a controversial figure whom some perceive as Israel’s savior, and others – as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power.

RUNNING TIME 87 MINUTES
GENRE DOCUMENTARY
COUNTRY USA, ISRAEL
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
YEAR 2018



Short Stories, Small Bites, Short Film
With intensity, dark humor, and a splash of magical realism, Maizes’s pages delve the reader into the lives of characters who are treated as outsiders for a myriad of reasons — sexual orientation, racial identity, religious affiliation, and outward appearance. Readers will recognize themselves in these protagonists — whose backgrounds are vastly different from their own — as we’ve all felt like outsiders at some time or another.

Sushi, Meatballs, & Everything (SHORT)
RUNNING TIME 10 MINUTES
GENRE COMEDY, DRAMA
COUNTRY ISRAEL
LANGUAGE HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
YEAR 2018

Gefilte (SHORT)
RUNNING TIME 11 MINUTES
GENRE DOCUMENTARY
COUNTRY USA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
YEAR 2018



Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

For the first time, intimate interviews with the show’s creators reveal how the tremendous success and worldwide impact of Fiddler and its subsequent film adaptation is most appropriately viewed through the lens of the social upheaval and change in mid-20th century America. Yet, as the film shows, the true wonder of wonders and miracle of Fiddler is that audiences worldwide and for the last half century claim the story as their own.

RUNNING TIME 92 MINUTES
GENRE DOCUMENTARY
COUNTRY USA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH
YEAR 2019


 

About the Festival
The MJCC’s International Jewish Film Festival is named in memory of Morris and Mollye Fogelman, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Wendy and Avron Fogelman.
“The MJCC is thrilled that the Fogelmans are sponsoring the annual International Jewish Film Festival and honoring the memory of Avron’s parents in this way. Morris Fogelman was the 6th president of our MJCC from 1959–1961 and was instrumental in the purchase of the land and subsequent development of our current MJCC campus.”
—Larry Skolnick, MJCC President and CEO

MJCC Film Festival Committee
CO-CHAIRS
Jeri Moskovitz • Janice Ringel • Betsy Saslawsky

Ken Atterman • Liz Atterman • Hallie Charney
Janis Finan • Karen Franklin • Lisa Frisch
Mimi Grossman • Jackie Mandell • Jill Notowich
Jeri Rubin • Joy Wilk

Passport to Discovery Patrons 2019-2020 Season
Suzanne and Scott Baum • Aileen and Pace Cooper

Janis and Pat Finan • Karen and Jody Franklin
Sandy Goldstein • Sharon and Mike Goldstein
Mimi Grossman • Rosalyn and Lester Lit
Shelley and Donnie Levy • Evelyn and Jerome Makowsky
Jeri and Mitch Moskovitz • Marilyn Notowich
Pamela Perchik • Eileen Posner
Laurie and Elkan Scheidt • Jill and Ken Steinberg
Temple Israel • Wendy and Morris Thomas

Special Thanks to
Jewish Community Partners
TN Arts Commission
United Way of the Mid-South

Community Partners
Indie Memphis
Jewish Historical Society of Memphis and the Midsouth
Memphis and Shelby County Film and Television Commission
Memphis Friends of Israel
Memphis Symphony Orchestra
OUTMemphis
Temple Israel

For all questions, please contact Marcy Stagner, Program Director for Cultural Arts and Adult Services, at (901) 259-9230 or mstagner@jccmemphis.org.