January 31-February 27
The Testament (Festival Opening Night)
Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in the village of Lensdorf. An influential family of industrialists on whose land the murder took place, is planning to build a real estate project on the very same land. Yoel suspects that their aim is to bury the affair for good, but has trouble finding the conclusive evidence that would stop the project.
While investigating the incident Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his shock and surprise he finds a testimony given by his mother, a testimony he didn’t know existed. In her testimony she confesses to a substantial secret from her past.
Yoel, who’s conducting a double-investigation, personal and scientific, is trapped between walls of silence - on one side, denial of the Holocaust on the part of the villagers, and on the other, his mother’s silence regarding her past. As a historian with an unshakable commitment to the truth, he decides to continue his investigations even at the cost of ruining his personal and professional life.
RUNNING TIME 96 MINUTES
LANGUAGE HEBREW, GERMAN, ENGLISH
SHORT + FEATURE FILM
Stitchers: The Tapestry of Spirit (SHORT)
One woman’s ambitious project to write a complete Torah, in cross stitch. Over 1,500 stitchers in 27 countries, are each stitching a portion, in the hope that the final work will become an inspiring traveling museum exhibit.
RUNNING TIME 13 MINUTES
The Twinning Reaction (FEATURE FILM)
The Twinning Reaction tells the stories of four sets of identical twins and triplets who were separated by the Louise Wise Services adoption agency with the support of NYC based Jewish Family Services. Some of these twins and triplets have reunited by sheer luck, others through the filmmaker’s years of research. In searching for answers, this inside look at the consequences of medical arrogance finally gives voice to those who suffered the broken bond of twinship.
RUNNING TIME 55 MINUTES
Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent (Neta Riskin) is sent to Germany to protect Mona (Golshifteh Farahani, Paterson), a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery to assume her new identity. Together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, the relationship that develops between the two women is soon exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned, choices are made, and their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir.
RUNNING TIME 93 MINUTES
GENRE THRILLER, DRAMA
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, HEBREW, ARABIC
Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
RUNNING TIME 91 MINUTES
In partnership with
The Light of Hope
Based on true events, The Light of Hope is the inspiring story of Elisabeth Eidenbenz, the director of the Elne maternity home located in the south of France on the Spanish border. Throughout the 1930s and 40s, Elne provided refuge for pregnant women fleeing both the Spanish Civil War and Vichy refugee camps, allowing them to give birth in proper conditions and source jobs that would secure a safe future for them. When Pétain’s fascist regime tries to close the home in 1942, Eidenbenz and her staff bravely put their own lives in danger to avoid closure.
RUNNING TIME 96 MINUTES
LANGUAGE SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
In partnership with
The Land of Milk & Funny
This film views Israel through the eyes of society’s best and funniest observers: stand-up comedians. For fifteen years, Avi Liberman has been taking fellow American comedians of different backgrounds to Israel. As they tour and perform across the country, some are deeply affected, overcome by the spiritual significance of Biblical and historic sites; others are wildly irreverent. The hilarious Craig Robinson memorably recounts his failed attempts to pick up girls in Hebrew. Born in Israel, raised in Texas, Liberman’s tours feature 30 renowned comedians (i.e., Gary Gulman, Craig Robinson, Ray Wood Jr., Dan Naturman) doing 100 shows, selling over 20,000 tickets for charity.
RUNNING TIME 87 MINUTES
GENRE COMEDY, DOCUMENTARY
Who Will Write Our History
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary. Together, they defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
RUNNING TIME 95 MINUTES
LANGUAGE ENGLISH, YIDDISH, POLISH
In partnership with
The Oslo Diaries
In 1992, with Israeli-Palestinian relations at an all-time low and any communication between the two sides punishable by jail time, a select group of Israelis and Palestinians gathered secretly in Oslo for a series of clandestine meetings that would dramatically change the political landscape of the Middle East.
A comprehensive, dramatic account of the negotiations, The Oslo Diaries draws on previously unseen footage shot from 1992 to 1995, as well as excerpts from and re-creations based on the negotiators’ diaries, which are the only available accounts of what happened behind closed doors.
RUNNING TIME 100 MINUTES
COUNTRY ISRAEL, CANADA
LANGUAGE HEBREW, ARABIC, ENGLISH
A Bag of Marbles (2 showtimes available)
SUN, MAR 10 • 2:00PM • AT THE MJCC
$5 MEMBER / $7 COMMUNITY
The heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo’s enduring memoir tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of the two young Jewish boys. Always one false move from tragedy, these tenacious children survive on courage, ingenuity, and more than a bit of cunning as they make their precarious way through France hoping to reunite with their family. More than anything, it’s their brotherly bond that gets them through their ordeals. Patrick Bruel resonates as the Jewish family patriarch Roman, while newcomers Dorian Le Clech and Batyste Fleurial Palmieri register an almost agonizing vulnerability as hapless innocents trying to outrun the cruel machinery of war.
RUNNING TIME 110 MINUTES
LANGUAGE FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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
Jeri Moskovitz • Janice Ringel • Betsy Saslawsky
Hallie Charney • Tova Cooper • Janis Finan
Karen Franklin • Lisa Frisch
Sandy Goldstein • Mimi Grossman
Jackie Mandell • Jill Notowich
Allison Parker • Jeri rubin • Wendy Thomas • Joy Wilk
PASSPORT TO DISCOVERY PATRONS 2018-2019 SEASON
Suzanne and Scott Baum • Eileen and Pace Cooper
Tami and Bob Eiseman • Janis and Part Finan • Sandy Goldstein
Sharon and Mike Goldstein • Mimi Grossman
Rosalyn and Lester Lit • Shelly and Donnie Levy
Evelyn and Jerome Makowsky • Jeri and Mitch Moskovitz
Marilyn notowich • Eileen Posner
Debra and Alex Saharovich • Laurie and Elkan Scheidt
Jill and Ken Steinberg • Wendy and Morris Thomas
Cathy and Craig Weiss
SPECIAL THANKS TO
JEWISH COMMUNITY PARTNERS • UNITED WAY OF THE MID-SOUTH
THE MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSION • JEWISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF MEMPHIS AND THE MID-SOUTH • FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES • MEMPHIS FRIENDS OF ISRAEL
For all questions, please contact Marcy Stagner, Program Director for Cultural Arts and Adult Services, at (901) 259-9230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.