International Jewish Film Festival
The Other Son
$10 fee/$7 Members • Thursday, April 3 at 7:00pm Conversation with Rabbi Shai Finkelstein to Follow
“A switched-at-birth tale, The Other Son raises the stakes on what is already an emotionally charged situation.” —The Huffington Post
Joseph, an 18-year-old preparing to join the Israeli army for his mandatory military service, lives at home in a suburb of Tel Aviv with his parents, France-born Orith and Israel-born Alon Silber. A blood test for Joseph’s military service reveals that he is not their biological son. During the Gulf War, Joseph was evacuated from a clinic along with another baby. Joseph, the Palestinian baby, went to Tel Aviv with the Silbers, and their Jewish child went to the West Bank with an Arab couple. The revelation turns the lives of the two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values, and beliefs.
Simon and the Oaks
Saturday, April 5 at 9:00pm • $10 fee/$7 Members Doors open at 8:30 • Holy Cow concessions available for purchase
This film is not rated, however, it does have does have language, sexual content, mature themes and adult situations.
“It is unabashedly sentimental and epic, and rather bold in the way it takes place during and after the Holocaust but is not defined by it. The real story is of two unconventional families who help each other in a time fraught with danger.” —Roger Ebert
An epic drama spanning the years 1939 to 1952, this is the gripping story of Simon, who grows up in a working-class family in Sweden. Intellectually gifted, he finally convinces his father to send him to an upper-class grammar school. There, he meets Isak, the son of a wealthy Jewish bookseller who has fled Nazi persecution in Germany. Simon is dazzled by the books, art, and music he encounters at Isak’s father’s home. Isak, on the other hand, draws comfort from learning to do something with his hands, helping Simon’s dad make boats. When Isak faces trouble at home, he is taken in by Simon’s family and the two households slowly merge, connecting in unexpected ways as war rages all over Europe.
Hava Nagila (The Movie)
$10 fee/ $7 Members • Sunday April 6th at 1:00pm
“Through the unlikely prism of this song the documentary manages to tell a complicated story of cultural adaptation while providing a fresh look at a good chunk of modern Jewish history.“ —The New York Times
It's to music what the bagel is to food – a Jewish staple that has transcended its origins and become a worldwide hit. Bob Dylan sang it. Elvis, too. Follow this party song on its journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the cul-de‐sacs of America in a film that’s both hilarious and deep. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy, Regina Spektor, and more, Hava Nagila takes viewers from Ukraine and Israel to the Catskills, Greenwich Village, Hollywood, and even Bollywood, using the song as a springboard to explore Jewish history and identity and to spotlight the cross-cultural connections that can only be achieved through music.
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