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Feb 16–28, 2016

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DOUGH
Festival Opening Event
Tue, Feb 16 • 7:30pm • at the Malco Paradiso
$7 community/$5 member
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Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan (Jonathan Pryce, Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean) is desperate to save his bakery in London’s East End. His customers are dying off, his sons have no interest in keeping the family business afloat, and hostile businessman Sam Cotton (London Film Critics’ Circle winner Philip Davis) has his own greedy plans for the property. In a pinch, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy assists with the bakery’s daily chores, while selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. One day, Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the dough. The challah starts flying off the shelves, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice.

The cast of characters is rounded out by Tribeca Film Festival Best Actor ­winner Ian Hart as a tough marijuana dealer and Oscar nominee Pauline Collins as the landlady with a none-too-subtle crush on Nat. Dough is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.

Running Time 94 minutes
Genre Drama/Comedy
Director John Goldschmidt
Country UK
Language English
Year 2015

 

ZEMENE
Thu, Feb 18 • 7:30pm • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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Follow a spirited 10-year-old Ethiopian girl as she fights to keep hope alive and survive her life-threatening condition of Kyphosis, a severe curvature of the spine. With no health care in her village, Zemene’s uncle decides to take her to the city of Gondar where she is turned down at the hospital for any medical attention that could save her. By chance or fate, her need for help is unexpectedly met when she crosses paths with a compassionate doctor.

Best Documentary – 30th Boston Film Festival, 2014
Audience Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker – LA Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Best World Documentary – Harlem Int’l Film Festival, 2015
Official Selection – Atlanta, Washington, and Philadelphia Jewish Film Festivals, 2015

Running Time 68 minutes
Genre Documentary
Countries Ethiopia, USA
Director Melissa Donovan
Languages English, Amharic, with English subtitles
Year 2014

 

THE LAST MENTSCH
Sat, Feb 20 • 8PM • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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Born Menachem Teitelbaum, Marcus Schwarz (German Academy Award winner Mario Adorf) escaped Auschwitz with his life, only to exterminate his Jewishness. He now faces his own mortality, but he’s done such an effective job of creating a new identity, the rabbis refuse his request to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. Determined to return to his birthplace and establish his ancestry, Marcus enlists the help of Gül (Katharina Derr), a brash Turkish woman with a troubled history of her own. The unlikely duo sets out on a road trip to the Hungarian-Romanian border, a journey that will irrevocably change them both.

Audience Award for Best Film – San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Audience Award for Best Film – St. Louis Int’l Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Audience Award for Best Dramatic Film – Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, 2015

Running Time 93 minutes
Genre Drama
Countries France, Germany, Switzerland
Director Pierre-Henry Salfati
Languages English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Yiddish, with English Subtitles
Year 2014

 

TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL
Sun, Feb 21 • 1pm • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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American football has set down real roots in the holy land. The playing levels vary widely, from dreamers to a quarterback who has made the practice squad at Michigan. Ex-IDF paratroopers, Israeli Jews, Arabs, and Christians, playing side by side with ex-American college players and religious settlers from the West Bank. In just five years, the Israel Football League has grown from four teams with seventy-five players to a league with ten teams and over 500 players from seven cities competing for the coveted Israel Bowl.
Touchdown Israel brings light to Israel’s complex, multifaceted society, offering a view of the human aspect of Israeli life, including the values of teamwork, unity, sacrifice, and excellence.

Official Selection – San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Official Selection – Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2014
Official Selection – San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival, 2014

Running Time 81 minutes
Genre Documentary
Country Israel, USA
Director Paul Hirschberger
Language English
Year 2014

 

DELI MAN
Sun, Feb 21
5:30pm in the MJCC Belz Social Hall • Kosher Deli Buffet featuring Chicago’s Romanian fine kosher meats, knishes, matzah ball soup, kasha, and more! Reservations required for deli dinner by Feb 8. Limited seating available.
6:30pm in the MJCC Belz Theater • DELI MAN Film
Film Only $7 community/$5 member
Dinner and Film $30 community/$25 member (per person)
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For some, deli food is close to a religious experience. A tender, crumbling cut of corned beef steeped in its juices. A full-bodied garlic dill pickle. Spicy brown mustard with grain. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Romania.
In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S. His story, augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage, embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods.

Running Time 92 minutes
Genre Documentary/Humor
Country USA
Director Erik Greenberg Anjou
Language English
Year /strong>2014

 

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Tue, Feb 23 • 7:30pm • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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In partnership with Facing History and Ourselves
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Based on a true story, Once in a Lifetime follows a dedicated history teacher at a French high school, Anne Gueguen (Ariane Ascaride), who is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-­city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, is proving to be more difficult than expected. Frustrated but undaunted, Anne tests her multicultural classroom with a unique assignment: a national competition on the theme of child victims of the Nazi concentration camps. The project is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-­to-­face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the students’ attitudes dramatically.

Best Narrative Film – Toronto Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Audience Award – Santa Barbara Int’l Film Festival, 2015
Audience Award – Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2015

Running Time 105 minutes
Genre DRAMA
Country FRANCE
Director Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
Language French with English subtitles
Year 2014

 

THE OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKER
Wed, Feb 24 • 7:30pm • at Malco Ridgeway Cinema Grill
$7 community/$5 member
Presented with Indie Memphis
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The humorous and dramatic rags-to-riches story of Sophie Tucker, the iconic superstar who ruled the worlds of vaudeville, Broadway, radio, television, and Hollywood throughout the 20th century. Before Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bette Midler, or Mae West, Sophie Tucker, known as “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas,” was the first woman to infatuate her audiences with a bold, bawdy, and brassy style. Using all of Sophie Tucker’s 400-plus recently rediscovered personal scrapbooks, authors Susan and Lloyd Ecker take you on their seven-year journey retracing Tucker’s sixty-year career in show business.

Best Biography Documentary – Rockland Int’l Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Special thank you to Jill and Ken Steinberg.

Running Time 96 minutes
Genre Documentary
Country USA
Director William Gazecki
Language English
Year 2014

 

NICKY’S FAMILY
Thu, Feb 25 • 7:30pm • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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Nicky’s Family tells the nearly-forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before World War II. Winton did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would probably have been forgotten if his wife hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Dozens of Winton´s “children” have now been found, and his “family” has grown to almost six thousand people.

Over 30 national and international audience awards including:
Best Documentary – Pittsburgh Jewish Film Festival, 2012
Best Film – Seattle, Houston, Atlanta, and Palm Beach Jewish Film Festivals, 2012

Running Time 96 minutes
Genre Documentary
Countries Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Slovakia, Israel, USA, Canada, Hungary, Cambodia, Denmark
Director Matej Mináč
Language English
Year 2011

 

APPLES FROM THE DESERT
Sat, Feb 27 • 8pm • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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Rebecca Abravanel (Moran Rosenblatt) is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby (Elisha Banai). Her strict father (Shlomi Koriat) reacts by setting in motion a prearranged marriage to an older widower with children of his own. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and one another.

Special Jury Award – San Diego Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Audience Award for Best Narrative – Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2015
Best Feature – Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema, 2015

Running Time 96 minutes
Genre Drama
Country Israel
Directors Arik Lubetzky, Matti Harari
Language Hebrew with English Subtitles
Year 2014

 

FRONT OF THE CLASS
Sun, Feb 28 • 1pm • in the MJCC Belz Theater
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Join MJCC and Jewish Family Service for the first event in our new Celebrating Differences Film Series

As a young boy with Tourette Syndrome, Brad began making impulsive noises that were impossible to suppress. As a result, he was tormented by his classmates, and accused by his teachers of intentionally disrupting class. Finally, an understanding principal offered just the kind of encouragement Brad needed to turn his life around. Inspired, Brad decided to become the kind of teacher who favored patience and kindness over authority and control. After being rejected by twenty-four schools, Brad was finally given the opportunity to prove his true worth as a teacher. This is the story of a man who relied on resilience and determination to get through life, and who devoted his existence to helping others like him overcome incredible odds.

Running Time 95 minutes
Genre Drama
Country USA
Director Peter Werner
Language English
Year 2008

 

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
Sheryl Alexander • Tova Cooper • Karen Franklin • Sandy Goldstein • Mimi Grossman • Elise Jordan bull; Jackie Mandell • Jill Notowich• Wendy Thomas • Joy Wilk

PASSPORT TO DISCOVERY PATRONS 2016 (as of 12/17/15)
Sharon and Michael Goldstein • Mimi Grossman • John Pregulman • Debra and Alex Saharovich • Laurie and Elkan Scheidt • Jill and Ken Steinberg • Cathy and Craig Weiss

SPECIAL THANKS TO
JEWISH COMMUNITY PARTNERS • UNITED WAY OF THE MID-SOUTH

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
THE MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSION • INDIE MEMPHIS • FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES

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