Annual Jewish Film Festival

The 2013 Jewish Film Series (With the exception of the May 1 sponsor event, all films screen on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center)

May 1 at 6:00 p.m. “Orchestra of Exiles” 
tells the dramatic story of Bronislaw Huberman, the celebrated Polish violinist who rescued some of the world’s greatest musicians from Nazi Germany, creating one of the world’s most renowned orchestras. His Palestine Philharmonic has become the Israeli Philharmonic. 85 minutes. The film will be introduced by CSO Executive Director Molly Sasse.

May 22:  “A Bottle in the Gaza Sea”Following the bombing of a local café, the 17-year-old daughter of French immigrants to Israel throws a bottle into the sea near Gaza with a message asking for an explanation. When a 20-year-old Palestinian boy discovers the bottle and tries to answer her question via email, they develop a friendship. 111 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles.

May 29:  “Making Trouble” A documentary about six of the greatest female comic performers of the last century: Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Gilda Radner, and Wendy Wasserstein. The film, hosted by four of today’s funniest women— Judy Gold, Jackie Hoffman, Cory Kahaney, and Jessica Kirson — is about what it means to be Jewish, female, and funny. 85 minutes, English

June 5:  “The World is Funny” This film follows the wanderings of and connections between a network of characters. As they struggle in this “dramedy,” it becomes clear that there are times when the best response to life is, “The world is funny, so I laugh.”  122 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles

June 12: “Hava Nagila (The Movie)” A documentary about the history of the great Jewish standard. Featuring interviews with Harry Belafonte, Leonard Nimoy, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Regina Spektor and more, the film follows the party song on its journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of the United States. 75 minutes, English

June 19: “The Other Son” Two boys, one Israeli and one Palestinian, born on the same night during a bombing attack discover at 18 that they were switched at birth by mistake. As the boys become friends, their families have to reevaluate their beliefs and resistance to each others’ cultures.105 minutes, French, Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles

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