Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema

76 Minutes / English

 SHALOM BOLLYWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIAN CINEMA celebrates the unlikely story of the 2000 year old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world’s largest film industry. The film is written and directed by Danny Ben-Moshe, an award winning filmmaker and one of Australia’s leading documentarians. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago, it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focusses on the lives of Indian cinema’s Jewish superstars at the heart of Bollywood from the turn of the 20th Century to the present day.

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Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Scandal in Ivansk

78 Minutes / English / Polish

 SCANDAL IN IVANSK explores how one word in the small Polish town of Ivansk ignites a nationwide controversy. Most of Ivansk’s Jews were murdered by the Nazis, and the headstones in the Jewish cemetery were desecrated.  A group of descendants of Ivansk Jews restore the town’s cemetery, retrieving as many headstones as they can.  When they commission a plaque that includes the word collaborator, a national scandal is unleashed.  This eye-opening documentary strives to understand why much of the country won’t accept collaborator to describe Polish people who aided the Nazis and benefited from the genocide of Jews.

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Oct
21
to Oct 22

The Last Suit

86 Minutes / Spanish / German / Polish / Yiddish

 An aging Jewish tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world, in the bittersweet road movie THE LAST SUIT. Eighty-eight year old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure to fulfill a promise from which he doesn’t expect to return. With assistance from a cast of kindly strangers, the sharply-dressed suit maker travels by train across Europe from Spain to Poland, in search of the man who saved him from certain death at Auschwitz. Heartfelt and charming, THE LAST SUIT exudes a poignant message of the enduring importance of family, friends and honor.

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Oct
21
3:00 PM15:00

Sunday Shorts

The winning student films from the 2018 SC Student Short Film Competition will be featured.  Middle school, high school students and college students created films using the theme Lo Ta’amod, a concept defined as not standing by while others are threatened or mistreated with rudeness, bullying, violence, racism or tolerance. Also, USC student short films created with the Anne Frank House Partnership will be shown.  Always a highlight of the Columbia Jewish Film Festival, students will participate in a panel after the screenings to answer questions about their films.  Staff from the Anne Frank House Partnership will join the panel to explain the work they are doing in South Carolina.

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Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

An Act of Defiance

124 Minutes – English / Afrikaans

AN ACT OF DEFIANCE is a rousing historical drama based on the real events of the pivotal 1963 Rivonia Trial in apartheid South Africa. A gutsy lawyer risks his career and family to defend Nelson Mandela and his inner circle. Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde captures a dark period in South Africa’s recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue. This film has won numerous film festival audience and jury awards, including honors for best film, actor, actress and script.

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Oct
14
5:30 PM17:30

Above the Drowning Sea

92 Minutes / English / Chinese

The dramatic escape of thousands of European Jews to Shanghai, who found safe harbor from the Nazis, is revealed in ABOVE THE DROWNING SEA. As Hitler advanced, Jewish families sought refuge in any country that would accept them. With every door closed, Ho Feng-Shan, the Chinese Consul in Vienna, courageously defied his own government and the Gestapo by issuing visas to the refugees.  Arriving on China’s eastern coast, the refugees faced new trials in a remote, unfamiliar land, caught up in its own civil war and chaos from foreign invasion.

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Oct
14
3:00 PM15:00

Shelter

Two women, a Mossad agent and a Lebanese informer, find themselves trapped in a labyrinth of deception, paranoia and intrigue, in the Israeli espionage thriller, SHELTER. Naomi is an Israeli special agent assigned to protect Mona, a Hezbollah turncoat recovering from identity-changing plastic surgery. Holed up for two weeks in a Hamburg safe house, they form an unexpected but fragile bond over a shared sense of loss and their difficult ties with maternity.  As geopolitical tensions rise, both women begin to question their beliefs, loyalties and own unfixed identities.

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Bye Bye Germany

102 Minutes / German / English

In BYE BYE GERMANY, a brisk, polished drama tempered with bittersweet humor, a defiant Holocaust survivor looks to strike it rich in postwar Frankfurt. Though haunted by his family’s murder at Auschwitz, hustler David Bermann is determined to eke out a living in his battle-scarred homeland. He recruits Jewish traveling salesmen to a shady scheme, selling overpriced linens door-to-door to guilt-ridden Germans. Meantime, he faces interrogation by an American military intelligence officer about his past as an alleged Nazi collaborator. This fresh historical perspective is an engaging salute to European Jews who chose to tough out painful memories to reclaim their lives.

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Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

Sammy Davis, Jr. : I've Got to Be Me

100 Minutes / English

SAMMY DAVIS JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME examines the life and art of an iconic entertainer as he blazed across the country from the Depression era through the 1980s. Directed by Peabody Award winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, this film focuses on Davis’s personal life and career while navigating the complex, complicated and often contradictory journey to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. Davis was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby hitching himself to another persecuted minority.

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Oct
29
3:00 PM15:00

The Pickle Recipe

October 29 at 3:00 pm
97 minutes / English

The Pickle Recipe, a delightful comedy, with an excellent cast including Oscar nominee, David Paymer and Lynn Cohen from Sex and the City, about a desperate, cash-strapped, deejay on the wedding and bar mitzvah circuit, and his attempts to steal his grandmother’s highly prized pickle recipe.

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Oct
24
7:00 PM19:00

Amor

October 24 at 7:00 pm
86 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles

After years of wandering, Daniel returns to his childhood home in Israel only to find that the love of his life, a former ballet teacher, lies bedridden with no hope of recovery. In this Israeli romance film, Amor, we are asked to contemplate the true nature of love and what it sometimes demands of us as the subject of “right to die” is debated.

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Oct
22
5:30 PM17:30

Aida's Secrets

October 22 at 5:30 pm
90 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Aida’s Secrets, a documentary, described by Time Magazine as “deeply moving and powerful film,” recounts the story of Izak, born inside the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp in 1945, sent to Israel for adoption and his quest for truth about his birth mother, discovery of an unknown brother and his father’s identity culminating in a reunion nearly 70 years later. Winner of the Audience Award at the Docaviv International Film Festival in Israel, Aida’s Secrets reveals the trauma of displaced persons through a series of emotional surprises, right until the closing credits.

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Oct
22
3:00 PM15:00

There Are Jews Here

October 22 at 3:00 pm
90 minutes / English

Throughout the United States, approximately, one million Jews live outside urban areas.  This poignant film, There are Jews Here, takes an intimate look at four once thriving American Jewish communities now fighting for survival due to attrition and assimilation including one desperate community, which is using cash and job assistance to recruit Jews to the area. There are Jews Here is a bittersweet look at a segment of American Jewish life.

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Oct
17
6:30 PM18:30

Who's Gonna Love Me Now?

October 17 at 7:00 pm
84 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? tells the story of a gay Israeli, once expelled from his religious kibbutz, making London his new home and the London Gay Men’s Chorus his new family and his journey back to Israel and reconciliation with his family. The film has been described, compassionately, as the tale of an extended homecoming, where going home is not a retreat, but the bravest and most necessary thing you can do.

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Oct
15
5:30 PM17:30

The Last Laugh

October 15 at 5:30 pm
84 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles

In The Last Laugh, an A-list roster of comedians, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverstein and Chris Rock, as well as holocaust survivors, ponder the controversial outer limits of comedy and more specifically, Holocaust humor. Archival material is used throughout the film which will surely create lively post-viewing discussions.

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Oct
15
2:00 PM14:00

Joe's Violin

October 15 at 2:00 pm
24 minutes / English


Part of Sunday Shorts with the CJFF Student Film Competition

This Oscar nominated short film Joe’s Violin, tells the story of a 91 year old Holocaust survivor who donates the violin, which he acquired in exchange for a pack of cigarettes in a displaced persons camp, to an instrument drive changing the life of a 12 year old girl in the Bronx. The film shows how the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times and how a small act can have a great impact.

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Oct
10
7:00 PM19:00

Monsieur Mayonnaise

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October 10 at 7:00 pm
95 minutes / English

Described as an epic adventure, starring artists, werewolves, heroes, Nazis, a comic book and baguettes with a lashings of French mayonnaise, Monsieur Mayonnaise, recounts the remarkable story, by Philippe Mora, of his German-Jewish father’s work with the French Resistance working with Marcel Marceau, to help smuggle hundreds of Jewish children into Switzerland and his mother’s miraculous escape from the gas chamber. From Variety Magazine, “an eye-catching romp sure to play well in the art house equivalent to the Borscht Belt.”

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Oct
8
6:00 PM18:00

On The Map

On the Map

85 minutes / English and Hebrew with English Subtitles (Family Friendly)

AT THE KATIE & IRWIN KAHN JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER

Told through the eyes of six American basketball players, On the Map, recounts the inspirational, against all odds, story of the Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 1977 European Basketball Championship, giving Israelis a much needed morale boost as they deal with the aftermath of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1972 Olympic massacre at Munich and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Through the lens of sports, this award winning film presents a much broader story of how one team captured the heart of the nation. Interviews with former NBA commissioner David Stern and basketball icon Bill Walton are featured, as well

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Nov
15
8:00 PM20:00

Borrowed Identity

BORROWED IDENTITY
November 15 at 8:00 pm
104 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles


Eyad, a Palestinian-Israeli teenager who wins a scholarship to an elite Jerusalem boarding school, is an outsider struggling to fit in with Jewish-Israeli culture in the late 1980s. Through the school’s community service initiative, he befriends Jonathan, who suffers from muscular dystrophy, and is embraced by Jonathan’s mother as a member of the family. As war looms, Eyad discovers love and disappointment, and makes a life-changing decision that alters the course of his future.

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Nov
15
5:30 PM17:30

My Italian Secret

MY ITALIAN SECRET
November 15 at 5:30 pm
92 minutes | English and Italian with English Subtitles


The untold saga of Italians who rescued Jews and other refugees fleeing the Nazis in World War II. Featuring Gino Bartali, the charismatic Italian cycling hero who risked his life over and over to save innocent lives.

 

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Nov
9
6:30 PM18:30

Felix & Meira

FELIX & MEIRA
November 9 at 6:30 pm
105 minutes | French, Yiddish, German with English Subtitles


Félix and Meira is a story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different realities mere blocks away from one another. As Félix opens Meira’s eyes to the world outside of her tight-knit Orthodox community, her desire for change becomes harder for her to ignore, ultimately forcing her to choose: remain in the life that she knows or give it all up to be with Félix.

 

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Nov
6
5:00 PM17:00

Once in a Lifetime

ONCE IN A LIFETIME
November 6 at 5:00 pm
105 minutes | French with English Subtitles

A teacher with 20 years of experience, Anne Gueguen is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. She is initially met with extreme resistance, until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor changes the class’s attitude dramatically.

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Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Apples From The Desert

Apples From The Desert
November 3 at 6:00 pm
96 minutes | Hebrew with English Subtitles

Rebecca Abravanel 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. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and on

 

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Nov
1
8:00 PM20:00

Remember

REMEMBER
November 1 at 8:00 pm
94 minutes | English

 

Academy Award-winner Christopher Plummer is a dementia-stricken Holocaust survivor out for revenge in master director Atom Egoyan’s supremely suspenseful thriller Remember.

Burdened with memory loss and his beloved wife’s recent passing, 90-year-old Zev Guttman (Plummer) is in a race against time to find personal catharsis and overdue justice. Having seemingly suppressed the wartime horrors of decades earlier, he is prompted to track down his fugitive Nazi tormentor by fellow Auschwitz survivor Max (Martin Landau), a wheelchair-bound resident of their New York City nursing home. Seizing on an elaborate mission of vengeance, Zev embarks on a cross-country odyssey to find the former commander responsible for murdering their families, who they now believe to be living somewhere in the country under an assumed identity. As Zev closes in on his target, his manhunt is complicated by his own constantly crumbling sense of self, leading inexorably to a shocking climax.

With Plummer lending considerable dignity and contained anguish to his character, Remember braids together themes of mourning and self-denial in an intensely paced and intricately plotted story under the skilled direction of the Oscar-nominated Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).

 

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Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

Moos

MOOS
November 1 at 6:00 pm
90 Minutes | Dutch with English Subtitles

It is Hanukkah evening and everything is the way it has always been for Moos. Except one thing: her long time childhood friend, Sam, has arrived as a surprise guest from Israel. With Sam back, Moos realizes her life has been on hold and she needs to follow her own dreams. To everyone’s surprise, she auditions for the academy of performing arts. Despite the encouragement from the handsome singing teacher Chris, Moos quickly learns that not everybody is as receptive to her talents and she might need an option B. Meanwhile, Sam starts to realize his feelings for Moos may not have faded over the years.

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Oct
30
1:30 PM13:30

Sabena Hijacking: My Version

SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION
October 30 at 1:30 pm
104 minutes | Hebrew, French & Arabic with English Subtitles

 

Striking reenactments and harrowing testimonies combine to riveting effect in this true story of a terrorist siege that forever shaped the Jewish State.

On May 8, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September seized control of Sabena Flight 971 shortly after take-off from Vienna en route to Tel Aviv. The next day, Israeli Special Forces launched a daring operation to rescue the passengers and retake the plane. SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION provides a moment-by-moment restaging of those nerve-racking hours. With the captain held at gunpoint and Jewish passengers separated from the others, the hijackers threatened to blow up the plane unless Israel agreed to release Palestinian prisoners. Events are recalled firsthand by passengers, newly discovered audio recordings of British pilot Reginald Levy, and an interview with the sole surviving hijacker. Also featured are future Israeli leaders Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak, who both took part in the raid, as well as Transport Minister Shimon Peres.

Captivating, fast-paced, and utterly suspenseful, SABENA HIJACKING: MY VERSION juxtaposes Israeli and Palestinian narratives to pose hard questions about the seeds and legacy of political terrorism.

Nominated for the Israeli Best Documentary Film Academy Award.

 

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Oct
30
12:00 PM12:00

Breakfast at Ina's

   Breakfast at Inas    October 30 at 12:00 pm 51 minutes | English   An affectionate homage to a beloved Chicago eatery and its magnetic namesake, Breakfast at Ina’s chronicles the final days of a restaurant as uniquely individual as its founder.    Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served generations of Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. With her decreased mobility from post-polio syndrome, the daily routine of running her latest West Loop breakfast spot takes its toll. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Coping with her childhood disability, the Brooklyn native faced further stigmatization after her interracial marriage during the civil rights tensions of the 1960s. Self-reliance and a passion for baking propelled her move into the restaurant business and realization of a dream to reinvent breakfast dining. Chicago filmmaker Mercedes Kane crosscuts Ina’s surprising biography with the loving accolades of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees, as the so-called Breakfast Queen herself presides over the dining room with a knowing smile.  Breakfast at Ina’s introduces an entrepreneur ahead of her time, who found a recipe for success in compassion, exacting standards and sheer willpower.

Breakfast at Inas

October 30 at 12:00 pm
51 minutes | English

An affectionate homage to a beloved Chicago eatery and its magnetic namesake, Breakfast at Ina’s chronicles the final days of a restaurant as uniquely individual as its founder.

Against all odds, Ina Pinkney created a mini-empire of eateries that served generations of Chicagoans with delicious comfort food and a warm welcome to match. With her decreased mobility from post-polio syndrome, the daily routine of running her latest West Loop breakfast spot takes its toll. As the countdown to her retirement approaches, Ina recalls the genesis of her beloved restaurant and the private adversity that shaped her indomitable spirit. Coping with her childhood disability, the Brooklyn native faced further stigmatization after her interracial marriage during the civil rights tensions of the 1960s. Self-reliance and a passion for baking propelled her move into the restaurant business and realization of a dream to reinvent breakfast dining. Chicago filmmaker Mercedes Kane crosscuts Ina’s surprising biography with the loving accolades of food critics, longtime clientele and devoted employees, as the so-called Breakfast Queen herself presides over the dining room with a knowing smile.  Breakfast at Ina’s introduces an entrepreneur ahead of her time, who found a recipe for success in compassion, exacting standards and sheer willpower.

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Nov
17
8:00 PM20:00

THE GETT

In Israel there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce. Only rabbis can legitimate a marriage or its dissolution. However, this dissolution is only possible with full consent from the husband, who in the end has more power than the judges. Viviane Amsalem has been applying for divorce for three years. But her husband Elisha will not agree. His cold intransigence, Viviane’s determination to fight for her freedom and the ambiguous role of the judges shape a procedure in which tragedy vies with absurdity, and everything is brought out for judgment, apart from the initial request.

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Nov
17
6:00 PM18:00

DOUGH

94 minutes | English
An old Jewish baker struggles to keep his business afloat until he hires a young Muslim apprentice who accidentally drops cannabis in the dough and sends sales sky high

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