Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival at Sabes Jewish Community Center
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The last date listed for Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival was Sunday April 1, 2012 / 2:00pm (Kaddish for a Friend).
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Shirlee Sherkow
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No. 4 Street of our Lady was a fabulous documentary. It was moving and emotional, but definitely worth-while. I also enjoyed the discussion afterwards with Jodie. A lot of interesting comments and suggestions were mentioned. I am also scheduled to see another movie on Thursday, so I am excited about the Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival.
*Sunday, March 18, at Noon: Fluchkes
*This showing in memory of Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin A group of colorful, energetic 72 to 82 year old women bravely confront the hardships and demands of the art of dance. Fluchkes (Yiddish for flabby arms) follows the creation process of the dance performance “Gila”. At the same time, these honest and conscious women openly share their personal experience and feelings of growing older. Presenting a unique personal view of old age, this documentary follows the group over the course of a year of rehearsals, hardships, failures and intrigues to achieve friendship, happiness, beauty and inspirational success. Directed by Ofer Inov I Israel, 2011 I 54 minutes I Hebrew with English Subtitles | Recommended for all ages.
Sunday, March 18 at 2:00pm and Sunday, April 1 at Noon: *_Torn*_
Can one be a Catholic priest and an Observant Jew at the same time? Twelve years after he was ordained as a Polish Catholic priest, Romuald Waszkinel discovers that he was born to Jewish parents, and that his name was Jacob Weksler. Torn between two identities, he is required to choose one. Unable to renounce either he is rejected by both Catholics and Jews. This documentary follows his amazing journey from conducting mass in Poland to life as an observant Jew in a kibbutz in Israel. Directed by Ronit Kertsner I Israel, 2011 | 72 minutes I Polish, Hebrew & French with English Subtitles | Recommended for all ages Nominated for Best Feature Length Documentary Film, Israeli Documentary Forum Awards 2011
*Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm: My Australia
*Single mother Helina struggles to raise her sons in 1960’s Poland. After the fatherless boys join a neighborhood gang with a strong Neo Nazi orientation and are arrested for attacking Jewish youngsters, she decides to tell her streetwise boys the truth: she is a Jew who survived the Holocaust and raised them in the Catholic faith. Fearing the dangerous road the boys are going down, Helina decides to move them away from Poland. The youngest boy is told they are immigrating to Australia, the place of his dreams, when in truth they are immigrating to Israel. This touching family drama explores the struggles of finding one’s identity, while building a new life in a foreign land. Directed by Ami Drozd I Israel-Poland, 2010 I 96 minutes I Hebrew & Polish with English Subtitles | Recommended for ages 14 and up (language) Winner, Audience Award, 2011 Jerusalem Film Festival Sunday,
*March 25th at Noon: As Seen Through These Eyes
*As Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary, she reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists took their fate into their own hands to make a compelling statement about the human spirit, while enduring unimaginable odds. Directed by Hilary Helstein I USA 2010 I 74 Minutes I English | Recommended for ages 12 and up Best Documentary: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, Winnipeg International Film Festival and Audience Favorite, Toronto Jewish Film Festival
Following the screening will be a Q & A panel with the director.
*Sunday, March 25, at 2:00pm: My First Wedding
*Jewish-born Adrián and Catholic-born Leonora have finally reached their wedding day! Instead of gracefully embracing matrimony, Adrián spends the hours leading up to the ceremony trying to postpone it, not because he’s got cold feet (or does he?), but because he’s clumsily lost both his and his bride-to-be’s sacred wedding rings. Disaster ensues in director Ariel Winograd’s winning comedy about the politics of the proverbial “Big Day.” Directed by Ariel Winograd I Argentina 2011 I 102 Minutes I Spanish with English Subtitles | Recommended for ages 12 and up Third Highest Grossing Film in Argentina Opening Weekend; Nominated for 4 Argentinian Academy Awards, 2011
*Sunday, March 25 at 4:00pm: Remembrance
*Inspired by actual events, this drama depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland in 1944. In a daring escape, Tomasz a young Polish prisoner rescues his Jewish lover Hannah Silberstein but during the chaos at the end of the war they lose each other. Thirty years later, Hannah believes she has seen Tomasz, in an interview on TV. The now married Hannah begins a new search for the man she thought she lost at the end of WWII. Directed by Anna Justice (Max Minsky and Me) I Germany, 2011 I 105 Minutes I German, Polish and English with English Subtitles | Recommended for ages 16 and up. Winner, Audience Award, Berlin and Beyond Film Festival, San Francisco, 2011
*Sunday, March 25th at 7:00pm: Naomi
*Based on Israeli playwright Edna Mayza’s best-selling novel, this award-winning psychological thriller tells the tale of a 58-year-old astrophysics professor who is obsessively in love with his young wife, Naomi. When he discovers that his deepest fears have come true, he is unable to control himself. This suspenseful drama is about guilt, love and unlimited devotion. Directed by Eitan Zur I Israel-France, 2010 I 102 minutes I Hebrew with English Subtitles | Recommended for ages 18 and up (content) Critics Weeks at Venice Film Festival 2010; Three nominations 2010 Israel Film Academy.
*Wednesday, March 21st at 7:00pm: Bride Flight
*This lavish romantic drama charts the lives of three women who escape the gloom of post-WWII Holland for what they hope will be a better life in New Zealand. Ada, the shy but sensual farm girl, Marjorie, who dreams of a big family, and Esther, a Holocaust survivor who aspires to be a fashion designer, become fast friends during the long flight taking them to their waiting husbands, who have already settled in Christchurch, NZ. During the long flight the women and a dashing young man become fast friends. Upon arrival, they part ways to start their new lives, but their paths continue to cross with chance meetings resulting in adultery, betrayal and near tragedy leading up to a reunion some fifty years later. Directed by Ben Sombogaart I Netherlands 2011 I 130 Minutes I Dutch and English with English Subtitles | Recommended for ages 18 and up (content, nudity) Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival: Audience Favorite Award
*Sunday, April 1 at 2:00pm: _Kaddish for a Friend _
*Fourteen-year-old Ali Messalam learned to hate Jews while growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp. After escaping Lebanon, he and his family arrive in Berlin-Kreuzberg, Germany. In an attempt to prove himself and fit in with fellow Arab youths, he is challenged to break into the neighboring apartment of an 84-year-old Jewish WWII veteran. Ali’s “friends” follow him into the apartment and wreak havoc. After being recognized, Ali must seek out closeness to his neighbor to avoid being sentenced and deported. This tragicomic drama delves into unexpected friendships, trust and the art of forgiveness. Directed by Leo Khasin I Germany 2011 I 94 Minutes I German with English Subtitles | Recommended for ages 14 and up