Jewish Film Classes Winter/Spring 2016

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For more information contact Laurie Herman - 414-967-8212.

All films are part of Tapestry: Art & Ideas at the JCC.

Sunday, February 7 • 1 pm 112 Weddings (USA) (2014)
In this delightful documentary, filmmaker and wedding videographer Doug Block looks at footage of couples talking about their feelings on their wedding day – and then skips years, and askes them for their current views of marriage, and whether it was what they had originally anticipated. Instructor: Dr. Sharon Fedderly. 1 hr. 35 min. • Ages 14 to Adult

Sunday, March 6 • 3 pm Killing Kasztner (Israel) (2014)
Hero or Traitor? Rudolf Kasztner, one of the most controversial Jewish figures of the Holocaust, bargained with Eichmann and saved the lives of over 1600 Jews, but at a terrible price. This fascinating documentary examines his choice and includes many interviews – including his probable Israeli assassin. Hebrew and English with subtitles. Instructor: Moshe Katz 2 hrs. Ages 14 to adult • Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Center and Israel Center both of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Sunday, April 3 • 4 pm Farewell, Herr Schwartz  (Germany/Israel) (2014)
Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Haifa International Film Festival, this fascinating documentary tells the true story about how director Yael Reuveny — a thirty-year-old Israeli and the daughter of Holocaust survivors — moves to Germany and learns startling secrets about her family’s past. Hebrew, German & English with subtitles Instructor: Dr. Amy Shapiro 1 hr. 36 min. Ages 13 to Adult. 

Sunday, June 5 • 1 pm Valley of Strength (Gei Oni) (Israel) (2010)
In this beautiful love story, a young Russian immigrant with a baby emigrates to Palestine at the end of the 19th century after her husband has been killed in a pogrom. There she meets and marries a widower with two children, and the two of them move to Northern Palestine. Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Yiddish & Turkish with subtitles. Instructor: Adina Altshull 1 hr. 36 min. Ages 13 to Adult.Co-sponsored by The Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation


Explore some of Hollywood's top Jewish film stars, followed by discussion with film mavens.

Sunday, May 22  • 4 pm Barbra Streisand (Inside the Actor''s Studio) (2012)
In this extraordinary interview, Barbra Streisand frankly discusses the hurdles of her career, her successes, and the things that are most important to her in life with host James Lipton. Streisand is one of the only individuals to receive an Emmy, a Grammy, a Tony and an Oscar. Instructor: Jody Hirsh 1 hr. 24 min. • Ages 12 to Adult

 

This cluster of programs enables us to examine more closely some of the very difficult choices and challenges that real individuals faced in the Shoah - and to grow through the process

Thursday, March 3 • 7 pm Partisans of Vilna  (USA) (1986)
When is killing justifiable? This outstanding classic documentary includes first-hand interviews with 40 partisan survivors who fought the Nazis in the forests of Lithuania., including Israeli poet Abba Kovner.  Instructor: Dr. Shay Pilnik 2 hr. 10 min. Ages 14 to Adult. • Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education & Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Sunday, March 6 • 3 pm Killing Kasztner (Israel) (2014)
Hero or Traitor? Rudolf Kasztner, one of the most controversial Jewish figures of the Holocaust, bargained with Eichmann and saved the lives of over 1600 Jews, but at a terrible price. This fascinating documentary examines his choice and includes many interviews – including his probable Israeli assassin. Hebrew and English with subtitles. Instructor: Moshe Katz 2 hrs. Ages 14 to adult • Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Center & Israel Center both of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Thursday, March 31 • 7 pm The Shop on Main Street (Ibchod na Korze) (Czechoslovakia) (1965)
What were some of the choices faced by “ordinary men” – by “good people” in countries fallen under Nazi rule? This Academy-Award winning gem of a classic, starring Ida Kaminska, looks at what happens when a simple carpenter is put in charge of a business run by an elderly Jewish woman. Slovakian & English with subtitles. Instructor: Jody Hirsh 2 hrs. 5 min. Ages 14 to adult • Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.


Co-sponsored by The Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Thursday, March 10 • 7 pm Zero Motivation (Israel) (2014)
This “black comedy” about everyday life for young women soldiers in the Israeli army was nominated for 12 Ophir (Israeli equivalent of the Oscars) Awards and won 6, including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film depicts a unit of young women serving in a Human Resources Office on a remote desert base. Hebrew with English subtitles Instructor: Amit Yani Zehavi 1 hr. 37 min. Ages 16 to Adult. 

Thursday, March 17 • 7 pm A Borrowed Identity (Dancing Arabs) (Isarel) (2014)
In this coming-of-age drama, a gifted Palestinian-Israeli boy, Eyad, is given the opportunity to study in a prestigious boarding school in Jerusalem – where he is the only Arab. Eyad struggles to fit in with Israeli society, dates an Israeli girl, and befriends a Jewish physically handicapped youth. Based on the semi-autobiographical book by Sayed Kashua. Hebrew, Arabic, English & German with subtitles Instructor: Alex Blumin. 1 hr. 44 min Ages 16 to Adult.

Thursday, April 7 • 7 pm The Farewell Party (Mita Tova) (Isarel) (2014)
Euthanasia is not generally the stuff of comedies – but this humorous and edgy drama utilizes a cast of some of Israel’s top veteran actors to grapple with the ethics of end-of-life issues. A group of elderly friends band together to try to help one of their own who is suffering a terminal illness and in pain. One develops a machine for self euthanasia – which leads to numerous moral issues. Winner of 4 Israeli Ophir Awards, including Best Actor. Hebrew with subtitles Instructor: Dr. Steven Moffic & Dr. Herzl Spiro. 1 hr. 35 min Ages 14 to Adult. *Special presentation about views on euthanasia at 6:30 pm.



Tuesday, March 22 • 7pm Wonderful Women
Our shalicha, Amit Yaniv-Zehavi, shares excerpts from 3 films created in a project in Israel, sponsored by the Jewish Agency, called “Wonderful Women”. In this project, 16 women – 8 secular women and 8 haredi women – come together to communicate and form bonds to improve community relations. Instructor: Amit Yaniv-Zehavi • Co-sponsored by The Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation


This brand new series examines a multitude of journeys within the human and the Jewish experience – physical journeys, emotional journeys, journeys of discovery and journeys of growth. The series is sponsored in part through the Sandy Hoffman Cultural Arts Fund

Sunday, April 3 • 4 pm Farewell, Herr Schwartz  (Germany/Israel) (2014)
Winner of the Best Documentary Prize at the Haifa International Film Festival, this fascinating documentary tells the true story about how director Yael Reuveny — a thirty-year-old Israeli and the daughter of Holocaust survivors — moves to Germany and learns startling secrets about her family’s past. Hebrew, German & English with subtitles Instructor: Dr. Amy Shapiro 1 hr. 36 min. Ages 13 to Adult. Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education & Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. A light dessert reception will follow this inaugural series, sponsored in memory of Sandy Hoffman.

Tuesday, April 12 • 7 pm Hanna's Journey (Hannas Reise)  (Germany) (2013)
Hanna, an attractive and intelligent young German woman, travels to Israel to volunteer with the disabled - solely so she can add this to her professional resume. Little does she expect to find some life-changing experiences along the journey – as well as romance. Hebrew, German & English with subtitles Instructor: Dr. Sherry Blumberg 1 hr. 40 min. Ages 13 to Adult.

Tuesday, May 3 • 7 pm Run Boy Run (Lauf Junge Lauf)  (Germany/France/Poland) (2013)
Based on a true story, this powerful drama follows an 8-year-old boy named Srulik who flees from the Warsaw Ghetto, survives in the forest and then takes on a Christian identity, with the help of strangers. Based on the bestseller by Israeli author Uri Orlev. Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew & German with subtitles. Note: Includes scenes of violence. Instructor: Jeffrey Gingold 1 hr. 41 min. Ages 13 to Adult. • Co-sponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education & Resource Center

Thursday, June 2 • 7 pm Orange People (Anashim Ketumim)  (Israel) (2013)
This colorful drama of magical realism focuses on three generations of Moroccan Jewish women in Israel who grapple with tradition vs modernity – including a soothsayer grandma; her two modern daughters, and her granddaughter, who would like to follow in her grandma’s footsteps. Hebrew with subtitles. Instructor: Amit Yaniv-Zehavi & Laurie Herman 1 hr. 45 min. Ages 14 to Adult. • Co-sponsored by the Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Sunday, June 5 • 1 pm Valley of Strength (Gei Oni) (Israel) (2010)
In this beautiful love story, a young Russian immigrant with a baby emigrates to Palestine at the end of the 19th century after her husband has been killed in a pogrom. There she meets and marries a widower with two children, and the two of them move to Northern Palestine. Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Yiddish & Turkish with subtitles. Instructor: Adina Altshull 1 hr. 36 min. Ages 13 to Adult.Co-sponsored by The Israel Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

 

Presented by the Jewish Artists Laboratory - For information about these films contact Jody Hirsh at 414-967-8199 or jhirsh@jccmilwaukee.org

Monday, January 25 • 7 pm Feminists, Insha'allah!: The History of Arab Feminism (2014)
Filmmaker and author Feriel Ben Mahmoud tracks the progress of Arab women in their long march to assert their full rights and achieve empowerment. Instructor: Helene Fischman

Monday, February 8 • 7 pm My Daughter, the Terrorist
Instructor: Helene Fischman

Monday, February 22 • 7 pm Born Into Brothels
Instructor: Helene Fischman

Monday, March 14 • 7 pm  Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power
Instructor: Helene Fischman

 

For more information contact Laurie Herman lherman@jccmilwaukee.org / 414-967-8212