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Film Schedule

Sunday, October 22, 2017 (Celebration Cinema Crossroads)

2:00 PM  On The Map

4:00 PM  The Testament

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 (Kalamazoo College, Light Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall)

7:00 PM  Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (Congregation of Moses)

7:00 PM  1945

Sunday, October 29, 2017 (Celebration Cinema Crossroads)

2:00 PM  Big Sonia

4:00 PM  The Women’s Balcony


Southwest Michigan Jewish Film Festival Lineup

On The Map

Sponsored by an anonymous donor

Film Details:

Country: Israel, United States

Language: English, Hebrew (with English subtitles)

Running Time:  85 minutes

Director: Dani Menken

Year: 2016

Genre: Documentary

Rating: Not rated (appropriate for all ages)

 

Overview: Through the lens of sports, On The Map is the story of how one team captured the heart of a nation amidst domestic turmoil and the Cold War.

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The Testament 

Sponsored by an anonymous donor

Film Details:

Country: Israel

Language: Hebrew and German (with English subtitles), English

Running Time: 96 minutes

Director: Amichai Greenberg

Year: 2017

Genre: Drama

Rating: Not Rated (some adult themes, recommended for ages 15 and up)

 

Overview: In this Israeli thriller, a Holocaust historian pursues the truth behind a massacre that occurred in Austria during WWII.  The mystery deepens as he risks everything to move his investigation forward, and along the way, secrets about his own family are revealed.

 

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Doing Jewish: A Story From Ghana

Sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at Kalamazoo College

Film Details:

Country: Canada

Language: English, Sefwi and Twi (with English subtitles)

Running Time: 84 minutes

Director: Gabrielle Zilkha

Year: 2016

Genre: Documentary

Rating: Not Rated (appropriate for ages 12 and up)

 

Overview: A Canadian filmmaker completes a spiritual journey in a remote township in Ghana, where she meets an isolated Jewish community struggling to maintain its centuries-old existence.

Speaker: Jeffrey Haus, PhD, Director of the Jewish Students Program at Kalamazoo College, will lead a question and answer session after the film.

 

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1945 

Sponsored by David and Valery Ohmart

Film Details:

Country: Hungary

Language: Hungarian (with English subtitles)

Running Time: 91 minutes

Director: Ferenc Torok

Year: 2017

Genre: Drama

Rating: Not rated (recommended for adults only)

 

Overview: Filmmaker Ferenc Torok describes 1945 as “a tense and exciting criminal story, which takes place in the Hungarian countryside during the summer of 1945, right after the end of World War II.” During wedding preparations, mysterious foreigners arrive in the village, and secrets and past sins begin to reveal themselves.

 

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Big Sonia

Sponsored by Child and Family Psychological Services

Film Details:

Country: United States

Language: English

Running Time: 93 minutes

Directors: Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday

Year: 2016

Genre: Documentary

Rating: Not rated (recommended for ages 10 and up)

 

Overview:  A diminutive Holocaust survivor with an oversized personality and indomitable spirit dispenses life lessons in this inspirational documentary.

 

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The Women’s Balcony

Sponsored by Anne Arbetter Fischell and Family

Film Details:

Country: Israel

Language: Hebrew (with English subtitles)

Running Time: 96 minutes

Directors: Emil Ben-Shimon

Year: 2016

Genre: Comedy

Rating: Not rated (some adult themes)

 

Overview:  After the collapse of the women’s balcony in an Israeli Orthodox congregation, a charismatic young rabbi has an immediate impact on the struggling congregation.  This warm comedy, nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards, is a story about brave, strong women who fight for their place in their community and their homes.

 

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