MOBILE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

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The 2014 Mobile Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Mobile Area Jewish Federation and the University of South Alabama, is over.  However, read below and see what you missed!! 

 

2014 MOBILE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP

“PORTRAIT OF WALLY”
Thursday, January 9th
2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Mobile Museum of Art
Reservations must be made through the MAJF Office (251-343-7197) for the 7 p.m. showing

Portrait of WallyThis documentary traces the history of Egon Schiele’s tender painting of affection toward his young lover, to the seizure of the picture from a Jewish family by the Nazis, to the surprise resurfacing of “Wally” and the legal battle that ensues.

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“BESA – THE PROMISE”
Sunday, January 12th
3 p.m.
Springhill Avenue Temple 

BESA The PromiseThis true story weaves Albania’s heroism in WWII through the journeys of two men.  Renowned Jewish photographer, Norman Gershman, is determined to document accounts of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.  The other is Rexhep Hoxha, an Albanian Muslim, who must fulfill the promise made to a Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust.  Shown in more than 20 Jewish Film Festivals.  

Jason Williams, one of the film’s producers, will be our guest speaker.

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“SUSKIND”
Tuesday, January 14th
7 p.m.
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
University of South Alabama

SuskindThis feature film tells the gripping story of a Jewish industrialist who saved hundreds of Dutch children from the death camps during WWII.  Joining the Jewish Council charged with the devil’s work of overseeing the orderly transfer of fellow Jews, Suskind exploits his position to protect his family and maneuver some 600 children to safety.  When the SS commandant realizes that his friendship with Suskind has been betrayed, the Nazis ruthlessly exact revenge.  Earlier this year, “Suskind” was voted best feature film at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.

Roy Hoffman, author and journalist will lead a discussion after the film.

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“FILL THE VOID”
Wednesday, January 15th
7 p.m.
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
University of South Alabama

Fill the VoidEighteen-year-old Shira, the youngest daughter of this Hassidic family is about to be married off to a promising young man.  A dream come true.  Only her sister, Esther, dies while giving birth to the first grandchild and the pain and grief that overwhelms the family postpones Shira’s promised match.  Talk of the son-in-law leaving the country with the baby prompts the mother to propose a match between Shira and the widower.  Shira will have to choose between her heart’s wish and her family duty.  The New York Times calls the film both accessible and thrilling.  It is completely unexpected and entirely believable.

Rabbi Steven Silberman will introduce the film.

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“THE OTHER SON”
Thursday, January 16th
7 p.m.
Laidlaw Performing Arts Center
University of South Alabama

The Other SonAs Joseph prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, he discovers he is not his parents’ biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank.  This revelation turns the lives of these families upside-down, forcing them to re-assess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.  This moving and provocative film has been shown at numerous festivals around the country.

A dessert reception will follow the film.

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“BROADWAY MUSICALS: A JEWISH LEGACY”
Sunday, January 19th
3 p.m.
Ahavas Chesed Synagogue

Broadway Musicals A Jewish LegacyWe explore the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.  Narrated by Joel Grey, the film features interviews and conversations with some of the greatest composers and writers of the Broadway stage.  With performances by stars such as David Hyde Pierce, Matthew Broderick, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Fanny Brice and many more.

Join us after the film for dessert and a Broadway sing-a-long with Terry Maddox.

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“BESA – THE PROMISE”  (Encore Performance)
Tuesday, January 21st
7 p.m.
USABC Performance Center in the heart of Fairhope

BESA The PromiseThis true story weaves Albania’s heroism in WWII through the journeys of two men.  Renowned Jewish photographer, Norman Gershman, is determined to document accounts of the Albanian Muslims who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.  The other is Rexhep Hoxha, an Albanian Muslim who must fulfill the promise made to a Jewish family his father rescued during the Holocaust.  Shown in more than 20 Jewish Film Festivals.

(click here to view trailer)

“ORCHESTRA OF EXILES”  
Wednesday, January 22nd
7 p.m.
Bernheim Hall
Ben May Library

Orchestra of ExilesFeaturing Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Pinkas Zukerman and others, this film is the suspenseful chronicle of how one man helped save Europe’s premiere Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis during WWII.  With courage, resourcefulness and an entourage of allies, violinist Bronislaw Huberman saved close to 1000 Jews – along with the musical heritage of Europe.

Scott Speck, musical director and conductor of the Mobile Symphony Orchestra will introduce the film.

This film is presented in partnership with the Mobile Public Library.

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