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We close at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 4, and remain closed Wednesday, October 5, 2022, for Yom Kippur. Regular hours resume on Thursday, October 6.

Schedule of Films

Virtual Films

Please Note: Sales of tickets will stop 2 hours prior to the screening window time. Streaming time begins at 6:00 pm and ends at 6:00 pm on respective days.

Films can be streamed on any “smart” device: a smart TV, a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone. If you have the capacity for phone-to-TV-screen mirroring, that is also an option. Two hours prior to the film screening window you will be  sent an email with a unique screening link. For the safety and integrity of our film festival and patrons, you must not forward this link to anyone. The link will only be good during the designated 48 hour screening time.

The intent of the single virtual ticket is that members of a household will view together. We recommend viewing the film earlier in the window to allow time for troubleshooting or technical difficulties to be addressed.

A Radiant Girl (Une jeune fille qui va bien)

Streaming: Thursday, April 28 – Saturday, April 30

(PG) | France | 2021 | 98 minutes | director: Sandrine Kiberlain | Drama/History | French
Irene, a bubbly 19-year-old Jewish girl is living a carefree life in 1942 Paris, discovering new love and a passion for the theater. However, she does not realize that time may be running out.

My Dearest Enemy

Streaming: Sunday, May 1 – Tuesday, May 3

(PG) | Israel | 2021 | 100 minutes | director: Tzipi Trope | Drama | Hebrew
My Dearest Enemy tells the story of a friendship between two women, Alice, an Israeli Arab professor and Maya, a Jewish artist, who met at age 14 in Jerusalem. The film spans over 25 years as they struggle to keep their friendship in the midst of their communities’ ever growing toxic conflict.  

Talkback Zoom Event | Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Talkback on My Dearest Enemy with writer and director Zipora “Tzipi” Trope. Trope is also a teacher at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

My Dearest Enemy is a compelling story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as seen, not through the lens of politics or history, but by following a lifelong relationship between two close friends, one an Israeli Jew and the other a Palestinian Muslim.

Wet Dog (Ein Nasser Hund)

Streaming: Wednesday, May 4 – Friday, May 6

(PG-13) | Germany | 2021 | 103 minutes | director: Damir Lukacevic | Drama | Hebrew
Soheil, a young Iranian-German, discovers his Jewish roots. At the age of 16, Soheil, together with his parents, moves from Göttingen to the Wedding District of Berlin. At first, Soheil feels at ease because he has the same black hair and dark skin as everyone else in this multicultural neighborhood. In order to blend in, Soheil paints graffiti, obtains a Muslim girlfriend, and joins an Arabic gang. But when a young Arab spots the Star of David dangling from his chain, Soheil quickly becomes a target of hatred. From that moment on Soheil hides his identity. But as his feeling of alienation grows Soheil musters up the courage to learn about his Jewish heritage. Based on a true story and the autobiographical book.

Sponsored by: Hadassah

Xueta Island

Streaming: Saturday, May 7 – Monday, May 9

(NR) | Spain | 2021 | 63 minutes | director: Ofer Laszewicki | Documentary | Spanish, Catalan, English

Xueta Island explores the fascinating legacy of the Xuetas (pronounced Chuetas): a unique group of families on the Balearic island of Majorca who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population. Though they were practicing Catholics, the Chuetas were discriminated against up until the middle of the 20th century, always forced to marry within their subgroup population. Many are now rediscovering their Jewishness.

Red Star (La Estrella Roja)

Streaming: Tuesday, May 10 – Thursday, May 12

(PG) | Argentina | 2021 | 72 minutes | director: Gabriel Matias Lichtmann | Comedy/Mystery/Biography | Spanish

In this audacious mockumentary from filmmaker Gabriel Lichtmann, a fictionalized version of the director attempts to piece together uncovered evidence regarding the existence of Laila Salama, a ’30s-era Purim beauty queen who was the daughter of an MI6 agent–and whose decades of activities to subvert the Nazi cause culminated with an unheralded contribution to the capture of Adolph Eichmann.

Sponsored by: L&L

Special Screening at the Transit Drive-In

Please be sure to arrive early, and enjoy activities and music prior to the screening. Gates will open at 7:30 and the screening will begin at dusk. You do not need to bring proof of purchase to the event, your name will be added to the film viewing list for check-in at the gates. The concession stand and restrooms will be open for the event. Tickets will be sold at the door at non-member pricing unless the event sells-out in advance. Directions to the Transit Drive-In

The Raft

Thursday, May 12 | 7:30 pm

(PG) | Israel | 2021 | 90 minutes | director: Oded Raz | Drama | Hebrew

Three Israeli teens decide to build a raft and sail to the championship final in Cyprus. During their journey, their friendship will be put to the test as they will get a taste of first love and discover traits and skills in themselves that they didn’t know existed. The innocent adventure evolves into a coming of age journey they will never forget.

Sponsored by: Israel Bonds

 

Screening at the Amherst Dipson Theater

Please be sure to arrive early. You do not need to bring proof of purchase to the theater, your name will be added to the film viewing list. Please check in with the volunteer committee members that are seated at the table in the center of the lobby. Additional tickets can be purchased at the theater for full price. Directions to the Amherst Dipson Theater.

Kiss Me Kosher

Friday, May 13 | 4:00 pm
Monday, May 16 | 7:30 pm

(PG-13) | Israel | 2020 | 101 minutes | director: Shirel Peleg | Romance/Comedy | Hebrew

Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same-sex wedding in this screwball romantic comedy.

A subversive love story between clashing cultures and families, Kiss Me Kosher is a romantic misadventure crossing all borders.

Sponsored by: Monica Neuwirt and Dale Anderson

Here We Are

Saturday, May 14 | 7:30 pm
Monday, May 16 | 4:00 pm

(PG) | Israel | 2020 | 94 minutes | director: Nir Bergman | Drama | Hebrew

Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri, even giving up lucrative work as a graphic designer and separating from his wife. Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?

Winner of four awards from the Israeli Film Academy.

Sponsored by: Howard Rosenhoch and Jody Goldstein

Fiddler’s Journey To The Big Screen

Sunday, May 15 | 1:00 pm

(NR) | U.S.A. | 2022 | 88 minutes | director: Daniel Raim | Documentary | English

Fifty years after the life-affirming tale of Tevye the milkman leaped from stage to screen, the beloved movie’s complete “making-of” odyssey is now told. Reimagining the Broadway hit into a widescreen epic is visionary director Norman Jewison for whom the project proves deeply personal and transformative. Rare on-location footage and newly found stills put viewers in the director’s chair, while the filmmakers, key collaborators, and cast – including lead actor Topol, composer John Williams, and production designer Robert F. Boyle, – offer surprising production anecdotes. Narrated by Jeff Goldblum, this engrossing insider account captures the triumphs and trials of the creative process and Fiddler’s unparalleled impact as a cultural force.

Sponsored by: Amherst Memorial Chapel and Mark Goldman

Three Minutes – A Lengthening

Tuesday, May 17 | 7:30 pm

(NR) | U.K. | 2021 | 69 minutes | director: Bianca Stigter | Documentary | English

Three Minutes – A Lengthening presents a home movie shot by David Kurtz in 1938 in a Jewish town in Poland. The film is a haunting essay about history and memory. As long as we are watching, history is not over yet. The three minutes of footage, mostly in color, are the only moving images left of the Jewish inhabitants of Nasielsk before the Holocaust. Those precious minutes are examined moment by moment to unravel the human stories hidden in the celluloid.

Narration by Helena Bonham Carter.

Sponsored by: Holocaust Resource Center and Gunilla and Daniel Kester

Talkback following screening of film

Following the screening of Three Minutes: A Lengthening view a pre-recorded Q&A with Dr. Glenn Kurtz author of “Three Minutes in Poland: Discovering a Lost World in a 1938 Family Film” which the documentary film was based on. The book was named a “Best Book of 2014” by The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and National Public Radio. The Los Angeles Times called the book “marvelous” and “breathtaking,” and it has received high critical praise in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chicago Tribune, and many other publications.

Image of Victory

Wednesday, May 18 | 7:30 pm

(PG-13) | Israel | 2021 | 128 minutes | director: Avi Nesher | Drama/History | Hebrew,Arabic,Spanish

May, 1948. Israel has announced its intention to formally declare independence. But its enemies are waiting. Huge Egyptian strike force rumbles across the Israeli frontier, intending to bulldoze its way to Tel Aviv and bring utter destruction. But first, it must deal with a small obstruction: the young kibbutz of Nitzanim.

Told from the point of view of an Egyptian propaganda film maker at the front, and through the eyes of the kibbutz community, Image of Victory is a stirring epic tale of courage during the first battle for Israel’s independence.

Sponsored by Israel Bonds

Song Searcher

Thursday, May 19 | 7:30 pm

(NR) | Russia | 2021 | 82 minutes | director: Elena Yakovich | Documentary/Music/History | Russian, Yiddish, English

Moyshe Beregovsky, a musician and scholar, crisscrossed Ukraine with phonograph in hand during the most dramatic years of Soviet history in order to record and study the traditional music of Ukrainian Jewry. His work began in the 1920’s and led to his arrest and imprisonment in a Stalinist labor camp in 1950. Most of those people he recorded on hundreds of fragile wax cylinders were shot by the Nazis and tossed into countless mass graves. Ultimately, Beregovsky succeeded in saving the musical heritage of the centuries-old Yiddish civilization. He rescued the Living Voice of his people from the flames of the Holocaust but paid for it with his life.

Sponsored by: Richard and Karen Zakalik

Talkback following screening of film

David Zakalik, Yiddishist and translator-in-training, is the editor and co-facilitator of the Beregovski Reading Circle. This international online community of musicians and scholars read and translates scholarly articles by Ukrainian-Jewish ethnographer Moishe Beregovski from the original Yiddish. Though Zakalik is not connected to the documentary, he will lead a talkback about Song Searcher, incorporating his experience engaging with Beregovski’s work as a translator and musician. 

Zakalik will also be leading the Ithaca Klezmer Quartet in a concert at Kleinhans on Sunday, May 22, where they will be performing traditional Ashkenazic melodies collected by Beregovski in the course of his ethnographic fieldwork in Soviet Ukraine.

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