Columbia Jewish Congregation's 24th Annual Jewish Film Series
Four evenings of thought-provoking, varied, entertaining films, including refreshments & optional discussion
Showings: Saturdays, 8:00pm, Room 200, The Meeting House in Oakland Mills, Columbia, MD 21045
$32 for 4-film series, $27 for 3-film series, $19 for 2-film series. ($10.00 for single ticket: Sold at door only)
(Choice of films is yours and you need not choose in advance.)
TICKET SALES WILL BEGIN AND DOORS WILL OPEN AT 7:30pm
(If a movie is cancelled because of snow, that movie will be shown at the end of the season – May or early June. Date will be announced later, if needed.) Each of the films being presented has been shown, or will be shown, at multiple Jewish film festivals around the country. All films are subject to change based upon availability.
January 16, 2016 Gett: The Trial of Viviane Ansalem
2014 – Israel – Hebrew/French/Arabic with English subtitles – 115 min. Trapped in a loveless marriage, Viviane Ansalem has been applying to the rabbinical court for a divorce from her estranged husband for three years, and he continually refuses. In Israel, where there are no civil marriages or divorces, only an Orthodox Rabbi can legalize a marriage or its dissolution, with consent from the husband, locking Viviane into an unending battle. This absurdist comedy/drama is a moving portrait of a woman’s desire to live a life of her own design.
February 20, 2016 The Yankles
2009 – U.S.A. – English – 115 min. The Rabbinical dean of an Orthodox yeshiva decides that the school should have a baseball team to compete in the college league. A student with a background in minor league baseball convinces a former major league player, who had been imprisoned for a DUI conviction and is now performing community service, to coach the team. As he does so, he gives the players a new measure of skill and confidence, as they help him regain his self- respect.
March 19, 2016 The Flat
2011– Israel, Germany — Hebrew/English/German with English subtitles – 97min. The film’s director and his family members gather in the home of his maternal grandmother shortly after her death. They are there to clean out the apartment she had lived in for 70 years, after emigrating with her husband to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Going through the place, they find various items that reveal an astonishing chapter in the family’s history that has been kept under wraps for decades.
April 16, 2016 Dancing in Jaffa
2014 – Israel – English/Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles – 90 min. Pierre Dulaine, four-time world dancing champion, fulfills a life-long dream when he takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, to his birth city of Jaffa. For generations, Jaffa has been a divided city of two communities that continue to grow apart. Over a ten-week period, Pierre teaches Jewish and Arab Israeli children to dance and compete together. We watch their lives transformed as they confront prejudice while dancing with the enemy. Pierre confirms his belief that dance can overcome hatred and provide the first steps towards real change.