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May 2017

2017 Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

May 4 @ 12:00 pm - May 11 @ 10:00 pm

Welcome to the 16th Annual Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival! The Ann Arbor JCC, along with our sponsors and partners, brings the global Jewish experience to the Ann Arbor community through the medium of film and related cultural presentations. Join us for these one of a kind films and unique events. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance or at the Michigan Theater box office*. The complete schedule is in formation and a downloadable simple text schedule as well as trailers…

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Sponsor’s Reception with Mr. Wilhelm

May 4 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sponsors at the Cast Member level and above are invited to a "meet and greet" with Mr. Elliot Wilhelm prior to his open presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

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Confessions of a Jewish Film Lover by Elliot Wilhelm

May 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
JCC, 2935 Birch Hollow Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48108 United States
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Elliot Wilhelm will speak on "Confessions of a Jewish Film Lover” at the J at 7PM. His presentation will touch on his own history with film and highlight the McCarthy era and its impact on “Jewish Hollywood” and beyond. Mr. Wilhelm is the curator for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theater, and the host of WTVS Detroit Public Television’s Sunday Film Festival program.  The presentation is open to the public. Sponsors attend for free. Light refreshments included. Register…

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Fanny’s Journey

May 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Rackham Amphitheater 4th Floor, 915 E. Washington
Ann Arbor, MI 48109 United States
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Fanny’s Journey (2016, Drama, French with English subtitles, 94 min) Fanny, a 12-year-old girl, stays in a hidden home far from her parents. She takes care of her two younger sisters until she is forced to flee in a rush, becoming the head of a group of eight children heading across occupied France. Director: Lola Doillon Sponsors: Charles and Rita Gelmam Please note that this screening will take place at Rackham Amphitheater, 4th floor of the University of Michigan Rackham School…

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Mamele

May 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Mamele (1938, Comedy/Musical, Yiddish with English subtitles, 103 min) Newly restored classic Yiddish musical film. A young woman takes care of her boorish brothers and sisters and shiftless father. Directors: Joseph Green, Konrad Tom Stars: Molly Picon

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Bagels Over Berlin

May 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Bagels Over Berlin (2016, Documentary, English, 100 min) Documentary is based on riveting interviews with Jewish Airmen who fought in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War. It is a unique film that provides its audiences with rich insights into the men’s experiences and struggles against Nazi Germany during the height of the war. Their stories run the gamut from humor to grave peril. Director: Alan Feinberg Following the film therre will be a Q&A with Director Alan…

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Last Band in Lebanon

May 8 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Last Band in Lebanon (2016, Comedy, Hebrew with English subtitles, 89 min) Three military band reservists wake up and discover the Israeli army has retreated from Lebanon and left them behind. Directors:  Itzik Kricheli, Ben Bachar Sponsors:  Mani Osteria & Bar, Isalita Cantina Mexicana, Mikette Bistro & Bar  

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AKA Nadia

May 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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AKA Nadia (2015, Drama, Hebrew with English subtitles, 115 min) A happily married mother of two seems to have the perfect life until her hidden past comes to light. Director: Tova Asher

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Who’s Gonna Love Me Now

May 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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Who's Gonna Love Me Now (2016, Documentary, Hebrew with English subtitles, 85 min) After learning he is HIV positive, an ex-Israeli paratrooper attempts to reconcile with his religious family back in Israel. Directors:  Barak Heymann, Tomer Heymann  

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The Last Laugh

May 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 United States
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The Last Laugh (2016, Documentary, English, 88 min) Feature documentary about humor and the Holocaust, examining whether it is ever acceptable to use humor in connection with a tragedy of that scale, and the implications for other seemingly off-limits topics in a society that prizes free speech. Director: Ferne Pearlstein Stars: Gilbert Gottfried, Mel Brooks, David Steinberg, Susie Essman

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