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Film Festival Schedule

July 2020

Transkids

July 17 - August 15

Transkids is a documentary that follows four Israeli transgender teens for several years through their lifesaving identity transformations. They face not only the challenges of living in a gender binary world, but must also face issues specific to Israel, where military service is compulsory and Orthodox Judaism is the law. Available July 17, 2020 2020. Hebrew with English Subtitles. Documentary. 103 Minutes. Not rated.   View Trailer  

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Shooting Life

July 17 - August 31

Shooting Life (originally titled HaSusita Shel Herzl) is a drama that follows Yigal, a teacher new to Sderot, and his war weary high school students, who find a voice when Yigal puts them behind a video camera. Their desire to express themselves brings students, families, teacher, and principal into conflict. Set against a military build up against Gaza, this film ponders Israel’s shattered dreams and future hopes through the eyes of the next generation. 2019. Hebrew with English subtitles. Drama.…

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The House of Wannsee Street

July 24 - August 31

When award-winning Argentinean filmmaker Poli Martínez Kaplun decided to dig deep into her family history, she found a shocking discovery. Searching through family albums and 8mm home movies, she unraveled a twentieth century mystery. What she found were long forgotten images of her great grandfather, who she learned was a German-Jewish philosopher persecuted by the Nazis. To save his family from the concentration camps, he was forced to flee Berlin and moved to Egypt, then Switzerland, and finally Argentina, where…

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A Cantor’s Head

July 31 - August 31

A wise Jew once opined, “You don’t leave synagogue humming the sermon.” It is sacred song that lifts, inspires, transports the soul, and carries the beating heart of tradition. Cantor Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson – or just “Jackie” – has been in the vanguard and at the epicenter of that evolving tradition since graduating from Hebrew Union College in 1970. As a cantor, a teacher and a performing artist, his Brooklyn-born chops, dynamism and humor have inculcated and inspired legions of…

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August 2020

Surprise Possible Addition: The Keeper

August 7 - August 31

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing (soccer) icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected source, Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an…

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