Drama / 90 min/ Argentina, Spain 2017
Director/Screenwriter: Pablo Solarz
Abraham Bursztein survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land and now, at 88, isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him, and to keep his promise to return one day. From Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is accompanied by characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help. This comedic and poignant film won the 2018 Audience Award in several Jewish Film Festivals around the country.
Winner of 2018 Jewish Film Festivals Audience Award: Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco, Washington DC and more
Monday, April 29, 2019 7:30 pm
Drama / 90 min/ Israel, 2018
Director/Screenwriter: Eliran Malka
It’s 1983 and Yakov, a printer in Jerusalem, is just a regular guy. He has no money and no political experience. But he does have passion to take action when his daughter is expelled from school because of ethnic discrimination against Sephardic Jews. Informal, full of love for fellow man, animated by a great sense of humor and a whole lot of rage, Yakov’s grassroots effort marks the beginning of profound change in Israeli society which continues to resonate today. This first ever feature to star an all Haredi cast opened the 2018 renowned Jerusalem Film Festival.
Guest Speakers:Michael Harris, Ph.D., Dean & Professor of Public Policy, College of Public Service, Tennessee State University.
The Unorthodox” is a morality tale, both loving and critical, and the applause when the credits rolled were heartfelt.”
- The Times of Israel
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 7:30 pm
Drama / 90 min / Israel, 2018
Director: Jacob Goldwasser
Based on a true account, Shoelaces, tells the story of a relationship between Rueben and his special-needs son,Gadi, whom he abandoned while a young boy. Now Reuben's kidneys are failing and his son wants to donate a kidney to help save his father's life. Depicting a poignant relationship of love, rejection and co-dependency, the film explores the importance of human life and human connection and wonders whether life is even possible without either one of them. Winner of several 2019 Jewish Film Festivals Audience Awards including Atlanta, Boston, and Los Angeles.
Winner of 2019 Jewish Film Festivals Audience Award: Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles and more
Global Yom Ha’Shoah Screening
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:30 pm (Erev Yom Ha’Shoah)
Who Will Write Our History
Feature documentary / 95 min/ USA, 2018
Director: Roberta Grossman
Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum,a clandestine group of journalists,scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi propaganda. They wrote and commissioned diaries, essays, poems and songs. They also collected photographs, official and underground newspapers, and more. On the eve of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, they buried 60,000 pages of documentation in the hopes that the archive would survive, even if they did not. Now, for the first time, their story is told as a feature documentary.
Guest Speakers: Robert Franciosi, Ph.D., Professor of English at Grand Valley State University and Holocaust educator
Co Sponors: The Stevens Holocaust Education fund, GVSU Frederick Meijer Honors College, Kaufman Interfaith Institute.
“Who Will Write Our History” recounts a bold story of Nazi resistance. And inside that one story are countless others, each immensely important.
- The New York Times
Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:30 pm
Drama / 95 min / Mexico, 2018
Director: Isaac Cherem
Adults only (sexual content)
Leona is an intimate, insightful, and moving film that tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Mexico City who finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. Ripe with drama and interpersonal conflicts of a Jane Austen novel, watching her negotiate the labyrinth of familial pressure, religious precedent, and her own burgeoning sentiment is both painful and beautiful – there are no easy choices to be made and the viewer travels back and forth with her as she struggles with her heart to take the best path.