The Rehoboth Beach Film Society was pleased to partner with the Seaside Jewish Community in programming the first Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival. The mission of this event is "to deepen awareness of Jewish cultures and experiences, and to explore community difference and commonalities through the art of film."

The Festival was held at the new Cinema Art Theater, located behind the Lewes Wawa at 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes, (map). Seven films were screened over four days (March 17-20, 2016).

 

Jewish Film Festival Program
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RABIN IN HIS OWN WORDS


Thursday, March 17 at 7:00 pm


Jointly presented by the Seaside Jewish Community and the Film Society.

Twenty years after his assassination, Yitzhak Rabin tells his own dramatic life story through a combination of rare archival footage, home movies and private letters. Articulated entirely through Rabin’s own voice, from his childhood as the son of a labor leader before Israel gained statehood, through his years as farmer turned army man, and later as Prime Minister, he stood at some of the most critical junctures in Israeli history. Winner of the Best Documentary at the 2015 Haifa Film Festival. Ron Kronish of The Times of Israel said this film “. . . was one of the most beautiful and inspiring Israeli documentaries that I have ever seen, and I was very moved by it. It was personal, poignant, and professionally done.” [2015, Israel, Runtime: 100 minutes, Hebrew and English with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Professor Yoram Peri will speak after the film. Professor Yoram Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies and the Director of the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at the University of Maryland. Peri was a former political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He founded the Chaim Herzog Institute for Media, Politics and Society at Tel Aviv University and has been the editor of Israel Studies Review since 2011. Dr Peri has authored many well regarded books on Israel politics most notably, Generals in the Cabinet Room: How the Military Shapes Israel Policy and Brothers at War: The Rabin’s Assassination and the Cultural War in Israel.

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Rabin in His Own Words is sponsored by Bud and Carol Simon.

 

SPECIAL EVENT
A Breakfast Conversation with Professor Yoram Peri

(This is not a film screening.)
Friday, March 18 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Venue: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Dr., #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes
Price: $10 per person – Includes coffee, and bagels with lox & cream cheese. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095.

Professor Yoram Peri, our speaker/moderator for Rabin in His Own Words, will discuss American Jewry and Israel. For those of you who attend Thursday’s screening, Professor Peri's remarks will be a natural extension of the post-film conversation. For those of who don’t attend the film, Professor Peri's remarks will be fully informative. Yoram Peri is the Abraham S. and Jack Kay Chair in Israel Studies, and Director of the new Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, the University of Maryland, College Park. He was a political advisor to the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and former editor-in-chief of the Israeli daily Davar. Since 2011 he has been the editor of Israel Studies Review, the flagship journal of the Association of Israel Studies.


Refreshments have been generously provided by Midway Fitness.

A BLIND HERO: THE LOVE OF OTTO WEIDT

Friday, March 18, 3:00 pm
Jointly presented by the Seaside Jewish Community and the Film Society.

This powerful docudrama is based on the true story of Otto Weidt, a middle-aged, almost blind industrialist who used his factory to save the lives of dozens of Berlin Jews. Weidt bribed Gestapo agents with cigars, perfume, and other hard-to-find items in exchange for allowing his employees refuge in his factory. Told through the eyes and voice of his young secretary, Jewish writer Inge Deutschkron, the film is a moving testament to the Talmudic notion that he who saves one life is considered to have saved the entire world. This film won a Gold World Medal for Germany’s Best Docudrama at New York Festivals 2015. [2014, Germany, Runtime: 90 minutes, German with English subtitles, Not Rated]

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A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt is sponsored by Fran and Mike Saltzman – in memory of their grandparents who were persecuted in Europe.

A BORROWED IDENTITY

Friday, March 18, 7:30 pm
Presented by the Film Society.*

This complex Israeli drama is about Eyad, a smart Palestinian boy who lives in a village where opportunities are limited. He wins a coveted scholarship to attend a Jewish boarding school and struggles to fit in with his classmates and within Israeli society. As Eyad attempts to find a place for himself, his scholarly pursuits become disrupted and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with this choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that could change his life forever. Film critic David Lewis of the San Francisco Chronicle says, “Talented director, Eran Riklis’ film . . . carries an emotional wallop. It’s a doozy, and shows us that life can be a complex whirl of dueling identities.” [2014, Israel, Runtime: 104 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated]

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A Borrowed Idenity is sponsored by George Beckerman.

APPLES FROM THE DESERT

Saturday, March 19, 12:00 pm noon
Presented by the Film Society.*

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 pm
Jointly presented by the Seaside Jewish Community and the Film Society.

Based on the award-winning Israeli play, this coming-of-age drama explores conflicts that arise in a Jewish Orthodox family when traditional values are challenged by a modern-day perspective. A daughter maintains a courageous stance as she challenges her parent’s adherence to strict traditions. This film won an Audience Award at the Atlanta JFF 2015, Best Feature Film at the 28th Israel Film Festival, an Audience Choice Award at Haifa International Film Festival, and a Special Jury Award at San Diego JFF 2015. San Diego Jewish World says, “this understated drama is a gem!” [2014, Israel, Runtime: 96 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Félix & Meira (screening March 20) explores this same theme of challenging traditional values, but through the eyes of a young Hasidic housewife and mother.

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The noon screening of Apples from the Desert is sponsored by Marcia and Paul Zimmet - in honor of Parkinson's patients everywhere and the loving care partners who support them. Marcia and Paul would also like to recognize Bobby at Atlantic Physical Therapy for his dedicated assistance.

The 7:30 pm screening is sponsored by Rochelle Cohen.

ABOVE AND BEYOND

Saturday, March 19, 3:00 pm -
Presented by the Film Society.*

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish-American pilots smuggled planes out of the U.S. and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This stirring documentary follows the pilots on their route from the United States—where they trained in secret, struggling to stay ahead of the FBI—to Panama, Italy, and Czechoslovakia, where they flew versions of the Nazi planes they had tried to shoot down. This film presents a little-known tale filled with heart and heroism. Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter says, “Above and Beyond pays well deserved homage to these men who helped create the Israeli Air Force and ensured the survival of the burgeoning nation.” [2014, USA, Runtime: 90 minutes, Not Rated]

A post-film discussion will be led by Dr. Alan L. Gropman. Dr. Gropman is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus for National Security Policy at the National Defense University and is Adjunct Professor at George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution teaching Grand Strategy in Peace and War. An expert on air power, he was Director of Military History Instruction at the United States Air Force Academy. Dr. Gropman served 27 years in the United States Air Force and had two combat flying tours in Vietnam. He and his wife live in Northern Virginia and in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Above and Beyond is sponsored by Hank Smith to honor the legacy of  David Hoffman and William Peltz – who served in Europe during WW ll – as well as for all of the men and women who fought to ensure Israel’s independence especially Avraham Hirak. 

 

SPECIAL EVENT
A Breakfast Conversation with Dr. Alan Gropman

(This is not a film screening.)
Sunday, March 20 from 9:30 am – 11:00 am

Venue: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Dr., #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes
Price: $10 per person – Includes coffee, and bagels with lox & cream cheese. Reservations can be purchased online here or by calling the office, 302-645-9095.

Dr. Alan L. Gropman, our moderator for Above and Beyond, will present a discussion on racial integration of the United States Armed Forces. His presentation will include observations about the historic role of the Tuskegee Airmen and the participation of Jews in the US military. Dr. Gropman is the author of The Air Force Integrates: 1945 – 1964 (Smithsonian Institution Press) and editor of Integration of the Armed Forces: 1940 - 1965 for the Army Center for Military History.  He has lectured on military racial integration in the United States and overseas for more than 40 years.


Refreshments have been generously provided by Midway Fitness.

FELIX & MEIRA  

Sunday, March 20, 12:00 pm
Jointly presented by the Seaside Jewish Community and the Film Society.

In this romantic drama, Meira, a young Hasidic housewife and mother, and Félix, an older man mourning the death of his father, find comfort in each other’s company. Their innocent friendship soon turns serious. As Félix opens Meira’s eyes to a world outside her Orthodox community, she is faced with the conflicts that arise when traditional values are tested by modern day desires. This film was listed in ‘Canada’s Top Ten’ feature films of 2014. Jeannette Catsoulis of The New York Times says, “. . . this love story isn’t about religion—or its lack—but about the attraction of difference and the undeniable need to feel alive.” [2014, Canada, Runtime: 105 minutes, Not Rated]

Apples from the Desert (screening March 19) explores the same issue through the eyes of a young teen.

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Felix and Meira is sponsored by the Thomas Merton Society Interfaith Chapter.


PAPER CLIPS          

Sunday, March 20, 3:00 pm
Jointly presented by the Seaside Jewish Community and the Film Society.

Students in a rural Tennessee town collect six million paper clips to represent the six million Jews killed by the Nazis. After millions of paper clips are collected, the last step is to place them inside a German rail car, a poignant echo of the Final Solution. This inspiring documentary features interviews with students, teachers, and Holocaust survivors. Winner of five Audience Choice Awards in 2004, the film was also nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming. This is a great film for children to learn about a major catastrophic episode in world history. Critic Roger Ebert says, “. . . there is something innocently naive about the paper clip project, which transforms a silly mountain of paper clips into a small town’s touching gesture.” [2004, USA, Runtime: 82 minutes, Rated G]

An introduction and post film discussion will be led by Dr. Joel Simon.

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Paper Clips is sponsored by Hank Smith – in loving memory of his late wife Deborah Lynn (Debi) Smith. Debi was a Special Education teacher whose personal mission was advancing educational opportunities for children. 

*To respect the Jewish Sabbath, the Seaside Jewish Community is not hosting films on Friday night or Saturday afternoon.