Jewish Film Festival

Wed through Sun, March 13 – 17, 2019

The 2019 Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival is
dedicated in honor of Michael Robert Saltzman.

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Welcome to the fourth anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society in partnership with the Seaside Jewish Community.

The mission of this event is to deepen awareness of Jewish cultures and experiences, and to explore community differences and commonalities through the art of film. This year’s programming offers a very diverse selection of ten films which will take you on a journey through stories of bravery, love, trauma, family, and reconciliation. The joys of dancing and new love will be set against the grim realities of contemporary, anti-Semitism and gender discrimination. Histories, both personal and communal, will be explored. Through it all, the endurance and vitality of the Jewish spirit thrives.

The individuals who make this event happen are the volunteer members of the Planning Committee who spend many hours watching numerous films, discussing each film’s suitability for this event, and then deciding on the final selection for your enjoyment. A special thanks to Marsha Davis, Helen Gates, Fran Saltzman, and Mike Saltzman for their commitment, time, and support.

 

The Cousin

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Naftali lives with his wife and two children in a village in the center of Israel. For a long time he has been dreaming of renovating his studio. Early in the morning he sets out to collect Said, a Palestinian worker who comes highly recommended by his gardener. Under a highway overpass, several workers lunge at Naftali's car. One of them makes his way into his passenger seat, identifying himself as Said. As they drive away, “Said” turns out to be Said’s cousin Fahed, who talks Naftali into giving him a chance at the project.  

Later a terrible act occurs and the locals at the village immediately suspect Fahed. Naftali is the only one that can back-up Fahed’s account of what happened.

The Cousin is a frightening story but it is also full of humor. The on-going dispute between Palestine and Israel has never been shown in such a way. At the same time it comes from a very real angle, that can be understood by everyone, in every place. [2016, Israel, 90 minutes, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, Not Rated].

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $10.00 General

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93 Queen

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93Queen follows Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the “boys club” in her Hasidic community by creating Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in NYC. 93Queen is set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, where EMS corps have long been the province of men. Though the neighborhood is home to the largest volunteer ambulance corps in the world known as Hatzolah, that organization has steadfastly banned women from its ranks.

Now Ruchie and an engaging cast of dogged Hasidic women are risking their reputations—and, literally, the futures of their children—by taking matters into their own hands to provide dignified emergency medical care to the Hasidic women and girls of Borough Park.

Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times calls the film, “surprising and deeply satisfying.” [2018, US, in English, Yiddish and Hebrew with subtitles in English, 90 minutes, Not Rated].

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $10.00 General

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Keep the Change

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When aspiring filmmaker David (Brandon Polansky) is mandated by a judge to attend a social program at the Jewish Community Center, he is sure of one thing: he doesn't belong there. But when he's assigned to visit the Brooklyn Bridge with the vivacious Sarah (Samantha Elisofon), sparks fly and his convictions are tested. Their budding relationship must weather Sarah's romantic past, David's judgmental mother (Jessica Walter), and their own pre-conceptions of what love is supposed to look like. Under the guise of an off-kilter New York romantic comedy, Keep the Change does something quite radical in offering a refreshingly honest portrait of a community seldom depicted on the big screen. Rarely has a romantic comedy felt so deep and poignant. Thoroughly charming and quite funny, the film's warmth and candor brings growth and transformation to the characters, and ultimately, to us.

Keep The Change is a tender, generous movie that likes its characters and presents them as real people, full of flaws and strengths,” writes Kimber Meyers of The Los Angeles Times. [2018, US, 93 minutes, Not Rated].

Speaking after the film will be autism awareness advocate Fran Mckenna. Fran has volunteered for Autism Delaware since its inception in 1998. Her grandson, who is on the spectrum, was just three years old when the organization was founded. Since moving to the beach in 2014, she has volunteered out of the Lewes office, where she works on recreational events for children, participates in grandparent and parent information sessions and advocates for school and job creation funding with legislators. Fran is a key committee member of the Autism Blue Jean Ball held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center each September.Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

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Shelter

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A subtle thriller set in Germany involving Mona, a Lebanese woman (played by Iranian-born, Paris-based star Golshifteh Farahani), and Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent (Neta Riskin) sent to protect their informant who is recovering from plastic surgery to conceal her identity. Together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, the two women take us into a complex, multi-dimensional labyrinth of trust and mistrust, of honesty and deception, of loyalty and betrayal. The intimacy of the relationship that develops between Mona and Naomi is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today. In this game of deception, beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir. “With churning suspense, visual style and riveting performances, this humane slow-burn espionage thriller gets deep under the skin,” writes Rich Cline of ShadowsOnTheWall.co.uk. [2017, Germany/Israel, 93 minutes, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles, Not Rated]

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

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Spiral

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Over the last two decades, a rise in physical attacks and verbal assaults on Jews has been recorded in many countries across Europe. At the same time an increasingly fractured world has exposed deep political, social, and racial division, especially in France. Spiral is the story of how a cycle of fear, hatred, and violence has taken hold. In portraying the resurgence of anti-Semitism in France and in the wider world, the film trains its gaze on individuals, witnesses on all sides of the conflicts that have fueled this escalation. “Chilling…an informative documentary,” writes Owen Gleiberman of Variety.com. [2018, France, 79 minutes, in French with English subtitles, Not Rated].

Nathalie and Thierry Langer will be present for a post-film discussion. The discussion will be moderated by George Beckerman.

Nathalie and Thierry Langer emigrated to the United States from France, just 5 years ago, in 2014. Now, they own Kaisy’s Delights in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes and are members of Seaside Jewish Community.

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The Mamboniks

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Bagels meet bongos in The Mamboniks, a feature-length documentary that tells the little-known story of the Jewish love affair with Latin music and dance. Set in New York, Havana, Miami Beach and the Catskill Mountains, this fun, uplifting film features a lovable, somewhat zany collection of dancers from the 1950s. Now retired yet still dancing in Florida, they share their passion for the mambo, the hot dance from Cuba that became a world-wide sensation. With an infectious soundtrack including Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and mambo king Pérez Prado, this film explores a mostly unexamined aspect of Jewish life and culture. [2015, US, 86 minutes, Not Rated].

Lex Gillespie is a three-time Peabody and DuPont-Columbia Award-winning public radio and film producer. For the past 25 years, he’s produced documentaries on music, history, the arts and culture. His credits include The Science Sisters, the story of four Latina students who competed in Chicago’s Science Fair; A Kind and Just Parent, about the creation of the first juvenile court in the US; and Whole Lotta Shakin, a 10-hour series on the birth of rock ’n roll.

Please note that tickets are non-refundable and may not be exchanged for other screening dates/times or film title.

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Bag of Marbles

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This heartwarming adaptation of Joseph Joffo's enduring memoir tells the story of the Nazi occupation through the eyes of two young Jewish boys struggling to survive on their own. Paris, 1941: Joseph and Maurice are the sons of Roman, the local barber. At 10 and 12, the boys have so little understanding of the persecution of Jews that Joseph thinks nothing of swapping his yellow star for a bag of marbles. Despite their naiveté, Roman knows that their best chance to escape the Nazi roundup is to flee on their own to Vichy France, where their older brothers Albert and Henri have found safe haven. Always one false move from tragedy, these tenacious urchins survive on courage, ingenuity and more than a bit of cunning as they make their precarious way through France hoping to reunite with their family. More than anything, it's their brotherly bond that gets them through their ordeals.

“The great value of Christian Duguay’s A Bag of Marbles is the degree to which it makes such a barbaric and bewildering chapter in human history comprehensible for young audiences,” writes Matt Fagerholm of RogerEbert.com [2018, France/Canada, 110 minutes, in French, German, Yiddish and Russian with English subtitles, Not Rated].

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Special Reception: Meet Lisa Black & Ross Clarke from The Bird Catcher

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Meet and interact with  Producer Lisa Black and Director Ross Clarke from The Bird Catcher during a special reception in the Cinema Art Theater lobby before the film screening.   Wine and cheese will be served.  There will also be a post-film discussion with the special guests.

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  • $25.00 General

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The Bird Catcher

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Attempting to flee the Nazi round-up in Norway, Esther finds herself alone, on an occupied farm, forced to conceal her identity. This leads to a series of choices and consequences which shift the paths of those around her. This story uncovers a hidden slice of history that grips at the heart and inspires us all at the deepest level. [2018, Norway/US/UK, Runtime: 100 minutes, Not Rated].

Producer Lisa Black and director Ross Clarke will be present for each screening to introduce the film and lead a post-screening discussion.

There will be a special reception before the film from 6pm to 7pm. Buy tickets now for this unique opportunity to meet and interact with producer Lisa Black and director Ross Clarke from “The Bird Catcher”. Wine & cheese will be provided. Tickets are $25 each. Space is limited so please reserve today. There will also be a post-film discussion with the special guests.

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The Last Suit

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At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and 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 from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, from Argentina to Spain, across Germany and finally to Poland, Abraham is on his own but also accompanied by the characters he meets along the way, who both help him and need his help. With its klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography and fleet pacing, “The Last Suit” approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. J.R. Kinnard of “SeattleTimes.com” praises the film for its, “dry humor and unflinching candor.” [2017, Spain/Argentina, 91 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles, Not Rated].

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The Samuel Project

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Eli (Ryan Ochoa) gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the high school senior discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. “Inspirational and evocative,” writes John Delia of AcedMagazine.com. [2017, US, 92 minutes, Rated: PG-13].

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