Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival

Wed through Sun, March 11 – 15, 2020

2020 Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival Program

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to present in partnership with Seaside Jewish Community, the fifth annual Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival. 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.

In this time of rising anti-Semitic violence throughout the world, it is crucial for the Rehoboth Beach Jewish Film Festival to celebrate the culture and history of the Jewish people. The twelve films presented over five days (March 11-15) are diverse, hopeful and inspiring. Many of the films deal with finding commonalities, whether within oneself, in a relationship or amongst historically adversarial communities. Others deal with the moral imperative of remembering, of keeping the past alive. Universal themes of love and family are also explored through a distinctly Jewish lens. There is much hope to be found in this year’s selection of films, and we invite you to come experience it with family, friends, and neighbors.

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, Marty Rosensweig and Fran Saltzman for their commitment, time, and support.

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

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Anne Frank Parallel Stories

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March 11, this screening is hosted by Sara and Jeffrey Rosen.
March 17, this screening is hosted by Fran Saltzman, in memory of all those family members we lost.

This remarkable documentary re-tells the story of Anne Frank’s life through the pages of her diary, guided by Academy-Award® winning actress Helen Mirren. We also hear the stories of five women who, as young girls, were deported to concentration camps but survived the Holocaust. [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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  • $12.00 General

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Abe

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This screening is hosted by Marty Rosensweig.

12-year-old Abe (Noah Schnapp) is caught between his Jewish and Muslim families, each with their own expectations. A half-Israeli and half-Palestinian kid from Brooklyn driven by his passion for food, he has never had a dinner without a family fight. Abe escapes from a summer cooking camp and meets an Afro-Brazilian chef named Chico (Seu Jorge), who specializes in serving fusion food at pop-up food fairs. Abe strives to bridge the divide between cultures with his culinary creations. [2018, Brazil, in English, Arabic and Portuguese, with English subtitles, 85 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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  • $12.00 General

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Crescendo

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This screening is hosted by Helen Gates.

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Academy-Award® nominated director Dror Zahavi (Alexander Penn, Everything for my Father) directs this gripping drama as a constantly growing ‘crescendo’, raising the narrative tension until the last frame. [2019, Germany, in German with English subtitles, 106 minutes, Not Rated].

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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The Keeper

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This screening is hosted by Laura Glenn and Marilyn Kates.

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and prisoner of World War II, who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, becomes the starting goalkeeper for the Manchester City Football Club. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish.

Unexpected support from Rabbi Alexander Altmann, a refugee from World War II, and the love of Margaret, an Englishwoman, inspires Bert’s play and he becomes beloved by even his harshest critics when he helps his team win on their quest for a championship. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. [2019, UK, 113 min, Not Rated].

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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Witness Theater

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This screening is hosted by Cindi and Stanley Silverblatt.
A special thanks to Emily & Mark Eider, Susan & Andrew Aaronson, and Sam Smulyan & Anita Bost-Smulyan for donating admissions for 25 students to attend this screening.

Every week, elderly Holocaust survivors in New York City share their stories with Brooklyn high-school students in a unique program led by a drama therapist. The hope is that this sharing will sensitize the students and give some closure to the adult survivors after all these years. The Witness Theater workshop they participate in culminates in the performance of a play based on these stories.

In this inspiring documentary, scenes from the program’s creative workshops and final performance are interspersed with scenes of the survivors at home, all while tracing their lives before, during and after the war. The result is a story that illustrates the power and importance of transmitting experience from one generation to the next.
[2018, US, 74 min, Not Rated].

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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Incitement

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This screening is hosted by Carole and Matthew Ash.

In 1995, Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister of Israel, was assassinated by a right-wing Zionist who opposed the leader’s signing of the Oslo Accords. Israeli-American filmmaker Yaron Zilberman sets out, with a critical eye, to expose — through the eyes of Rabin’s assassin, Yigal Amir — the motivations that led to Rabin’s death. Set in the year preceding the incident, Zilberman’s meticulously crafted period piece is embedded in the world of Amir, moving from his family home to his failed relationships to his radicalization on illegal settlements. Incitement is a gripping work of cinema that concretely writes into history a moment on which many would rather not reflect on.
[2019, Israel, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 123 min, Not Rated].

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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Shoelaces

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This screening is hosted by Fran Saltzman in memory of Mike Saltzman.

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and the special-needs son he abandoned as a young boy. Reuben's kidneys are failing and his son Gadi wants to donate one of his own to save his father's life. Gadi feels he finally has a chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. Through the film's portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and codependency, it manages to shed light on and question the importance of the connections we make in our lifetimes, and how we never know who will be there for us at the end. [2018, Israel, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 90 minutes, Not Rated]. 

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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The Tobacconist

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This screening is hosted by Sara and Jeffrey Rosen.

Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
[2018, Austria/Germany, in Czech and German with English subtitles, 113 min, Not Rated].

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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Golda's Balcony, The Film

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This screening is hosted by George Beckerman, in memory of Mary Helms.

A rare, multi-camera shoot from the play’s original run was recently unearthed and assembled into a new and absolutely riveting motion picture. Tovah Feldshuh recreates her award-winning performance as Golda Meir —and, stunningly, 45 other characters, including Ben-Gurion, Kissinger, Dayan, King Abdullah, Holocaust victims, Israeli generals and citizens, and dozens of other Mideast figures—in Golda’s Balcony, the Film. [2019, US, 86 min, Not Rated].

After the screening, the film’s producer Dave Fishelson will be present via Skype for an audience Q&A. Dave Fishelson has been a producer, writer and director in Manhattan for 35 years. 

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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  • $12.00 General

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Holy Silence

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March 14, this screening is hosted by Marsha Davis.
March 17, this screening is hosted by Joan Churchill and Thomas Klein.

Holy Silence tells the dramatic story of the Vatican’s actions – and inactions – during World War II and the years leading up to it. Featuring Oscar® nominated actor David Strathairn as the voice of President Franklin Roosevelt, the film focuses on the little known story of Americans – from priests to presidents – who worked behind the scenes in hopes of persuading the Holy See to be a strong moral voice against Hitler and fascism.
[2019, US, 72 min, Not Rated].

Director Steve Pressman (author and director of 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus) will be present at both screenings to introduce the film and facilitate a post-screening audience discussion.

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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  • $12.00 General

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Who Will Write Our History

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This screening is hosted by Hank Smith, in memory of “my late wife Debi Smith, who was my personal ‘Seeker of Justice’ and ‘Keeper of Memories’.

In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda with pen and paper, not guns or fists. Who Will Write Our History mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage, and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. [2018, Poland/US, in Polish and Yiddish with English subtitles, 97 minutes, Not Rated].

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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Love in Suspenders

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This screening is hosted by Hank Smith, “for all single people who still believe there's someone we're supposed to meet and be with....”.

Tammy, a 64-year-old widow who constantly deals with the memory of her late husband, meets Beno, a 70 year-old sarcastic lone-wolf widower--and they fall in love.

From their first unfortunate encounter, when Tammy hits Beno with her car, they experience all sorts of emotional, funny struggles. They get closer, break up, get back together and fight again. Love late in life is depicted with humor and warmth. [2019, Israel, in Hebrew with English subtitles, 102 minutes]. 

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Location: Cinema Art Theater   View Location Details

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  • $12.00 General

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