Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival 2015

Arts and Entertainment

January 21, 2015

From: Mayerson Jewish Community Center

Schedule of Events:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

8pm: Peace After Marriage- OPENING EVENT at 20th Century Theater - Free Valet Parking

- 1 Complimentary drink per person
- Cash & dessert Bar
- Meet Director and Actor Ghazi Albuliwi

In partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati-YAD.

2013 - Romance Comedy - 86 Minutes - Bandar Albuliwi & Ghazi Albuliwi - US/France/Turkey - English with subtitles

Arafat is a struggling Palestinian-American actor whose parents' relentless attempts to fix him up with a nice Arab girl fail miserably. When Arafat joins a sex addicts' support group, he meets Kenny, the worst 12-step sponsor ever, who convinces him to agree to a green card marriage to a sultry but prickly Israeli woman. Chaos and hilarity follow when cultural ideals and romantic expectations collide in this bitingly satiric rom-com.

Awards: Montpelier International Film Festival- Best Actor, Audience Award - Tribeca Film Festival- Creative Promise Award

Best Deal: Festival Pass for $99

Monday, February 9, 2015

7:30pm: The Green Prince at Cinemark Oakley Station

2014 - Documentary Drama Thriller - 101 Minutes -Nadav Schirman- Israel - English

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In the style of a tense psychological thriller, this gripping documentary recounts the harrowing true story of the son of a Hamas leader who emerged as one of Israel's prized informants, and the Shin Bet agent who risked his career to protect him.

Awards: World Cinema Documentary, Sundance Film Festival- Audience Award - Israeli Film Academy 2014- Best Documentary

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

7:30pm: Aftermath at Kenwood Theatre

Speaker: Special Q & A after the film with Sarah Weiss, Executive Director of the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education

In partnership with the Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education.

2013 - Drama - 104 Minutes - Władysław Pasikowski - Poland - Polish with English subtitles

Responding to a cryptic distress call from his long estranged brother, Franek returns to the rural Polish village of his birth. There, the two brothers uncover a dark secret, forcing them to confront the horrifying history of their family and their village during the Holocaust. This controversial and spellbinding thriller was inspired by actual events.

Awards: Seattle Jewish Film Festival 2014- Best Feature - Jerusalem Film Festival 2014- Yad Vashem Chairman's Award - Nominated for 7 Polish Academy Awards

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7:30pm: 24 Days at Kenwood Theatre

Speaker:  Special Q & A by Ethan Katz, PhD, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of Cincinnati, with specialties in the history of modern France and its Jewish history.

2014 - Drama Thriller - 110 Minutes - Alexandre Arcady - France - French with English subtitles

Sticking dangerously close to the real-life incident that inspired it, 24 Days offers up a white-knuckle dramatization of the kidnapping and torture of 23-year-old Parisian Ilan Halimi, whose traumatic ordeal prompted a massive police manhunt and, eventually, a national outcry against anti-Semitism in France.

Awards: Jerusalem Film Festival 2014- Lia Van Leer Award

Sunday February 15, 2015

3:30pm: Dancing in Jaffa at Kenwood Theatre

Presented by the LKC Foundation
In partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council.

2013 - Documentary - 86 Minutes - Hilla Medalia - US - English with subtitles -
Produced by La Toya Jackson & Nigel Lithoge

Dancing in Jaffa is a joyous realization of one man's seemingly impossible dream to see Israeli and Palestinian children dance together. World champion ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, returns to his birthplace of Jaffa, a deeply divided society to bridge the gap through dance. The New York Times calls this film "irresistible to behold."

Award:  Ramdam Film Festival 2014- Best Documentary

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

7:30pm: Bethlehem at Kenwood Theatre

Speaker: Presentation by Maia Morag, Community Emissary (Shlicha), Israel Center of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati.

2013 - Drama Thriller - 99 Minutes - Yuval Adler - Israel - Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles

Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, has an unlikely bond and strong asset in Sanfur, a teenage Palestinian informant. But when his brother goes on his latest rampage, Sanfur faces an impossible dilemma loyalty to family or the lives of others. Lines are crossed and boundaries blurs as the clock ticks on in this gritty, high-stakes drama.

Awards: Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2013

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

1pm: Dancing in Jaffa at Mayerson JCC

Presented by the LKC Foundation
In partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council.

2013 - Documentary - 86 Minutes - Hilla Medalia - US - English with subtitles -
Produced by La Toya Jackson & Nigel Lithoge

Dancing in Jaffa is a joyous realization of one man's seemingly impossible dream to see Israeli and Palestinian children dance together. World champion ballroom dancer, Pierre Dulaine, returns to his birthplace of Jaffa, a deeply divided society to bridge the gap through dance. The New York Times calls this film "irresistible to behold."

Award:  Ramdam Film Festival 2014- Best Documentary

Thursday, February 19, 2015

7:30pm: Zero Motivation at Esquire Theatre

Speaker: Talk back by Rotem Ben-Lulu, Cincinnati Hillel & Hillel at Miami Israel Fellow
In partnership with Cincinnati Hillel.

2014 - Dark Comedy/Drama - 100 Minutes - Tayla Lavie - Israel - Hebrew with English subtitles

Zero Motivation is a unique, sometimes dark and often hilarious portrait of everyday life for a unit of young, female soldiers in a remote Israeli desert outpost. Playing out like M*A*S*H meets Orange is the New Black, Talya Lavie's brilliant debut details the power struggles of three women with different agendas and very little to do.

Awards: Tribeca Film Festival 2014- Best Narrative Feature - Israeli Film Academy 2014- Best Director

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

7:30pm: The Third Half at Kenwood Theatre

2012 - Drama History Romance - 113 Minutes - Darko Mitrevski - Republic of Macedonia/Czech Republic - Macedonian/German with English subtitles

Blending equal parts of romance, sports, and history, this drama follows Dimitry, the owner of a football (soccer) club determined to make it the best team in Macedonia. He hires German- Jewish coach, Rudolph Spitz, but when the Nazis arrive, Dimitry must choose between his love for his team and his loyalty to the New Order.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

7:30pm: Snails in the Rain at Esquire Theatre

2013 - Thriller - 81 Minutes - Yariv Mozer - Israel - Hebrew with English subtitles

This compelling psychological drama centers on Boaz, a handsome Tel Aviv student (circa 1989) whose hetero life goes awry when he receives obsessive love letters from a male secret admirer. The correspondence continues and forces Boaz to confront feelings that he's suppressed since his military career.

Thursday February 26, 2015

7:30pm: Above & Beyond- CLOSING EVENTS at Kenwood Theatre

In partnership with Silver Circle Society of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati
Speakers:
Personal appearance by producer, Nancy Speilberg

2014 - Documentary - 90 Minutes - Roberta Grossman - US - English with subtitles

It wasn't their country, but they made it their war. In secret and at incredible personal risk, this band of brothers turned the tide of Israel's War for Independence. They were the Machal volunteer pilots from abroad that answered a call for help and embarked on a one of a kind journey.

Awards: Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema- Bevie Audience Award

Friday, February 27, 2015

1pm: Above & Beyond- CLOSING EVENTS at  Mayerson JCC - Encore Performance!

In partnership with Silver Circle Society of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

Speakers:
Special introduction from Arna Poupko Fisher, scholar, lecturer, and daughter of a Machal member.

2014 - Documentary - 90 Minutes - Roberta Grossman - US - English with subtitles

It wasn't their country, but they made it their war. In secret and at incredible personal risk, this band of brothers turned the tide of Israel's War for Independence. They were the Machal volunteer pilots from abroad that answered a call for help and embarked on a one of a kind journey.

Awards: Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema- Bevie Audience Award

Date: February 7 - 27, 2015

Locations:
20th Century Theater  3021 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

Cinemark Oakley Station  3025 Disney Street Cincinnati Ohio, 45209

Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Kenwood Theatre 7815 Kenwood Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236

Esquire Theatre 320 Ludlow Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45220

Tickets:
Festival Pass:  $99 (includes admission to all 12 screenings, including opening and closing events)
Individual Tickets: J Member: $8; Public $10
Opening Event Tickets: J Member: $32; Public: $36

For Details: http://www.mayersonjcc.org/arts-ideas/2015-jewish-israeli-film-festival/