Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and Kulanu Toronto and Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Sunday, January 18 – 4:00pm & 7:30pm
France / Israel, 2013, Eytan Fox director, 92 minutes
Guest Speaker: Jamie Levin
When a bunch of Tel Aviv neighbours composes a tune to cheer up one of their own, they don’t imagine that it will be entered in a European song contest. From Israel’s best filmmaker comes this exuberant and uplifting film that will have you dancing in the aisles. It’s a sheer delight.
Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and as part of Spotlight on Israeli Culture
Sunday, February 15 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm
Israel, 2010, Ari Nesher director, 122 minutes
Guest Speaker: Professor Kalman Weiser
It’s Haifa in the summer of ’68. Sixteenyear-old Arik finds himself working for a mysterious matchmaker, survivor. This is 1960s Israeli society, where echoes of the Holocaust meet the summer of free love. An alluring and joyous, yet sobering coming-of-age comedy/drama that will stay with you long after the credits have rolled.
France / Morocco, 2013, Kamal Hachkar director, 86 minutes
Guest Speaker: Yigal S. Nizri
Curious about the Jewish Berbers who used to live in his Moroccan village, and wondering why they left, historian and filmmaker Kamal Hachkar heads off to Israel and Morocco to solve the mystery. A fascinating examination of a little known facet of Jewish history, Tinghir-Jerusalem will astound you.
Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and The Yiddish Vinkl Toronto
Sunday, June 7 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm
Kol Nidre: USA, 1939, Joseph Seiden director, 88 minutes
70 Hester Street: USA, 2014, Casimir Nozkowski director, 11 minutes
Guest Speaker: Author Shirley Kumove
Joseph Seiden’s long-lost Kol Nidre offers an unparalleled glimpse into the diversity of life, culture, and language of Yiddish New York in the 1930s. Part musical and part melodrama, the film is delightful, comically dark, and unforgettable.Newly restored by the National Center for Jewish Film. 70 Hester Street is director Nozkowski’s heartfelt tribute to his childhood home, a former Lower East Side synagogue.
During the Golden Age of Broadway, Jewish composers and lyricists like Lerner & Loewe, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and Irving Berlin dominated the field. How did a small group of Jewish creative minds have such an impact on the American Songbook? Narrator Joel Grey takes us on a delightful musical journey in this entertaining documentary.
Once again, truth is revealed to be stranger than fiction. When filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger’s grandmother passes away and his family comes to clean out her apartment, a fascinating but disturbing secret from the past is revealed. A provocative look at memory, denial and the uneasy co-existence between Jews and Germans.
Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and Holocaust Education Week
Sunday November 8 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm
Germany, 2010, Marcus O. Rosenmüller director, 96 minutes
Guest Speaker: Author Bernice Eisenstein
The moving story of three musical prodigies - two Jewish and one German - set in 1941, during the Nazi invasion of Poltava/Ukraine. In a war-torn, grown-up world gone mad, the three children provide the light of music and, ultimately, salvation. Sensitive and beautifully made, Wunderkinder will stir your heart.
Canada/ Germany / Israel, 2004, Dan Verete director, 90 minutes
Guest Speaker: Critic Mark Clamen
Two Israeli car salesmen, one Ashkenazi and one Sephardi, travel to Germany to sell a vintage car. They expect to score big but things don’t turn out as planned. A comedy/drama about today’s Germany, Metallic Blues explores the type of Holocaust memories that many modern Jews carry.