201502MatchmakerThe Matchmaker

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.

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201403TOFATales of A Forgotten Africa

Presented by The Ryerson African Students Association

Saturday, March 7 - 6:00pm

A showcase of African culture through dance, poetry and drama.

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201503IgniteIgnite Cultural Show (IGNITE XVII)

Presented by: UVSA Ontario

Saturday, March 21st - 7:00pm

The Ignite Cultural Show is an inter-school province wide competition with the goal to promote, and share the Vietnamese culture and language.


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201503TinghirTinghir-Jerusalem: Echoes From the Mellah

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, March 29 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

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.

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201506KolNidreKol Nidre with 70 Hester Street

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.

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201509BroadwayBroadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, September 20 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

USA, 2013, Michael Kantor director, 90 minutes

Guest Speaker: Writer/Performer David Gale

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.

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201510FlatThe Flat

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, October 18 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm

Germany / Israel, 2011, Arnon Goldfinger director, 98 minutes

Guest Speaker: Critic Shlomo Schwartzberg

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.

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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.

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201512MetallicMetallic Blues

Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society

Sunday, December 13 – 4:00pm & 7:30 pm


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.

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