Co-presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and the United Jewish Peoples’ Order (Toronto)
Sunday, September 21 - 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm
USA, 2002, Joel Katz director, 57 minutes
Billie Holiday’s heartbreaking 1939 rendition of Strange Fruit became a powerful emblem for African Americans in their long civil rights struggle. What is less known is that the song, with its stark depiction of the lynching of Blacks in the American South, was written by a Jewish schoolteacher from the Bronx named Abel Meeropol. Joel Katz’s documentary paints a powerful portrait of the songwriter and those volatile times, testifying to the unique power of music to unite people and inspire change.
Mexico / USA, 2007, Alejandro Springall director, 98 minutes
Guest Speaker: Debbie Gayinsky
Outrageousness abounds as the family of the late Moishe prepare to sit shivah for him. Two angels, one symbolizing light and one darkness and invisible to all, observe the ceremony and bet on who will accompany Moishe’s soul to the afterlife. Meanwhile, his squabbling family has their own issues to deal with even as the man in charge of keeping the shivah kosher prepares to rip them off financially. An unusual comedy about Mexican Jewry, My Mexican Shivah is a spicy treat.
Co-presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Society and Holocaust Education Week
Sunday, November 9 - 4:00pm and 7:30pm
USA, 2008, Hilary Helstein director, 70 minutes
Guest Speaker: Filmmaker Hilary Helstein
Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary about a group of extraordinary people who fought the Nazis with the only weapons they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds. These artists risked their lives in order to ensure that the world would not forget the atrocities committed by the Nazis.
Presented by Pebble Star Productions in partnerhsip wtih the Miles Nadal JCC
Sunday, November 30 - 11:00am
Join children’s entertainer Will Stroet, the star of Will's Jams on Kids' CBC, with his Backyard Band for a high-energy show in English and French with fun actions and sing-a-long choruses. He'll have you cheering for libraries, loving your bike and rallying for vegetables with your dinner - all while you're on your feet and dancing.
Shocking family secrets are revealed as Francois Grimbert grows up in a troubled family in the years after the Second World War. The sickly Francois has always imagined that things could be different and better for him but what he finds out about his parents’ war experiences and past lives shakes him to his core. A powerful drama about identity, betrayal and the lengths one can go to stay alive, Un secret reverberates strongly and unforgettably.