For health professionals, educators and the recovery population, Dr. Maté presents an overview of the causes and neurobiology of addiction, and the circumstances in child and brain development that make us vulnerable. He will share healing practices and harm reduction strategies to move beyond addiction.
Friday, May 30 & Saturday, May 31 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Dr. Maté presents a fascinating view of the psychological factors that may make us more susceptible to cancer and chronic disease. He elaborates on the link between past trauma, emotional states, and the health of the immune system, and offers psychological and spiritual practices to help us heal.
Co-presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Society and Toronto Silent Film Festival
Sunday, June 1 - 4:00pm and 7:30pm
USA, 1922, Directors Frank N. Seltzer and George K. Rowlands, 78 minutes
With live musical accompaniment by Jordan Klapman on piano and Drew Jurecka on violin.
Newly restored by the National Center for Jewish Film from the only surviving print, this long lost silent film was made to protest the rise of racism and the Ku Klux Klan in the United States. The story of David Bergmann, a Russian immigrant who makes it big in America, Breaking Home Ties provocatively tackles timely issues of poverty, guilt and family ties, with a love story thrown in for good measure.
A black and white masterpiece, with live musical accompaniment by Jordan Klapman on piano and Drew Jurecka on violin.
Come enjoy, celebrate and support Creswell Dance Academy’s annual end-of-the-year recital. Based on a Gods & Goddesses theme, come watch children aged 3 to 16 perform in a variety of dance styles from breakdancing to classical ballet and everything in between.
Now in its third year, the Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films by New Generation (18-30) female artists. Breakthroughs refers to the struggles women artists face in an industry where they make up only 6 percent of directors and must, in many cases, work even harder than their male counterparts to make their voices heard.
BFF is presented by Octavia Films: A Nonprofit for Women, an organization dedicated to supporting and promoting women filmmakers in Canadian film.
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
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.
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.