Mexico / USA, 2007, Alejandro Springall director, 98 minutes
Guest Speaker: Debbie Gaysinsky
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.
Presented by the Sikh Research Institute Venue Partner - Al Green Theatre
Monday, October 20th - 7:00pm
The Sikh Research Institute is excited to launch the play Kultar’s Mime an immersive theatre experience that uses the 1903 Kishinev Pogrom that targeted Jews as a point of departure to tell the stories of Sikh children who were traumatized in the 1984 Delhi Massacre.
Presented by The Toronto South African Film Festival
Thursday, October 30th - 7:00pm
One of South Africa’s favourite comics, Nik Rabinowitz, will appear in Toronto (for one night only) to kick off the Toronto South African Film Festival. The event will be followed by a catered reception.
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.
Featuring former Nylon, Micah Barnes, 4-time Juno-winner Billy Newton-Davis, Tyrone Gabriel and Gavin Hope, this is a star-studded concert celebrating the New York’s Brill Building -- where such classic ‘60s hits as Save the Last Dance for Me, On Broadway and Up on the Roof from the Drifters, Carole King's Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow and The Righteous Brothers’ You've Lost That Loving Feeling came into being.
Proceeds from this concert will go to benefit the Miles Nadal JCC Music Scholarship Fund.
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.
Co - Presented by Toronto Jewish Film Society and Alliance Français Toronto
Sunday December 7 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm
France, 2007, Claude Miller director, 105 minutes
Guest Speaker, Author Bernice Eisenstein
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.