Saturday, March 8 - 8:00pm Sunday, March 9 - 2:00pm
In honour of International Women's Day, Dancetheatre David Earle presents the final of this season’s four performance cycles relating to David’s two-year Portraits, Mirrors, and Windows project, these dances honour and commemorate the achievements and struggles for equality of women around the world, celebrating the strength and power of the feminine.
The program will feature long-time DtDE Company members, along with acclaimed associate Guest Artists from Toronto. Dancers include Kate Alton, Danielle Baskerville, Bill Coleman, Michael English, Julia Garlisi, Evadne Kelly, Helen Jones, Claudia Moore, Bee Pallomina, Georgia Simms, and Suzette Sherman. The music of Dmitri Shostakovich will be featured alongside that of Oliver Schroer. Pianist and composer Emilyn Stam will join the dancers onstage to accompany them, and the program also includes a selection of XIIIth Century Sephardic Folk Music.
Presented by the Toronto Jewish Film Society as part of Spotlight on Israeli Culture
Sunday, March 23 - 4:00pm & 7:30pm
Israel / USA, 2007, Lynn Roth director, 88 minutes
Guest Speaker: Rebecca Singh, Director of Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Israel
In 1947 Palestine, on the eve of Israel’s rebirth, a young Jewish boy, Proffy Liebowitz (Ido Part, Dear Mr. Waldman,) is arrested for breaking curfew by the ‘enemy’, a British Sargeant named Dunlop (Alfred Molina). That incident leads to a deep friendship between the two even as Proffy’s new relationship leads to charges of his being a traitor. Based on Amos Oz’s novel Panther in the Basement, The Little Traitor is a warm, moving coming of age tale which leaves an indelible impact.
Presented by Toronto Hispano-American Film Festival and the Simon Bolivar Foundation
Thursday, March 27th - 6:00pm
Chile / 2012 / 118 min. / Drama / Digital / Rating: PG / Spanish with English Subtitles
The year is 1988. Pinochet has ruled Chile for nearly two decades, but all of this could soon change as the international community pressures him to hold a national election. Should the citizens vote "Yes" Pinochet will remain in power; should they vote "No" the country will elect a new leader. In order to succeed, the opposition recruits bright young ad exec René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal) to create the daily, 15-minute television spots that will help to ensure a "No" vote.
V-Day is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. V-Day is a catalyst that promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money, and revitalize the spirit of existing anti-violence organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop violence against women and girls, including rape, battery, incest, and female genital mutilation (FGM), and sex slavery.
Set in the 1950’s, the musical tells the story of the residents of a run-down neighborhood in Jaffa, immigrants from different countries, as they rise up against the authorities’ decision to tear down their homes. Kazablan, a young Moroccan immigrant, is in love with Rachel, while her father, the Ashkenazi leader of the community objects to this association. As the compelling plot unfolds, Kazablan turns from a leader of a street gang to the leader of a just struggle.
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.