France / Morocco, 2013, Kamal Hachkar director, 86 minutes
Guest Speaker: Yigal S. Nizri
Director Kamal Hachkar in attendance
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.
Saturday, April 11 - 1:00pm, 3:00pm, 5:00pm & 8:00pm
Spur is Canada’s national festival of politics, art and ideas offering an eclectic mix of events including discussions, panels, author readings, performances and more to spur its participants to action on issues affecting Canadians.
Presented by: The University of Toronto Schools Drama Department
Preview: Thursday, April 16th 1:00pm
Performance: Friday, April 17th 6:00pm
A Triple Bill featuring University of Toronto Schools Drama Students including: Scene work - Following Instructions (or How to Write a Play in 47 minutes), and Arrivals, followed by The Importance of Being Earnest
Presented by: Alexander Showcase Theatre in partnership with the Al Green Theatre.
Thursday, April 30 - 7:30pm
Friday, May 1 - 7:30pm Saturday, May 2 - 7:30pm Sunday, May 3 - 2:00pm
Wednesday, May 6 - 7:30pm Thursday, May 7 - 7:30pm Friday, May 8 - 7:30pm Saturday, May 9 - 7:30pm Sunday, May 10 - 2:00pm
‘Ow about a shave? Stephen Sondheim’s devilishly hilarious masterpiece, Sweeney Todd, winner of 8 Tony Awards including “Best Musical”, tells the story of a man accused of a crime he didn’t commit, who is sentenced to 15 years while his wife and daughter are taken from him by the very man who wronged him.
The Stage Door Academy students hit the stage for their finale production of the 2014/2015 season. Join us in celebrating all our talented students have accomplished this year in class, and be entertained by an evening of song, dance and inspiring performance.
Spend an evening with Israeli dance artist Sharon Freedman, a visionary not only in dance technique, but in his ability to help us connect our disparate parts. His work instills a craving to be alive in one’s body and entices Contact Dance towards new directions and scope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.