Jewish Film Festival Series presented by Rehoboth Beach Film Society

March 21st, 2018 - 4:00 pm to March 25th, 2018 - 5:00 pm
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to continue its’ Jewish Film Festival series.
Listed below are the films and their screening dates and times.  All screenings are held at the Cinema Art Theater.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at 4:00 pm
SHALOM BOLLYWOOD celebrates the all-singing, all-dancing history of the world’s largest film industry, while revealing the unlikely story of the 2000 year old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping that history. At the advent of the Indian cinema industry, it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on-screen. Indian Jewish women took up the female lead roles, and continued to do so for decades. Using stage names, the women weren’t obviously identified as Jewish, and were commonly thought to be Christian or Muslim. With access to rare archival footage, Danny Ben-Moshe’s (MY MOTHER’S LOST CHILDREN) new documentary tells its extraordinary tale through the lives of Indian cinema’s Jewish icons at the heart of Bollywood from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. Deborah Young of “The Hollywood Reporter” calls the film, “a lively, audience-friendly documentary”. [2017, Australia, Runtime: 76 minutes, Not Rated].
Thursday, March 22,2018 at 4:00 pm
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm
In a lucky twist of fate, young Maurice Gutman (Matteo Perez) narrowly escapes a round-up of Jews in Paris after breaking his leg in a dust-up with bullies. Whisked away in an ambulance, he is forced to watch helplessly as his family is arrested by French police. While treated for his injury, Maurice is diagnosed with tuberculosis and committed to a long-term-treatment facility in the suburb of Garches. As the war intensifies, the sympathetic chief physician and his hospital staff must resort to drastic measures to keep the Jewish patients safe from Nazi patrols. Based on a true story, CHILDREN OF CHANCE was the winner of the European Children’s Film Association award. [2016, France, Runtime: 95 minutes, French with English subtitles, Not Rated].
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
In present day Jerusalem, a city increasingly dominated by religious fanaticism, Naomi, a secular young woman, seeks refuge from the pressure of her life as a concert pianist. Overwhelmed by the expectations of her parents and her colleagues in Tel Aviv, Naomi seeks anonymity and solitude in the ancient city. Despite her intentions to stay alone, however, Naomi quickly makes two unexpected connections—one with a musically gifted Ultra-Orthodox young boy who lives in her building, and the other with Fabrizio, a charismatic Italian monk and organist. While these relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning, they also make her a target in her new community. Faced with escalating isolation and violence, Naomi must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers. “A throwback thriller steeped in gothic claustrophobia and an ageless tale of female empowerment in a predatory urban setting,” writes Michael Fox of “”. [2016, Israel, Runtime: 92 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles Not Rated].
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 12:30 pm
Yoel, a senior Holocaust researcher, is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria, concerning a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of WWII in the village of Lensdorf. While investigating the incident Yoel examines classified testimonies of Holocaust survivors, and to his shock and surprise he finds a testimony given by his mother, a testimony he didn't know existed. In her testimony she confesses to a substantial secret from her past. Trapped between walls of silence—on one side, denial of the Holocaust on the part of the villagers, and on the other, his mother's silence regarding her past—he decides to continue his investigations even at the cost of ruining his personal and professional life. Jessica Kiang of “” calls the film, “provocative…clever and illuminating.” [2017, Austria and Israel, Runtime: 94 minutes, Hebrew, German and Yiddish with English subtitles, Not Rated].
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm
In the last store in a defunct shopping mall, 91-year-old Sonia Warshawski—great-grandmother, businesswoman, and Holocaust survivor—runs the tailor shop she’s owned for more than thirty years. But when she’s served an eviction notice, the specter of retirement prompts Sonia to revisit her harrowing past as a refugee and witness to genocide. A poignant story of generational trauma and healing, BIG SONIA also offers a laugh-out-loud-funny portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry, and the power of truth-telling to heal us all. “A tenderly rendered inspirational piece about the healing power of forging human connections that wisely maintains its focus on its spirited, stylish main subject,” writes Michael Rechtshaffen of “The Los Angeles Times”. [2017, US, Runtime: 93 minutes, Not Rated].
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. The townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst and behave accordingly. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back. Director Ferenc Török paints a complex picture of a society trying to come to terms with the recent horrors they’ve experienced, perpetrated, or just tolerated for personal gain. Michael Sagrow of “” calls 1945, “at once spare and enveloping…The movie’s denouement is indelible.” [2017, Hungary, Runtime: 91 minutes, Hungarian and Russian with English subtitles, Not Rated].
Judy Catterton will facilitate a post-screening discussion. By virtue of her professional and personal experience, Judy Catterton is especially well-suited for moderating this provocative film. Judy practiced law in Montgomery County, MD, first as a criminal prosecutor and then as a criminal defense attorney. She served as president of the Maryland Criminal Defense Attorneys Association. Among many other professional activities, she participated in mock trials with members of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association. Judy’s grandparents escaped the pogroms. She lives in Rehoboth Beach, DE with her husband.
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Adam (writer and director Shady Srour) is a Christian Arab living in Nazareth –a member of a vanishing minority within a minority in the Holy Land and the Middle East. His wife Lamia is a strong, beautiful and progressive Arab woman, who runs a foundation for women’s rights. When Adam learns that Lamia is pregnant and his father falls very ill, he evaluates his life and realizes that he has not achieved much. Despite all his business ideas failing so far, he gives one last try to make it big. And what’s better to sell in the Holy Land other than the very air that Virgin Mary breathed during her annunciation? But in order to, as one priest tells Adam during confession, bring such product into the market he needs to find allies from the three cultures ruling over Nazareth – the Jewish politicians, the Muslim mafia boss and the Catholic church officials. In a politically unstable world where religion is just another merchandise, can the Holy Air be Adam’s salvation or is it just an illusion? “With a masterful sense of framing, Srour and cinematographer Daniel Miller turn beautifully composed shots into absurdist delights with a simple twist,” writes Serena Donadoni of “The Village Voice”. [2017, Israel, Runtime: 81 minutes, Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated].
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
COMPLICIT explores the impact of the WWII Jewish refugee issue on the Roosevelt legacy through a mythical courtroom drama that puts Franklin D Roosevelt on trial for complicity in Crimes Against Humanity. Complicit includes never before seen footage of US Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal’s powerful expose of America’s inadequate response to the Jewish refugee crisis. See the 2012 State Department ceremony in which Deputy Secretary of State Burns makes the first ever apology to a delegation of surviving passengers from the refugee ship, SS St Louis before a delegation of high ranking diplomats and foreign service officers. COMPLICIT presents rare and candid interviews with these heroic refugees who were turned away by the United States in June 1939, and returned to the US to make extraordinary contributions to American society. COMPLICIT integrates painful history with compelling drama. [2013, US, Runtime: 66 minutes, Not Rated].
Director Michael Ivan Schwartz will be in attendance for a post-screening audience discussion. Michael Ivan Schwartz has produced award-winning documentaries while trotting the globe to distant lands including Fiji, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Turkmenistan. He also produced a national TV program called Behind Lacrosse.
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 12:00 pm
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS is based on the memories of Amos Oz, growing up in Jerusalem in the years before Israeli statehood with Arieh, his academic father and Fania, his dreamy, imaginative mother. They were one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and 40s to escape persecution. The terror of the war and running from home had been followed by the tedium of everyday life, which weighed heavily on Fania's spirit. Unhappy in her marriage and intellectually stifled, she would make up stories of adventures (like treks across the desert) to cheer herself up and entertain her 10-year-old son Amos. When independence didn't bring the renewed sense of life that Fania had hoped for, she slipped into solitude and sadness. Unable to help her, Amos was forced to say an untimely good-bye. As he witnessed the birth of Israel, he had to come to terms with his own new beginning. “Natalie Portman makes an impressive directing debut, also writing the screenplay and starring in this quiet and often beautiful drama,” writes Linda Barnard at “”. [2015, Israel and US, Runtime: 95 minutes, Hebrew with English subtitles, Rated: PG-13].
Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 3:00 pm
Inspired by true events, PAST LIFE tracks the daring 1977 trans-European odyssey of two sisters – one an introverted ambitious classical music composer, and the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery about their father’s life in Poland that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice. “This is a striking and thought-provoking picture,” writes Glenn Kenny at “”. [2017, Israel and Poland, Runtime: 109 minutes, German and Hebrew with English subtitles, Not Rated].

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each screening. Admission is $10 per screening.  Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at, by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1, or visiting the RBFS office, Mon–Fri, 9:00 am–4:30 pm. Please note that tickets are non-refundable and there will be no exchanges.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment for our community. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov 1-11, 2018). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at, or call 302-645-9095.

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