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Mobile Jewish Film Festival

Here is our outstanding lineup of films.
1) Read a synopsis of each film below.
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Sunday January 11th 3pm Springhill Avenue Temple – “Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love”
Followed by a Broadway Sing-along and cheesecake dessert!
Tuesday January 13th 7pm Laidlaw Center for Performing Arts USA – “Run, Boy, Run”
Guest Speaker Rabbi Steven Silberman
Wednesday, Jan 14th 7 pm Laidlaw Center USA “Body and Soul – The State of the Jewish Nation”
Guest Speaker Gloria Greenfield, Director
Thursday January 15th 7pm Laidlaw Center USA “Zaytoun”
Followed by a dessert reception
Sunday January 18th 3pm Ahavas Chesed Synagogue
“Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force”
Guest Speaker Nancy Spielberg, Producer
Tuesday January 20th 7pm University of South Alabama Fairhope campus
Encore performance of “Run, Boy, Run”
Guest Speaker Rabbi Steven Silberman
Wednesday January 21st 7pm Ben May Library – Bernheim Hall
“The Jewish Cardinal”
Co-Sponsored by the Mobile Public Library and the Mobile Christian Jewish Dialogue.
Guest Speaker, Jerry Darring – Holocaust Scholar
Thursday January 22nd 7pm Ahavas Chesed Synagogue
“Aftermath”
Post-film discussion led by author Roy Hoffman
Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did for Love
Sunday January 11th. Springhill Avenue Temple. 3PM.
About The Film

The musical showman who scored some of the most indelible melodies of stage and screen is affectionately remembered in MARVIN HAMLISCH: WHAT HE DID FOR LOVE.

From humble beginnings as a Manhattan boy and son of Viennese Jews, Hamlisch was a child piano prodigy destined for greatness, having been accepted into the Juilliard School as a six-year-old. He quickly achieved unprecedented success as a composer of such pop hits as The Way We Were, scores for Hollywood films The Sting and Sophie’s Choice, as well as the Broadway juggernaut A Chorus Line. By the age of 31, he had won every major award: a staggering four Grammys, an Emmy, three Oscars, a Tony and a Pulitzer Prize.

Interviews with Hamlisch, and a constellation of his collaborators – from Barbra Streisand and Carly Simon to Woody Allen and Lucie Arnaz – trace the creative and personal highs and lows of this consummate artist.

Run, Boy, Run
Tuesday January 13th. USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. 7PM.
Tuesday January 20th. USA Fairhope Campus. 7PM.

About The Film

A superlative saga of courage and compassion, RUN BOY RUN tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith.

Escaping the Warsaw ghetto at the behest of his father, nine-year old Srulik (movingly portrayed by twin child actors Andrzej and Kamil Tkacz) flees to the woods. There, he learns to hide from SS patrols and scour for food, until loneliness and the harsh onset of winter drive him back to civilization. Taken in by a kindhearted farmer’s wife (Elisabeth Duda), he is given shelter and a new identity. Passing himself off as Jurek, a Christian war orphan, the intrepid boy traverses the countryside from village to village, working as a farmhand under an ever-present threat of persecution. Some will help him survive and others will betray him. Just when it seems his childhood memories and identity could be lost forever, Jurek’s harrowing journey culminates in a powerhouse conclusion and postscript.

An unforgettable cinematic experience featuring exceptional performances, arresting cinematography and transcendent musical score, RUN BOY RUN is directed by Oscar-winner Pepe Danquart and based on the bestselling Holocaust novel by Israeli author Uri Orlev.

Body and Soul – The State of the Jewish Nation
Wednesday January 14th. USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. 7PM.

About The Film

Gloria Z. Greenfield’s powerful new documentary sets the record straight eloquently and comprehensively. It not only shows the undeniable historical connection between the Jewish People and the Land of Israel, but also succeeds in debunking all of the propaganda, myths and misinformation that have become accepted as truth by so many.

Zaytoun
Thursday January 15th. USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center. 7PM.
About The Film

Director Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride) gives the 1982 Lebanon War an unexpectedly humanistic and child-centric outlook in ZAYTOUN, the heartwarming story of a downed Israeli fighter pilot and Palestinian boy thrown together on a perilous trek.

Playing hooky with his fellow delinquents, and running wild through an overcrowded and chaotic Beirut refugee camp, the cocksure 12-year-old Fahed (Abdallah el Akal) defies authority while surviving the daily hardships of a warzone. His glum reality is shaken when an Israeli jet is shot down behind enemy lines, and the pilot, Yoni (Atlanta-born actor Stephen Dorff), is captured by PLO militants. His father killed in the Israeli airstrike, the newly orphaned boy suppresses his hatred to offer a deal: he will let Yoni go free if the pilot will help him cross the southern border where Fahed longs to fulfill his late father’s dream of planting an olive tree at their ancestral village in Israel. Forced into an unlikely alliance, the would-be adversaries eventually find trust and friendship as they traverse the barren beauty of a war-ravaged land while dodging all forms of danger.

A People’s Choice Award winner at the Toronto International Film Festival, ZAYTOUN probes the contested borders – physical, historical, personal – that divide Israelis and Palestinians.

Above and Beyond: The Birth of the Israeli Air Force
Sunday January 18th. Ahavas Chesed Synagogue 3PM.
About The Film
This gripping documentary is a true-life wartime adventure story. In 1948, as five Arab nations prepared to invade Israel, a group of young men from around the globe volunteered to defend the new country. Many were World War II veterans from the US. Because of an embargo imposed by the Truman administration, Americans risked losing their citizenship by joining the fight. This remarkable film celebrates the pilots who laid the foundation for the Israeli Air Force. Special Guest: Nancy Spielberg, Producer
The Jewish Cardinal
Wednesday January 21st. Bernheim Hall. 7PM.
About The Film

A dramatic clash of ecclesiastical politics and spiritual soul-searching, THE JEWISH CARDINAL is the remarkable true story of the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants who, while maintaining his Jewish identity, became leader of the French church and close confidant to the Pope.

Jean-Marie Lustiger (born Aaron) converted to Roman Catholicism as a teenager, later joining the priesthood and quickly rising within the ranks to become adviser to Pope John Paul II. A maverick outsider, he utilized his dual identity to advance Jewish-Catholic relations, a unique platform that earned him both friends and enemies. His allegiances are further tested by a Carmelite monastery operating within the walls of Auschwitz, the Holocaust death camp where his mother perished. Estranged from his father (Henri Guybet) who survived the war, Jean-Marie’s cousin Fanny (Audrey Dana) becomes his only remaining family link.

Laurent Lucas brings intensity and heartache to his role as the cardinal who faces a crisis of faith, while Aurélien Recoing gives a tour de force portrayal of the reform-minded pontiff. Helmed by Ilan Duran Cohen and shot on location in Paris and Rome, this handsomely mounted historical biopic is winner of the Best French TV Grand Prix prize at the Festival de Luchon.

Aftermath
Thursday January 22nd. Ahavas Chesed Synagogue. 7PM.
About The Film

One of the most controversial Polish films ever made, AFTERMATH is a harrowing mystery-thriller based on the real-life cover-up of a Jewish massacre at the hands of Catholic Poles.

After decades living abroad in Chicago, Franek (Ireneusz Czop) is prompted to return to his ancestral family farm by news that his estranged younger brother Józef (Maciej Stuhr) has come into conflict with fellow villagers. Upon his arrival, Franek is greeted by seething hostility and escalating harassment from the local peasants. As they repair fraternal ties, the brothers literally uncover half-buried secrets of the past and disturbing historical clues that ultimately lead to an appalling revelation.

The first feature in a decade by acclaimed filmmaker Władysław Pasikowski, AFTERMATH sent shockwaves throughout Poland upon its release, forcing the country to confront a long history of virulent anti-Semitism. Nominated for seven Polish Academy Awards, with wins for Best Acting and Set Design, and winner of the Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.