Thursday, January 11, 2018, 2 P.M., Mobile Museum of Art
Maya Angelou narrates this powerful documentary which reveals the story of a brave group of people who fought Hitler with the only weapon they had: charcoal, pencil stubs, shreds of paper and memories etched in their minds Admission is free, but reservations are necessary through the MAJF office only. Introduction by Deborah Velders, Director of Mobile Museum of Art.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 7pm Laidlaw, USA Campus
On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes. 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, stolen during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property they have claimed as their own. Called “One of the best films of the year”. Introduction by novelist, Roy Hoffman
Wednesday, January 17, 2018, 7pm, Laidlaw, USA Campus
Harmonia is a contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham and Sarah. The beautiful harpist Sarah is married to Abraham, the charismatic conductor of the Jerusalem Philharmonic. With no children, their life revolves around their music. Then Hagar, a beautiful young Arab horn player, joins the orchestra and forms a close relationship with Sarah. Hager offers to carry the couple’s baby. Two rival prodigies are eventually born, one Jewish, one Arab, leading to a clash of cultures that can ultimately be reconciled only through music. Introduction by Rabbi Dana Kaplan
Thursday, January 18, 2018, 7pm, Laidlaw, USA Campus
This outstanding documentary is the remarkable and inspiring story of a group of Down syndrome young men and women who go on a two-week trek through the Himalayas with their non-Down syndrome siblings. My Hero Brother won the Best Documentary Film Award at the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival, as well as awards in Israel. You will remember this extraordinary journey for a long time. Co-Producer Enosh Cassell from Israel will introduce the film and take questions afterward. Dessert reception follows
Sunday January 21, 2018 3pm AhavasChesed synagogue
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.
When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses, leaving the rabbi’s wife in a coma and the rabbi in shock, the congregation falls into crisis. Charismatic young Rabbi David appears to be a savior after the accident, but slowly starts pushing his fundamentalist ways and tries to take control. This tests the women’s friendships and creates a rift between the community’s women and men. Israel’s Number one movie of the year!Introduction by Rabbi Steven Silberman Dessert reception follows
Tuesday Jan 23, 2018, 7pm USA Performance Center, Fairhope
Winner of the Audience Choice Award at 20 Jewish Film Festivals!! Based on a true story, FANNY’S JOURNEY is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom. Don’t miss this one!
1963, South Africa. Ten black and Jewish men are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage against the Apartheid state and its government. Led by fellow defendant Nelson Mandela and represented by courageous Jewish lawyer Bram Fischer, the group members plead not guilty, shifting attention instead to the grossly unjust political system. This captivating drama captures a seminal moment in the fight against racism and explores the role of South African Jews in consigning Apartheid to history. Winner of Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay in the Dutch Film Awards. Introduction by Dr. David Meola, Professor of Jewish Studies
Dr. Akiva Tamir is an Israeli pediatric cardiologist sent to Africa to perform lifesaving operations in Tanzania, where five children die every day from heart conditions. Together with his team, Dr. Tamir examines hundreds of children, of which only a handful can receive treatment. When 6-year-old Julius arrives at the clinic in critical condition, the doctors are forced to choose whether to operate on the child, who has very little chance of surviving. A Heartbeat Away is a riveting human drama that takes viewers on an emotional roller-coaster, swinging on the pendulum between science and faith, hope and despair, life and death. Preceded by the romantic short film, “Dear God”.
In the Oscar-nominated documentary, Joe’s Violin, a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship. 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Joe Feingold and 12-year-old Bronx school girl Brianna Perez show the power of music can bring light in the darkest of times, and how a small act can have a significant impact. Followed by a violin and piano performance and dessert reception