2022 Film Festival: January 13-30, 2022

 

The Mobile Jewish Film Festival is pleased to announce our lineup of films and events for the 2022 Festival. Following a fully virtual film festival last year, we are excited to host a hybrid event, with films both in-person and online. We can’t wait to once again…SEE YOU AT THE MOVIES.

 

Rickie Voit & Barry Silverman

Co-Chairs, Mobile Jewish Film Festival

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COVID SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR IN-PERSON EVENTS

While the Mobile Jewish Film Festival is thrilled to finally be able to be in-person again, it is our responsibility provide a safe and healthy event for all our attendees.

Attendees will be required to show proof of full COVID vaccination OR negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event at the door. Masks are required at all venue locations. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, you are invited to watch the films virtually in the comfort of your home.

 

2022 Film Selections

CHASING PORTRAITS

 January 13 at 2:00 PM at Mobile Museum of Art

Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was a prolific Warsaw-based artist who painted scenes of the Polish-Jewish community until he was murdered at Majdanek concentration camp. After the Holocaust, Moshe’s wife was only able to recover a small fraction of his work, but unbeknownst to the family, many other pieces survived. For more than a decade his great-granddaughter Elizabeth has searched for the missing art, with remarkable and unexpected success.

No Admission Charge for this film, but reservations are required.

 

After The Film: Director Elizabeth Rynecki will join MJFF via Zoom for a Q&A.

Chasing Portraits

CARL LAEMMLE

 January 16 at 3:00 PM at Springhill Avenue Temple

This is the extraordinary story of the German-Jewish immigrant who practically invented the modern motion picture business. Investing in nickelodeons, Carl Laemmle fought and ultimately overcame Thomas Edison's attempts to monopolize the film industry. Creating Universal Pictures in 1912, Laemmle hired many talents who would go on to become Hollywood legends, including Walt Disney, John Ford, William Wyler and Irving Thalberg. When he sold Universal in 1936, Laemmle would go on to do something far more important than any movie or studio he had created: battling the Third Reich and a notoriously anti-Semitic U.S. State Department, he rescued more than 300 Jewish refugee families from the Holocaust. 

 

After the Film: Q&A with the filmmaker, James Freedman, following the film

Carl Laemmle

PERSIAN LESSONS

January 18 at 7:00 PM at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

A Jewish prisoner pretends to be Iranian to escape being shot and is then forced to teach Farsi, a language he doesn’t speak, to a Nazi superior in the film from Ukrainian-born, Canada-based director Vadim Perelman (The House of Sand and Fog). “Inspired by true events,” and based on a short story by Wolfgang Kohlhaase, this meticulously polished Holocaust tale offers something of a new angle on largely familiar material.

 

After the Film: Join us for a discussion led by Dr. David Meola, Jewish and Holocaust Studies Chair at the University of South Alabama.

Persian Lessons

THOU SHALT NOT HATE

January 19 at 7:00 PM at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

A split-second decision at a traffic accident triggers repercussions for a Jewish surgeon and a neo-Nazi’s daughter, in this gripping, potent drama. Simone (Alessandro Gassmann), a Holocaust survivor’s son, rushes to the scene of a hit-and-run. But when he sees a swastika tattoo on the victim’s chest, he leaves the gravely wounded man to his fate. Wracked with guilt, the anguished doctor confronts the ethics of his choice, and bonds with the victim’s daughter Marcia (Sara Serraiocco), embroiling himself in greater conflict.

 
After the Film:  Author Roy Hoffman will lead the post-film discussion.

Thou Shalt Not Hate

KISS ME KOSHER

January 20 at 7:00 PM at Laidlaw Performing Arts Center

Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same-sex wedding, in this screwball romantic comedy that crosses all borders.

After a string of not-too-serious ex-girlfriends, Shira (Moran Rosenblatt) has finally found real love with Maria (Luise Wolfram), a German who has uprooted entirely just to be with Shira in Tel Aviv. The two women plan to marry…eventually. But when Shira’s family inadvertently discovers the engagement, wedding plans kick into high gear. Even Maria’s parents insist on a big ceremony, and when they get to Israel, the two families awkwardly try to overcome their cultural and religious differences.

 

After the Film: A dessert reception to follow.

Kiss Me Kosher

IRMI

January 23 at 3:00 PM at Springhill Avenue Temple

IRMI is a deeply personal film made by a daughter who is inspired by her mother’s story and her spirit.  It explores the way in which unexpected events and chance encounters can both shape a life and reveal its true nature. Using Irmi’s own memoir—beautifully read by the actress, Hanna Schygulla and with a richly emotional score by composer, Todd Boekelheide, IRMI takes us on her unique journey. It is a portrait of a woman whose strength, resilience and perhaps most stunningly, whose joie de vivre could not be vanquished even in the face of unimaginable loss.

Irmi

MY NAME IS SARA

January 25 at 7:00 PM at Fairhope Campus, USA

Based on the true-life story of 13-year-old Sara Goralnik. After escaping a Jewish Ghetto in Poland and losing her family at the outset of the Holocaust, Sara hides in plain sight, passing as an Orthodox Christian in the Ukrainian countryside, where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers’ marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity.

 
 
After the Film: Join us for a post-film discussion led by Rabbi Edward Boraz.

My Name is Sara

THE CROSSING

January 27 at 7:00 PM at Ben May Library

 CROSSING tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto's parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. Following the arrest, they discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started: To help Sarah and Daniel flee from the Nazis cross the border to neutral Sweden and reunite them with their parents. THE CROSSING is a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children.

 

After the Film: Don Berry, Director of the Gulf Coast Holocaust Center, will lead the post-film discussion.

 

The Crossing

BREAKING BREAD

January 30 at 3:00 PM at Ahavas Chesed Synagogue

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel - the first Muslim Arab to win Israel's MasterChef - is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion; on the public, rather than the politicians.

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After the Film: Join us for a delicious selection of Mediterranean appetizers.

Breaking Bread