FAREWELL MR. HAFFMAN
Sunday, January 8 • 2pm • Springhill Avenue Temple
Dessert Reception to follow the film.
WHY THE JEWS?
Tuesday, January 10 • 7pm • Springhill Avenue Temple
The stunning accomplishments of the Jews raise a question no film has dared ask before. How do they do it? Some of the world’s most prominent thinkers tackle a mystery shrouded in ignorance and prejudice. They tear back the curtain on a taboo and draw a startling link between a people’s achievements and the darkest hours in its history.
ANNE & EMMETT: LIVE PERFORMANCE
Thursday January 12 • 7:30pm • Joe Jefferson Playhouse
This performance is offered as a gift from the Mobile Jewish Film Festival and Joe Jefferson Playhouse. Only a limited number of tickets are available and tickets will be reserved ONLINE once tickets go on sale upon a first come first serve basis.
THE MAN IN THE BASEMENT
Tuesday January 17th • 7pm • USA Fairhope Campus
Tuesday January 24th • 7pm • USA Campus Mobile (Encore)
In this taut psychological thriller, a benign real estate deal becomes a sinister standoff between a bourgeois French couple and a dangerous negationist. A Parisian architect (Jérémie Renier) sells his flat’s unused cellar to a former history teacher (François Cluzet), well-mannered and seemingly normal. But when he takes up residence, the stranger’s secret life as an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist emerges. As the couple struggles to rescind the sale, the increasingly menacing buyer insinuates himself with their naive teenage daughter, turning the family’s idyllic world upside down. Provocative and superbly acted, this nightmare scenario based on a true story will keep audiences guessing from one unsettling moment to the next.
Guest Speaker: Roy Hoffman
BAD NAZI. GOOD NAZI.
Thursday January 19th • 3pm • Mobile Museum of Art
Bad Nazi. Good Nazi is the extraordinary story of German officer Wilm Hosenfeld, immortalized in Roman Polanski’s film as the Nazi who saved The Pianist’s life. Hosenfeld’s personal diaries record his chilling, gradual disillusionment with the Nazi war machine he belonged to and that Szpilman, incredibly, is just one of sixty people he saved. Thalau’s group of supporters are inspired to have Hosenfeld memorialized at the local school he led before enlisting in Hitler’s army, but the villagers struggle to come to terms with the complicated legacy of a man they want to forget; a Nazi officer and a serial rescuer.
Guest Speaker: Dr. David Meola
ISRAELI MANDOLINIST, AVI AVITAL
MOBILE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Saturday, January 21st • 7:30pm • Saenger Theater
MJFF does not have access to sell tickets to this event. Please contact Mobile Symphony Orchestra for more information.
THE NARROW BRIDGE
Wednesday January 25th • 7pm • USA Campus Mobile
The Narrow Bridge is a searching journey into the souls of four people who, after searing pain, develop strengths they never had before. We watch with wonder as Bushra, Rami, Meytal and Bassam, women and men who lost a child or parent in violent conflict, transform their grief into a bridge for reconciliation. The film follows their paths from devastating trauma to courageous activism. But their stories are not just personal. They all belong to a controversial grassroots movement of broken-hearted people ‘Israeli Palestinian Bereaved Families’ who stand side-by-side to end the violence and build a future based on dignity and equality. Despite fierce political and family opposition, they refuse to give up.
Guest Speaker: Cathy O'Keefe
Thursday January 26th • 7pm • USA Campus Mobile
Suddenly widowed at 78, family matriarch Rose learns to pursue her desires, rejecting the societal pressure to “act her age” and fade into benign oblivion. A career-crowning turn from screen legend Françoise Fabian (onetime star of My Night at Maud’s) highlights this life-affirming reminder that it’s never too late to seek happiness.
EXODUS 91 (Reita Franco Memorial Film)
Sunday January 29th • 2pm • Ahavas Chesed Synagogue