Savannah Jewish Film Festival Film Schedule
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Nono, The Zigzag Kid

Sunday, January 19th
Film Showing - 1:00 pm

Nono wants to be like his father - the best police inspector in the world - but he constantly gets in trouble. Two days before his Bar Mitzvah, he is sent away to his uncle Sjmoel, who is supposed to get him back on track.

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The Attack

Sunday, January 19th
Opening Reception - 7:00 pm, Film Showing - 7:30 pm<

Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Palestinian surgeon, fully assimilated into Tel Aviv society. But his picture perfect life is turned upside down after a suicide bombing in a restaurant leaves nineteen dead, and the Israeli police inform him that his wife, Sihem who also died in the explosion, was responsible.
 
** Special guest Melinda Stein will introduce the film and lead a discussion with  Q & A afterwards.**
 

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Life in Stills

Thursday, January 23rd
Lunch - 12:30 pm
Film Showing - 1:30 pm

At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when her late husband Rudi’s life’s work was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben.

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*Double Feature*
Wherever You Go


Thursday, January 23rd
Dinner - 6:00 pm
Film Showing - 7:00 pm


Years after cutting herself off from her Orthodox family, Zohara (30) decides to show up at her younger sister’s wedding. On her way to the wedding she meets Neriman (20), a young Bedouin woman, who’s escaping an arranged wedding forced upon her with her cousin.

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*Double Feature*
Dove's Cry


Thursday, January 23rd
Dinner - 6:00 pm
Film Showing - 7:00 pm


Dove’s Cry tells the story of a young and charismatic Arab teacher from Wadi Ara, who teaches spoken Arabic in a Jewish elementary school in Israel as part of the special program created by Israeli NGO Merchavim’s “Let’s Talk” Arabic curriculum.

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Putzel

Saturday, January 25th
Dessert Reception - 7:30 pm
Film Showing

For some, life is an adventure filled with opportunities to excel and places to explore. Walter Himmelstein, a young man endearingly known as Putzel, aspires to take over his uncle’s smoked fish emporium. But he is disrupted by the arrival of Sally, who becomes romantically involved with his about-to-retire and very-married uncle.

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From Silence to Recognition: Confronting Discrimination in Emory's Dental School History

Sunday, January 26th
Dinner - 6:00 pm
Film Showing - 7:00 pm

From 1948 to 1961, a pervasive climate of anti-Semitism transfigured the young lives of Jewish students at Emory University’s dental school. This documentary is based on the investigative research of Dr. Perry Brickman who will introduce the film, and lead a post screening discussion panel including Dr. Harold Black, Dr. Bucky Bloom, and others
                                               who attended Emory during this time.

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*Double Feature*
Women Unchained


Tuesday, January 28th
Dinner - 6:00 pm
Film Showing - 7:00 pm


Even though Leslee’s husband was having an affair with the babysitter, it still took ten years before her husband would grant her a “get,” or Jewish divorce. When Ariel sought a “get,” her husband demanded payment of half-million dollars from her father. These are just two of the stories chronicled in Women Unchained, a film documenting the experiences of modern-day “agunot,” or women whose husbands refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce.

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*Double Feature*
Aya


Tuesday, January 28th
Dinner - 6:00 pm
Film Showing - 7:00 pm


Aya is waiting to meet someone at the airport, but finds herself picking up a complete stranger instead – Thomas Overby. Overby, believes Aya to be his assigned driver. The young woman, intrigued by his presence and the random encounter, does not reveal the mix-up and mischievously sets off with him for his destination - Jerusalem.

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Broadway Musicals - A Jewish Legacy

Thursday, January 30th
Lunch 12:30 pm
Film Showing - 1:30 pm

A Jewish Legacy explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical and many of the songs that comprise “The American Songbook.” Over the fifty-year period of its development, the songs of the Broadway musical were created almost exclusively by Jewish Americans.

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Fill the Void

Thursday, January 30th
Dinner - 6:00 pm
Film Showing - 7:00 pm

Eighteen-year-old Shira is the youngest daughter of the family. She is about to be married off to a promising young man of the same age and background. It is a dream come true, and Shira feels prepared and excited. But disaster strikes when her older sister, Esther, dies giving birth to her first child causing her marriage to be postponed.

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AKA Doc Pomus

Saturday, February 1st
Dessert Reception - 7:30 pm
Film Showing - 8:00 pm

Doc Pomus was the most unlikely of rock & roll icons. Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer (renaming himself Doc Pomus) then as a songwriter, creating some of the greatest hits of the early rock and roll era. AKA Doc Pomus brings to life Doc’s joyous, heartbreaking, romantic, and extraordinarily eventful journey.

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