2012 Festival Film Schedule


Due to high demand we have added a second showing of Jews in Toons, Monday, March 12, 7 pm, Gorelick Hall/Levine Jewish Community Center.

Saturday, February 25

$22
Event: Opening Night and Dessert Reception
Film: La Rafle (The Round Up)
Venue: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time: 7:30PM
La Rafle

La Rafle
(The Round Up)

Sponsored by: Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah

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As seen through the eyes of one Jewish child, this beautifully crafted film is a heart-wrenching recreation of the 1942 roundup of 13,000 Parisian Jews. Stirring performances by A-list actors Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds) and Jean Reno (The Professional).

Audience Awards from more than a dozen major Jewish Film Festivals.

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Director: Roselyne Bosch

Language: French with subtitles

Run time: 115 minutes

Drama

France 2010

Sunday, February 26

$8
Film: Anita
Venue: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5
Time: 2:00PM
Anita

Anita

Sponsored by: Jewish Family Services of Charlotte

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An innocent young Jewish woman with special needs has her comfortable life in Buenos Aires disrupted by an unforeseen event. Ultimately, tragedy turns into an odyssey of discovery, resilience and human compassion.

11 Audience Awards from USA Festivals.

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Director: Marcos Carnevale

Language: Spanish with subtitles

Run time: 104 minutes

Drama

Argentina 2009

Tuesday, February 28

$5
Film: David: The Movie
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 7:00PM
David: The Movie

David: The Movie

Followed by panel discussion

Sponsored by: Mecklenburg Ministries

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One boy, two faiths. An innocent act of good faith leads 11-year old David, the son of a Brooklyn Imam, to befriend a group of Jewish boys and in the process break down interfaith barriers.

Special Ecumenical Prize 2011 Montreal World Film Festival. Interfaith Panel discussion to follow.

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Director: Joel Fendelman

Language: English

Run time: 80 minutes

Drama

USA 2011

Wednesday, February 29

$10
Film: Eichmann's End: Love, Betrayal, Death
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 7:00PM
Eichmann's Ends

Eichmann's End
Love, Betrayal, Death

A Charlotte Jewish Film Festival film

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Innocent attraction between 2 teenagers leads to the capture of a hated war criminal in this mesmerizing tale of love, betrayal and death. An amazing story that uniquely combines historical reenactments with rare footage and interviews.

A Favorite Of The Film Selection Committee.

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Director: Raymond Ley

Language: German, Hebrew and Spanish with subtitles

Run time: 90 minutes

Docudrama

Germany & Israel 2011

Thursday, March 1

$8
Event: A Special Evening with Dr. Eric Goldman
Topic: A Lens on Israel: A Society Through its Cinema
Venue: Temple Beth El
Time: 7:00PM
Dr Eric Goldman

A Lens on Israel:
A Society through its Cinema

Sponsored by Temple Beth El and Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast

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Israeli movies provide intimate insight into the dynamic nature of Israel and its diverse people. The cinema provides an ideal "lens" by which we gain a greater understanding of Israel's history, culture and challenges. Through film clips and discussion, Dr. Eric Goldman examines the changing nature of Israeli society as reflected through its cinema.

Dr. Goldman earned his Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from NYU, an MFA and an MA from Brandeis in Theater Arts and Contemporary Jewish Studies, and is a well-known and sought after lecturer around the world.

Special Guest: Sharon Kabalo, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Southeast

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Guest Speaker: Dr. Eric Goldman

Saturday, March 3

$10
Film: Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Venue: Temple Israel
Time: 7:30PM
Sholem Aleichem

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness

Sponsored by Temple Israel and the Charlotte Yiddish Institute

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Before there was Fiddler, there was Tevye...and the genius who created him. A riveting portrait of the most famous Yiddish writer of all time, as well as the people, world and language that shaped him.

Bonus program: Pianist Ethan Uslan will perform Jewish musical selections with his special ragtime flair!

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Director: Joseph Dorman

Language: English

Run time: 93 minutes

Documentary

USA 2011

Sunday, March 4

$10
Film: The Concert (Le Concert)
Venue: Temple Israel
Time: 7:00PM
Le Concert

The Concert
(Le Concert)

Co-Sponsored by The Light Factory as part of Ulysses: Charlotte's New Spring Festival of the Arts.

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The renowned conductor of the Bolshoi was fired for employing Jewish musicians. Thirty years later and now a janitor, he attempts to reunite his musicians for one last grand performance. A feel-good film about commitment, loyalty and most importantly, the incredible healing power of music!

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Director: Radu Mihaileanu

Language:French and Russian with subtitles

Run time: 119 minutes

Drama

France 2009

Thursday, March 8

FREE
Film: Violins in Wartime
Venue: Temple Israel
Time: 7:00PM
Orchestra of Exiles

Violins in Wartime

Sponsored by Gloria Feibus

Free Admission - Donations Appreciated

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Violins have had a unique narrative throughout Jewish history. Violin-maker Amnon Weinstein (and the visionary for the Violins of Hope project), was in the midst of planning an international masters course for young violinists when the Second Lebanon War breaks out in 2006. The film captures intimate moments of struggle with fear and trauma, while reflecting on the power of music as a symbol of sanity in a time of war.

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Director: Yael Katzir

Language: Hebrew with subtitles

Run time: 70 minutes

Documentary

USA & Israel 2011

Saturday, March 10

$10
Film: The Human Resources Manager
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 7:30PM
 The Human Resources Manager

The Human Resources Manager

Sponsored by
Larry Schwartz & Family

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The HR manager of Jerusalem's largest bakery goes on a business trip to restore his company's reputation and in the process begins to restore his own humanity.

Winner of 5 Ophirs (Israeli Oscars), including Best Picture and Best Director.

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Director: Eran Riklis

Language: Hebrew and Romanian with subtitles

Run time: 103 minutes

Drama

Israel 2010

Sunday, March 11

$8
Film: Nicky's Family
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 3:00PM
Nicky's Family

Nicky's Family

Sponsored By:
Leslie and Ed Rusgo
in honor of Jeff Turk

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A moving portrait of 102-year old Sir Nicholas Winton who took great risks 70 years ago to save Jewish children and continues to inspire us all to make today's world a better place.

"People were very moved, cried and laughed during the screening. Many talked afterwards about how uplifting and hopeful it was... People truly responded to the positive hopeful message in the film and appreciated the emotional complexity so expertly conveyed through the archival footage and reenactment scenes."
---Iris Dechsler, Artistic Chair of the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival after Nicky's Family showing garnered an audience score of 95%!

Best Documentary 2011 Montreal World Film Festival.

Best Film 2011 UK Jewish Film Festival

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Director: Matej Minac

Language: English

Run time: 96 minutes

Documentary

Czech Republic 2011

Sunday, March 11

$10
Film: Jews in Toons: An Animated Evening of Entertainment
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 7:00PM
Jews in Toons

Jews in Toons:
An Animated Evening of Entertainment

Sponsored by The Levine Jewish Community Center

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Sunday's show has SOLD OUT. We have added a second show of Jews in Toons on Monday, March 12, 7 pm, Gorelick Hall/Levine Jewish Community Center.

Mike Reiss, longtime writer/producer of The Simpsons, presents "The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families," a hilarious evening featuring rare clips and inside stories from one of the longest running shows in TV history.

A former editor of bothThe Harvard Lampoon and The National Lampoon, Reiss wrote for "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", "The Garry Shandling Show" and "Alf" before he was hired in 1989 for what he thought was going to be a six-week summer job for a new animated show called "The Simpsons." Four Emmys and a Peabody award later, Reiss has written or produced more than 300 episodes of "The Simpsons" and is still involved in the show as a producer.

Reiss' appearance last year at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival was sold out. "Jews in Toons" is certain to be a fun way to close the 2012 Charlotte Jewish Film Festival!

*Please note: Mature content, not for young children.

Monday, March 12

$10
Film: Jews in Toons: An Animated Evening of Entertainment
Venue: Levine JCC
Time: 7:00PM
Jews in Toons

Jews in Toons:
An Animated Evening of Entertainment

Sponsored by The Levine Jewish Community Center

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Mike Reiss, longtime writer/producer of The Simpsons, presents "The Simpsons and Other Jewish Families," a hilarious evening featuring rare clips and inside stories from one of the longest running shows in TV history.

A former editor of bothThe Harvard Lampoon and The National Lampoon, Reiss wrote for "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", "The Garry Shandling Show" and "Alf" before he was hired in 1989 for what he thought was going to be a six-week summer job for a new animated show called "The Simpsons." Four Emmys and a Peabody award later, Reiss has written or produced more than 300 episodes of "The Simpsons" and is still involved in the show as a producer.

Reiss' appearance last year at the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival was sold out. "Jews in Toons" is certain to be a fun way to close the 2012 Charlotte Jewish Film Festival!

*Please note: Mature content, not for young children.

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Sunday, March 25 ADDED BONUS FILM

$10
Film: Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story
Venue: Alvarez College Union, Davidson College
Time: 7:00PM
Jews and Baseball

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story

Presented By: Jewish Council of Lake Norman

Second chance to see the film that played to a sold out crowd at last year's festival! A popular film portraying the contribution of Jewish Major Leaguers as well as the special meaning of baseball to American Jews over the years.

Tickets available at the door only.

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Director: Peter Miller

Language: English

Run time: 91 minutes

Documentary

USA 2010

Sunday, April 15 SPECIAL BONUS SCREENING

FREE
Film: Lies My Father Told Me
Venue: Barbara and Allen Tate Hall, Overcash             Center, CPCC Central Campus
Time: 7:00PM
Lies My Father Told Me

Lies My Father
Told Me

Proudly sponsored by Charlotte Jewish Film Festival as part of CPCC's SENSORIA: "A Celebration of the Arts"

This heart-warming Canadian film classic set in the 1920's Jewish immigrant community of Montreal is seen primarily through the eyes of David, an impressionable six-year-old boy. David lives with his Canadian-born parents and his grandfather "Zaida", a junk peddler who emigrated from Russia.

David's father is a modern materialistic man who dreams of striking it rich by designing unique inventions. Zaida, on the other hand, is a humble man who works hard and maintains a traditional lifestyle and religious beliefs. Intuitively, David responds to his grandfather's love. Every Sunday, David travels the back alleys of Montreal with Zaida and his horse and cart.

"New" world contrasts with old, as David's father and his grandfather respond to David's questions and life's challenges very differently.

Winner of the 1976 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film

Limited seating on a first come, first served basis

Director: Jan Kadar

Language: English

Run time: 102 minutes

Drama

Canada 1975

Tuesday, April 17 SPECIAL BONUS SCREENING

FREE
Film: Louder Than A Bomb
Venue: Barbara and Allen Tate Hall, Overcash             Center, CPCC Central Campus
Time: 2:00PM
Louder Than A Bomb

Louder Than
A Bomb

Proudly sponsored by Charlotte Jewish Film Festival as part of CPCC's SENSORIA: "A Celebration of the Arts"

Hailed as "one of the most inspiring and exhilarating documentaries in years" (Steve Pond, The Wrap), Louder Than a Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam. By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa.

Louder Than a Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems-and what they get out of them-is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice.

Winner of more than a dozen film festival prizes, including seven audience awards.

Louder Than a Bomb has been hailed as "powerful and exhilarating" (TimeOut Chicago), "inspiring" (L.A. Times), "irresistible" (Chicago Tribune), "vibrant and moving" (The Wrap), and "a get-up-and-clap kind of movie" (Paste).

Limited seating on a first come, first served basis

Director: Greg Jacobs and Jon Siskel

Language: English

Run time: 99 minutes

Documentary

USA 2010

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