Eighth Annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival
October 16 - October 21
The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it will be holding the Eighth Annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival from October 16 to October 21, 2021.
Ticket holders can either enjoy the films in-person at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum or from the comfort of their homes with a unique non-transferable link for each film selected.
Tickets for individual films can be purchased for $10/film from the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum. Passes for the entire series of five films are available from the Museum for $40.00 each. Payments can be accepted by cash, cheque or credit card. To assist with processing time, tickets should be purchased by October 8, 2021.
For more information contact Katherine at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum – 506-633-1833 or email@example.com
The proceeds from the film festival will support the work of the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum to preserve the Jewish history of Saint John.
The line-up for the Saint John Jewish Film Festival is as follows :
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16 – OPENING FILM AND RECEPTION – SPONSORS ONLY
Mary Oland Theatre, New Brunswick Museum, Market Square
A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto – Director Giulio Base – 2020, Italian with subtitles, 1 hour 40 min. Giulio Base plays a leading role in this film as Sofia’s father
A Starry Sky Above the Roman Ghetto recounts one of the saddest chapters in history, that of the Shoah. After finding a letter and photo of a little girl, Sofia and her friends embark on a journey in the old Jewish ghetto that will bring back memories of the past, memories that must not be erased. It doesn’t matter if the kids are Christians or Jews, the Holocaust is a story that unites all of them and the group of friends will tackle this journey with a single final destination in mind: a new hope.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 17 – Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91 Leinster Street
Plan A – Thriller – Directors Doron Paz and Yoav Paz – 2021, English, 1 hour 49 min
The action, which takes place in Germany in 1945 and is based on a true story, centres on Max, a Jewish Holocaust survivor. He meets a radical group of Jewish resistance fighters, who, like him, lost all hope for their future after they were robbed of their existence and their entire families were killed by the Nazis. They dream of retaliation on an epic scale for the Jewish people, by hatching a monstrous plan.
MONDAY OCTOBER 18 – Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91 Leinster Street
Kiss Me Kosher – Romantic Comedy – Director Shirel Relec – 2021, English, Hebrew and German with subtitles, 1 hour 40 min
Sparks fly when two families from wildly different cultural backgrounds collide to plan a same-sex wedding. After a string of ex-girlfriends, Shira has finally found real love with Maria, a German who has moved 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. The two families awkwardly try to overcome their cultural and religious differences. Shira and Maria discover the road to happiness is a minefield, littered with booby traps that could detonate at any time.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 19 – Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91 Leinster Street
Ben Gurion, Epilogue – Documentary – Director Yariv Mozer – 2015, Hebrew and English with subtitles, 1 hour 10 min.
Fascinating documentary about Israel’s founding father who was interviewed for six hours in 1968, five years after he abruptly resigned and withdrew from Israeli politics and four months after his beloved wife Paula had died. The interviewer, Clinton Bailey, does not shy away from anything, yet is very respectful in posing the more difficult questions to Ben-Gurion. We marvel at the political savvy and genius that is Ben-Gurion, not to mention utterly down to earth (doing his daily chores in the Sde Boker kibbutz like everyone else).
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 20 – Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91 Leinster Street
Thou Shalt Not Hate – Drama – Director Mauro Mancini – 2020, Italian with subtitles,
1 hour 33 min
Simone Segre, a successful Jewish surgeon, leads a carefree existence, marred only by a difficult relationship with his recently deceased father, a Holocaust survivor. Assisting a victim of a hit and run he discovers a Nazi tattoo on the man’s chest. Unable to set aside his own prejudice he leaves the injured man to die. Tormented by guilt, Simone employs the man’s daughter as his housekeeper. He feels sorry for her but also seeks to act on his remorse to find a measure of peace with his ethical dilemma. The film is a powerful reflection of the legacy of Nazi ideology in contemporary Italy.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 21 – Saint John Jewish Historical Museum, 91 Leinster Street
Three Mothers – Drama – Director Dina Zvi-Riklis – 2006, Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles, 1 hour 46 min
Triplets Rose, Flora and Yasmin were born sixty some years ago in Alexandria, Egypt. Their well-off parents gave them names of flowers, and King Farouk of Egypt gave them his blessing. Today, in Israel, they live together in an apartment without men or children. Flora has retired from her work as a midwife, Yasmin awaits a kidney transplant, and Rose, once a successful singer, is wrapped in silence since the death of her husband. One by one, the sisters recount their memoirs to Rucha (Rachel), Rose’s only daughter. The three sisters confront the secrets and lies, and seek forgiveness.