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23rd Portland Jewish Film Festival

Welcome to the 23rd annual Portland Jewish Film Festival, produced by the Northwest Film Center and co-presented with the Institute for Judaic Studies. While the Festival specifically celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture, and identity, we hope that these films, and the stories they tell, resonate beyond their settings and speak to universal experiences and issues that confront our common humanity.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Oregon Israel Fund of OJCF; Oregon Jewish Life Magazine; Leonard & Lois Schnitzer Charitable Supporting Fund of OJCF; Diane Solomon, Family fund; Cedar Sinai Park; Schnitzer Care Foundation; Reuben & Liz Menashe; Carolyn Weinstein, Hasson Realtors; Jewish Federation of Greater Portland; Community Warehouse; Mittleman Jewish Community Center; Portland Jewish Academy; Holzman Foundation; JStreet; German Consulate; Jewish Family & Child Services and Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education; Cong. Neveh Shalom and Cong. Shaarie Torah.

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Sun, Jun 14, 2015
at 7 PM

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MAGIC MEN
DIRECTOR: GUY NATTIV, EREZ TADMOR
ISRAEL, 2013

In this moving road trip comedy, 78-year-old Greek-born atheist and Holocaust survivor Avraham and his estranged, middle-aged, Hasidic rapper son travel from Israel to Greece searching for the man who saved the father’s life during World War II. Arriving there against the backdrop of the ongoing financial crisis, the two are forced to confront their prickly relationship and a cross-cultural, cross-generational adventure takes shape as the men reclaim the past. Punctuated by touching moments of humor and affection, spectacular panoramas of the Adriatic coast, and a vibrant, Greek-infused musical score, MAGIC MEN was nominated for four Israeli Academy Awards, with a win for Best Actor Makram Khoury. (100 mins.)

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Mon, Jun 15, 2015
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THE MUSES OF ISAAC BASHEVIS SINGER
DIRECTOR: ASAF GALAY, SHAUL BETSER
ISRAEL, 2014

Considered one of the most influential Jewish writers of the twentieth century, best known for YENTL THE YESHIVA BOY and GIMPEL THE FOOL, Singer received the Nobel Prize for Literature “for his impassioned narrative art which, with roots in a Polish-Jewish cultural tradition, brings universal human conditions to life.” Betser’s and Galay’s fascinating film reveals Singer’s literary inspirations, including his “harem full of translators”—dozens of women who translated his signature Yiddish prose to reach international audiences. Through archival footage and the intimate in-depth recollections of many of the women who brought Singer’s stories to life, a previously unknown and eccentric chapter in this unlikely ladies’ man’s history comes to life. In English, Hebrew, and Yiddish with English subtitles. (72 mins.) 

PRECEDED BY
REVERENCE (2015), Collin Korfeind’s exploration of custom and branded yarmulkes. (12 mins.)

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Tue, Jun 16, 2015
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Thu, Jun 25, 2015
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A PLACE IN HEAVEN
DIRECTOR: YOSSI MADMONI
ISRAEL, 2013

In this tale within a tale, an uncompromising army officer nicknamed Bambi, who wins every military battle in the name of Zionism, somehow fails the daily tests of life. Returning from a daring mission, the secular military man strikes an unholy bargain with a devout young Holocaust survivor. The impulsive decision has providential consequences over the ensuing decades, as Bambi struggles in his pursuit of the Yemenite woman he loves and an illustrious career cut short by scandal. His tragic flaws are never more so felt than in his relationship with son Nimrod, who spurns his obstinate father and follows his own path as a religious Jew. Tackling big themes of parenthood, the afterlife, and unrequited love, Madmoni’s emotional meditation was nominated for ten Israeli Academy Awards including Best Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography. (113 mins.)

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Wed, Jun 17, 2015
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TO LIFE
DIRECTOR: JEAN-JACQUES ZILBERMAN
FRANCE, 2014

Zilbermann sets his engaging drama in postwar Paris where Hélène (Julie Depardieu), a young Auschwitz survivor rebuilds her life while searching for her friends Lily and Rose (Johanna ter Steege, Suzanne Clément). When the women are finally reunited, they share a watershed vacation in the seaside town of Berck-Plage, enjoying the intimacies of life, love, and faith. An emotionally complex film about the sustaining power of women’s friendship is “...delicate and profound…an infectious ode to life and collective ritual to overcome horror through friendship, irony, the most intimate confessions and a desire to look towards the future.”– Cineuropa. (105 mins.)

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Thu, Jun 18, 2015
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Wed, Jun 24, 2015
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THE DOVE FLYER
DIRECTOR: NISSIM DAYAN
ISRAEL, 2013

Kabi and his family face an uncertain future, as do all Jews living in Baghdad. It’s 1950 and each member of Kabi’s circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Muslim quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel; Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu just wants to care for his adored doves. Nissim Dayan’s film—based on the popular novel of the same name—recalls a lost and treasured time before expulsion to Israel, when almost 130,000 Jews lived in Iraq using the almost-extinct language of Jewish Iraqis, Judea/Arabic. (105 mins.)

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Sat, Jun 20, 2015
at 8 PM

DOUGH
DIRECTOR: JONATHAN GOLDSCHMIDT
UK, 2014

Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan is desperate to save his bakery in London’s East End. His customers are dying off, his sons have no interest in keeping the family business afloat, and hostile businessman Sam has his own greedy plans for the property. In a pinch, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash, a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy assists with the bakery’s daily chores while selling cannabis on the side to help his struggling mother make ends meet. One day, when Ayyash accidently drops his stash into the dough, the challah starts flying off the shelf, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young apprentice. (94 mins.)

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Sun, Jun 21, 2015
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Tue, Jun 23, 2015
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SECRETS OF WAR
DIRECTOR: DENNIS BOTS
NETHERLANDS, 2014

During World War II, everyone had to keep secrets to survive, but at what price? Lambert and Tuur, two 12-year-old boys living in a small village in Nazi-occupied Holland, share a strong friendship. But even this bond is put at risk with the arrival of a lively young girl named Maartje, carrying with her a heavy secret about her past. As Tuur and Maartje become close, the estranged Lambert grows increasingly jealous and acts irrationally, exposing Maartje’s secret with far-reaching consequences that are beyond his understanding. The danger and the humanity of wartime friendships asks three children to find maturity far beyond their years. Winner, Best Live Action Feature, Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. (95 mins.)

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Sun, Jun 21, 2015
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EAST JERUSALEM / WEST JERUSALEM
DIRECTOR: EREZ MILLER, HENRIQUE CYMERMAN
ISRAEL, 2014

This rousing and inspiring documentary focuses on iconic Israeli singer/songwriter David Broza, who sets out to realize his dream of cooperation and dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians through music. During eight days and nights of creation with American musician/producer Steve Earle and a host of international artists in an East Jerusalem studio, a hopeful message of equality and unity arises. “He did more for the Middle East peace process in eight days than Secretary of State John Kerry has done in two years. Is he a diplomat or religious leader? No, he’s a singer-songwriter, and if no one else is going to try and heal the world, he will.”—Vanity Fair. In Arabic, English, and Hebrew with English subtitles. (80 mins.) 

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Sun, Jun 21, 2015
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ALMOST FRIENDS
DIRECTOR: NITZAN OFIR
ISRAEL, 2014

ALMOST FRIENDS is a touching documentary about two Israeli girls—an Arab and a Jew—who live only 67 kilometers apart but in wildly different circumstances. Participating in an online program that fosters educational exchange and friendship, the two eventually get to meet face-to-face, and the result is a profoundly moving experience for them, their families, and the audiences who see this touching film. Ofir’s film is a poignant reminder of the hope that exists behind the headlines. In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. (60 mins.)

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Sun, Jun 21, 2015
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A BORROWED IDENTITY (AKA DANCING ARABS)
DIRECTOR: ERAN RIKLIS
ISRAEL/FRANCE/GERMANY, 2013

Eyad, who grew up in an Arab town in Israel, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. The first and only Arab to be accepted there, he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates. After falling in love with a Jewish girl named Naomi, Eyad has to leave school when their relationship is discovered, forcing the realization that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a difficult choice, Eyad will make a decision that will change his life forever. “Eran Riklis’ (THE SYRIAN BRIDE, LEMON TREE) strongest film in years!”—Variety. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. (105 mins.)

Sponsored by JStreet.


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Mon, Jun 22, 2015
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THEODORE BIKEL: IN THE SHOES OF SHOLEM ALEICHEM
DIRECTOR: JOHN LOLLOS
US, 2014

Portraits of beloved icons Sholom Aleichem and Theodore Bikel are woven together to reveal two men with much in common: wit, wisdom, and talent—all shot through with deep humanity and Yiddishkeit. Theodore Bikel, the unstoppable performer whose career spans more than 150 screen roles and countless stage and musical productions, is also the foremost interpreter of Sholom Aleichem’s work, including the classic “Fiddler on the Roof.” (75 mins.)

 

Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

FOLLOWED BY

SHOLEM ALEICHEM: LAUGHING IN THE DARKNESS
US 2011
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH DORMAN
Dorman’s engrossing film tells the tale of a rebellious genius who created an entirely new literature. Plumbing the depths of a Jewish world locked in crisis and on the cusp of profound change, Aleichem was not just a witness to the creation of a new modern Jewish identity, but one of the very men who shaped it. “A rich . . . modern history of East European Jewry. . . Conjures the look and vitality of shtetl life so vividly you can almost . . . smell the pungent aromas of the cooking.”—Stephen Holden, New York Times. (93 mins.)

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Tue, Jun 23, 2015
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RAISE THE ROOF
DIRECTOR: CARY WOLINSKY, YARI WOLINSKY
US, 2015

The Wolinskys’ fascinating film tells the inspiring story of how a decimated wooden Polish synagogue is brought back to life and given a permanent home in the new Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. Prior to their destruction by the Nazis, Poland was home to over 200 wooden synagogues, including the synagogue of Gwozdziec. Over a period of two summers, Boston-based artists and professors Rick and Laura Brown lead a team of students, traditional artisans, and builders to reconstruct Gwozdziec synagogue’s complex roof. Using original methods and tools, the team vividly unveils the forgotten artistry, science, and culture of Poland’s Jewish architectural heritage. In English and Polish with English subtitles. (85 mins.)

 

Film provided by The National Center for Jewish Film, www.jewishfilm.org

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Wed, Jun 24, 2015
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THE MYSTERY OF HAPPINESS
DIRECTOR: DANIEL BURMAN
ARGENTINA/BRAZIL, 2014

Often called the Woody Allen of Argentinan cinema, Daniel Burman’s wistful comedy is part buddy movie, part detective story, and part romance. “Life-long business partners Santiago and Eugenio understand each other without words, care for each other, and need each other. When Eugenio vanishes without a clue, Santiago and Eugenio’s wife Laura join forces to solve the mystery of his disappearance. What they discover is neither what they set out to find nor what you would expect, and their shared journey becomes a surprising and lighthearted meditation on friendship, love, and loyalty.”—New York Jewish Film Festival.  In Spanish with English subtitles. (92 mins.)

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Thu, Jun 25, 2015
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LET’S GO
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL VERHOEVEN
GERMANY, 2014

In 1968, 20-year-old Laura returns to Munich to attend her father’s funeral. Overcome with grief, she and her mother must face the family’s traumatic history. Having survived the Holocaust, Laura’s parents stayed in postwar Germany to start a new life, but not without their horrific experiences looming over their daily lives. Verhoeven, whose previous works include THE WHITE ROSE and THE NASTY GIRL, fashions a beautifully made drama that offers both a biting commentary on postwar German society and probing examination of the complex notion of German-Jewish identity. (90 mins.)

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Sat, Jun 27, 2015
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RUN BOY RUN
DIRECTOR: PEPE DANQUART
GERMANY/FRANCE, 2014

Based on the real life story of Yoram Fridman, who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto when he was eight years old, we meet Srulik on the run in winter of 1942/1943. The Polish countryside through which he traverses underscores both his diminutive frame and the sheer solitude of his trek. Through a flashback, we learn Srulik’s father’s parting advice: to be brave, to be strong, to change his name, but to never forget he is Jewish. And Srulik—who renames himself Jurek Staniak—is ever faithful to his father’s words. Under the constant threat of Nazis, Srulik acquires the necessary skills to survive through the kindness of strangers, including a group of Jewish orphans, a kindly Catholic mother, and a compassionate blacksmith, but he can never stay in one place long. In Polish, Yiddish, Hebrew, and German with English subtitles. (112 mins.)

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Sun, Jun 28, 2015
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THE ZIONIST IDEA
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH DORMAN, OREN RUDAVSKY
ISRAEL, 2014

This ambitious examination of the origins, meaning and future of the Jewish national movement chronicles birth at a moment of crisis to the thriving democracy of today. The film opens in the shtetls of Eastern Europe, and then recounts the early settlement of Palestine and the resulting Arab clashes, the evolution of disputed occupied territories, the rise of the revisionist movement, and the ensuing ideological debate over Zionist ideals. Resisting one-sided historical interpretations, Dorman and Rudavsky take a multifaceted approach to a polarizing subject, weaving interviews with politicians, academics, and activists—both Israeli and Palestinian—among exceptional archival footage. At a time when Israel’s direction is questioned by friends and enemies more than ever, THE ZIONIST IDEA seeks to contextualize the triumphs and trials of the Jewish homeland. (150 mins.)

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Sun, Jun 28, 2015
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24 DAYS
DIRECTOR: ALEXANDRE ARCADY
FRANCE, 2014

In 2006, 23-year-old cellphone salesman Ilan Halim was abducted on the outskirts of Paris by a multiracial gang and held for ransom. Though just an ordinary, working-class guy, the thinking was that because he was Jewish, he must be rich. Faithfully reenacting events from the perspective of various characters, 24 DAYS dramatically tracks a massive, but futile, police investigation doomed by near-misses and a failure to recognize the case as a hate crime. Paralleling the hunt and Halim’s harrowing captivity, is the story of a powerless family having no choice but to put their trust in the hands of authorities as they endure the torment of the captors. A white-knuckle thriller, Arcady’s film raises troubling questions about the state of anti-Semitism and race relations in contemporary France. “Gripping. Impossible to forget.”—Los Angeles Times. (110 mins.)

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