The Memphis Jewish Community Center presents the Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival starting February 18th and going till March 1st, sponsored by Wendy and Avron Fogelman.
Opening night will consist of a reception and the first film, The Green Prince, on February 18th, at 7:15pm. The film earned the Audience Award for World Documentary at Sundance Film Festival through the films portrayal of Mosab Hassan Yousef’s life as the son of a former Hamas radical who turned to an Israeli spy.
On February 19th at 7:30pm and on February 22nd at 3pm, Run Boy Run will air. This film tells the true story of a Polish boy who was secretly taken out of the Warsaw ghetto during the Holocaust. At only eight years old, he demonstrates bravery while on the run for three years. This tale of woe and strength has won many awards such as the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and the Boston Film Festival.
Famed Sir Patrick Stewart (from Star Trek: The Next Generation, and countless other films and shows) along with a talented Israeli cast create a humorous movie: Hunting Elephants. It will take the screen on February 21st at 7:30pm.
Above and Beyond will play on February 22nd at 11am and on February 25th at 7:30pm. This captivating true story about a group of Jewish Americans pilots who covertly exported planes to fight for Israel’s War of Independence. They trained behind the Soviet Iron Curtain and flew the smuggled planes for Israel. Produced by Steven Spielberg’s sister, Nancy Spielberg, Above and Beyond won the Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival along with Audience Awards from the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.
The Short Films Competition transpire on February 26th at 7:30pm. Three documentaries and three dramas will be voted on by you, the audience. Winners of Best Documentary and Best Drama will reap cash prizes. The winners will be announced on the last day of the festival. The six films include Moses on the Mesa, German Shepherd, Hanah Cohen’s Holy Communion, GreenHorn, People of the Graphic Novel, and What’s in a Name.
For a Woman will be featured on February 28th at 7:30am. A daughter rummages through her parents’ WWII mementos. Directed by Diane Kurys, the film brings the essence of melodrama to the screen. It has won multiple awards from the New York, Atlanta, San Diego, and Washington Jewish Film Festivals.
On March 1st, the last day of the festival will provide you with a special treat– a double feature! Havana Curveball will be the first film of the day starting at 2pm. Havana Curveball shows the childhood of a teenager who wants to send baseball supplies to children in Cuba. This film won Best Documentary at the Boston International Kids Film Festival and was the official selection at the Havana International Film Festival.
The second film of the double feature, I Shall Not Be Silent, will being after the 20 minute intermission at approximately 3:20pm. This documentary depicts a rabbi who refused to keep silence. Rabbi Joachim Prinz spoke up throughout WWII and alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Washington Mall. The film earned the official selection at The Jewish Film Festival in Berlin, New Jersey, Toronto, and the Jerusalem International Film Festival.
Each film costs only $7 to the public and $5 for Memphis Jewish Community Center members.