17th annual international

Jewish Film Festival

Postponed until July

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  • $12 Senior/Student
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VENUES

Regal Cinemas,
The Shops at Nanuet,
2601 Fashion Drive
Nanuet, New York 10954

Lafayette Theater
97 Lafayette Avenue
Suffern, NY 10901

OPENING NIGHT

Hate Among Us

Director: David McKenzie

USA, 2019 • Documentary • English • 90 minutes
Regal Cinemas

HATE AMONG US depicts unique perspectives on anti-Semitism from young and old alike, from Jew and non-Jew, from within historic Jewish neighborhoods in Europe, to the streets of Charlottesville and Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue massacre. This narrative connects the stories of current survivors of violent anti-Semitism, to those of the Holocaust. Hate Among Us illustrates how renewed intolerance is taking root in our communities, institutions and universities, with far-reaching consequences around the world.

Sponsor: Simona and Jerry Chazen; Evan and Greg Karzhevsky; Micki and Jim Leader


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Crescendo

Director: Dror Zahavi

Germany, 2019 • Drama • English • 106 minutes • Rockland County Premiere
Regal Cinemas

When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

Sponsor: Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center; Orange and Rockland Utilities; Gwen and Steve Rosenzweig


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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles

Director: Max Lewkowicz

USA, 2019 • Documentary • English • 90 minutes
Regal Cinemas

The origin story behind one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York,
when “tradition” was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving. For the first time, intimate interviews with the show’s creators reveal how he tremendous success and worldwide impact of Fiddler and its subsequent film adaptation is most appropriately viewed through the lens of the social upheaval and change in mid-20thcentury America. Yet, as the film shows,the true wonder of wonders and miracle of
Fiddler is that audiences world-wide and for the last half century claim the story as their own.

The documentary explores a variety of international productions of the show, detailing how individuals of many cultures see themselves in the residents of Anatevka. The film includes major worldwide productions from Canada, The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, as well as the last Broadway production revival with Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht.
Speaker: Valerie Thomas

Senior Matinee Sponsor: Yette Brenner Memorial Fund, Endowed by Marilyn and Abraham Kleinman, Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County; Fountainview at College Road and Northern Services Group

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Mossad

Director: Davis Simanis

Israel, 2018 • Comedy • Hebrew with English Subtitles • 90 minutes
Regal Cinemas

The Mossad and CIA team up to save the world from an international terror organization. When an American tech-billionaire is kidnapped in Jerusalem, the CIA decides not to depend on Israel any longer and sends its own agent for the rescue operation. Relations between her and the Mossad agent reach the level of “respect and suspect”. She is backed by substantial budgets and operates by the book whereas he is spontaneous, looks for short-cuts, and takes all the credit for himself.

If the mission is a failure, the Mossad’s Director won’t be able to fulfill his ambition of lighting one of the Independence Day torches on live TV, something that simply is inconceivable.
Speaker: Dan Susz
Sponsor: Orli and Mark Irgang ; Cynthia and Sheldon Katz; American Friends of Magen David Adom; Lisa Green and Family

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King Bibi

Director: Dan Shadur

Israel, 2018 • Documentary • Hebrew with English subtitles • 87 minutes
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Brilliantly assembled entirely of footage from countless TV appearances, King Bibi: The Life and Performances of Benjamin Netanyahu charts the ascent of Israel’s media-savvy prime minster. As his political fortunes rose, Netanyahu quickly perfected his skills as a master of public speaking and media manipulation. Through four decades of news conferences, interviews, and speeches, Israel’s second longest-serving prime minster exhibits an obsessive, near-faultless execution of his public image. Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump, Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of a toxic relationship with the media and direct communication with the public. Deconstructing the man who ushered Israeli politics into the 21st century with an American style of politicking, this potent portrayal reveals a controversial politician’s instinct for seizing power through the art of communication.
Speaker: Amir Bogen


Sponsor: Double Tree Hotel by Hilton Nanuet, Judy & Jeff Weinberger, Andrea & Stuart Weinberger, Rhonda Weinberger; Jules Stern, in memory of Lila Stern; Anita Finkelstein & Morton Julius
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An Irrepressible Woman

Director: Laurent Heynemann

France, 2019 • Drama • French with English Subtitles • 103 minutes
Rockland County Premiere
Regal Cinemas

Léon Blum, the Jewish French socialist politician and three-time Prime Minister, stands at the heart of a new film. Janot Reichenbach (Elsa Zylberstein) fell in love with Blum (Hippolyte Girardot) when she was only sixteen. Years later, when they could finally be together, the Nazis arrived in France and Janot gave up her comfortable life to link her destiny to that of Leon Blum.


Sponsor: Pride Caterers
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My Polish Honeymoon

Director: Elise Otzenberger

France, 2019 • Comedy/Drama • French with English Subtitles • 88 minutes
Rockland County Premiere
Regal Cinemas

Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married and technically speaking this will be their honeymoon. They will attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago. Adam is not really enthusiastic, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby boy. Anna, on the other hand, is both extremely anxious and overly excited about the trip to her grandmother’s country. She is hoping to reconnect with her roots and finally discover more about her own family’s history, which was always a mystery…

Sponsor: Apple Bank

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The Keeper

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmueller

United Kingdown, 2019 • Drama • English • 113 minutes
Rockland County Premier
Regal Cinemas

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test.

Sponsor: Bonnie and Alan Elkin, Ellen and Arthur Wagner, Active International; Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office; Susan & Arnie Garelick; Ilse and John Lang
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The Crossing

Director: Johanne Helgeland

Norway, 2019 • Family • English • 90 minutes
Rockland County Premiere
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THE CROSSING tells the story of the adventurous 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance movement during the Second World War. One day, just before Christmas in 1942, Gerda and Otto’s parents are arrested, leaving the siblings on their own. Following the arrest, they discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hidden in a secret cupboard in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to finish what their parents started: To help Sarah and Daniel flee from the Nazis cross the border to neutral Sweden and reunite them with their parents. THE CROSSING is a film about the confidence, uncompromising loyalty and great courage you can find in even the youngest of children.

Sponsor: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern-Mahwah; Mindworks Charitable Trust; Gail & Alan Koss


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The Rabbi Goes West

Directors: Amy Geller, Gerald Peary

USA, 2019 • Documentary • English • 78 minutes
Lafayette Theatre

When Rabbi Chaim Bruk moved from Brooklyn to Bozeman, Montana, he left a large Chabad Hasidic community. In all of Montana there are just 2,000 Jewish families—and Rabbi Chaim is determined to put a mezuzah on each of their doorposts. While Rabbi Chaim builds his community, becoming beloved by his congregants, some of the state’s Jews believe he is a threat to the other denominations of Judaism. At the same time, threats of anti-Semitism, including from neo-Nazis, loom.
Speaker: Rabbi Chaim Bruk

Sponsor: Birbrower & Beldock, P.C


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The Mover

Director: Davis Simanis

Latvia, 2019 • Drama • Latvian and Russian with English subtitles • 87 minutes
Rockland County Premiere
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This award-winning Latvian feature film offers a gripping account of Žanis Lipke, a blue-collar worker honoured as one of the ‘Righteous Among the Nations’ for his heroic deeds during the war. Despite his family’s hardship under successive Soviet and German occupations, Lipke embarked on a covert operation to save local Jews from Nazi persecution and certain death, moving them from the Riga ghetto to an underground bunker hidden on his property. From the start, Filmmaker Davis Simanis creates a powerfully ominous and suspenseful atmosphere, positioning the viewer, like Lipke, as a reluctant eyewitness to unfolding horrors.

Sponsor: Dental Arts of Rockland; Cathy and Bert Distelburger



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Sustainable Nation

Director: Michah Smith

Israel, 2019 • Drama • Hebrew with English Subtitles • 103 minutes
Rockland County Premier
Regal Cinemas

Sustainable Nation, the new hour-long documentary from Imagination Productions, follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people lacks access to safe drinking water.

But water is just the beginning. The work of this visionary trio highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life-threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity.
From the creators of Netflix-featured Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front, and PBS-featured Israel Inside: How a Small Nation Makes a Big Difference, Sustainable Nation shows how fixing global water issues is not only a matter of life and death but the start of healing the world.

Sponsor: Dr. Phyllis Weingarten Kann & Michael Kann; Randi and Michael Silvermintz


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Those Who Remained

Director: Barnabas Toth

Hungary, 2019 • Drama • Hungarian with English subtitles • 83 minutes
Rockland County Premiere
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Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. As they grow closer and closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon. A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary.


Sponsor: Stefany & Simon Bergson; Edgewood Country Club
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Breaking Bread

Director: Beth Elise Hawk

United States and Israel, 2019 • Documentary • Hebrew, English, Arabic • 85 minutes
Hudson Valley Premiere
Lafayette Theatre

Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef – is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on exotic dishes like kishek (a Syrian yogurt soup), and qatayef (a dessert typically served during Ramadan). A film about hope, synergy and mouthwatering fare, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person, rather than her religion; on the public, rather than the politicians.


Sponsor: Benmosche Family
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Refund Policy

We are unable to offer exchanges, refunds or credits once any tickets or ticket packages have been purchased.

THANK YOU TO OUR 17TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS


Orange Bank and Trust



 

Overall Festival Sponsor

Orange Bank & Trust

Oscar

Atlantic Tomorrow’s Office
The Benmosche Family
Leader & Berkon, LLP, The Leader Family
Mindworks Charitable Trust

Platinum

Bonnie and Alan Elkin
Ellen and Arthur Wagner
Active International

Senior Film Sponsor

Fountainview at College Road and Northern Services Group

Gold

American Friends of Magen David Adom
Apple Bank for Savings
Birbrower & Beldock, P.C.
Stefany & Simon Bergson
Simona & Jerry Chazen
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern-Mahwah
Dental Arts of Rockland
Double Tree by Hilton Nanuet, Judy & Jeff Weinberger, Andrea & Stuart Weinberger, Rhonda Weinberger
Edgewood Country Club
Susan & Arnie Garelick
Good Samaritan Hospital
Lisa Green & Family
Orli & Mark Irgang & Family
Evan & Greg Karzhevsky
Cynthia & Sheldon Katz
Gail & Alan Koss
Ilse & John Lang
Pride Caterers
Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund
Endowed by Marilyn & Abraham Kleinman,
Jewish Federation & Foundation of Rockland County

CELEBRITY

Cathy & Bert Distelburger
Anita Finkelstein & Morton Julius
Institute for Advanced Rehab at Friedwald Center
Dr. Phyllis Weingarten
Kann & Michael Kann
Orange & Rockland Utilities
Gwen & Steve Rosenzweig
Randi & Michael Silvermintz
Jules Stern, In Memory of Lila Stern

Producer

Ken & Phyllis Benjamin
*Councilman Frank Borelli, Town of Clarkstown
Marla Cohen & Avrom Caplan
*Legislator Harriet Cornell
Mildred & Les Feibusch
Marsha & Gary Forman
Bobbie & Marty Goldstein
*Supervisor George Hoehmann, Town of Clarkstown
Nina & Stephen Iser
Gayle Kreinik & Michael Harap
Ruth & Karl Hess
Kosher Troops
Lois & Bob Lesserson
Judy & Walter Litvak
*Congresswomen Nita Lowey
Lyn & Hank Meyers
Sharon & Elliot Mitchel
Charlotte & Jack Neugarten
*Supervisor Howard T. Phillips Jr., Town of Haverstraw
Bonnie & Mike Pilar
Shelley & David Pollack
Howard & Sharon Schneider
*Supervisor Michael Specht, Town of Ramapo
*Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky, Chairwoman, Rockland County Democratic Committee
Robin & Benj Steinman
Sterling National Bank
Jo Ann & Donald Waldorf
Lillian & Richard Weinberger
Mrs. Renee & Judge Alfred Weiner
*Legislator Alden Wolfe
Anne & Joel Zbar

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Ellen Bertisch
Carol & Andrew Blau
Judy & Paul Galan
*Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee
Judy Josephs
Dr. Michele Katz & Barry Katz
Ellie & Daniel Salmon
Santi Express, Sheryl Santi
Roz Stopnik
*Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski

NON PROFIT

Beth Am Temple
Congregation Shaarey Israel
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack
Hillel of Rockland
Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance
Israel Bonds
Jewish Federation and Foundation of Rockland County
Kehillas Bais Yehudah
Montebello Jewish Center
Nanuet Hebrew Center
National Council of Jewish Women
New City Jewish Center
Orangetown Jewish Center
The Reform Temple of Rockland
Rockland Jewish Family Services
Temple Beth Sholom

*Sponsoring Hate Among Us


FILM FESTIVAL COMMITTEE

Chair Emeritus
Micki Leader

Jack Bloom
Sara Fuerst
Marilyn Kleinman
Dan Lehrfeld
Lynn Lehrfeld
Barbara Oransky
Elliot Seigal