Life in All Its Glory – Through a Jewish Lens

rock in the red zoneWhat does the 4th annual Boulder Jewish Film Festival offer? Better to ask what doesn’t it offer?

deli man largeFood is a central theme of “Deli Man,” “The Search for Israeli Cuisine” and “Dough.”Israeli CuisineDough1

Music takes center stage in “Rock in the Red Zone” and “East Jerusalem, West Jerusalem.”broza high res maybe

apples from the desertIsrael is well represented by “Our Boys,” “Dove’s Cry,” “Dough,” Apples from the Desert,” and “Rabin in His Own Words,”

The Holocaust is covered by “Son of Saul,” “To Life!,” “Tunnel of Hope,” and “A Blind Hero.”a blind hero poster

Nature is in all its glory in “Belle and Sebastian,” and “Carvalho’s Journey.” The camera is able to capture the awesome majestry of the mountains and the stunning natural monuments of the West without a word.

Literature comes into focus with the quirky biographical documentary “The Muses of Bashevis Singer” and “Natasha,” adapted by David Bezmosgis from his own acclaimed short story.

American history gets another look with portraits of three great figures in “Rosenwald,” (philanthropist and civil rights activist) “Morgenthau” (three generations of civil servants) and “Carvalho’s Journey” (A Sephardic Jewish photographer turned explorer).Carvalhos-Journey-1540x866 - Copy

There are stories of passionate love (“Blind Hero”), of unlikely friendship (“To Life!”) and of family (“Apples from the Desert.”)to life

There are teens struggling with assimilation (“Natasha”), world leaders trying to achieve peace in the Middle East (“Rabin in his Own Words”).natasha poster

A Sonderkommando takes on an impossible mission in Auschwitz while a teenage immigrant from Russia navigates the new world of Toronto, as we witness their struggles.

From a small boy and his dog attempting to thwart the Nazis to a blind German businessman trying to save his Jewish employees, cinema shows us the face of heroism. It takes a close look at obsessed deli owners, adventuring photographers, and champions of human rights.Belle-and-Seb_4-710x575

Experience the world – in all its beauty and with all its challenges – through a Jewish lens.

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About Kathryn Bernheimer

Kathryn has spent her professional life writing about, teaching, and presenting the arts. Founding Director of the Boulder Jewish Film Festival, Kathryn was Director of Menorah and ACE at the Boulder JCC from 2003 through August, 2019. The former film and theater critic for the Boulder Daily Camera, Kathryn is the author of "The Fifty Greatest Jewish Movies" and "The Fifty Funniest Films of All Time." kathryn.bernheimer@gmail.com

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