We open and close the festival with lively musical celebrations that convey the magical power of music to transform and inspire. “Rock Camp: The Movie” is surprisingly funny and touching; “Idina Menzel: Which Way to the Stage?” is equally warm and winning.
We are very proud to present our first silent film, “The Man Without a World,” with live musical accompaniment, composed and performed by klezmer violinist extraordinaire Alicia Svigals, and celebrated film composer and pianist Donald Sosin. In anticipation of this klezmer-centric Centerpiece event, we also offer “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground.“
This year, also for the first time, we have not one but two themed series. Vanished World includes our Centerpiece as well as two other films depicting life in the shtetl: “Shttl” and “Vishniac.”
Our Israel at 75 series features five films showcasing the diversity of life in the Jewish homeland.
Our season includes two films featuring incredible photography. As part of our Israel at 75 series, we present “1341 Frames of Love and War,” which covers the life and career of a celebrated war photographer. As part of our Vanished World series, we present “Vishniac,” a profile of Roman Vishniac, famed for his images of Eastern European Jewish life taken in the late 1930s.
Our two comedies are sure crowd-pleasers – a romantic comedy from Israel (“Elik and Jimmy“) and a hilarious comedy from France (“Stay With Us“).
The festival features three Holocaust titles this year, none of which are set in the camps. Roberta Grossman’s “Reckonings” deals with German reparations after the Holocaust. “Four Winters” tells the fascinating story of Jewish partisans during the Holocaust. “Farewell, Mr. Haffmann” is set in Paris in 1941 as the Nazis close in.
Our shorts program, curated by Judith Dack, features an eclectic selection of short subjects.
Please join me for a free virtual sneak preview on Tuesday, to learn more about this years’ season. Click here to register.