Columbia Jewish Film Festival

Description

The mission of the Columbia Jewish Film Festival is to offer outstanding world cinema that promotes awareness, appreciation, and pride in the diversity of the Jewish experience. Reaching out to the greater Columbia area, the Festival’s aim is to educate, illuminate, and entertain through film—including history, language, people, the State of Israel, and the history of the Jewish people from pre-biblical to modern times.

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Location

The Nickelodeon Theatre

Schedule

Oct 22

The Other Story

Strong female protagonists have been the mainstay of many Avi Nesher films. In The Other Story, two rebellious young women – one fleeing the chaos of secular hedonism for the disciplined comforts of faith; the other desperate to transcend her oppressive religious upbringing for sexual and spiritual freedom – cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem, to startling consequences.

Directed by Avi Nesher.

Oct 27

Shoelaces

The story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his son with special needs, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben's (60) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father's life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi's sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Through the film's portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection, and co-dependency, it sheds some light and questions the importance of human life, connection and if life is even possible without it either one of them.

Directed by Jacob Goldwasser.

Oct 27

The Keeper

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. Struggling for acceptance by those who dismiss him as the enemy, 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.

Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller.

Oct 29

Latter Day Jew

... follows H. Alan Scott, a gay former Mormon/converted Jew/cancer survivor/writer-comedian, as he finds his spiritual path and prepares for his Bar Mitzvah.

"I’m a gay man from a poor Midwestern Mormon family who survived cancer and later converted to Judaism.

Try fitting all that on a Tinder profile!

That’s the starting point of Latter Day Jew, a documentary about my Mormon upbringing, eventual conversion to Judaism at age 31 and preparation for my Bar Mitzvah in the Fall of 2017. But before I can become a man in the eyes of the Jewish law (at age 34), I feel it’s important I be the best Jew I can be and figure out what that means. Latter Day Jew chronicles this journey, and in the process shows that spiritual and cultural identity is deeper than just what we are born into or what our families believed and taught us.

Nov 03

Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles

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.

 

Nov 03

Sunday Shorts: Student Film Competition Showcase

This event is free and open to the public.

Student films from the 2019 SC Student Short Film Competition will be shown. Middle, high school and college students created films using the theme Chesed: Acts of Lovingkindness, a concept defined as “loving your neighbor as yourself.” A true act of chesed is a good deed done with no expectation of reward and often requires much courage.

Nov 05

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

The affair of a married Palestinian man and a married Israeli woman in Jerusalem takes a dangerous political dimension when they are spotted in the wrong place at the wrong time, leaving them to deal with more than their broken marriages.