7th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival to Screen 7 Feature Films and 4 Short Films


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The 7th annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival kicks off this weekend with seven film programs.

Due to the pandemic, the month-long festival will be a virtual event this year consisting of seven feature films and four short films, all online.

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“We present a diverse group of films that will include a balance of drama, comedy and documentary,” said festival organizer Debbie Smith.

The first film program begins on Saturday May 1 at 7 p.m. Each movie program will be available for streaming for a 72 hour period beginning on the designated day at 7:00 p.m. Streaming can take place at any time during this 72 hour period.

  • The passage with short The tattooed Torah – Saturday May 1 7:00 p.m. – Tuesday May 4 7:00 p.m. The story of Gerda and her brother Otto, left alone when their parents who were in the Norwegian resistance during WWII were arrested. The children find two Jewish children hidden in their basement. The four children embark on an adventure to flee the Nazis and cross the border to neutral Sweden to reunite Daniel and Sarah with their parents. Norwegian language with English subtitles. Genre: Family drama.
  • Here we are with short Inner flame – Tuesday May 4, 7:00 p.m. – Friday May 7, 7:00 p.m. Aharon dedicated his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, far from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now, as a young adult, maybe it is time for him to live in a specialized home. On his way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and takes to the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready? Hebrew language with English subtitles. Genre: Drama.
  • Shepherd: A Story of a Jewish Dog – Saturday May 8 7:00 p.m. – Tuesday May 11 7:00 p.m. SHEPHERD is based on the award-winning and bestselling novel “The Jewish Dog” by Asher Kravitz. Kaleb, a beloved German Shepherd, was separated from his Jewish family when the Nuremberg Laws were enacted in Berlin during World War II. He is adopted by an SS officer who trains him to attack and round up Jews in a concentration camp. Kaleb is well groomed and good at his job until one day he is distracted by a familiar scent. His original master, a young boy named Joshua, arrived as a prisoner of the camp. Kaleb hasn’t lost his loyalty to Joshua who finds solace when he finds a job feeding the animals and can spend time with Kaleb. Joshua’s life is in danger. Together, they escape the camp and after months of near-death experiences, they are found by supporters who help Joshua make a safe passage. English language Genre: Drama, not suitable for young children.
  • Tango Shalom – Tuesday May 11 7:00 p.m. – Friday May 14 7:00 p.m. Moshe Yehuda, a Hasidic rabbi and amateur dancer from Hora, played by Jos Laniado, takes part in a televised tango competition to save his Hebrew school from bankruptcy. There is only one problem: due to his Orthodox religious beliefs, he is not allowed to touch a woman! At odds with his wife and five children, the chief rabbi of his Orthodox sect and his entire Hasidic community, Moshe seeks advice from a Catholic priest, a Muslim imam and a holy Sikh man. Together, they hatch a plan to help Moshe dance in the tango competition “without sacrificing his sacred beliefs” setting in motion a fun and passionate dance film. Tango Shalom tests the bonds of family and community as well as the limits of tolerance and faith. From the creator of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Tango Shalom is a multi-award winning comedy / dance film starring Lainie Kazan and Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With The Stars. Genre: Family comedy
  • Box for life with short, A father’s Kaddish – Saturday May 15, 7:00 p.m. – Tuesday May 18, 7:00 p.m. Story of Noah Klieger, who was a French Jewish teenager during World War II. He was lying on the beach at Dunkirk when hundreds of thousands of British soldiers were evacuated to Britain. He smuggled Jewish children from Belgium to Switzerland. He was captured by the Germans and sent to the Auschwitz extermination camp. When he arrived at the camp, he claimed to be a boxer who saved his life. He was the last remnant of the Auschwitz death camp boxing team, the world’s oldest active journalist, a crew member of the ship “Exodus – 1947”. In the film, Noah returns for the first time to the places that marked his life. Noah Klieger is an example of courage, optimism and resilience. Genre: Documentary.
  • A starry sky above the Roman ghetto with short Moon drops – Tuesday May 18, 7:00 p.m. – Friday May 21, 7:00 p.m. Past and present come together as an ancient and mysterious photograph is discovered that will eventually bind Christian and Jewish students in search of the truth. Attempting to unravel the mystery behind the portrait, the boys embark on a journey through a night of horror that cannot be forgotten: the raid of the Roman ghetto. Tracing these painful events will give them the opportunity to take a collective position towards personal, existential and cultural commitment. Italian language with English subtitles. Genre: Drama.
  • break bread – Saturday May 22, 7:00 p.m. – Tuesday May 25, 7:00 p.m. Dr Nof Atamna-Ismaeel – the first Muslim Arab to win the MasterChef from Israel – is in search of 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 food, Breaking Bread illustrates what happens when people focus on the person rather than their religion; on the public rather than on the politicians. Genre: Documentary.

Each film program is $ 10 and an All Festival Pass is $ 50. Click here for more information on the films and how to buy tickets or the festival pass.

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