Observer Editor, Online
Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival.
Annual festival of documentary and feature films on Jewish themes. Featuring 5 different films each week available to stream anytime. June 19, noon through June 24, noon (online): “The Adventures of Saul Bellow” (Asaf Galay, 2021). Documentary tracing the life of this noted Jewish American novelist and public intellectual. “Kiss Me Kosher” (Shirel Peleg, 2021). Romantic comedy about an engaged German and Israeli lesbian couple and their families as they make preparations for their wedding. “Wet Dog” (Damir Lukacevic, 2021). Drama following a teenage Jewish-Iranian immigrant and his family as they navigate secular society in Berlin. “Muranow” (Chen Shelach, 2021). Documentary examining this neighborhood, the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII, and how its current residents grapple with its dark past. “Shorts I” A program of short films exploring the topics of community, education, and traditions. Commandment 613 (Miriam Lewin, 2020). Documentary following a Torah scribe who restores scrolls saved from the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. The Inspection (Caroline Brami & Frédéric Bas, 2021). Drama about a history teacher facing a school inspector. 263 Nights (Irina Tarasova, 2021). Animated documentary that tells the story of 26 Jews who went into hiding following the elimination of the Minsk ghetto. Beregovsky #136 (Yoav Potash, 2021). Evocative short that combines a recent live performance of klezmer music collected by Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologist Moshe Beregovsky with archival footage of prewar Jewish life. With Slight Steps (Guy Hodes, 2018). Documentary following a 96-year-old grandmother as she reminisces about her days as an accomplished Israeli folk dancer. $12 per film; virtual festival pass, $150. Online at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971–0990. Various times.