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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 26, noon through July 1, noon (online): “Out of Exile – The Photography of Fred Stein” (Dawn Freer & Peter Stein, 2020). Documentary examining the life of this iconic Jewish photographer famous for his photographs of street scenes of Paris and New York in the 1930s and 40s. “Rose” (Aurélie Saada, 2021). Feel-good comedy drama about a recently widowed Sephardic French grandmother who rediscovers her long ignored aspirations. “Berenshtein” (Roman Shumunov, 2021). Drama about the last surviving member of a group of Jewish partisans who located the Nazi V2 missle development facility as he revisits his wartime memories and grapples with the ensuing dissociation and loss of identity. “Let It Be Morning” (Eran Kolirin, 2021) Lightly satirical drama about a Palestinian man living in Israel who returns to his village to attend his brother’s wedding only to find the road home to Jerusalem blocked by Israeli soldiers. “Shorts II” A collection of short films exploring the topic of family. A Kaddish for Selim (Jane Wells, 2022). Documentary that uses family photos and letters to tell the story of a young Jew in 1912 London who changes his name to join the British army and dies at the battle of Gallipoli. Her Dance (Bar Cohen, 2020). Drama about a trans woman, estranged from her Orthodox Jewish family, who shows up uninvited to her sister’s wedding night Shabbat. No Limits (Uriya Kapach, 2020). Morally complex drama about a pair of Palestinian theives who steal an Israeli woman’s car only to find that her baby is still in the back seat. Pops (Lewis Rose, 2021). Comic drama about the feud that breaks out between a pair of siblings over their late Jewish father’s request to have his ashes sent into space. Winter of '79 (Julia Elihu, 2021). Drama based on true events about a Persian-Jewish mother forced to question her loyalty to her country at the onset of the Iranian revolution. $12 per film; virtual festival pass, $150. Online at Film.jccAnnArbor.org. 971–0990. Various times.