2016 Year-Round Programs

Spring Season

TIKOTIN: A Life Devoted to Japanese Art

Tuesday, March 29, 7:30pm

This fascinating documentary captures a charismatic, strong–but also headstrong–man whose family always came second to his pursuit of art.

THE MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA

Tuesday, April 5, 7:30pm

Michael Abitbol, the son of a once famous Jewish musician, returns to Casablanca for the first time after leaving Morocco as a child amidst racial tensions spurred by the Yom Kippur War.

TEACHING IGNORANCE

Monday, April 11, 7:30pm

This powerful film follows Israeli and Palestinian teachers over the course of an academic year, asking: How do Palestinian, Israeli Arab, and Israeli Jewish educational systems teach their shared histories?

SABENA HIJACKING

Screening moved to: Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm

On May 8, 1972, four hijackers from the Palestinian organization “Black September” took control of Sabena Flight 571. Masterfully blending cinematic reenactment and archival footage, we track the 30 nerve-wracking hours that followed, with fascinating human, military and political drama unfolding inside and outside of the plane.

PARTISANS OF VILNA

Monday, April 25, 7:30pm

An enormously riveting and inspirational tale of WWII and the Holocaust like no other, Partisans of Vilna was the first documentary to chronicle the amazing endeavors of the Jewish resistance fighters, who courageously staged a sabotage offensive against the Nazi army in the city of Vilna, Lithuania.

Followed by Q&A with producer Aviva Kempner.

SOFT VENGEANCE

Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm

Albie Sachs’ story illustrates the challenges faced by South Africans in a society founded on principles of slavery and disempowerment.

Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Abby Ginzberg.

THE KIND WORDS

Tuesday, May 17, 7:30pm

Three siblings joined by the death of their mother, and a revelation about the identity of their ‘real’ father. They set off on a quirky journey from Israel through Paris and Marseille, but ultimately into the past, and their own confusing selves.

BEN ALI LIBI, MAGICIAN

Tuesday, May 24, 7:30pm

A heartfelt search for Ben Ali Libi, the main character in an iconic poem of the Dutch poet Willem Wilmink.

EVERY WORD HAS POWER: The Poetry of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel

Tuesday, June 7, 7:30pm

An engaging concert film shot at Lincoln Center, featuring musician Basya Schechter adapting ten of Rabbi Heschel’s poems into song.

THOSE PEOPLE

Tuesday, June 21, 7:30pm

Set in New York’s Upper East Side, an elegantly stylish coming-of-age story about a young Jewish painter caught in a complicated love triangle.

LAMB

Tuesday, June 28, 7:30pm

When Ephraim, an Ethiopian boy, is sent from his homeland to live with distant relatives, he takes his beloved sheep with him. One day, his uncle announces that he will have to sacrifice his sheep for the upcoming religious feast, but Ephraim is ready to do anything to save his only friend and return home.