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AFTERMATH
Poland, Netherlands, Russia, Slovakia, 2014; 104 min; Polish with subtitles Directed by Władysław Pasikowski
AftermathGuest Speakers: Slawomir Grünberg, Katka Reszke, Leonard Quart
New York State Premiere

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In the opening scenes of this gripping thriller, a Catholic construction worker from Chicago pays a visit to his family's farm in Poland only to find that his brother is being mysteriously threatened and shunned by local townspeople. What follows is a tale of intrigue as the combative brothers are drawn into investigating the village's dark secrets about its long deceased Jewish residents. While the story is entirely fictional, its writer/director has drawn loosely from notorious incidents that befell Jewish villagers in Jedwabne during World War II. This high-profile Polish feature film dares to raise the taboo topic of Polish indifference or complicity in the Nazi persecution of Polish Jews. Jerusalem Film Festival 2013: Yad Vashem Chairman'sAward.

Slawomir Grunberg


Slawomir Grünberg
is an Emmy Award Winning documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor born in Lublin, Poland. He is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied cinematography and directing. He emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 40 television documentaries, winning film festival awards all over the world. He is co- producing with Dariusz Jablonski, the Producer of "Aftermath", a new film, " Karski & The Lords of Humanity" (www.jankarski.com).



Katka Reszke



Katka Reszke
, a writer and documentary filmmaker who holds a Ph.D. in Jewish Education from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel who is the author of "Return Of The Jew: Identity Narratives of the Third Post-Holocaust Generation of Jews in Poland".

 

 

Leonard Quart

 

Leonard Quart, Professor Emeritus of Cinema— CUNY and COSI; Contributing Editor, Cineaste; Columnist for Berkshire Eagle; and co-author of American Film and Society Since 1945 - 4th Edition (Praeger). Writer of innumerable reviews and essays on film and other subjects.

 


Sponsored by The Benmosche Family;
Christopher P. St. Lawrence, Town of Ramapo Supervisor

Thursday, March 20, 7:30pm Lafayette Theatre

Sponsored by FountainView at College Road
Tuesday, April 8, 2:30pm JCC Rockland

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BETHLEHEM Bethlehem
Israel, Belgium, Germany, 2013; 99 min; Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles
Directed by Yuval Adler
Guest Speakers: Stephen Schaefer, Ankie Spitzer
Rockland Premiere

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Israel's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, BETHLEHEM is an intricate, tick-tock cliffhanger centered on the tragic relationship between an Israeli intelligence officer and his Palestinian informant.

Shadi Mar'i gives an award-winning performance as Sanfur, a hot-headed Palestinian teenager who feels overshadowed by older brother Ibrahim (Hisham Suleiman), a militant local hero wanted for orchestrating suicide bombings in Israel. Conflicted and vulnerable, young Sanfur is exploited by Israel's Shin Bet security service and fatherly intel agent Razi (Tsahi Halevy) who establishes a fragile bond with him. As an Israeli plot to assassinate Ibrahim heats up, and conflict erupts among Palestinian factions, loyalties are tested and pressuremounts, leading to a gut-wrenching climax.

Shifting between streetwise Israeli and Palestinian viewpoints, this morally complex story achieves added authenticity by the experiences of first-time writer-director Yuval Adler who served in Israeli military intelligence, and co-writer Ali Waked, a Palestinian journalist. Nominated for 12Israeli Academy Awards, BETHLEHEM garnered wins for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Editing.

Stephen SchaeferFilm critic and entertainment reporter Stephen Schaefer is a regular for The Boston Herald and a contributor to Variety. He has also appeared as commentator and critic on Access Hollywood, A&E's Biography series, E's True Hollywood Story and other TV programs and regularly covers film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Toronto.

As host/producer of the half-hour interview show "Beyond the Subtitles" on Art on Air (Art International Radio) -- internet band www.artonair.org -- Schaefer covers world cinema with filmmakers and actors from around the world, including upcoming shows with Christophe Barratier and Nora Arnezeder from "Paris 36," as well as Michel Gondry and Leos Carax for "Tokyo!" and Martin Provost for the Cesar winning "Seraphine." He is the author of a well-regarded 1985 Hollywood spoof, "Marla's Truth! The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer" (Marek/St. Martin's Press).

Ankie SpitzerFor more than 40 years, Ankie Spitzer has sought recognition for the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany. As the widow of Andrei Spitzer, the fencing coach who was among those killed, she acts as a spokesperson for the athletes' surviving family members, lobbying the International Olympic Committee repeatedly for a moment of silence during the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Ankie is a dear friend to JCC Rockland. Ankie works in Israel as a freelance television and radio correspondent.

Sponsored by Shira & Eric Lewis;
Mindworks Charitable Trust

Saturday, March 22, 9pm AMC Theatres

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CupcakesCUPCAKES
Israel, 2013; 90 min; English, Hebrew, and French with subtitles

Directed by Eytan Fox
Guest Speakers: Eytan Fox, Issac Zablocki
Rockland Premiere

Variety Film Review

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A group of friends in a Tel Aviv suburb gathers to watch a Eurovision-style song contest, trying to forget the stress of their daily lives. Yael is an unfulfilled former beauty queen. Dana is a harried aide to a cabinet minister. Anat has a successful bakery but an unsuccessful marriage. Keren is a shy blogger; Efrat a frustrated singer-songwriter whose career has stalled. And Ofer is a nursery-school teacher who is upset that his boyfriend, a spokesmodel for his family's famous brand of hummus, is still in the closet and won't publicly acknowledge their romance. After they realize Anat is distraught over the crisis in her marriage, they write a song to cheer her up, and Ofer secretly submits it as Israel's entry to Universong. From the director of Walk on Water, Yossi & Jagger and Mary Lou. "It revives the tradition of Israeli movie musicals. It's a stylized, gossamer-light musical comedy with gorgeous production design, a great pop score and, best of all, a group of actors who get to have fun on screen, singing and dancing together," Jerusalem Post.

Eytan Fox

Eytan Fox
was born in New York City and came to Israel as a child. He grew up in Jerusalem and after serving in the Army, studied at Tel Aviv University's school of Film and Television. Eytan Fox is currently working on a script for his firstEnglish-speaking film, tentatively entitled 1967.

 

 

Issac ZablockiIsaac Zablocki is the Director of the Israel Film Center at the JCC in Manhattan. He was born in New York, and grew up in Israel and served in the IDF's leading film unit as an Educational film producer. He attended film school at Columbia University and went on to work at Miramax films. He produced and directed a feature film entitled Reality Lost and developed film educational programs for the Board of Education. Since 2004 Isaac has been the Director of Film Programs at the JCC in Manhattan. He programs over seven film festivals a year including the acclaimed Other Israel Film Festival about Arab and minority populations in Israel, and Reelabilites: NY Disabilities Film Festival - now a national program in over 13 major cities across the U.S. As Director of the Israel Film Center, he is the leading programmer of Israeli films in the U.S. and developed the largest on-line database of Israeli films as well as Israel Film Center Stream, the leading site for streaming Israeli films. Isaac lectures around the world in major institutions on a variety of topics from New Israeli Cinema, Hollywood and the Holocaust, to The Power of Film for Social Change.

Sponsored by Simona & Jerry Chazen;
Orli & Mark Irgang

Saturday, April 5, 9pm AMC Theatres

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DisobedienceDISOBEDIENCE: THE SOUSA MENDES STORY
CLOSING NIGHT
France, 2012; 104 min; French with subtitles
Directed by Joël Santoni
Guest Speaker: Harry Oesterreicher
Hudson Valley Premiere

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In June 1940, when Nazi troops invaded France, an amazing rescue operation sprang into being. One man, on his own, defying the direct orders of his government, chose to grant visas out of Occupied France to an estimated 30,000 refugees including around 10,000 Jews. This remarkable true story has been described by historians as 'the largest rescue action by a single individual during the Holocaust.' The man was Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul.

Founded in 2010, the Sousa Mendes Foundation is dedicated to honoring the memory of Aristides de Sousa Mendes and to educating the public about refugees and rescue during the Holocaust; and is engaged in a worldwide search for families who escaped the Holocaust through Portugal.

Harry Oesterreicher is a co-founder of the Sousa Mendes Foundation, based in Seattle. His father and grandparents received lifesaving visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes in 1940, enabling them to escape from occupied France via Portugal. He is dedicated to researching the identities of other rescued families, and to sharing information about this little known diplomat, honored as Righteous Among the Nations byYad Vashem.

Sponsored by Meryl & Jeff Schwartz in Memory of Sam Lehrfeld; Lillian Adler; Bert & Cathy Distelburger; Lila & Jules Stern Wednesday, April 30, 7:30pm
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For a WomanFOR A WOMAN
France, 2013; 110 min; French with subtitles
Directed by Diane Kurys
Guest Speaker: Stephen Schaefer
Rockland Premiere

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FOR A WOMAN is a multi-generational epic, tracking the legacy of a Ukranian - Jewish family living in France, from the Second World War to the end of the century.

Anne has a very active imagination, only natural for a writer. But in her mid-thirties, she still knows practically nothing of her own family's past. After her mother's death, Anne discovers old photosand letters that convince her to take a closer look at the life of her parents, Michael andLéna. Theyoung couple met in the concentration camps during World War II, latermoving to France to start their new life together. Soon, Anne's researchinto their Jewish history and their ties to Lyon's communist party reveals the existence of a mysterious uncle, Jean, whom everyone seems intent onforgetting entirely. As she gradually closes in on the discoveryshe didn't know she was looking for, her father grows ever more ill, and may take the secret that kept them apart for so long to his grave. In a journey that stretches from post-war France to the 1980s, Anne's destinyintertwines with her father's past until they form a single, unforgettable story.

Stephen SchaeferFilm critic and entertainment reporter Stephen Schaefer is a regular for The Boston Herald and a contributor to Variety. He has also appeared as commentator and critic on Access Hollywood, A&E's Biography series, E's True Hollywood Story and other TV programs and regularly covers film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Toronto.

As host/producer of the half-hour interview show "Beyond the Subtitles" on Art on Air (Art International Radio) -- internet band www.artonair.org -- Schaefer covers world cinema with filmmakers and actors from around the world, including upcoming shows with Christophe Barratier and Nora Arnezeder from "Paris 36," as well as Michel Gondry and Leos Carax for "Tokyo!" and Martin Provost for the Cesar winning "Seraphine." He is the author of a well-regarded 1985 Hollywood spoof, "Marla's Truth! The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer" (Marek/St. Martin's Press).

Sponsored by Friends of Peggy Nadell in Memory of Peggy Nadell: Stephanie Hausner, Councilwoman; Kristen Stavisky, Chairwoman of RCDC; Ken Zebrowski, Assemblyman; Alexander Gromack, Supervisor-Town of Clarkstown; Julie & Tom Hirschfeld
Thursday, April 3, 7:30pm
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GlickmanGLICKMAN
USA, 2013; 84 min; English
Directed by James L. Freedman
Guest Speaker: Stephen Schaefer
Rockland Premiere

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GLICKMAN is the triumphant story of Marty Glickman, a record-setting Jewish sprinter who, on the day of his race at the 1936 Nazi Olympics, was dropped from America's relay team to appease Adolph Hitler. Marty went on to become a beloved sports announcer in New York as he revolutionized sports broadcasting by inventing such classic basketball terms as "swish!" In a Hall of Fame career that spanned over fifty years, Marty would paint his "words eye" pictures as the first voice of the NBA and for the New York Knicks, Giants and Jets – as well as create HBO Sports and mentor a who's who ofsportscasters. The documentary is a testament to a man who overcame racism and prejudice and whose life embodied the joy of sports.

The film includes interviews with Marv Albert, Bill Bradley, Mike Breen, Jim Brown, Bob Costas, Frank Gifford, Elliott Gould, Larry King, Oscar Robertson, Charley Steiner, David Stern, Jerry Stiller, Lou Zamperini, and the filmmaker's father, Herb Freedman, who helped him get his firstjob working for Marty.

Stephen SchaeferFilm critic and entertainment reporter Stephen Schaefer is a regular for The Boston Herald and a contributor to Variety. He has also appeared as commentator and critic on Access Hollywood, A&E's Biography series, E's True Hollywood Story and other TV programs and regularly covers film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Toronto.

As host/producer of the half-hour interview show "Beyond the Subtitles" on Art on Air (Art International Radio) -- internet band www.artonair.org -- Schaefer covers world cinema with filmmakers and actors from around the world, including upcoming shows with Christophe Barratier and Nora Arnezeder from "Paris 36," as well as Michel Gondry and Leos Carax for "Tokyo!" and Martin Provost for the Cesar winning "Seraphine." He is the author of a well-regarded 1985 Hollywood spoof, "Marla's Truth! The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer" (Marek/St. Martin's Press).

Sponsored by Crowne Plaza, Suffern; Ilse & John Lang
Tuesday, April 1, 7:30pm AMC Theatres

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HHunting ElephantsUNTING ELEPHANTS
OPENING NIGHT
Israel, USA, 2013; 107 min; Hebrew and English with subtitles
Directed by Reshef Levi
Guest Speaker: Stephen Schaefer
Rockland Premiere

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Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and an impressive cast of Israeli top talent give bravura comic turns in HUNTING ELEPHANTS, a bank heist caper and coming-of-age tale.

At the bank where his father works, 12-year-old Jonathan watches helplessly as his father succumbs to a sudden heart attack while testing a new high-tech security system. In a cruel double blow, the evil bank manager refuses to pay the father's pension. In the aftermath, widow Dorit leaves her son in thecare of his cantankerous grandfather Eliyahu (Sasson Gabai) and mate Nick (Moni Moshonov), both former Zionist freedom fighters nowbarely existing in a nursing home. Guilt-ridden over his father's death, and mortified when his mother begins dating the bank manager out offinancial desperation, Jonathan and the aging misfits hatch a plotto rob the bank that wronged his family. Joining the misadventure isJonathan's greatuncle, a disgraced British lord and frustrated actor (Stewart in a scene-stealing role).

Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film, HUNTING ELEPHANTS is a delightful concoction of jocular hijinks and tendermoments sure to leave audiences smiling.

Stephen SchaeferFilm critic and entertainment reporter Stephen Schaefer is a regular for The Boston Herald and a contributor to Variety. He has also appeared as commentator and critic on Access Hollywood, A&E's Biography series, E's True Hollywood Story and other TV programs and regularly covers film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Toronto.

As host/producer of the half-hour interview show "Beyond the Subtitles" on Art on Air (Art International Radio) -- internet band www.artonair.org -- Schaefer covers world cinema with filmmakers and actors from around the world, including upcoming shows with Christophe Barratier and Nora Arnezeder from "Paris 36," as well as Michel Gondry and Leos Carax for "Tokyo!" and Martin Provost for the Cesar winning "Seraphine." He is the author of a well-regarded 1985 Hollywood spoof, "Marla's Truth! The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer" (Marek/St. Martin's Press).

Sponsored by Micki & Jim Leader, Leader & Berkon LLP
Wednesday, March 19, 7:30pm
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Igor and the Cranes' JourneyIGOR AND THE CRANES' JOURNEY
FAMILY FILM, Students under age 18, $5
Israel, Poland, Germany, 2012; 90 min; Russian, Polish, Hebrew with subtitles
Directed by Evgeny Ruman
Guest Speaker: TBA
New York State Premiere

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Buy TicketsSince his parents' divorce, 11-year-old Igor cherishes his yearly visits to the Russian countryside to see his dad, Peter, a world-renowned crane specialist. On an expedition with his dad, Igor witnesses the birth of hatchling Karl, and vows to watch over him. But when Igor's mom, a choral conductor, decides to take a new job and immigrate to Israel, Igor is forced to leave his dad, his friends, and his beloved Karl behind. Feeling lost and needing his dad more than ever, Igor begins to track his father's whereabouts through his father's video blog on the migration patterns of a family of cranes flying from Russia to Africa. In an attempt to draw his father closer and earn acceptance from his classmates, Igor comes up with an extraordinary plan to build a watering hole for Karl and the cranes' stopover in Israel. With exquisite cinematography and sensitive script, IGOR AND THE CRANES' JOURNEY is a perfect film for dreamers ages10 and up.

Genre: Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Saving the environment

Sponsored by JCC Teen Leadership Initiative
Sunday, April 20, 1:30pm
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In the ShadowIN THE SHADOW
Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, 2012; 106 min; Czech, Polish, German with subtitles
Directed by David Ondříček
Guest Speaker: TBA
New York State Premiere

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A simple jewelry store heist unravels a larger Cold War conspiracy against Czechoslovakian Jews in IN THE SHADOW, a stylish noir political thriller and the Czech Republic's official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Honest police detective Jarda Hakl is directed to investigate a seemingly mundane robbery at a goldsmith's shop on a rainy night in 1950s Prague. When state secret police suddenly seize control of the case and pin the crime on Jewish immigrants accused of running aid to Israel, Hakl suspects anti-Semitic scapegoating. Waging an uphill battle against both Major Zenke, an East German agent specializing in so-called Zionist crime, and the Soviet-corrupted Czech security apparatus, Hakl is undaunted in his quest for the truth even as it threatens his colleagues, country and family.

Writer-director David Ondříček delivers a powerful denouncement of the notorious Jewish Show Trials that condemned many innocents to death during the Communist era. Winner of the Directors to Watch award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and nine CzechAcademy Awards including Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film.

Sponsored by Comfort Inn & Suites, Nanuet; Judy & Jeff Weinberger; Andrea and Stewart Weinberger
Thursday, April 17, 7:30pm
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The Jewish CardinalTHE JEWISH CARDINAL
France, 2012; 90 min; French with subtitles
Directed by Ilan Duran Cohen
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Rockland Premiere

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This is the amazing true story of Jean- Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him both friends and enemies in each group. When Carmelite nuns attempt to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities and may be forced at last to choose his side. Festival de Monte Carlo nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor.

"Duran Cohen, a Jewish director, handles both sides of Lustiger's life with equal delicacy of touch, and Laurent Lucas is quite extraordinary asthe fiery and quickwitted Lustiger, a man whose entire life was characterized by refusal to compromise," John Underwood, Best of Film.

Steven BurgRabbi Steven Burg is the Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Rabbi Burg oversees the Museum of Tolerance in New York. A graduate of Yeshiva University, Rabbi Burg received his rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS.)

Following his ordination he embarked on a 22 year career at the Union of Orthodox Congregations of America (OU). In 2005, Rabbi Burg became the youngest International Director of NCSY, the youth movement of the OU, and spent the next years restructuring the organization, focusing on professional development, branding and marketing, and metrics and measurements. Through NCSY, Rabbi Burg became one of the foremost leaders in Jewish teen engagement and led an organization that serviced 35,000 Teens worldwide.

Rabbi Burg also served as the Managing Director of the OU overseeing its array of religious, youth, social action, educational, public policy and community development services, programs and activities. Rabbi Burg serves on the board of directors of the Yeshiva University High Schools. He is also a member of the Board of Education for the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey elementary school.

Sponsored by Yetta Brenner Memorial Fund, endowed by Marilyn & Abraham Kleinman; Jewish Federation of Rockland
Thursday, April 24, 7:30pm
Lafayette Theatre

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Melting AwayMELTING AWAY
Israel, 2011; 86 min; Hebrew with subtitles
Directed by Doron Eran
Guest Speakers: Panel Facilitator: Phyllis B. Frank, Panelists: Tahrah Cohen, Rabbi Adam Baldachin, Jan Redfern, PhD
New York State Premiere

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This heartfelt drama follows the story of a family drawn into crisis after the parents discover their child is secretly a crossdresser and kick him out of the house. Years later, when the father is dying of cancer, the mother hires a private detective to track him down. Instead of a "son", the detective finds a woman who earns her pay dancing at gay cabarets. Will the daughter now manage to overcome the past and forgive her parents? Will the parents be able to adapt to their new daughter?

For the first time in the history of Israeli cinema, a feature film dealing with parents coping with their transgender child. MELTING AWAY has been conceived after the brutal murder at the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Center and the deep shock felt by Doron Eran, director, and his partner,screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe after hearing of parents refusing to visit their injured kids at the hospital.

Phyllis B. Frank is Associate Executive Director of VCS Inc, a family service agency with an anti-racist social justice mission. In 1999, Ms. Frank developed and produced VCS Gay Price Rockland. This pioneering effort, the first in the Lower Hudson Valley of NYS, has been transformed into an annual event. VCS Gay Pride Rockland is widely attended and has changed the Rockland County landscape in relation to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Under her leadership, VCS offers a wide range of LGBT family services, support programs and professional training including expanding expertise in relation to transgender children, youth and adults.

Tahrah Cohen has been a professional performing artist for 25 years. She has toured internationally in Europe, Central America, the Middle East and Asia. When not touring she facilitates TaG ~ Talking about Gender, Rockland County's first support group for Transgender identified people. She help start the group with Phyllis B. Frank from VCS where she completed the Volunteer Counselor Training program.

Rabbi Adam Baldachin joined the Montebello Jewish Center in July 2013 and is a proud graduate of JTS Rabbinical School with an MA in Midrash. During rabbinical school, Rabbi Baldachin served as a rabbinic intern at the University of Maryland and at Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel in Riverdale as well as the rabbi of synagogues in Davidson, North Carolina and Frederick, Maryland. Rabbi Baldachin earned his bachelor's degree at List College in 2006 where he studied History at Columbia University and Talmud at JTS. After graduating, Rabbi Baldachin took a two-year hiatus from JTS where he taught at Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union, NJ and lived in Uganda where he worked with the Abayudaya, an indigenous Jewish community in Mbale.

Jan Redfern, PhD, is president and founder of Redfern Strategic Medical Communications, Inc, which specializes in developing educational materials for a variety of audiences. She has authored over 60 publications on a variety of topics and serves as a consultant for VCS Inc to advance the understanding of transgender persons in the community.

Sponsored by VCS Inc.
Thursday, April 10, 7:30pm
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My German FriendMY GERMAN FRIEND
Argentina, 2012; 100 min; Spanish and German with subtitles
Directed by Jeanine Meerapfel
Guest Speaker: TBA
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A German-Jewish girl and the son of an exiled Nazi colonel form an enduring bond in Argentina in MY GERMAN FRIEND, an epic love story that distills 30 years of personal and political postwar history.

The film opens in 1950s Buenos Aires where Jews and Nazis, having fled Europe, are thrown together in a foreign land. As the children of affluent German emigrants, Sulamit Löwenstein (Celeste Cid) and Friedrich Burg (Max Riemelt) first meet as next door neighbors and become instant friends. Only later does Friedrich learn that his father was a highranking SS officer. Determined to break with his family, he moves to Germany to immerse himself in radical student politics. Sulamit follows and a romance briefly blossoms, but Friedrich's commitment to political activism leaves no room for love. When he returns to Argentina to join an anti-government guerilla movement and disappears without a trace, Sulamit embarks on a search to find him, and heal her heart and the wounds of the past.

Partly based on people and events from her own life, writer-director Jeanine Meerapfel delivers an intimate and humane examination of a guilt-ridden generation seeking to escape the mistakes and legacy of their forbearers.

Sponsored by Paramount Country Club
Tuesday, April 29, 7:30pm
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The OUTRAGEOUS SOPHIE TUCKERSophie Tucker
PREVIEW - One Night Only

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Buy TicketsThe Outrageous Sophie Tucker is a documentary produced by Montebello Jewish Center members Susan and Lloyd Ecker. The film is directed by Academy Award nominated William Gazecki, with executive producer Phil Ramone, winner of 14 Grammys. "The Last of the Red Hot Mamas", Sophie Tucker, was a Jewish, Russian-born American singer, comedian, actress, radio personality, film actress, TV performer and night club artist, known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risque songs, and was one of the most popular entertainers of the first half of the 20th century.

Cast & Credits
The Outrageous Sophie Tucker
An Innovative Films Production
A Film by William Gazecki
Executive Producer - Phil Ramone
Executive Producer - Gene Schwam
Produced by Susan and Lloyd Ecker
Directed by William Gazecki

Starring: Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett, Carol Channing, Michael Feinstein, Shecky Greene, Bruce Villanch,
With: Paul Anka, Kaye Ballard, Chubby Checker, Joe Franklin, Brenda Lee, Tony Martin, Mickey Rooney, Connie Stevens, Mamie Van Duren, Rusty Warren.

The Entire Event is Sponsored by Susan and Lloyd Ecker
Sunday, April 6 4:30 pm
$100 Donation includes film and gala dinner following film at the Crown Plaza Lafayette Theatre, Suffern

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Paris-MahattanPARIS-MANHATTAN
France, 2012; 78 min; French with subtitles
Directed by Sophie Lellouche
Guest Speaker: David Schwartz
Rockland Premiere

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A beautiful but single thirty something's obsession with Woody Allen is put to the test by a gallant Frenchman in this delightful romantic comedy. Under constant pressure to marry from her increasingly anxious Jewish parents, Alice fills prescriptions alongside her father at their family-owned pharmacy. Rather than dating, she seeks refuge in the world of Woody Allen, engaging in imaginary conversations and surrounding herself with images of the iconic filmmaker, continually quoting his trademark witty Woody-cisms and even prescribing her customers DVDs of his movies to help alleviate their ailments. Will a chance finally bring her a winning suitor and happy ending? "A fun, fluffy, but chic romantic comedy that looks so effortless." Time Out"Utterly endearing. As lively and wonderful as Paris in spring." Le Figaro.

David Schwartz is Chief Curator, Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York, where he has worked since 1985. He is also the Director of Programming for First Time Fest, a new film festival in Manhattan devoted to first-time filmmakers, the host of the Westchester Cinema Club, and a Visiting Professor of film studies at Purchase College.

Sponsored by Active International, Bonnie & Alan Elkin, Ellen & Arthur Wagner; Susan & Lloyd Ecker
Saturday, April 19, 9pm
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Sturgeon Queens

The STURGEON QUEENS
Special Event - Just Added
Lox and Love, Brunch and Screening with Director Julie Cohen

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Buy TicketsTHE STURGEON QUEENS follows the story of four generations of the Jewish immigrant family that started the famous Lower East Side lox and herring emporium Russ and Daughters, and still owns and runs the business today. The film is built around a poignant, feisty often hilarious interview with Hattie Russ Gold and Anne Russ Federman, now 100 and 92 years old, two of the original daughters for whom the store was named. Their father, a poor immigrant from Austria-Hungary, started out his life in New York selling herring from a pushcart, ultimately earning enough money to open a tiny storefront in 1914.

Timed to coincide with the store's 2014 centennial, the documentary shows how this determined but sometimes difficult man pushed himself and his family to success. The film includes interviews with the two younger generations who have run the business since the 1970s, and whose tenure there demonstrates the tension between assimilation and maintaining a strong Jewish identity.

Another main character is store manager Herman Vargas. A Dominican immigrant who has worked at the store for 33 years, Vargas's path from poverty to success using hard work and a little chutzpah echoes the experience of the Russ family. The film also features interviews with longtime customers including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mario Batali, Morley Safer and Calvin Trillin.

Rather than a traditional narrator, the voiceover comes from six longtime customers in their 80s and 90s, who sit around a table, reading the script like a Passover Seder.

Sunday, May 18, 11:30am
Member $15
Public $20

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SuskindSUSKIND
Dutch, 2012; 118 min; Dutch with subtitles
Directed by Rudolph van den Berg
Guest Speaker: Dr. Henri Lustiger Thaler
New York State Premiere

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A true World War II story from the producers of BLACK BOOK. Amsterdam, summer 1942. Walter Suskind (Jeroen Spitzenberger) can count himself lucky that he's found a job with the Jewish Council, which offers him and his family protection from deportation to Germany. One night, Walter witnesses the arrest of a Jewish family. The couple's children Roosje and Simon escape, but how will they survive in the occupied city? It is Suskind's task to arrange for the detainees to be sent to work in Germany. But when he discovers what is really awaiting his fellow Jews, he decides to double-cross the Germans. He befriends a high-ranking SS officer, Aus der Funten (Karl Markovics), while cooperating with the underground movement. With other co-conspirators, he devises cunning ways to help save many children from certain death. Among those children are Simon and Roosje, who were ultimately picked up. But the lives of Walter and his family are also endangered when Aus der Funten begins to suspect that Walter is not the trustworthy manager he seems to be. The SS man has become attached to Walter and prefers to believe that Walter is really his friend. When his superiors convince him that Suskind is the brains behind this operation, Aus der Funten explodes. Deeply hurt and feeling betrayed, hetakes revenge on the only person in Amsterdam he feels close to.

Dr. Henri Lustiger ThalerDr. Henri Lustiger Thaler is the author and editor of seven books and many scholarly articles on issues ranging from globalization, human rights studies to the Holocaust. His most recent scholarly article of 2013 appeared in the prestigious journal, Holocaust and Genocide Studies entitles, History and Memory: The Orthodox Experience in the Bergen-Belson Displaced Persons Camp. He is the Executive Producer and Associate Producer of the documentary film, Memory after Belson, an examination of the movemet of the memory of the Holocaust through the generations. He is currently working on a book entitled, Holocaust and Memory: The Orthodox Experience, to be published by Yale University Press. He is an Associate Researcher at CADIS, of the Ecole des hautes etudes en science sociales in Paris, and Professor of Cultural and Historical Sociology at Ramapo College.

 

Sponsored by Atlantic, Tomorrow's Office; Linda & Larry Weiss; Lisa Green
Thursday, March 27, 7:30pm
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Under the Same SunUNDER THE SAME SUN
Israel, 2012; 84 min; Hebrew, Arabic, English with subtitles
Directed by Sameh Zoabi
Guest Speaker: Susan Koscis, Special Projects Director for Search for Common Ground, "Peace is a journey...Take the first step with us!"
New York State Premiere

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Set in the near future, it is the highly dramatic story of two businessmen, Shaul Cohen, an Israeli, and Nizar Ahmad, a Palestinian. They set out to make money and wind up making peace. They must deal with strong opposition to cooperating and overcome hostility from the people around them. They work together to set up a solar energy company. Nizar is the subject of fierce attacks on Facebook and from his own family for promoting "normalization" with Israelis. Fearing for his life, he cuts off contact with Shaul. Determined to continue, Shaul decides that he should go to Ramallah to see Nizar, even though Israeli Jews are legally forbidden to travel to Palestinian areas. Shaul shows up at Nizar's house. They recognize that their business will have little chance of success without peace. Mounting an appeal on Facebook, brings popular support to both their venture and to the peace negotiations. Their Facebook campaign resonates with millions of Israelis and Palestinians, and they register a huge number of "likes." Supportfor peace surges in both societies, and the politicians finally sign a treaty. Genre: Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), Saving the environment

Sponsored by Orange & Rockland Utilities; Rockland Diagnostic Imaging
Tuesday, March 25, 7:30pm
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Women UnchainedWOMEN UNCHAINED
USA, 2011; 60 min; English
Co-Produced by Leta Lenik
Leta Lenik will facilitate a panel discussion with Rabbi Asher Lopatin, President, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and other experts
Repeat Performance

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In light of the FBI investigation into rabbis here in Rockland county allegedly involved in torturing men who are withholding a get from their wives, our panel discussion will include agunah activists and experts. They will discuss the problem and update the audience on what advances have been made. The film documents the stories of women who have been modernday "agunot" women held captive by husbands who refuse to grant them a Jewish divorce. WOMEN UNCHAINED features emotionally charged profiles and illuminating interviews with leading agunah-rights advocates, rabbis, and experts; fascinating history and archival footage depicting the evolution of women's rights; details of outrageous payoffs and outlandish schemes involving brute force to win freedom, and a revealing look at protective strategies, including pre-nuptial agreements to prevent "get" refusal.

Leta Lenik started out as a professional dancer and choreographer of an award winning musical in Chicago. Emmy Award winner Beverly Siegel, was approached by Darryle and Mike Gillman to produce a documentary for the "Agunah Project," Beverly asked Leta to join strengthsand together produce the film WOMEN UNCHAINED.


Rabbi Lopatin

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is the president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, the leading modern Orthodox rabbinical school in America. Previously, he was the spiritual leader of Anshe Sholom B'nai Israel Congregation, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Chicago, for 18 years. He received his ordination from Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, and from Yeshiva University, as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. A Rhodes Scholar with a M.Phil. in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University, Rabbi Lopatin is the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles.

 

Sponsored by Leta & David Lenik, Better World Productions
Wednesday, April 9, 7:30pm
JCC Rockland

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ZaytounZAYTOUN
Israel, 2012; 110 min; Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles
Directed by Eran Riklis
Guest Speaker: Rabbi Carlos C. Huerta

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Buy TicketsNew York State Premiere There's no place like home, and once left, the desire to return is one of the strongest human instincts. Yoni, an Israeli pilot, crash-lands in war-torn Beirut in 1982. He is captured by a group of fighters from the Palestine Liberation Organization, one of whom is Fahed who longs to return to his family's home. Yoni and Fahed soon find themselves on the run from rival militias as their unlikeliest of friendships begins to take root in the most extreme of circumstances. Part buddy movie, part wartime thriller, this latest offering from director of The Syrian Bride reaffirms his gift for finding common ground in the midst of conflict.

Sponsored by Dental Arts of Rockland; The Majansky Family; Gwen & Steve Rosenzweig
Tuesday, April 8, 7:30pm AMC Theatres

Rabbi Carlos C. Huerta retired from the United States Army as a chaplain (rabbi) in July 2012 with over 30 years of military service. He entered the United States Army as a Private and eventually was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. After ten years of service as a Field Artillery officer he became a rabbi and entered the United States Army Chaplaincy. He was stationed for nine years at the United States Military Academy at West Point where besides being the rabbi for the Academy he taught mathematics and Hebrew there. During that time, he was deployed twice to Iraq in 2003 and 2005 with the 101st Airborne Division (Band of Brothers Fame). He has won one of the Army's highest awards for combat journalism (Major General Keith L. Ware Award) in 2004.

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Zig Zag KidTHE ZIGZAG KID
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012; 95 min; Dutch, English, French with subtitles
Directed by Vincent Bal
Guest Speaker: David Schwartz
Rockland Premiere

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Nono, the son of the world's greatest police inspector, is on a train trip to see his boring uncle when adventure calls. He meets his father's arch nemesis, notorious criminal Felix Glick and puts his detective skills to work, wearing disguises and evading police as he heads to the French Riviera where Felix introduces Nono to seductive nightclub chanteuse Lola Ciperola (Isabella Rossellini). With only twenty-four hours to go before his Bar Mitzvah, Nono must complete his high-stakes mission, while also confronting the mystery of his own identity and the truth about the mother he has never known. Based on the coming of age novel by Israeli writer David Grossman, this is a stylish, witty, action-packed caper a la THE PINK PANTHER that also touches on themes of self-discovery, the strength of family, and acceptance.

Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

David Schwartz is Chief Curator, Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, New York, where he has worked since 1985. He is also the Director of Programming for First Time Fest, a new film festival in Manhattan devoted to first-time filmmakers, the host of the Westchester Cinema Club, and a Visiting Professor of film studies at Purchase College.

Sponsored by Ascape Landscape & Construction, Jennifer & Stuart Chaitin; Hudson Valley Brain & Spine Surgery
Saturday, April 26, 9pm
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Film Festival Date :: March 19 - April 30, 2014