6th Annual Wilmington Jewish Film Festival

Apr 24, 2019Brunswick County, Wilmington

The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is pleased to announce the films selected for this year’s festival. 

The films will be shown in the historic Thalian Hall Main Stage from April 28 through May 8, 2019, and will include a dessert reception following each film.

In a town already brimming with culture and the arts, the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival is one of Wilmington’s standout cultural success stories.  In 2013 the festival opened its doors with a single film, celebrating the great contribution of Jewish songwriters of Broadway musicals.  The following year there were four films.  Each year features shorts and occasionally speakers accompanying the films. The festival celebrates Wilmington’s vibrant Jewish community and with that our region’s diversity.  Every festival offers a variety of features from the U.S. and other countries.  Internationally acclaimed films from France, Israel, Poland and more, offer viewers the best of Jewish film creativity.   From a base of Jewish themes, both historic and modern, dramas, documentaries, and lighter films are brought together, making the festival a colorful experience. 

This year’s Festival includes 7 feature films and opens on Sunday, April 28 at 3:00 pm with the Film The Last Suit followed by a dinner catered by Peño Mediterranean Grill. The main character of the film is Abraham, an 88-year-old Jewish tailor, who travels from Buenos Aires to Poland to locate a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II.  After seven decades without any contact, Abraham will try to keep his promise to return to Poland one day.

The Israeli comedy Hill Start is the second film showing on Monday, April 29 at 7:00pm.  In this comic drama Ora is in a coma as the result of a car accident. As her children and other family members try to help her regain consciousness the viewer meets plastic surgeons, a wheelchair-bound marathon coach, a tough private investigator, a yoga instructor, a sensitive belly dancer and a big star in the Arab cinema.

Rounding out the first week’s line up is Numbered, a collage of narratives and photographs of Auschwitz survivors who were tattooed with numbers in the camp.  The significance of these numbers to the survivors and their families leads to painful yet ultimately uplifting stories of thriving lives. This film will be presented on Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm and include some selected shorts.

The second week of this year’s festival kicks off with the family friendly film Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel on Sunday afternoon, May 5 at 2:00 and includes a Kona Ice reception after the film.  A story of sports and patriotism, this film tells the story of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.  Helped along by the “Mensch on the Bench”, the team discovers pride in representing Israel on the international stage.  A Question and Answer discussion will follow the screening with Leland residents, Steve and Eileen Kalish, who’s Son played on the Israeli Team and traveled with the team to Korea and Japan for the playoffs!

The same evening at 7:00 pm the film Golda’s Balcony will be shown.  Actress Tovah Feldshuh gives a riveting performance as Golda Meir, portraying her life and her leadership of Israel during the fateful days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War.  Golda’s Balcony is the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history comes to film – it is not to be missed!

Promise at Dawn will be featured on Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm. Follow the true story of French author Romain Gary as he recounts his life in this richly colorful tapestry of poetry and adventure under the influence of a very strong Jewish mother.  From his youth in Poland to fighting for France in WWll, this life story leads to a quiet and memorable ending.

The final feature film for this year’s spring festival is 93Queen showing on Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm.  Tenacious ultra-Orthodox women challenge the status quo of their patriarchal community to create New York’s first all-female ambulance corps, resulting in an ideological tug of war with the observant men in their Borough Park enclave, in this rousing story of female empowerment and cultural disruption.  A SKYPE interview will follow the screening of 93Queen with Paula Eiselt, the filmmaker of the documentary.

Art in Bloom is collaborating with a show, Jewish Journeys: An Art Exhibition, from April 25 through May 8 in their gallery at 210 Princess Street in downtown Wilmington.

Visit the Wilmington Jewish Film Festival’s website at www.wilmingtonjff.org for more information, to purchase tickets or an All Festival Pass.

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