The Jewish Cultural Center is proud to announce the third season of the Reading Jewish Film Series, co-sponsored by the Rubin Educational Fund of the Jewish Federation of Reading and Fox Theatres.
Admission is $5 per film or $30 for the series of seven films.
All films will be shown on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm at Fox East 4350 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading.
Tickets can be purchased at the theater beginning at 6:30pm on the day of the screening or series tickets can be bought at the JCC. Cash and checks are accepted.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 —7 PM
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER
Germany| 2015 | Historical Thriller | 105 min
German with English subtitles | Director: Lars Kraume
Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, he has had no success due to fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust -- he is concerned with the German future.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 — 7 PM
MY FIRST WEDDING (Mi Primera Boda)
Argentina | 2011 | Drama | 102 min | Spanish
with English subtitles | Director: Ariel Winograd
*with the Hispanic Center for Hispanic Heritage Month
Jewish-born but now secular Adrián and Catholic-born but now quasi-secular Leonora have finally reached their wedding day. Instead of gracefully embracing matrimony, Adrián spends the hours leading up to the ceremony trying to postpone it, not because he's got cold feet (or does he?), but because he's clumsily lost both his and his bride-to-be’s sacred wedding rings. Disaster ensues in director Ariel Winograd's winning comedy about the politics of the proverbial "Big Day."
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7 — 7 PM
GERMANS & JEWS
USA | 2015 | Documentary | 76 min | English &
German with English subtitles | Director: Janina Quint
Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. Germans & Jews is provocative, unexpected and enlightening.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 — 7 PM
USA | 2015 | Documentary | 95 min | English
Director: Aviva Kempner
*with the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum
Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century. Inspired by the Jewish ideals of tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (repairing the world), and a deep concern over racial inequality in America, Julius Rosenwald used his wealth to become one of America’s most effective philanthropists. He gave away $62 million in his lifetime.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 —7 PM
THE STURGEON QUEENS
USA | 2014 | Documentary | 54 min | English
Director: Julie Cohen
100-year-old Hattie Russ Gold and her sister 92-year-old Anne Russ Federman have life stories that hit all the key notes of the Jewish immigrant experience: hard work, humor, romance, and a little tsuris. Hattie and Anne are the two surviving daughters from the famed lox and herring emporium Russ & Daughters on the Lower East Side. They are also the stars of The Sturgeon Queens. This documentary traces four generations of Russ family history, from patriarch Joel Russ, who immigrated to the US from Austria-Hungary with little more than the shirt on his back, to Josh Russ Tupper and Niki Russ Federman, Joel’s great grandchildren, now in their 30s, who run the store today.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 —7 PM
(TWO FILMS) *with the Islamic Center
WOMEN IN SINK
UK/Israel | 2015 | Documentary Short | 36 min | Hebrew with English
subtitles | Director: Iris Zaki
IN SEARCH OF ISRAELI CUISINE
USA | 2015 | Documentary | 97 minutes
Director: Robert Sherman
In Women in Sink, the director installs a mini film set over the washing basin of a little Arab hair salon in Haifa. Both Arab and Jewish women frequent the salon and the director chats with them, while shampooing their hair, about politics and love. What emerges from these conversations is an honest and nuanced portrayal of contemporary Israel.
In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. This feature length documentary puts a face on the culture of Israel, profiling chefs, home cooks, vintners, and cheesemakers drawn from the more than one hundred cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze. A rich and human story of the people emerges.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 —7 PM
APPLES FROM THE DESERT
Israel | 2014 | Narrative Drama | 87 min | Hebrew with
English subtitles | Director: Arik Lubetsky and Matti Harari
Rebecca Abravanel is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby. Suspicious and angry in the face of Rebecca’s growing acts of rebellion, her strict father reacts by setting in motion a prearranged marriage to an older widower with children of his own. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and one another.
*Facilitated discussion to follow the film.
The Reading Jewish Film Series is co-sponsored by Fox Theatres & The Jewish Federation of Reading.
ALL MOVIES SHOWN AT FOX EAST.