READING JEWISH FILM SERIES 2019
The Jewish Cultural Center is proud to announce the fifth 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 $25 for the series of six films. All films will be shown on Wednesday evenings at 7pm 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 can be bought at the JCC. Cash and checks are accepted.
2018/2019 Film Selections
Wed., 10/10—The Last Suit (reception to follow film)
Wed., 11/28—Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema
Wed., 1/9—An Act of Defiance
Wed., 2/6—And Then She Arrived
Wed., 3/6—Scandal in Ivansk (discussion to follow film)
Wed., 4/10—Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 — 7:00 PM
THE LAST SUIT*
Argentina/Spain|2018|Narrative|Spanish, German, Polish Yiddish with English Subtitles|Director: Pablo Solarz
An aging Jewish tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world in the bittersweet road movie THE LAST SUIT. At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, with a klezmer-driven score, evocative cinematography, and fleet pacing, THE LAST SUIT approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story. *The screening of “The Last Suit” will be followed by a free empanada tasting in partnership with Centro Hispano in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 — 7:00 PM
SHALOM BOLLYWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIAN CINEMA
Australia/India|2018|Documentary|English, Hindi with English subtitles|Director: Danny Ben-Moshe
SHALOM BOLLYWOOD reveals the unlikely story of the 2000- year-old Indian Jewish com- munity and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so for decades, Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles. Infused with music & dancing, the cheekily told documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 — 7:00 PM
AN ACT OF DEFIANCE
Netherlands/South Africa|2018|Drama|English, Afrikaans with subtitles|Director: Jean van de Velde
A gutsy lawyer risks career and family to defend Nelson Mandela in this historical thriller set in South Africa's Apartheid era. Mandela & nine other defendants, including Jewish anti- Apartheid fighters, faced a possible death sentence after their arrest during a summer 1963 raid. As their sympathetic white Afrikaner lawyer Bram Fischer fights to expose South Africa's corrupt system, he attempts to hide his own ties to the resistance. This riveting drama combines nail-biting political and courtroom intrigue to explore South Africa's struggle against racism, and the Jewish figures who sought to end entrenched discrimination in their country.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 — 7:00 PM
AND THEN SHE ARRIVED
Israel|2017|Comedy/Drama|Hebrew with English subtitles|Director: Roee Florentin
This charming romantic comedy, based on a true story, follows 30-year-old Dan Freilich, who has everything he could ever hope for and then some: the perfect job at his father’s law firm, the perfect loving family, and the perfect girlfriend. But a chance encounterwith a waitress in Jerusalem makes him realize something was missing all along.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 — 7:00 PM
SCANDAL IN IVANSK*
Poland/Israel|2017|Documentary|Polish, Hebrew with English subtitles|Director: David Blumfeld, Ami Drozd
This eye-opening documentary illuminates the small Polish town of Ivansk, where one word ignites a nationwide controversy. Most of Ivansk’s Jews were killed by the Nazis, and the headstones in the Jewish cemetery were plundered for construction purposes. A group of descendants of Ivansk Jews restore the town’s cemetery, retrieving what headstones they can. When they commission a plaque that includes the word “collaborator,” a national scandal is unleashed. *Post-film discussion led by Dr. John Incledon, Holocaust Studies faculty from Albright College.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10 — 7:00 PM
HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL
Israel, Japan, South Korea, USA|2017|Documentary| English|Director: Daniel Miller, Jeremy Newberger and Seth Kramer
HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, barely any ever having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land where they are hailed as modern-day Maccabees to the tournament in South Korea where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The connection to Israel that the players forge pushes them to unexpected heights as they represent the country on the world stage.
The Reading Jewish Film Series is co-sponsored by the Rubin Educational Fund of the Jewish Federation of Reading and Fox Theatres.
ALL MOVIES SHOWN AT FOX EAST.