Int’l Jewish Film Festival opens in New London on Mar. 4


The 18th Annual International Jewish Film Festival of Eastern Connecticut will get under way in New London on March 4, and run through March 13. Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut, Festival films will be screened at two venues: The Garde Arts Center at 325 State St. in New London, and Olin Hall on the campus of Connecticut College. Admission to all films is $10 for adults and free for students. For ticket information call (860) 442-8062.

SUNDAY, MARCH  4, 7 p.m.
Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today
The Garde Arts Center
Introduced at 6:30 by former Senator Chris Dodd and Sandra Schulberg; a panel discussion with Connecticut College faculty, Judge Thomas Bishop,Senator Dodd, and Sandra Schulberg will follow at 8:15 p.m.

MONDAY, MARCH 5, 7 p.m.
My So-Called Enemy
Olin Hall
English, Arabic, and Hebrew with English subtitles.
Followed by a panel discussion.
A coming of age story about six participants in an American co-existence retreat and how they reconcile their transformative experience in the program with the realities of life back home in the Middle East over the next seven years.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 7 p.m.
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Olin Hall
Yiddish and English
The musical group Klezmenschen will open the evening.
A documentary about “the Jewish Mark Twain,” creator of Tevye the Dairyman, Menachem-Mendl and other beloved folkloric characters.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 7 p.m. Guest speaker Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, who participated in this journey.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 7 p.m.
100 Voices: A Journey Home
Olin Hall
English, Yiddish and Hebrew
Guest speaker Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray, who participated in this journey.
A musical documentary that highlights the rich history of Jewish culture in Poland.
Followed by Bridge of Books, a 12 minute short about the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.

MONDAY, MARCH 12, 7 p.m.
Dolphin Boy
Olin Hall
Hebrew with English subtitles
Documentary about a 17 year old boy’s miraculous recovery from trauma with the help of a dolphin.

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 7 p.m. at Olin Hall
Double feature:
The Little Traitor (Hebrew with English subtitles)
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A closing reception will be held during intermission.
Freely adapted from Amos Oz’s novel “Panther in the Basement,” The Little Traitor is a coming-of-age story about a 12-year old Jewish boy growing up in 1947 Palestine under British occupation who attempts to reconcile his militant anti-British sentiments with his growing friendship for a paternal English sergeant.

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