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A brief look at the movies
making up this year's
JCC Lenore Marwil
Jewish Film Festival.
A Bomb in the Basement becomes
the first film to tell the secrets of the
development of nuclear weapons in
Bronstein's- Children captures the
emotions of two former concentra-
tion camp inmates getting revenge
on the man who had been the camp
commandant and shows the effects
the actions have on family members.
The Burial Society combines come-
dy and crime as a young man
explores ancient rituals.
Choosing Exile offers a portrait of
current conditions in South Africa,
while describing the pain of emigra-
tion for one Jewish family.
Company Jasmine offers firsthand
glimpses into the lives of women in
Esther Kahn reveals how a young
woman in 19th-century Loticlon
learns the value of persistence and
ways to experience life before ren-
dering an imitation of life on stage.
Gloomy Sunday introduces a song
and its writer as they make a pene-
trating emotional impact on several
lives with three men in love with the
God Is Great, lin Not follows a
beautiful model who converts to
Judaism after falling in love.
The Holy Cup makes compromise
an issue as championship basketball
is scheduled on Passover.
I'm Alive and I Love You presents a
railroad worker motivated to join
the French Resistance.
Israel in a Time of Terror questions
citizens about their responses to the
horrendous acts of violence they are
Keep on Malkin' explores the life of
Joshua Nelson, an African-American
Jew whose music transcends differ-
ences among people.
The Komediant tells the true story
of the show business Burstein family.
Last Dance reports the collaboration
of the Pilobolus Dance Theatre with
writer-illustrator Maurice Sendak as
they create a Jewish work of art.
The Last Jewish Town chronicles the
"mountain Jews" of Azerbaijan —
people who were given a portion of
land to carry on Jewish traditions
over a long period of time.
The Last Letter reveals a mother's
feelings as she writes to her son
before. facing Nazi executioners.
Leo and Claire relates a 1933
romance experienced by a wealthy
Jewish businessman and a young
Missing You and Execution places
singing frogs and Mata Hari into
short comic films.
Monsieur Batignole explores a
change of heart as a mean-spirited
butcher tries to save three Jewish
My Dear Clara offers a documen-
tary that chronicles a Polish Jewish
refugee's struggle for survival and his
wife's battle to change Canada's
Nowhere in Africa, this year's Oscar
winner for Best Foreign Film, fol-
lows a German family moving to a
very different land to escape
impending Nazi control.
Rosenzweig's Freedom charges the
wrong man with the death of a neo-
Nazi, and a legal fight ensues.
Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in
the House documents the lifestyle of
two Jewish lesbians who have shared
a relationship for more than 40
Salaam Shalom: The Jews of India
shows how ethnic customs have
remained in one country.
Schmelvis: Searching for the King's
Jewish Roots teams three Canadian
filmmakers, a wisecracking rabbi
and an Orthodox Elvis impersonator
on a quest to trace the late super-
star's Jewish heritage.
Skating Through the Sand describes
hockey as the passion of young peo-
ple in a story that reaches into the
hearts of the players.
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The Sky Is Falling introduces a cou-
ple finding love in a mixed marriage
in 1944 Italy, where the non-Jewish
wife and nieces do their best to pro-
tect the Jewish man as the Germans
occupy the countryside.
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Strange Fruit presents an anti-lynch-
ing song that explores the alliance
between American Jews and African-
A Tickle in the Heart showcases
three klezrner musicians who were
into retirement until the revival of
klezmer brought them to the inter-
national entertainment circuit.
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Tikkun explores the lives of fervently
Orthodox women and their under-
standing of their identities.
A Trumpet in the Wadi involves pol-
itics in a Jewish-Arab romance.
The White Rose fells of the coura-
geous acts of five German students
in a secret society to protest the
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The schedule for speakers
coming from out of town
includes Ruthie Berman and
Connie Kurtz of Ruthie and
Connie, 8 p.m. Tuesday, April
29, in Commerce Township;
Michael Karpin of A Bomb in
the Basement, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30, in
Frederick Wiseman of The Last
Letter, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 4,
in Commerce Township and 5
p.m. Monday, May 5, in Ann
Arbor; and Ari Cohen of
Schmelvis, 5 p.m. Wednesday,
May 7, in Ann Arbor.
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