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April 21, 2011 - Image 48

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-04-21

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Ill Voices Unbound
jil Lenore Marv,,,

Ea Jubanos

EC Beautiful Music

Cuba, 2010, 43 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles

USA, 2005, 38 minutes
Hebrew, Arabic and English with English subtitles

Co-sponsored by JCC Center Travel, Etta Solway (z"I)*

Co-sponsored by Heidi & Jeff Budaj, JCC's 60th
Annual Jewish Book Fair

Jewish Film Festival

USA, 2010, 90 minutes, English

Sponsored by Andi & Larry Wolfe*, Co-sponsored by
the Henry & Delia Meyers Library and Media Center/
Joan & Robert Jampel*, Temple Shir Shalom

Academy Award-nominated documentarian Daniel
Anker chronicles the at-risk California high school
class that inspired the Hollywood movie Freedom
Writers, starring Hilary Swank.

Teacher Erin Gruwell deviated from the curriculum
and assigned her class to read The Diary of Anne
Frank. Inspired to record their own thoughts, the
students shared powerful stories of hopelessness,
broken homes, drug dealing, homicide, abuse and
gang violence. Their writing blossomed into a
national bestseller. Incredibly moving and uplifting.

Discussion to follow the West Bloomfield screening.

Ea Ida's Dance Club

An amazing story of the 1,500 Jews who, despite
revolution, societal upheaval and a younger
generation's attitude toward religion and tradition,
keep the faith in Cuba.

When the Cuban Revolution hit in 1961, religion
was banned, leaving the Cuban Jewish community
struggling to sustain itself for nearly three decades.
With exclusive interviews from members of the
scattered Jewish community, this documentary
reveals the journey of a new generation of Cubans
as it raises questions about faith, sustenance,
strength and the future. A fascinating, moving
portrait of a community and country that has been
largely erased from public view.

2010 Winner Bechol Lashon Media Award

Narrated by actress Brooke Shields, this
documentary begins in 1987 when an Orthodox
Jewish pianist in Jerusalem is asked to teach a
blind, autistic, 9-year-old, Palestinian girl named
Rasha. According to the girl's caretakers, she
showed a tremendous ability for the piano, but it
was beyond their capabilities to teach her. With
tensions at an all-time high between Israelis and
Palestinians during the onset of the first intifada,
the teacher is hesitant to bring a Palestinian into
her home. But after witnessing the girl's natural
musical talents, she could not refuse.

Bekowet: By the Will of G-d

Following the film, join us for a discussion with
Marilyn Wolfe, director of Center Travel

En Nora's Will

USA, 2009, 66 minutes
English and Amharic, with English subtitles

Co-sponsored by Heidi & Jeff Budaj, JCC's 60th
Annual Jewish Book Fair

Mexico, 2008, 92 minutes

Israel, 2010, 59 minutes
Hebrew, with English subtitles

Co-sponsored by JCC Center Travel, Etta Solway

Spanish and Hebrew, with English subtitles

Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Kalamazoo, Co-
sponsored by Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah,
National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) -
Greater Detroit section

Every year a ballroom dancing competition takes
place at Ida's Dance Club. The competitors are way
past retirement age, but that doesn't stop them
from dancing, singing, falling in love and being

Nora's Will takes a humorous look at families who
struggle to cope with the death of a loved one.

The magical atmosphere of Ida's, along with
graceful ballroom dancing, gives the guests the
strength to overcome the wear and tear of time,
health problems and difficult memories. They
become princes and princesses, for whom anything
is still a possibility.

Jose is pained to learn that Nora, the woman he'd
been married to for 30 years and then divorced,
has committed suicide. The rabbi explains that
because of upcoming Passover festivities, together
with a few other factors, Nora must be buried that
very afternoon - or wait almost five days.

2010 International Film Festival, USA

Before Nora's death, she devised a Machiavellian
plan that will take care of everything. Almost. Nora, it
seems, missed something, a mysterious photograph
that reveals how sometimes the greatest love stories
are hidden in the smallest places.

2010 Winner, Honolulu International Film Festival,
Excellence in Filmmaking

Death can be painful, filled with sorrow, unbearable
and - funny.

Bekowet was only 9 years old when he overheard
his parents say, "He is so sick, it would be better
if he died." But Bekowet is determined to live.
Hobbling 60 miles to the nearest town, he goes in
search of help. He finds it in the unlikely figure of
a Jewish doctor from America named Rick Hodes,
the man who inspired Marilyn Berger's book This
Is a Soul.

It only takes one person to change the world, to
heal a broken soul. Bekowet is the true story of a
child, a man and a miracle.

2010 Sabes Foundation Minneapolis Jewish Film

2010 Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival,
Documentary Winner

2010 Toronto Jewish Film Festival

2009 Winner, Mexican Film Festival, Best Film and
Best Director




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