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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-04-21

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Sponsored by Natalie & Manny Charach, Jewish Federation of Flint, Co-sponsored by Debbie & Jeff Devries in honor of David Devries

Program introduction with award-winning filmmaker and Michigan native, David Devries


France, 2010, 7 minutes, French with English subtitles

Winner of "best film" in a competition for short
documentaries at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010!
Lumieres explores the people under the spotlight
during the Cannes Film Festival. By telling the story
of an actress in a lesser-known Cannes theatre, it
looks at the contrast between life on the stage and
the glamour of cinema.

Door Prize

USA, 2009, 7 minutes, English

A restaurant. A necktie. A line at the ladies room...
peeing should never be so problematic.

"This is a delightful little film. The characters were
so colorful, and the writing was witty and solid. The
film's message: 'Don't judge a book by its cover."'
- Cleveland International Film Festival

2010 The Boston LGBT Film Festival, Official

2010 ()Cinema FT Worth International Film Festival

2009 Winner, Hamburg International Queer Film
Festival, Best GenderBender Short

2009 Winner, Film Out: San Diego Gay & Lesbian
Film Festival, Best Female Short

2009 Winner, Kansas City Gay and Lesbian Film
Festival, Best Short

Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish

Canada, 2010, 4 minutes, English

The story of a little girl who is encouraged by her
mom to sit on Santa's knee at her hockey club's
Christmas Party so she can get a present. Only
trouble is, she's got to remember NOT to tell him she
is Jewish. This brightly animated short addresses
the anxiety of not fitting in and learning that Santa
isn't real. A coming-of-age story with a twist.

The Honeymoon Suite

Gefilte Fish

United Kingdom, 2010,10 minutes
English, and French with English subtitles

Israel, 2008,10 minutes
Hebrew, with English subtitles

The Honeymoon Suite provides a humorous,
poignant glimpse into the often misunderstood
world of the Orthodox arranged marriages. After
a jubilant wedding, a new couple sits awkwardly
opposite one another in their room. Theirs is
a marriage with all the unknowns, unspoken
feelings and expectations - a relationship, the film
suggests, that is not so different from any other
marriage: new, strange and exciting.

Gali's family has a longstanding tradition: Every
engaged woman must prepare gefilte fish from
scratch to have a happy marriage. When Gali gets
engaged, her mother and grandmother give her
live carp to be used for the gefilte fish. Follow Gali
and her carp on their adventure to true happiness,
despite tradition. Take a 10-minute break, sit back
and laugh a little!

2010 Winner, Pear's Foundation Short Film Fund


USA, 2009, 6 minutes
German, with English subtitles

A Jewish man disguised as a German citizen during
WWII finds hope in the most unlikely places.

A Reuben by Any Other Name

USA, 2010, 5 minutes, English

Are all Reuben sandwiches created equal? Take
a humorous look at the differences between
Orthodox and Reform Judaism, played out in the
differences between the New York and Los Angeles
versions of the Reuben sandwich. Hilarious scenes
from famous delis on the East and West coasts.

Seltzer Works

USA, 2010, 7 minutes, English

In the early 1900s, thousands of seltzer
deliverymen travelled the country, schlepping
glass bottles filled with fizzy water to millions
of customers. Today, with only a handful of
deliverymen left in the country, most of the old
customers have passed on or drink mass-produced
pop from the supermarket. But third-generation
seltzer-filler Kenny Gomberg is still in business in
Brooklyn and fending off the supermarket seltzer

2009 Tribeca Film Festival

2009 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

I Am Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar

United Kingdom, 2009,10 minutes, English

Today is Ruthie Segal's big bat mitzvah party. The
fish balls are defrosted, the dress is ironed and
the guests are waiting. But Ruthie has a slightly
different idea about what it means to become a
woman. This short comedy celebrates chutzpah,
passion and everyone's secret obsession with
schmaltzy musicals!

David de Ster (Starring David)

Holland, 2010,10 minutes, Dutch, with English subtitles

David is a 12-year-old from Holland. He's ambitious,
smart, funny and "almost Jewish." (His father is
Jewish, but his mother is not.). Why does David
identify so strongly as Jewish and want to become
a bar mitzvah? What does it mean to be a part of
the Jewish people and community? Follow David's
rite of passage in this story of a remarkable young

2010 1DFA Festival, Official Selection

2010 HotDocs Film Festival, Official Selection

2010 Winner, Silverdocs Festival, Best Short

2010 Winner, Full Frame Festival, Best Short



WARNING: Some shorts contain mature language
and content.


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