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New York Jewish Film Festival 2012

January 11, 2012 - January 26, 2012

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The 21st annual New York Jewish Film Festival, a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, is presented by The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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Venues

Walter Reade Theater: 165 West 65th Street
Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center: 144 West 65th Street
All screenings are at the Walter Reade Theater unless otherwise noted.
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165 W 65th Street, hours

Admission

$13 General Public
$9 Student, Senior & Child
$8 The Jewish Museum & Film Society Members
100 Voices: A Journey Home100 Voices: A Journey Home

Danny Gold & Matthew Asner | USA | 2010 | 91m

Categories: Documentary, Poland

Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 19: 1:00pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 19: 6:00pm

A compelling and uplifting documentary that looks at Jewish culture in Poland, past and present, through a unique focus—100 cantors from around the world come together for concerts at the Warsaw Opera House and the Nozyk Synagogue. The film traces a lineage from cantorial superstar Moishe Oysher, also star of the Yiddish stage and screen, to contemporary counterparts including Alberto Mizrahi and Jacob Mendelson.
DIRECTOR DANNY GOLD, FILM SUBJECT CANTOR NATE LAM, AND PRODUCER MICHAEL LAM WILL ATTEND.

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DaasDaas
U.S. Premiere

Adrian Panek | Poland | 2011 | 102m

Categories: Drama, Poland

Buy Tickets: Sat Jan 21: 9:00pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 26: 1:00pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 26: 6:00pm

A dazzling period drama, Daas explores the influence of 18th-century false messiah Jacob Frank. Claiming powers of mystical healing and prophecy, Frank promises immortality to his converts. A Viennese lawyer investigates Frank, seeing him as a threat to the Austrian Empire, and a former disciple seeks justice. Adrian Panek brings us a tale of intrigue and conspiracy, conjuring the time and place with a painterly aesthetic.
DIRECTOR ADRIAN PANEK WILL ATTEND.

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Deaf JamDeaf Jam
New York City Premiere

Judy Lieff | USA | 2011 | 70m

Categories: Documentary

Buy Tickets: Tue Jan 17: 1:00pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 19: 8:30pm

This high-energy documentary explores the beauty and power of American Sign Language (ASL) poetry through the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski’s bold journey into the spoken word poetry slam scene. In a remarkable twist of fate, Aneta—an Israeli immigrant high school student living in New York—meets and then collaborates with Tahani—a hearing Palestinian slam poet. Poetry, friendship and respect transcend politics as the two young women create a hearing/deaf duet.
DIRECTOR JUDY LIEFF AND FILM SUBJECTS ANETA BRODSKI AND TAHANI SALAH WILL ATTEND. CO-PRODUCER STEVE ZEITLIN WILL ATTEND JAN 17 SCREENING. BOB HOLMAN, FOUNDER OF THE BOWERY POETRY CLUB, WILL ATTEND JAN 19 SCREENING.
Both Q&A sessions will be sign language interpreted.

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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu StoryFollow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story
World Premiere

Jonathan Gruber & Ari Daniel Pinchot | USA | 2012 | 80m

Categories: Documentary, Israel

Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 12: 8:15pm
Buy Tickets: Mon Jan 23: 6:00pm

Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu, then a commander in the Israeli army, was killed at the age of 30 leading the 1976 hostage rescue mission at the Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In Follow Me, co-directors Jonathan Gruber (Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, NYJFF 2011) and Ari Daniel Pinchot (Producer, Paper Clips) present a moving portrait of Yoni’s life through his own poetry, prose and letters. Ultimately a portrait of a young country through a young man, the documentary also features fascinating rarely seen footage of the 1967 war and the Entebbe raid itself, as covered by journalism legend Walter Cronkite. An Ari Daniel Pinchot Film.
CO-DIRECTORS JONATHAN GRUBER AND ARI DANIEL PINCHOT WILL ATTEND JAN 12 SCREENING. PINCHOT WILL ALSO ATTEND JAN 23 SCREENING WITH EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MARK MANSON.

My AustraliaMy Australia
New York Premiere

Ami Drozd | Israel/Poland | 2009 | 100m

Categories: Drama, Israel, Poland

Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 12: 3:30pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 19: 3:30pm
Buy Tickets: Sat Jan 21: 6:30pm

In a poor neighborhood in 1960s Lodz, Poland, 10-year-old Tadek and his brother are in a gang with a strong anti-Semitic bent. When they are arrested, their mother, a Holocaust survivor, has no choice but to reveal that though raised as Catholics, they are in fact Jews. Telling the younger boy they are going to Australia, the land of his fantasies, the family boards a ship to Israel. This tender and humorous drama is based on the filmmaker’s own experiences.
DIRECTOR AMI DROZD WILL ATTEND.

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Welcome to Kutsher's: The Last Catskills ResortWelcome to Kutsher's: The Last Catskills Resort
World Premiere
CLOSING NIGHT
Caroline Laskow & Ian Rosenberg | USA | 2012 | 73m

Categories: Documentary

Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 26: 3:45pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 26: 8:30pm

Kutsher's Country Club is the last surviving Jewish resort in the Catskills, and in its heyday was one of the legendary "Borscht Belt" hotels. The resorts were not only a Jewish vacation paradise, they also had significant influence on entertainment, stand-up comedy and sports. In this enjoyable documentary, watch Wilt Chamberlain playing ball and working as a bellhop at Kutsher’s; laugh with Freddie Roman as his classic routine still brings down the house; see ice skating instructor extraordinaire Celia Duffy hop up on the Zamboni; and marvel at the abundance of hearty kosher feasts.
DIRECTORS CAROLINE LASKOW AND IAN ROSENBERG WILL ATTEND.

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White: A Memoir in ColorWhite: A Memoir in Color
World Premiere

Joel Katz | USA | 2012 | 59m

Categories: Documentary

Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 12: 1:30pm
Buy Tickets: Thu Jan 12: 6:00pm

In this personal documentary, Joel Katz (Strange Fruit, NYJFF 2002) explores what it means to be white in America through the story of his own family across generations. His father’s role as a white professor at Howard University, a traditionally black college, during the civil rights era comes to bear on his and his wife’s decisions about race and adoption. Original score by Don Byron.
DIRECTOR JOEL KATZ AND COMPOSER AND MUSICIAN DON BYRON WILL ATTEND.

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Letters HomeLetters Home
Melissa Hacker | USA | 2010 | 9m

Categories: Germany, Holocaust, Short Film

An elegantly made short based on correspondence from the director’s great-aunt Freda, written as she traveled through Germany and Austria in the American Army Women’s Corps in 1945.

This year’s New York Jewish Film Festival was selected by Rachel Chanoff, Independent Curator, Scott Foundas, Associate Director of Programming, Film Society of Lincoln Center; Richard Peña, Program Director, Film Society of Lincoln Center; and Aviva Weintraub, Associate Curator and Director of The New York Jewish Film Festival, The Jewish Museum; with assistance from Jaron Gandelman, Curatorial Assistant for Media and Film Festival Coordinator, The Jewish Museum.

Acknowledgements

Susan Barocas, Washington JFF; Natalia Babinski, Polish Cultural Institute, NY; Laurie Cearley, Olli Chanoff, Nadine Goellner, The Office; Nicola Galliner, Berlin JFF; Stuart Hands, Toronto JFF; J. Hoberman, The Village Voice; Andrew Ingall, Foundation for Jewish Culture; Annette Insdorf, Columbia University; Judy Ironside, UK Jewish Film; Aviva Kempner; Joshua Moore, Jay Rosenblatt, San Francisco JFF; Sharon Rivo, Lisa Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film; Sara L. Rubin, Boston JFF; Karen Small, Rutgers JFF; Alla Verlotsky, Seagull Films; Isaac Zablocki, The JCC in Manhattan; The Film Society of Lincoln Center staff; The Jewish Museum staff; Interns: Sophia Grais, Lyudmyla Bua; Volunteers: Marlene Josephs, Linda Lipson.