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Join the JCC Chicago Jewish Film Festival, YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago and the Midwest Center for Jewish Learning for 4 films commemorating Tisha B’Av.
For over 2,000 years, Jews have commemorated Tisha B’Av (literally the ninth of the month of Av on the Jewish calendar) as a day of national mourning. We focus on the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem, both of which were burned to the ground on this day, but also on the many persecutions and depredations that our people have endured across the millennia, from the Crusades in the Middle Ages through the Holocaust. However, while Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning and reflection, it is also a day where we work to grow bonds of love and fellowship among our fellow Jews (ahavat chinam), and anticipate a future where sorrow and suffering will be replaced with redemption and peace.
Special pricing for these films with support from YU Torah Mitzion Kollel of Chicago and the Midwest Center for Jewish Learning.
$10 for one ticket
$15 pass for all 4 films
In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom – an organized massacre. In 1946, forty holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered.
For Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, anti-Semitism is a sin. This conviction is the animating force of his life. Conflict over the massacre was still a festering wound when Bialek moved to Kielce in the late 70s. He was shocked by the poisoned atmosphere of his new town. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community.
Directors: Michal Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger
2016, USA, Poland, Polish, Hebrew (with English subtitles), 83 minutes
What is it like to be captured during war and mistaken for being a spy? How is it to live six years in hiding dressed like a girl, when you are a young boy? What happens when you have experienced such gruesome things, that you are trying to keep your own memory away? In Every face has a name Elsie, Bernard, Nerit and other survivors from 2nd World War tell their stories as they discover themselves in an archive reel shot on April 28, 1945. The day they were finally being liberated from the German camps. In the archive film they are anonymous faces in large crowds of refugees. But they all have a name. And they all have a story to tell. Stories about escape, survival and starting life again. Just like the many stories we hear about refugees in Europe today.
Director: Magnus Gertten
2016, Sweden, Poland, USA, Polish, Swedish, Hebrew (with English subtitles), 73 minutes
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group of journalists, scholars, and community leaders in the Warsaw Ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with pen and paper.
Now, for the first time, their story is told in the documentary featuring the voices of three-time Academy Award® nominee Joan Allen and Academy Award® winner Adrien Brody. Written, produced, and directed by Roberta Grossman and executive produced by Nancy Spielberg, WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY mixes the writings of the Oyneg Shabes archive with new interviews, rarely seen footage and stunning dramatizations to transport us inside the Ghetto and the lives of these courageous resistance fighters. They defied their murderous enemy with the ultimate weapon – the truth – and risked everything so that their archive would survive the war, even if they did not.
Director: Roberta Grossman
2018, United States, 97 minutes
It might just be the only disease to have ever actually saved lives. And it didn’t really exist.
Syndrome K is a feature documentary in production that tells the story of three courageous Roman Catholic doctors who saved Jews by convincing the Nazis that these Jews were infected with a highly deadly and contagious disease that the doctors called Syndrome K.
Director: Stephen Edwards
USA, 2019, Italian (with English subtitles), 80 minutes
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