Monday, March 5, 7 p.m., Olin Hall -- My So-Called Enemy -- co-sponsored with Connecticut College Hillel, Yalla Bina, Moslem Student Association. Post-screening panel discussion arranged by Hillel and the other student groups.
“A coming of age story about 6 participants in an American co-existence retreat and how they reconcile their transformative experience in the program with the realities of life back home in the Middle East over the next 7 years…an emotionally-charged film about the human consequences of all conflicts--as seen through the eyes of 6 young women who are thoughtful, intelligent and articulate beyond their years.”
Saturday, March 10, 7 p.m., Olin Hall -- Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness, with the musical group Klezmenschen opening.
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness is much more than a documentary biography of “the Jewish Mark Twain,” as the creator of Tevye the Dairyman, Menachem-Mendl and other beloved folkloric
characters has been called. It is a rich, beautifully organized and illustrated modern history of Eastern European Jewry examined through the life and work of the author, born Sholem Rabinovich in Pereyaslav (near Kiev) in 1859.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Sunday, March 11, 7 p.m., Olin Hall -- 100 Voices: A Journey Home, with guest speaker Cantor Deborah Katchko-Gray. Reception sponsored by Temple Emanu-El Sisterhood.
“100 Voices” is a compelling and moving musical documentary that uniquely highlights the rich history of Jewish culture in Poland. It's hard to imagine a more profound expression of the healing power of music than Matthew Asner and Danny Gold's deeply affecting "100 Voices: A Journey Home.
Monday, March 12, 7 p.m., Olin Hall – Dolphin Boy
This documentary is about a 17 year old boy’s miraculous recovery from trauma with the help of a dolphin. Yonatan Nir, one of the movie’s producers, say the film’s message is the redemptive power of love – both human and animal – and its ability to transform. “There are hundreds of millions of people suffering from trauma in this world. We wanted to show you could take a person with the most terrible trauma and [if] you give them love from people and nature, you can cure them.”
Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Olin Hall -- Double feature The Little Traitor and 804, South African Volunteers in Israel’s War of Independence with film committee closing reception during the intermission.
Freely adapted from Amos Oz's novel "Panther in the Basement," "The Little Traitor," Lynn Roth's coming-of-ager about a Jewish boy growing up in 1947 Palestine under British occupation, follows the 12-year-old protagonist as he attempts to reconcile his militant anti-British sentiments with his growing friendship for a paternal English sergeant.
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