Welcome to the 22nd Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival
as we once again explore the many facets of the Jewish experience. Through stories of Jewish history, spirituality, and culture, the power of film entertains, educates, challenges
perspectives, and broadens the scope of Jewish life here and around the world.
The curtain will rise on opening night with Itzhak
, a celebration of the glorious music of Israeli-born Itzhak Perlman, widely considered the world’s greatest living violinist. This intimate portrait of his life reveals a passion and spirit that will inspire and amaze you. Later in the week, we will tap our toes to the rhythm of the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr. in I’ve Gotta Be Me
and still more riveting sounds with the symphonic love story, Harmonia
. We’ll dig into history with Act Of Defiance, a thriller set in South Africa’s incendiary segregation era, and Raise The Roof, chronicling the remarkable recreation of the magnificent painted roof and ceiling of Poland’s 18th century Gwozdziec synagogue. Don’t miss the tension of thrillers like The Testament and Shelter
and the nuanced drama of The Cakemaker
. Warm your heart with the History Of Love and Keep The Change,
a tale of two adults with special needs at the JCC in Manhattan. Learn about fascinating people like Steve Ross in the story of his courageous life in Etched In Glass
and Gabrielle Zilkha who traveled far from her Canadian home and discovered a rich Jewish culture in Ghana in Doing Jewish
. Two different stories of the post-war experience will take the screen in the hauntingly powerful, black and white cinematography of the drama 194
5 and the charismatic, entrepreneurial spirit of Bye Bye Germany
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