Austin Jewish Film Festival 2014

5775 Austin Jewish Film Festival

Celebrates its 13th(Bar Mitzvah) year

The film festival is moving from the spring to the fall. The film festival dates are October 24-30, 2015 at the Arbor Theatre.

On Sunday, Oct. 19 at 2:30 PM .
Father and Son (54 min.) will be shown at the Marchesa. The film directed by Pawel Lozinski,
that 2014 APFF is screening on Saturday, Oct. 18. We are co-sponsors for this documentary.

Father and son In Father and Son, Lozinski revisits some of these same themes by taking a road trip with his son, Pawel. They share a name, a profession that is their passion and a strong and complicated bond, full of resentments and implicit meanings. Two acclaimed documentarists, Marcel and Paweł Łoziński, go on a car journey across Europe. For the father, it is a return to his birthplace, for the son, an attempt at a critical review of their past together. The mode of transportation is a VW camper van that they use to transit across central Europe from Poland to France so that can Marcel can revisit some of his childhood haunts and commune with the spirit of his deceased mother. In this case, however, the borders explored are those that separate childhood from adulthood and the role of father from that of son.

On NOVEMBER 4 & 5, 2014

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

Austin Jewish Film Festival will present this documentary film and will screen one night on Tuesday, November 4th at 7:00 PM at Temple Beth Shalom. Book Lovers Luncheon on Wednesday, November 5 from 11:30 pm-1:00 pm.

DON’T MISS OUT! This is incredible story!

50 Children Director: Steven Pressman
Genre: Documentary Holocaust
Running: 63 min.
Language: English
Country: USA
Year: 2013
**Followed by a Q&A after the film presentation with the Author and Director Steven Pressman


Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus never intended to become heroes. But in early 1939, as conditions were worsening for Jews living inside Nazi Germany, the Philadelphia couple embarked on a risky and improbable mission – an effort to rescue 50 Jewish children and bring them to safety in the United States.

The couple faced imposing obstacles. The United States government, not to mention a vast majority of the American public, was largely indifferent to the plight of Jewish refugees seeking to escape from Adolf Hitler’s increasing persecution. America’s rigid immigration laws also made it nearly impossible to bring refugees – even children – into this country.

The Krauses, who were Jewish, also had to face the risks of traveling into Nazi Germany and dealing with the Gestapo and other Nazi officials in their effort to carry out their bold rescue plan.

In the spring of 1939, Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus sailed for Europe and into the heart of darkness. 50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus for the first time tells the incredible story of an American couple who, against all odds, brought the single largest group of children during the Holocaust out of Nazi Germany and into the United States. In doing so, they transformed themselves from an ordinary couple into extraordinary heroes.

Sponsored by The Austin Jewish Film Festival.