14th Annual 2016 Austin Jewish Film Festival

November 5-11, 2016

All the movies are showing at the Regal Arbor Cinema 1 today

This weekend’s schedule:

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Noon – Shorts Program
The Last Blintz And Then Violence
Bacon & God’s Wrath
Torah Treasures and Curious Trash
70 Hester Street
The Last Blinz

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The synagogues of 18th-century Poland are the inspiration for a Shabbat learning opportunity in the film Raise the Roof, presented by the Austin Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) at the Regal Arbor Cinema on the opening day of the fall film festival.Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, artists Rick and Laura Brown embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. More than 200 of these unique wooden synagogues dotted the countryside, until the Nazis burned every last one to the ground. Though neither Jewish nor Polish, the Browns mastermind a remarkable effort to rebuild this architectural wonder. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world.

Throughout the week at the 2016 AJFF there will present opportunities for Jewish learning, live professional events, and even a food-tasting at the theater! The opening night of the film festival, Saturday, November 5 brings Natalie Portman in A Tale of Love and Darkness, as she stars in, directs, and serves as screenwriter in a story based on the memoir of Amos Oz and the early years of the State of Israel. This drama portrays Oz’ intimate family story as he grows up in Jerusalem with his academic father and his dreamy, imaginative mother in the years before Israeli statehood. Theirs was one of many Jewish families who moved to Palestine from Europe during the 1930s and 40s to escape persecution. Portman goes back to her home country for her directorial debut, in this serious, well-made adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir.

Sunday, November 6 is Family Day with family friendly films throughout the day. International Film Days continue throughout the week of the festival. The 2016 AJFF brings narratives, documentaries, dramas, thrillers and comedy from around the world to the Austin community. The AJFF committee looks forward to welcoming you to the theater and travelling with you through film from continent to continent as we explore the world of Jewish films.
Last-minute schedule and program changes happen. Visit austinjff.org for the latest schedule and ticket information.

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Every Face Has A Name screens on Tuesday, November 8 at 4:30. This documentary captured on 35mm film by Swedish news photographers: hundreds of malnourished German concentration camp refugees as they arrive in Malmö, Sweden in April 1945, liberated but facing an uncertain future. Filmmaker Magnus Gertten tracked down many of the anonymous faces in the digitally restored footage. The group includes not only Jewish survivors, but Norwegian and French prisoners of war, Polish mothers with babies, British spies, and an Italian-American survivor of Auschwitz who had been charged with espionage. Watching their liberation for the first time brings overwhelming moments of euphoria, as nameless faces suddenly gain identity and history.
Hummus! (The Movie) screens on Thursday, November 10 at 4:30. Hummus—the delicious, nutritious superfood sweeping America—has the power to bring Muslims, Christians and Jews together… in the Middle East, America, and around the world. Beyond cultural, religious and political divides, three colorful characters—a hardworking Muslim woman, an ever-smiling Jew and a young, restless Christian Arab—share one thing in common… a delicious passion for hummus! Spotlighted in the movie is “The World’s Largest Serving of Hummus”—the fiercely fought Guinness World Record title currently held by a Lebanese hummus maker at a huge 23,042 pounds. Beyond the competition, beyond arguments over the best hummus, this film tells the touching personal stories of the colorful men and women who love their hummus. Q&A following the film with Oren Rosenfeld, Director of the film. Hummus tasting in the theater following the movie.Shorts Program featuring five not-to-be-missed short films on Friday, November 11 at Noon.
· And Then Violence
In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack and rising anti-Semitism, a Parisian law student and family fear the future for Jews in the French Republic.
· Bacon & God’s Wrath
A 90-year-old Jewish woman reflects on her life experiences as she prepares to try bacon for the first time.
· Torah Treasures and Curious Trash
Jo Milgrom’s outsider art mixes Torah and trash. The 87-year-old artist/feminist/Jewish thinker scavenges Jerusalem dumpsters for choice junk that she combines with worn-out ritual objects rescued from synagogues and funeral homes. Armed with only a glue gun, she challenges the religious establishment by juxtaposing the sacred and the mundane in her assemblage. This film will forever change the way you see a trash can!
· 70 Hester Street
Director Casimir Nozkowski grew up in a 140-year-old building that was a former synagogue located at 70 Hester Street, on the Lower East Side of New York City. After this building served as a synagogue, it became a whiskey still, a raincoat factory, and an art studio that his parents rented for 45 years. When the building was sold in 2012, Nozkowski started filming just as his parents moved out, so he could capture the building’s history before its new owner could erase it.
· The Last Blintz
The closing of the The Cafe Edison (aka The Polish Tea Room) is not just a story about another famous show business haunt shutting its doors— which it is, big time—it’s an American Dream-come-true story about a multi-generational, mom-and-pop family business that is tragically coming to an end. It’s also about gentrification—about the heart, soul, and distinctiveness of cities globally being ripped away for yet another impersonal, cookie-cutter, corporate chain. “The Last Blintz” is an impassioned plea for ‘progress’ that honors the past, protects the future, and preserves the heart and culture of our great cities.