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Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me - 10th Anniversary Gala Celebration - Manchester, NH

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

New England Premiere / Gala Reception Following the Film

Saturday, March 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

Currier Museum, Manchester, NH
Admission: $48.00 through March 1, $57.00 after March 1

Director Sam Pollard
Documentary, 2018, USA
100 minutes
English

This is the first major film documentary to examine Daviss vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis, Jr.s career was indisputably legendary, so vast and multi-faceted that it was dizzying in its scope and scale. And yet, his life was complex, complicated, and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated show business traditions; he frequently found himself bracketed by the bigotry of white America and the distaste of black America; and he was the most public black figure to embrace Judaism, thereby yoking his identity to another persecuted minority. Featuring new interviews with such luminaries as Billy Crystal, Norman Lear, Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kim Novak, with never-before-seen photographs from Daviss vast personal collection and excerpts from his electric performances in television, film, and concert, this film explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression through the 1980s.

Toronto International Film Festival, Canada 2017

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Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators
Film and Festival Wrap Party

Mar 18, 2018 3:30 PM
Putnam Arts Lecture Hall, Keene, NH
Admission: $10.00

Mar 25, 2018 5:30 PM
Red River Theatres, Concord,NH
Post Film Discussion and Festival Wrap Party
Admission:  $15.00

Director Ema Ryan Yamazaki
Documentary, 2017, USA
81 minutes
English
Suitable for Teens and Adults

It has been 75 years since Curious George first touched the hearts and minds of children around the world, but little is known about his creators, Hans and Margret Rey. German Jews living in Paris during the rise of Nazism, the couple narrowly escaped Hitlers troops by fleeing across Europe on makeshift bicycles, carrying the yet-to-be-published Curious George manuscript. Forced to live in Brazil while they awaited visas to the United States, Hans and Margret eventually sailed into New York harbor to start life anew and create a childrens book classic. The journey of Hans and Margret Rey is brought vividly to life in this mixed-media documentary, which augments interviews with original hand-drawn animations, as well as a treasure trove of archival materials from the Rey estate, including wartime journals, photographs, letters, and unpublished Curious George sketches and notes. Narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Sam Waterston.

This gentle, celebratory documentary about the Reys, two talented and unique author-artists, includes wonderful animation to make even a scary wartime escape accessible for older kids and teens. --Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media

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Across the Waters


Mar 18, 2018 1:00 PM
New England Premiere
Cinemagic, Merrimack, NH

Mar 18, 2018 1:00 PM
New England Premiere
Putnam Arts Lecture Hall, Redfern Arts Center, Keene, NH

Admission: $10.00

Director Nicolo Donato
Drama, 2017, Denmark
95 minutes
Danish (with English subtitles)

Unsure of whom they can trust, a Jewish musician and his family make a frantic escape from Nazi-occupied Denmark in this gripping story of survival and rescue.

Enjoying the nightlife of 1943 Copenhagen, jazz guitarist Arne Itkin (David Dencik, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") is seemingly immune to the hardships of war, as the Danish government opts for a compliant relationship with Nazi Germany. He is initially skeptical when his terrified wife hears rumors of the round-up and deportation of Danish Jews. An overnight raid, however, forces the couple to flee their home with their five-year-old son. Aided by a church pastor and underground resistance, they set out on a journey to the fishing village of Gilleleje, where refugees await passage to Sweden by boat. Amid lurking danger from the Gestapo and their collaborators, the family puts its fate in the hands of strangers, whose allegiance and motives are not always clear.

Based on true events, the film is directed and co-written by Nicolo Donato, whose own grandfather was among the courageous Danish fisherman to ferry war refugees to safety.

Audience Award, Berkshire Jewish Film Festival 2017

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An Act of Defiance

Mar 25, 2018 3:00 PM
New England Premiere
Red River Theatres, Concord, NH

Director Jean van de Velde
Netherlands, 2018
English, Afrikaans
Drama 123 minutes

In this riveting historical drama, 10 political activists (including Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters) face a possible death sentence for conspiracy to commit sabotage after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government during a raid in the town of Rivonia during the summer of 1963. Bram Fischer (exceptionally played by Peter Paul Muller), a sympathetic lawyer, risks his career and freedom to defend these men, attempting to hide the fact that he, too, frequently convened on the farm where they were arrested. With AnActof Defiance, Dutch filmmaker Jean van de Velde (The Silent Army) captures a dark period in South Africa's recent history, skillfully balancing a nail-biting political thriller with spectacular courtroom intrigue while paying tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end segregation and corruption in their country.

Awards: Audience Favorite - Gold Award, Mill Valley Film Festival 2017

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Between Worlds

New England Premiere
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 PM
Red River Theatres, Concord, NH

Admission: $10.00

Director Miya Hatav
Drama, 2016, Israel
84 minutes
Hebrew, Arabic (with English subtitles)

Visiting their son in a Jerusalem hospital in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, Orthodox couple Bina and Meir form a surprising bond with Amal, a beautiful young Arab woman seemingly there to attend to her dying father. As the surprising truth slowly unfolds, they all struggle to accept the unlikely circumstances that have brought them together. Along the way, questions about the nature of faith, acceptance, and understanding loom large.

Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, USA 2017
Philadelphia Israeli Film Festival, USA 2017

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Bye Bye Germany


Mar 24, 2018 8:00 PM

Sociable Saturday Night Event!
New Hampshire Premiere
Post Film Dessert Reception  

Admission: $12.50

Director Sam Garbarski
Comedy/Drama, 2017,
Germany/Luxembourg/ Belgium  
101 minutes  
German (with English subtitles)

Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and dream of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough postwar times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens, nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives with ashy chutzpah until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about Bermanns past catch up with him. Why does he have two passports? What about his visit to Hitlers mountain retreat? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? The smart and attractive but uncompromising U.S. officer, Sara Simon, refuses to close the interrogation. She wants to get to the heart of Bermanns wartime memories. Sara matches his quick wit with iron severity, but it becomes increasingly difficult for her to escape his charm.

"It tells an unusual story with gusto, enlivened by an enjoyable performance from Moritz Bleibtreu as a joker whose way with a punch line probably saved his life."  David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

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Curious George Show Me the Monkey

Mar 25, 2018 1:00 PM
Red River Theatres, Concord,NH

PJ Library Free Event

Animated Full Length Film
86 Minutes  
Director  Matthew O'Callaghan
USA  2006

In this animated film, explorer Ted (Will Ferrell) journeys to Africa hoping to recover an important artifact for his friend Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke), a museum director. Instead, however, he discovers an irrepressible little primate named George, who stows away on the ship back to New York City. There, Ted tries to stop plans to demolish the museum, but he has his hands full taking care of his new simian friend, whose curiosity may turn out to be more beneficial than anyone had imagined.

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Dancing on a Volcano

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 1:00 PM
The Music Hall Loft, Portsmouth, NH

Admission: $10.00

Post Film Discussion
Speaker: Jesse Kalfel, son of Juana Merino Kalfel

Director Gary Merz
Documentary Feature, 2012, USA, Chile
75 minutes
English

Nadja Hammerman, a young Austrian Jew, working in Paris as a fashion illustrator in Paris in 1939 needed exit visas for her family, many of whom were already deported to concentration camps. Through a connection, she met the Chilean consul general stationed in Paris, Armando Marín Mujica. A single kiss was the price this strong-willed artist agreed to pay in exchange for Armando's help, a kiss that developed into a secret romance. Armando liberated hundreds of refugees from the Nazis under Nadja's influence, and was in effect the Chilean version of Oskar Schindler. He also gave Nadja a new identity to escape the Nazis as Juana Merino.

Winner, Audience Choice Best Documentary Award, New Hope, Pennsylvania
"Dancing On A Volcano" had its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival

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Keep Quiet


Thursday, March 15, 2018, 7:00 PM
Mara Auditorium ,  Webster Hall,  SNHU, Manchester, NH

Admission: $10.00

Directors Sam Blair and Joseph Martin
Documentary, 2016, U.K., Hungary
92 minutes
Hungarian (with English subtitles), English

As vice-president of Hungarys far-right extremist party, Csanad Szegedi espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric and Holocaust denials, and he founded the Hungarian Guard, a now-banned militia inspired by a pro-Nazi group complicit in the murder of thousands of Jews during WWII. But his life was soon upended when Szegedis maternal grandparents were revealed to be Jewish and his beloved grandmother an Auschwitz survivor who had hidden her faith, fearing further persecution. The film depicts Szegedis three-year journey to embrace his newfound religion. But is his transformation genuine? Or does he simply have nowhere else to turn?

A superb piece of nonfiction filmmaking, telling a story of import with grace and intelligence. --George Robinson, Jewish Week

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Keep the Change


New Hampshire Premiere

Mar 18, 2018 3:30 PM
Cinemagic Movie Theatre, Merrimack, NH
Post Film Discussion
Speakers: Thea Davis & Cathy Booth of Autism Bridges, Bedford

Mar 18, 2018 3:30 PM
The Music Loft, Portsmouth NH
Post Film Discussion
Speakers: Julianne Johnson of Birchtree Center, Portsmouth and Barbara Frankel of Greengard Center, Portsmouth

Admission: $10.00

Director Rachel Israel
Narrative, 2017, USA
94 minutes
English

David, an upper-class charmer, leads a very comfortable life until he is mandated to attend a support group for adults with disabilities. There, he is forced to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, despite his resentment at being singled out as different, or anything other than what he interprets as normal. In the group, David is paired with Sarah  a quirky and outgoing woman whose optimism initially irks David  and the two take a trip together to the Brooklyn Bridge. Despite their contrasting personalities, they forge a bond. As their relationship deepens, Sarah, confident in herself and her individuality, challenges David to embrace his own uniqueness.

This endearing and naturalistic romantic comedy about people navigating the difficulties of a relationship details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism, and humor.

Jury Award, Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca Film Festival


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Shelter


New England Premiere
Mar 25, 2018 1:00 PM

Red River Theatres, Concord, NH

Admission: $10.00

Director Eran Riklis
Thriller/Drama, 2018
Israel 93 minutes
English, Hebrew, and Arabic (with subtitles)

Two women are trapped in a safehouse where nothing is safe and no one can be trusted. Based on The Link by Shulamit Hareven, this subtle thriller set in Germany involves Mona, a Lebanese informant, and Naomi, an Israeli Mossad agent, sent to protect her while she recovers from plastic surgery for her new identity. Mona and Naomi are together for two weeks in a quiet apartment in Hamburg, a safe house, a shelter. No one saw what was coming; no one knew that this supposedly quiet fortnight would turn into an abyss and that shelter would need to be found elsewhere. The intimacy of the relationship that develops between the two women is exposed to the threat of terror that engulfs the world today. In a game of deception, beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own, and yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir.

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The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfred Israel


New England Premiere

Special Guest via Skype: Director Yonatan Nir
Shown with The Driver Is Red (Short)

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 7:00 PM
Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall,
SNHU, Manchester, NH

Admission: $10.00

Director Yonatan Nir
Documentary, 2016, Israel
71 minutes
Hebrew, German, English (with English subtitles)

The film tells the remarkable story of Wilfrid Israel, a wealthy Jewish businessman and owner of Berlins largest department store in the 1930s, who was involved in saving tens of thousands of Jews and who played a key role in the Kindertransport operation. Israel was a member of one of Germanys most prominent Jewish families and acquainted with some of the most influential figures of the 20th century, yet little is known about his personal life and heroic endeavors. Why did his story remain untold? What was there to hide? Never in my life have I come in contact with a being so noble, so strong and as selfless as he was,  said Albert Einstein. The mysterious story becomes personal as filmmaker Yonatan Nir takes us on an adventure in search of this extraordinary man and the real reasons for his disappearance from history.

Best Documentary Feature, Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, USA 2017
Selection, 21st UK International Jewish Film Festival, UK 2017

THE DRIVER IS RED [SHORT FILM]

Director Randall Christopher
Short Animation, 2017, USA
15 minutes
English

Set in Argentina in 1960, this true crime documentary follows secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he searches for a mysterious man named Ricardo Klement. What he discovers in the remote outskirts of Buenos Aires would send shock waves around the world.

"Absolutely engrossing. I was floored."  Seth Combs, San Diego CityBeat

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended.

FILM SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE:

Click here to see the film schedule by date.

PRICING:

$10.00/person with the following exceptions:

  • Special 10th Anniversary Event, March 17: $48.00/person through March 1, $57.00/person after March 1
  • Sociable Saturday Night, March 24: $12.50/person
  • Closing Film Wrap Party, March 25: $15.00/person

GROUP RATES:

Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available for $10.00 priced films and exclude special events listed above.

SEASON FESTIVAL PASS:

$132.00/person to the 2018 Film Festival Series, nontransferable. Includes choice of any 10 films and stated events including social receptions, performances, speakers, and children’s program.

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ACCESSIBILITY:

All programs are handicap-accessible.

PARKING:

Free parking is available in public lots.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR:

Additional tickets may be available at the door prior to the show. In the event of a sellout, a rush line will be formed 30 minutes before show time. All ticket sales are final. No refunds and no exceptions. Refunds will only be given if programs are cancelled or rescheduled. Schedule is subject to change. Go to www.jewishnh.org for program notices.

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THEATER ADDRESSES:

Cinemagic Stadium Theaters
11 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH 03054, 603-423-0240, www.cinemagicmovies.com

Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104, 603-669-6144,
www.currier.org

The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801, 603-436-2400, www.themusichall.org

Redfern Arts Center
Putnam Arts Lecture, Hall Keene State College, 229 Main Street, Keene, NH 03435, 603-358-2168, www.keene.edu/racbp

Red River Theatres
11 S. Main Street, Concord, NH 03301, 603-224-4600, www.redrivertheatres.org

Southern NH University
Mara Auditorium, Webster Hall, 2500 North River Road,
Manchester, NH 03106, 800-668-1249, www.snhu.edu

The committee

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New Hampshire State Council on the Arts

Executive Producers: The Consulate General of Israel to New England Professional Teledata The MCR Foundation

 

Producers Cohen Investment AdvisorsThe Courville CommunitiesGlikstorm LLC Red River TheatresStatement BoutiqueKeene State College Film Society Mark and Maryellen Biletch

 

 

Director and Film Star Sponsors

 

Thank you to our sponsors

The 10th Annual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Professional Teledata The MCR Foundation

PRODUCERS

Cohen Investment Advisors

Courville Communities

Glikstorm LLC

Red River Theatres

Statement

Keene Film Society

Mark and Maryellen Biletch

DIRECTORS AND FILM STARS

 

our sponsors

Elizabeth & Larry Eckman, Lou Fink & Pam Grich, Barry and Honorow, Attorneys at Law, Nancy and Richard Kudler, Dr. David Lewis & Honey Weiss, Barbara & Barry Scotch, Joy & Michael Sydney, Anonymous

 

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