Annual Jewish Film Festival begins on Feb. 11 in Greensboro

Annual Jewish Film Fest Greensboro

The annual Triad Jewish Film Festival will features six thought-provoking films from around the world from Feb. 11 to 23 at Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16.

According to Sarah Malino, chairwoman of the Triad Jewish Film Festival, the 2017 showings highlight many dimensions of Jewish history, culture and experience.

“Our aim is to entertain, to educate and to stimulate new thinking about both the internal and external dilemmas international Jewish communities face today. We have reviewed more than 40 films to bring our audience some of the most appealing and compelling films from national and international film festivals,” Malino said.

Featured films will be:

‘A Borrowed Identity’

8 p.m. Feb. 11: An Arab-Israeli high school student is chosen to attend an excellent school in West Jerusalem where he confronts some common stereotypes. He befriends a disabled student. Their friendship transforms both young men, revealing the complex and problematic, yet intertwined identities of Jewish and Palestinian Israelis. (English, Hebrew, Arabic with subtitles)

 

‘On the Map’

2 p.m. Feb. 12: This fast-paced documentary traces the rise of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team in the 1970s. Charismatic team captain Tal Brody assembles a team of strong NBA level U.S. and Israeli players, determined to compete successfully in the European championship. (English)

 

‘The Midnight Orchestra’

7:30 p.m. Feb. 16: A drama/comedy about Sephardic Israeli Michael Abitbol, son of a once-famous Jewish musician, who returns to Casablanca, his childhood home to reunite with his estranged, aging father. He left Morocco as a child amid racial tensions provoked by the Yom Kippur War. Aided by an off-beat comical taxi driver, Michael’s search for the former members of his father’s band unexpectedly change his life forever. (Hebrew, English and French with subtitles)

 

‘The Kind Words’

8 p.m. Feb. 18: This film explores the complex family dynamics of three adult siblings whose lives have taken very different paths. The oldest brother is Orthodox; his married sister is staunchly secular; and his younger brother inhabits the bar scene in Jerusalem. Reunited during their mother’s illness, they discover a mystery about their family origins, then take a life-changing trip to France to uncover the truth of their parentage. (Hebrew and French with subtitles)

 

‘The Zig Zag Kid’

2 p.m. Feb. 19: On the eve of his bar mitzvah, Nono, son of the world’s greatest detective, embarks on a rollicking adventure to solve the mystery of his mother’s identity and fate. The film is an adaptation of the book by Israeli writer David Grossman (Intimate Grammar). (Dutch and English with subtitles)

 

‘To Life!’

7:30 p.m. Feb. 23: This uplifting drama brings together an aging Polish-born cabaret singer and a young German man driven by a secret. Through shared parallel experience and camaraderie, and lusty Yiddish music of yesteryear, this improbable duo rekindles their sense of purpose, finding reason to defiantly toast l’chaim in the face of adversity. (German with subtitles)

 

Tickets are $11 in advance at www.myTJFF.com or $12 at the door. Students are $6 students. A combination ticket (Reel Deal) is $60 and includes tickets for all showings.

 

Want to go?

What: Triad Jewish Film Festival

When: Feb. 11-23

Where: Regal Greensboro Grande Stadium 16, 3205 Northline Ave., Greensboro

Tickets: $11 in advance at www.mytjff.com or $12 at the door and students are $6. A combination ticket is $60 and includes tickets for all the films.

Information: (336) 852-5433, Ext. 229, jrossabi@shalomgreensboro.org or www.mytjff.com