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Three Mothers

Israel / 2006 /106 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles / Director: Dina Zvi-Riklis

Sat. June 2 7:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Thurs. June 7 12:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Sat. showing followed by THREE MOTHERS, Mon. showing followed by THE TOLLBOOTH, Tues. and Wed. showings followed by IT'S ABOUT TIME

Sat. showing Following WEST BANK STORY

Three Mothers

A stunningly beautiful, evocative tale of family relationships at their best and worst. Full of twists and turns and fabulous singing, Three Mothers traces the lives of the Hakim sisters, triplets who were born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1942. The sisters were blessed by King Farouk of Egypt and given the names of fflowers: Rose, Flora and Yasmin. Today, they live together in a Tel Aviv apartment under a cloud of unhappiness. One sister is a former cabaret singer who dreams of a comeback. Another is a retired midwife. The third is in dire need of a kidney transplant. In fashbacks spanning six decades, the women reveal the truth about their harrowing family history.

Best Costumes, 2006 Israeli Academy Awards Best Cinematography, 2006 Jerusalem Film Festival

Sponsored by the Bunis Family Cultural Arts Fund in memory of Anne and Louis Bunis and Maer Bunis.


West Bank Story

Israel / 2005 / 22 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles / Director: Ari Sandel

Sat, June 2 7:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Mon, June 4 5:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Tues, June 5 1:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Wed, June 6 4:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Sat. showing followed by THREE MOTHERS, Mon. showing followed by THE TOLLBOOTH, Tues. and Wed. showings followed by IT'S ABOUT TIME

West Bank Story

A little singing, a little dancing, a lot of hummus. A musical comedy set in the fast-paced, fast-food world of competing falafel stands in the West Bank. David, an Israeli soldier, falls in love with the beautiful Palestinian cashier, Fatima, despite the animosity between their families’ dueling restaurants. Can the couple’s love withstand a 2000 year old conflict and their families’ desire to control the future of the chick pea in the Middle East?

Best Live Action Short Film, 2007 Academy Awards

Official Selection, 2005 Sundance Film Festival


The Tribe

USA / 2006 / 15 minutes / English / Director: Tiffany Schlain

Sun, June 3 1:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Tues, June 5 5:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Thurs, June 7 2:45 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Sunday and Thursday shows followed by PAPER DOLLS, Tuesday showing followed by HINEINI

The Tribe

What can the most successful doll on the planet show us about being Jewish today? Narrated by Peter Coyote, THE TRIBE combines old school narration with a new school visual style. The film skillfully weaves together archival footage, graphics, animation, Barbie dioramas, and slam poetry to take audiences on an electric ride through the complex history of both the Barbie doll and the Jewish people from Biblical times to present day. By tracing Barbie’s history, the film sheds light on what it means to be an American Jew in the 21st Century.

Best Short Documentary, 2006 Nashville Film Festival

Directors Choice Award, 2006 Black Maria Film Festival

Audience Award, 2006 Ann Arbor Film Festival

Best Historical Film, 2006 San Francisco International Women’s Film Festival


Paper Dolls

Israel / 2006 / 80 minutes / Hebrew, English, Tagalog (subtitled) / Director: Tomer Heymann

Sun, June 3 1:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Thurs, June 7 2:45 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Following THE TRIBE

Paper Dolls

A thoughtful and poignant look at people whose lives redef ine the conventional notions of gender, family and love. Throughout the world, struggling people cross borders illegally to f ind work and make a better life for themselves. But only Israel has a population of illegal Filipinos of indeterminate gender who are home care providers for the elderly Orthodox. This documentary follows f ive such men, refugees from families that reject them, who have made a home in Tel Aviv, Israel’s most swinging city. Close friends, they spend their evenings on stage as the drag queen ensemble, Paper Dolls. They express mixed attitudes toward Israel, which they f ind less sexually repressive than the Philippines, but also more materialistic and bureaucratic. The Filipinos are ineligible for Israeli citizenship and their visas can be revoked if they lose their jobs. Most are ffluent in Hebrew and have learned to ignore the occasional stares.

Audience Award for Best International Feature, 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival

Panorama Audience Award and Salzgeber Prize, 2006 Berlin International Film Festival


Silence

UK / 1998 / 11 minutes / English / Filmmakers-directors: Orly Yadin & Sylvie Bringas

Sun, June 3 3:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Mon, June 4 2:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Wed, June 6 2:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Followed by OUT OF SIGHT

Silence

Award winning animated drama-documentary. SILENCE is an extraordinary and moving tale of Tana Ross, “a miracle child” who survived the concentration camps. Five-year-old Tana was sent to join relatives in Sweden where she was forbidden to ask questions about the fate of her mother or to speak about her own experiences. She tells her story for the first time in this animated drama-documentary. One of the main themes of this short film is apathy and active disinterest of neutral countries in the experiences of people who have gone through the horrors of war. The Swedish government purchased 900 copies of the film to educate youth after a survey showed that 60% of Swedish teenagers thought the Holocaust never existed.

Winner of awards at 6 International Film Festivals


Out Of Sight

Israel / 2005 / 86 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles / Director: Daniel Syrkin

Sun, June 3 3:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Tues, June 5 9:15 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Sun. showing following SILENCE

Out of Sight

An intense, engrossing mystery. Ya’ara, an attractive and bright Israeli young woman, has just begun her Ph.D. in Mathematics at Princeton University. Upon hearing of the suicide of her cousin and best friend, Talia, she rushes back to Israel. Blind from birth, Ya’ ara is able to process facts that sighted persons around her cannot, and she works to understand why Talia took her own life. Bit by bit, in this powerful story, she uncovers the secrets in Talia’s life, and reaches a stunning conclusion.

(Best Director, 2005 Israeli Academy Award)


La Petite Jerusalem

France / 2005 / 94 minutes / French, Hebrew with English subtitles / Director: Karin Albou

Sun, June 3 5:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Thurs, June 7 7:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)

La Petite Jerusalem

A spiritually sensitive and creative film about Judaism, faith and sexuality. In a Paris suburb dubbed “Little Jerusalem,” a family of Sephardic Orthodox immigrants shares a low-income apartment. Beautiful, intellectually inquisitive Laura distances herself from her family’s religion, as well as from her own burgeoning desire, by devoting her energies to secular philosophy. Mathilde, Laura’s older married sister, worries that strict observance of the Torah’s marital codes has driven her husband, Ariel, into the arms of another woman. When Mathilde realizes her fears are true and Laura falls under the spell of Djamel, a handsome Muslim journalist, the two very different sisters f ind themselves in similar crises. A film of graceful delicacy and luminous sensuality, LA PETITE JERUSALEM subtly depicts the search for sexual and spiritual identity taken by two modern women raised in an ancient faith.

Best Screenplay Award, 2005 Cannes Film Festival

Best First Film, 2006 French Syndicate of Cinema Critics


Live And Become

France & Israel / 140 minutes / 2005 / Hebrew, French, Amharic with English subtitles / Director: Radu Mihaileanu

Sun, June 3 7:00 pm (Market Arcade)
Mon, June 4 7:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Live and Become

An intricate story that deals intelligently and sensitively with the complexities of race and religion in a rapidly changing world. The epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses. Shlomo is plagued by two big secrets: He is neither a Jew nor an orphan, just an African boy who survived and wants, somehow, to fulfill his Ethiopian mother’s parting request that he “go, live, and become.” The boy is adopted by a loving, liberal Israeli family. He passionately embraces the Jewish faith. He also discovers love, Western culture, along with racism and war in the Occupied Territories. Ultimately, he finds an identity and a happiness all his own.

Audience Award, 2006 Aspen FilmFest

Ecumenical Jury Prize, 2005 Berlin Film Festival

Best Film, 2005 Copenhagen International Film Festival

Most Popular Film, 2005 Vancouver International Film Festival


Whisky

Uruguay / 2004 / 94 minutes / Spanish with English subtitles / Directors: Juan Pablo Rebella & Pablo Stoll

Mon, June 4 12:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Wed, June 6 9:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Whisky

A perversely funny story of two Jewish brothers set in Montevideo, Uruguay. Jacobo, a lonely sock factory owner, hears about the impending visit of his irritatingly cheerful brother that he hasn’t seen in years. Desperate to prove his life has added up to something, Jacobo enlists his faithful assistant Marta to pretend to be his wife. The story unfolds as these three characters take a short vacation in a decadent seaside resort. Their contrasting personalities provide much of the cultural nuances in this bittersweet tale. A film with masterfully understated performances, awkward silences, visual surprises, and bizarre connections between the characters.

Grand Prize, 2004 Tokyo International Film Festival

First Prize, 2004 Havana Film Festival

Best Actress and Best Screenplay, 2004 Thessalonika Film Festival


Out Of Faith

USA / 2006 / 82 minutes / Hebrew, Yiddish, English / Director: Lisa Leeman

Mon, June 4 2:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Wed, June 6 2:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Following SILENCE - Discussion to follow Monday showing

Out of Faith

Examines the complex and emotionally charged issues surrounding assimilation and interfaith marriage in a Jewish-American family. This documentary follows three generations of family being torn apart by conflicts over interfaith marriage. The indomitable matriarch, Leah Welbel, and her husband, Eliezer, both survived the Auschwitz concentration camp. Now, as her grandchildren stray from their Jewish heritage, Leah f inds herself in a painful family rift, torn between rejection and acceptance of assimilation. She has not spoken to her grandson, Danny, since he married a non-Jew six years ago. She maintains a tense relationship with her granddaughter, Cheryl, who also decides to marry outside the faith. With intimate access to the family’s most personal strife, director Lisa Leeman followed Leah, her children and her grandchildren for several years. The result is a documentary that challenges both Jews and non-Jews with an exploration of conflicting loyalties and the wrenching consequences of family estrangement.


The Tollbooth

USA / 2004 / 84 minutes / English / Director: Debra Kirschner

Mon, June 4 5:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Thurs, June 7 5:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Following WEST BANK STORY

The Tollbooth

A wonderfully honest coming of age film and portrait of a loving family stuck between tradition and modernity. Set in Brooklyn and Manhattan, TOLLBOOTH is a coming-of-age film about three close sisters and the disapproval they face from their traditional Jewish parents. The story is told through the eyes of the youngest daughter, Sarabeth, a struggling painter just out of art school, whose revolutionary act is to move across the East River into Manhattan. Though she would like to rebel, she is forced to learn from her family: her loud-mouthed mother, her philosopher quoting father, her lesbian medical student sister, and her self-sacrif icing sister. The film exudes the true warmth and pain of trials within the family with a hilarious edge. The family f inally embraces their differences in this highly entertaining film.

Festival Award, 2005 Philadelphia FirstGlance Film Festival

Best Supporting Actress, 2005 Method Fest Independent Film Festival


It’s About Time

Israel / 2001 / 52 minutes / Hebrew with English subtitles / Directors: Elona Ariel & Ayelet Menachemi

Tues, June 5 1:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Wed, June 6 4:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Following WEST BANK STORY

It’s About Time

The story of the improvised management of time since the unplanned birth of the Israeli state. IT’S ABOUT TIME is a brilliant portrait of the Israeli psyche and the notion of time in general. The film uses a humorous approach to question the value of time in Israeli society, and contains comments from different kinds of people on the nature of time. In this mosaic of dialogues with a little girl, a psychiatrist, an Olympic swimmer, a news editor, a lifeguard, a stand-up comic and other Israelis, Middle Eastern time coexists with Western time, Jewish time rubs shoulders with secular time. From the moment of birth, man is timed. But for Israelis, time ticks double speed - pursued by a glorious past, an uncertain future, and a dubious present. In this land of compelling diversity, everyone-without exception-marches to the beat of time.

H Best Documentary, 2001 Jerusalem International Film Festival


Diameter Of The Bomb

England & Canada / 2005 / 86 minutes / English, Hebrew, Arabic / Directors: Andrew Quigley & Steven Silver

Tues, June 5 3:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Wed, June 6 12:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Diameter Of The Bomb

A harrowing, riveting depiction of the reality beyond the news headlines. The diameter of a bomb is a circle without end. In June, 2002, the explosion of a suicide bomb on an Israeli bus shook the nation. This documentary combines Israeli army forensic footage, Hamas military video, the bomber’s home movie footage, and stunning filming across Israel and the Palestinian territories. With unprecedented access, the filmmakers took their cameras inside Israeli prisons, commando units, Palestinian refugee camps, and hospital trauma wards as they followed the diameter of the bomb and its awful trajectory of human suffering. DIAMETER OF THE BOMB is part thriller as it follows Israeli police, secret service, and military as they try unsuccessfully to prevent the attack, and then mercilessly track down the terrorist cell behind it; and part mystery, as friends and relatives struggle to comprehend the tragedy, and to piece back together fragments of their own lives and of loved ones killed in the blast.

Special Jury Award, 2006 Boulder International Film Festival


Hineini: Coming Out In A Jewish High School

USA / 2005 / 60 minutes / English / Director: Irena Fayngold

Tues, June 5 5:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Following THE TRIBE Discussion to follow

Hineini

An engaging portrait of a pioneering teen activist. Hineini (Hebrew for “Here I Am”) chronicles the story of one student’s courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area and the transformative impact of her campaign on everyone involved. Shulamit Izen enters 9th grade longing to connect more deeply with her Jewish faith. She also starts school as an out lesbian. Using interviews with Shulamit, her family, teachers, and other students - both those who support her campaign and those who oppose it - the film allows the members of this community to express their feelings candidly. What emerges is a potent story of Jewish pluralism and a community navigating the cross-currents of Jewish tradition and social change


Entrusted

England & France / 2004 / 130 minutes / English / Director: Giacomo Battiato

Tues, June 5 6:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Thurs, June 7 9:00 pm (Amherst Theatre)

Sponsored in part by the Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo

Entrusted

He holds a secret that could save a generation. Amidst the terror of the Second World War, Maria Von Gall organizes the evacuation of Jews from France using funds deposited in Swiss bank accounts. Sensing that her freedom is threatened, Maria trains her brilliant 11 year-old son Thomas in survival tactics and entrusts him with a secret list of bank codes. Thomas soon becomes the target of ruthless professor Gregor Laemelle, a Nazi collaborator who will do anything to gain possession of the codes. And, with his enemy closing in, Thomas' training will truly be tested as the key to an entire race remains embedded in his memory.

Nominated for Best Foreign Film, 2004 Golden Trailer Awards


The Rape Of Europa

USA / 2006 / 117 minutes / English / Director: Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen, Nicole Newnham

Wed, June 6 6:30 pm (Amherst Theatre)
Sun, June 10 2:00 pm (Albright-Knox Art Gallery)

Sun. SPECIAL CLOSING DAY screening ( $10 Tickets include all day gallery admission)

The Rape Of Europa

The epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during World War II. In a journey through seven countries, the film takes you into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that nearly wiped out the artistic heritage of Europe. For twelve long years, the Nazis looted and destroyed art on a scale unprecedented in history. But heroic art historians and curators from America and across Europe fought back with a campaign to rescue and return the millions of lost, hidden and stolen treasures. Today, the legacy of this tragic history continues to play out as families of looted collections recover major works of art, conservators repair battle damage, and nations fight over the fate of spoils of war. Joan Allen narrates this breathtaking chronicle about the battle over the very survival of centuries of western culture.

Best Documentary Feature, 2006 Boston Jewish Film Festival

Anna Kaplan, Project Coordinator at the Albright-Knox will introduce the film.