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The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania, in partnership with The University of Scranton’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, is excited to present its debut Film Festival, scheduled to screen at the Moskovitz Theater in DeNaples Center on Sunday, August 28, 2016. The Film Festival showcases a powerful line-up of four not-to-miss diverse and engaging contemporary, Jewish-themed films.


Film Festival Pass – $50: Admission to all four (4) screenings

Single Admission Ticket – $15

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Described as a stunning, excoriating Holocaust drama, Son of Saul won the Grand Prix award at Cannes and the best foreign film at the Oscars.  According to the Guardian, feature first-timer Géza Röhrig is astonishing as Saul Ausländer, a Hungarian-Jewish prisoner forced to work on the Nazis’ extermination production line as a member of the Sonderkommando, the special squad whose controversial legacy has inspired such narrative features as Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone (2001). We first meet Saul emerging from incongruously leafy woodlands (Nemes has cited Elem Klimov’s 1985 Come and See as a touchstone), shepherding new arrivals into the gas chambers where they will be poisoned, their bodies burned, their ashes shovelled into a river. Saul’s expression is one of mortified catatonia – a silent scream within this ninth circle of hell. But when a young boy survives Zyklon B inhalation only to be summarily suffocated by a doctor, Saul claims the body to be that of his son, whom he resolves to bury with dignity. His mission is desperate and threatens to endanger a planned uprising among his fellow prisoners. “We will die because of you,” one tells him, to which Saul replies: “We are already dead.”

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In Search of Israeli Cuisine is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food. It puts a literal face on the culture of Israel. Profiling chefs, home cooks, farmers, vintners, and cheese makers drawn from the more than 100 cultures that make up Israel today – Jewish, Arab, Muslim, Christian, Druze a rich, complex and human story emerges.

Most people are surprised to learn that Israel has one of the most dynamic food scenes in the world. They think Israeli cuisine is falafel and hummus, or Jewish food like brisket and blintzes. Their shock and surprise is the reason for the film: the cultural complexity is much deeper than most people understand. Indeed, the hummus is wonderful but you’d have to search to find brisket. Israeli cuisine, as viewers will quickly learn, is much more than caricature.

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DOUGH [R] – 6:30PM

Dough, a comedy set in the East End of London, features Tony award winning actor Jonathan Pryce as a curmudgeonlyJewish widower desperately trying to save his bakery.   The baker reluctantly hires a Muslim teenage refugee from Darfur — who assists with the bakery’s daily chores while selling marijuana on the side to help support his struggling mother. The challah begins to fly off the shelves after the boy accidentally drops marijuana into the dough – and an unlikely friendship between the baker and his apprentice ensues.

Dough is a warmhearted and humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.

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Remember stars Academy Award-winning actors Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. Plummer’s character, Zev Guttman, is recently widowed and struggling with memory loss and living out his final years in a serene retirement home. He is asked by his friend Max, played by Landau, to seek revenge on the Nazi guard who murdered their characters’ family some 70 years prior. The guard had escaped Germany immediately after the war and is now living in America under an assumed identity. Max is wheelchair-bound but in full command of his mental faculties; with his guidance, Zev will embark on a cross-continental road-trip to bring justice once and for all to the man who destroyed both their lives.