The Jewish Federation of Northeastern Pennsylvania invites NEPA community members to attend its debut Film Festival, scheduled to screen at the Moskovitz Theater in DeNaples Center at The University of Scranton on Sunday, August 28, 2016. The screenings are part of the Jewish Federation of NEPA’s 2016-2017 campaign, designed to introduce the mission of the Jewish Federation, raise funds and expose Jewish-themed contemporary films from around the world to our local film loving audience.
The Film Festival, in partnership with The University of Scranton’s Department of Theology and Religious Studies, showcases a powerful line-up of four diverse and engaging Jewish-themed films. The Film Festival kicks off with a matinee double feature at noon on August 28, 2016, with “Son of Saul, (rated R)” a stunning, excoriating Holocaust drama. The documentary, “In Search of Israeli Cuisine (rated PG-13),” follows at 2pm and captures a portrait of Israeli people through food.
The evening line up starts at 6:30pm and features “Dough (rated R),” a comedy set in the East End of London, featuring Welsh actor Jonathan Pryce as a Jewish 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 (braided bread) 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. At 8:15pm is the Film Festival’s closing film, “Remember (rated R)” starring Academy Award-winning actors Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau. Plummer’s character, recently widowed, is sent on a mission by his friend, played by Landau, to seek revenge on the Nazi guard who murdered Landau’s character’s family some 70 years ago. The guard is now living in America under an assumed identity.
A Film Festival Pass includes admission to all four screenings for $50. Single admission tickets are also available for $15.00 per film. To purchase tickets, visit www.jewishfilmfestival.eventbrite.com or call the Federation office at 570-961-2300 x 4. For more information about the films click here.