July 10


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Wednesday, July 10 | 11am | JCC Hart Theater


Director: Konstantin Khabensky | Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Russia | 2018 | 117 min. | Dutch, German, Polish, Russian, Yiddish (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

This harrowing true story recounts the only successful revolt in a Nazi death camp during World War II. Sobibor focuses on Soviet prisoner Alexander Pechersky, who led the rebellion and subsequent escape from the death camp, located in Poland, in 1943. Pechersky had difficult choices to make as he organized other prisoners to help him set free hundreds of Jews. The film, Russia’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is a graphic and disturbing look at the hellish and brutal conditions Jews faced in the extermination camp. This film contains mature content.

The Interpeter

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Wednesday, July 10 | 2pm | JCC Hart Theater


Director: Martin Šulík | Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Austria | 2018 | 114 min. | German, Slovakian (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

An odd-couple road trip with a tragic twist. Ali, an 80-year-old translator, is on a quest to learn more about his parents’ execution during the Holocaust. Georg, 70, is the son of an SS officer who has spent his whole life avoiding his father and suffering from an addiction to alcohol. Ali shows up on Georg’s doorstep after deciding that a chapter in a book written by a former SS officer describes Ali’s parents’ execution. Ali comes armed and ready to take revenge. Moving between comedy and tragedy, The Interpreter shows how two opposites recognize a shared humanity and learn each other’s secrets—but not all.

Carl Laemmle

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Wednesday, July 10 | 6pm | Dryden Theatre


Director: James Freedman | USA | 2018 | 91 min. | English | Documentary

Carl Laemmle, a German-Jewish immigrant, was one of the most powerful men during Hollywood’s early years. He basically invented the modern movie business and eventually founded Universal Pictures. Along the way he crossed paths and more with the likes of Thomas Edison and George Eastman. Laemmle turned out dozens of successful movies and had an eye for amazing talent; he hired many who went on to become Hollywood legends. But his legacy ranged further than California. He was a champion of humanitarian causes and quietly saved over 300 Jewish families from Nazi Germany.


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Wednesday, July 10 | 9pm | Dryden Theatre


Director: Isaac Cherem | Mexico | 2018 | 95 min. | Spanish (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

Ariela (Hebrew for “lioness”) is a modern and independent young woman from a traditional religious Syrian-Jewish family living in Mexico City. Making her way through the dating scene, Ariela falls for a non-Jewish man who introduces her to the world beyond her tight-knit community. As her family pressures her to find an appropriate match and her feelings for Ivan grow, Ariela finds there are no easy choices to be made. The intimate, insightful, and moving film offers stellar performances and a glimpse into a community whose stories are not often told. This film contains mature content.

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