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JBC Author: Julie Orringer, "The Flight Portfolio: A Novel"

Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 6:30 pm

In 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks. Instead, he stayed more than a year, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. His race against time to save them is a tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage. One of The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly and The Observer's most anticipated books of 2019, from the award-winning novelist of The Invisible Bridge.

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#makemusicnotwar
Director: Dror Zahavi
2019/Germany/106 minutes
English, German with English subtitles.


When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, this gripping drama builds as a constantly growing ‘crescendo,’ rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame.

Denver Premiere.

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Crescendo


#makemusicnotwar
Director: Dror Zahavi
2019/Germany/106 minutes
English, German with English subtitles.


When world-famous conductor Eduard Sporck (Peter Simonischek) accepts the job to create an Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, he is quickly drawn into a tempest of sheer unsolvable problems. Having grown up in a state of war, suppression or constant risk of terrorist attacks, the young musicians from both sides are far from able to form a team. Lined up behind the two best violinists – the emancipated Palestinian Layla and the handsome Israeli Ron – they form two parties who deeply mistrust each other, on and off-stage alike. Will Sporck succeed and make the young people forget their hatred, at least for the three weeks until the concert? With the first glimmer of hope, however, the political opponents of the orchestra show them how strong they are…

Loosely inspired by Daniel Barenboim’s West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, this gripping drama builds as a constantly growing ‘crescendo,’ rising the tension and conflicts until the last frame. Denver Premiere.

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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles


Director: Max Lawkowicz
2019/USA/92 minutes
English with English subtitles.


The origin story behind one of Broadway's most beloved musicals, Fiddler on The Roof, and its creative roots in early 1960s New York, when "tradition" was on the wane as gender roles, sexuality, race relations and religion were evolving.


For the first time, intimate interviews with the show's creators reveal how the tremendous success and worldwide impact of Fiddler and its subsequent film adaptation is most appropriately viewed through the lens of the social upheaval and change in mid-20th century America. Yet, as the film shows, the true wonder of wonders and miracle of Fiddler is that audiences world-wide and for the last half century claim the story as their own.

This documentary explores a variety of international productions of the show, detailing how individuals of many cultures see themselves in the residents of Anatevka. The film includes major worldwide productions from Canada, The United Kingdom, the Netherlands, as well as the last Broadway production revival with Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht.

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My Name is Sara

Director: Steven Oritt
2019/USA/111 minutes
English, Polish with English subtitles

The true life-story of Sara Guralnick, a 13 year-old Polish Jew whose entire family was killed by Nazis in September of 1942. After a grueling escape to the Ukrainian countryside, Sara steals her Christian best friend's identity and finds refuge in a small village where she is taken in by a farmer and his young wife. She soon discovers the dark secrets of her employers' marriage, compounding the greatest secret she must strive to protect, her true identity.

Colorado Premiere.

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Witness Theater preceded by A Night at the Garden

Witness Theater

Director: Oren Rudavsky
2018/USA/74 minutes
English

Aron is 88 years old, Eazek is 94 and Claudine is 89. Over seventy years ago, although they lost their entire families, they survived the Holocaust and resettled in New York City. Now, they are sharing their stories in a unique program led by a drama therapist with high-school students in Brooklyn. The hope is that this sharing will sensitize the students and give some closure to the adult survivors after all these years. The Witness Theater workshop they participate in culminates in the performance of a play based on Survivor stories.


With a mix of cinema vérité, archival footage, interviews, animation and staged recreations to blend past and present, the result is a story that illustrates the power and importance of transmitting experience from one generation to the next.

Denver Premiere.

A Night at the Garden

Director: Marshall Curry
2017/USA/7 minutes
English

In 1939, 20,000 Americans rallied in New York’s Madison Square Garden to celebrate the rise of Nazism – an event largely forgotten from American history. A NIGHT AT THE GARDEN, made entirely from archival footage filmed that night, transports audiences to this chilling gathering and shines a light on the power of demagoguery and anti-Semitism in the United States. Nominated for a 2019 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.

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Golda’s Balcony, the Film

Director: Scott Schwartz
2019/USA/85 minutes
English

As a play on Broadway and Off, Golda’s Balcony sold out over 500 performances, becoming the longest-running, one-woman show in Broadway history.


Tovah Feldshuh recreates 100 years of Jewish history playing 45 different characters (including Ben-Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Holocaust survivors, Israeli soldiers and, of course, Golda Meir herself), in one of the greatest acting performances of the last 50 years.


In this final masterpiece by William Gibson, author of "The Miracle Worker," the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th Century.


59 Official Selections to Jewish Film Festivals and winner of 16 “Audience Choice Awards” to date. 


Producer Dave Fishelson in attendance for audience Q&A!

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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Standing Up, Falling Down preceded by Optimistic Realist

Standing Up, Falling Down

Director: Matt Ratner
2019/USA/91 minutes
English

Things are not going according to plan for Scott (Ben Schwartz), a stand-up comedian begrudgingly returning to Long Island after striking out on the Los Angeles comedy scene. He’s humiliated to move back in with his family and haunted by what could have been with Becky (Eloise Mumford), the hometown girlfriend he abruptly left for the West Coast. Wracked with doubt and facing the prospect of a soul-crushing “real” job, Ben finds an unexpected connection with Marty (Billy Crystal), a local dermatologist and charming barfly with a penchant for karaoke. Scott learns that Marty’s larger-than-life personality and alcoholism mask past disappointments of his own. As their unlikely friendship evolves, Marty and Scott find the strength to start confronting their long-simmering regrets.

Matt Ratner’s feature debut is a poignant, warmhearted comedy anchored by its leads’ easy rapport and Crystal’s boundless charisma. Nate Corddry and Grace Gummer round out a strong supporting cast in this ode to companionship and facing failure together.

Denver Premiere.


Optimistic Realist

Director: Brandon Ravet
2018/USA/11 minutes
English

A struggling actress/Hebrew school teacher seeks career advice from her sage 5th grade students.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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The Spy Behind Home Plate

Director: Aviva Kempner
2019/USA/96 minutes
English

The Spy Behind Home Plate is the first feature-length documentary to tell the real story of Morris “Moe” Berg, the enigmatic and brilliant Jewish baseball player turned spy. Berg caught and fielded in the major leagues during baseball’s Golden Age in the 1920s and 1930s. But very few people know that Berg also worked for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), spying in Europe and playing a prominent role in America’s efforts to undermine the German atomic bomb program during WWII.

This documentary film reveals the life of this unknown Jewish hero through rare historical footage and photographs as well as revealing interviews with an All-Star roster of celebrities and other individuals from the worlds of sports, spycraft, and history. Berg may have had only a .243 batting average during his 15-year major league career, but it was the stats he collected for the OSS that made him a most valuable player to his country during World War II.

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Flawless preceded by Butterflies in Berlin

Flawless

Director: Tal Granit, Sharon Maymon
2018/Israel, Germany/97 minutes
Hebrew, Russian with English subtitles

Eden, a 17-year-old high school student, discovers that her two best friends are planning to sell their kidneys to pay for cosmetic surgery and a dress for prom. Eden, who is secretly a trans woman, realizes that this may be the answer to her prayers. She joins the others on their journey to Kiev to exchange their kidneys for the flawless body of their dreams. Their trip does not go as planned and when Eden’s secret is exposed, all three of them need to come to terms with the prejudices they have and redefine who they really want to be in this world.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.


Butterflies in Berlin

Director: Monica Manganelli
2019/Italy, Germany/30 minutes
English, German with English Subtitles

Alex moves to Berlin in 1933, during the Weimar Republic period. Looking for his place in the world and his sexual identity, he becomes the first out-of-surgery transsexual in History. That happens unfortunately during the National-Socialism rise, a social disruption that turned the capital of sexual freedom in the most repressed country of all time.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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Those Who Remained

Director: Barnabás Tóth
2019/Hungary/83 minutes
Hungarian with English subtitles

Having survived the camps, 42-year old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. 16-year old Klara lives reluctantly with her great-aunt, holding on to hope that her father and mother will return. She meets Aldo, and soon the two of them find something in each other that has long been absent in their lives. As they grow closer and closer, the joy in both of their lives slowly returns. But as the Soviet Empire rises to power in Hungary, their pure and loving father-daughter relationship is misunderstood and frowned upon.

A lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma, Those Who Remained reveals the healing process of Holocaust survivors through the eyes of a young girl in post-World War II Hungary. Hungary’s submission for 2020 Foreign Language Oscar.

Denver Premiere.

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Sustainable Nation

Director: Micah Smith
2019/Israel, USA/60 minutes
English, Hebrew, Luganda with English subtitles

Sustainable Nation follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in ten people lacks access to safe drinking water. But water is just the beginning. The work of this visionary trio highlights the nexus between food, energy and water and underscores how solving these enormous challenges can help free women, and the world, from life threatening poverty, illness and lack of opportunity.

Denver Premiere.

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Picture of His Life

Director: Yonatan Nir & Dani Menkin
2019/Israel, USA, Canada/72 minutes
English, Hebrew, and Inuktitut with English Subtitles

Amos Nachoum is one of the greatest underwater photographers of all time. Fascinated by the most fearsome creatures on Earth, he has developed a unique approach that puts him face to face with his subjects, without any protection.

He swam with crocodiles and killer whales, with anacondas and with great white sharks but one major predator has always eluded him, the Polar Bear. He tried before and barely escaped, but now, after four decades in the wilderness, Amos is determined to give it one last shot. 

Director and Israeli Academy Award Winning filmmaker Dani Menkin in attendance for audience Q&A!

Denver Premiere.

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The Keeper

Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
2018/UK, Germany/120 minutes
English, German with English subtitles

The Keeper tells the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann (David Kross), a German soldier and prisoner of war who, against a backdrop of British post-war protest and prejudice, secures the position of Goalkeeper at Manchester City, and in doing so becomes a footballing icon. His signing causes outrage to thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Bert receives support from an unexpected direction: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Bert’s love for Margaret (Freya Mavor), an Englishwoman, carries him through and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final, playing on with a broken neck to secure victory. But fate will soon twist the knife for Bert and Margaret, when their love and loyalty to each other is put to the ultimate test. Presented in cooperation with Denver Film.

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Fig Tree

Director: Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian
2018/Israel, France, Ethiopia, Germany/93 minutes
Amharic with English subtitles

Ethiopian-Israeli writer-director Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian makes a startlingly confident feature debut with this story of lives torn asunder by civil war. Set in Addis Ababa in 1989, Fig Tree follows a teenage girl's harrowing coming of age. Mina is 16 years old. The Ethiopian Civil War has been underway her entire life. She lives with her brother and grandmother in a humble house with newsprint for wallpaper. The family is Jewish and is planning to flee Ethiopia for Israel, where Mina's mother awaits their reunion. But this plan leaves out the person Mina loves most: Eli, her Christian boyfriend, who lives in the woods so as to evade being drafted into Mengistu Haile Mariam's army. Mina hatches a scheme to save Eli, but everyone and everything seems set against her.

Denver Premiere.

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Echo preceded by Terror

Echo

Directors: Amikam Kovner, Assaf Snir
2018/Israel/98 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Avner suspects his wife Ella of having an affair. Secretly recording her telephone conversations, he turns into a spy in his own home, listening to them again and again. But while searching for one thing, he discovers another - the woman he listens to is a stranger to him, so very different from the one he thought he knew. He tries to understand that woman, to decode their relationship, but the more he knows, the less he understands.

Colorado Premiere.

Terror

Director: Yonatan Shehoah
2018/Israel/16 minutes
Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles

Dan, who suffers from PTSD after being wounded in a terrorist attack, finds himself thrown together with his Arab co-workers when multiple terror attacks hit Jerusalem again.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

 

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Leona preceded by The Double Date

Leona

Director: Isaac Cherem
2018/Mexico/95 minutes
Spanish with English subtitles

A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love with a non-Jewish man. He allows her to discover the world outside the bubble of her community, leading to an important transition in her
adult life.

Denver Premiere.


The Double Date

Director: Jamie Elman
2016/Canada/7 minutes
Yiddish, English with English subtitles

A blind date for Leizer with the perfect woman (Mayim Bialik) turns into a battle of nebbish proportions.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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It Must Schwing! The Blue Note Story

Director: Eric Friedler
2018/Germany/115 minutes
English, German with English subtitles

IT MUST SCHWING! is the story of Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff, two young German Jewish refugees fleeing Hitler and reinventing themselves in New York as jazz record producers of the legendary Blue Note Records label in 1939. At a time when African-Americans faced legalized discrimination and segregation, Blue Note Records broke new ground by engaging with the artists as equal partners, ultimately becoming a subtle but significant player in the struggle for civil rights. Featuring living jazz greats as Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter among many others, IT MUST SCHWING! also includes rare archival footage of past masters such as John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

Denver Premiere.

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Working Woman preceded by Division Ave

Working Woman

Director: Michal Aviad
2018/Israel/93 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Orna (Liron Ben Shlush) is the mother of three young children with a husband struggling to start his own restaurant. To help support her family, Orna returns to the workplace, landing a job with a former army superior, Benny, who is now a successful real estate developer. While Orna embraces her new position and tries to balance its demands with her home life, she begins to experience escalating sexual harassment from her boss. Her rapid rise through the ranks and her increasing financial success seem to parallel a pattern of predatory behavior which ultimately brings her career and marital relationship to the brink. This timely and devastating story is expertly told by longtime feminist filmmaker Michal Viad.Winner, Ophir Award for Best Actress.


Division Ave

2019/USA/14 minutes
English, Spanish, Yiddish with English subtitles

A few days before Passover, Fernanda, a young Mexican woman, is hired by a Brooklyn cleaning agency to work in the local Jewish Hasidic community. Despite a prolonged wait for her payment, Fernanda continues to faithfully show up for work each day at her employer’s house. An unexpected connection between the two leads to a fight for justice against the cleaning agency at fault bridging the gaps between their very different worlds.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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Mrs. G

Director: Dalit Kimor
2019/Israel/54 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles

The story of Mrs. Lea Gottlieb, the legendary designer, founder and owner of the Gottex swimwear empire. Gottlieb was a woman full of contradictions who knew how to recover from periods of crisis – from surviving the Holocaust, establishing a small factory in Israel, to her phenomenal success abroad. The film follows Mrs. G’s incredible creativeness alongside her dominant personality, her complex relationships with her two daughters, who both worked for the family business, and her unbridled passion, for which she paid a heavy price.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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Aulcie

Director: Dani Menkin
2020/USA, Israel/75 minutes
English, Hebrew with English subtitles

Aulcie Perry, an African-American Basketball player from the Newark Ghetto, found international glory in the Holy Land when he helped Maccabi Tel Aviv win the 1977 European Championship (as seen in DJFF Audience Award winner ON THE MAP). Aulcie moved to Israel, converted to Judaism, changed his name to Elisha Ben Abraham, and began dating Israeli supermodel Tami Ben Ami. But when his charmed life came to a dramatic halt, he was forced to confront his own demons and his fall from grace.

Denver Premiere.

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Winter Hunt

Director: Astrid Schult
2018/Germany/75 minutes
German with English subtitles

On a mission of vigilante justice, a young woman goes to extremes to seek reprisal against a suspected ex-Nazi, in the psychological thriller WINTER HUNT. Driving on a deserted highway through the German countryside, Lena arrives at the Rossberg’s remote estate, as nightfall descends. Feigning a car accident, she begs for help from the deeply apprehensive Maria, who reluctantly agrees to invite her in. But Lena’s plea is a ruse to confront the aged patriarch Anselm Rossberg, a former Auschwitz guard accused of war crimes. Lena’s efforts to extract a confession at gunpoint result in a twisted cat-and-mouse game, as the three characters enter a standoff fraught with moral complexities and shocking revelations. Powerhouse performances and a taut script fuel this edge-of-the-seat chamber drama about wartime guilt and culpability across generations.

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Why the Jews? preceded by Keh-hee-lah and 100 Faces

Why the Jews?

Director: John Curtin
2019/Canada/70 minutes
English

The stunning accomplishments of the Jews raise a question no film has dared ask before:

How do they do it?

Some of the world’s most prominent thinkers tackle a mystery shrouded in ignorance and prejudice. They tear back the curtain on a taboo and draw a startling link between a people’s achievements and the darkest hours in its history.

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100 Faces

Director: Benjamin Till 2018/UK/14 minutes English

This charming short film features one person born every year from 1918-2017: rabbis, chazans, members of LGBT+ community, lords, dames, actors, musicians, disabled people, Holocaust survivors, and Jewish people from every conceivable walk of life.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.


Keh-hee-lah

Director: Myles Goldstein & Alexander Sturns 2019/USA/14 minutes
English

An unnamed narrator skates across the Denver landscape. His narration poses questions on the nature of faith and its meaning in the modern day. To explore his questions, a round table of Jewish leaders expound upon the importance of the community and how it interplays with the rabbinate.

Public Premiere.

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King Bibi

Director: Dan Shadur
2018/Israel, USA/87 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Twenty years before the spectacle of Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu already understood the political benefits of a toxic relationship with the media, and direct communication with the public. King Bibi explores Netanyahu’s rise to power, relying solely on archival footage of his media performances over the years: from his days as a popular guest expert on American TV, through his public confession of adultery, and his mastery of the art of social media. From one studio to another, “Bibi” evolved from Israel’s great political hope, to a controversial figure whom some perceive as Israel’s savior, and others – as a cynical politician who will stop at nothing to retain his power.

Colorado Premiere.

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Shoelaces

Director: Jacob Goldwasser
2018/Israel/100 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles
Sponsor: Jane E and Stanton Rosenbaum

The story of a complicated relationship between an aging father, Reuben, and his special-needs son, Gadi, whom he abandoned while he was a child.

When his mother passes away, 35 year-old Gadi is taken to live with his father, and they begin navigating their newfound relationship. When Reuben’s kidneys start failing, Gadi wants to donate one of his own kidneys. The transplant committee objects to the procedure, claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. But Gadi feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful, and he fights to save his father.

Through the film's portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and co-dependency, it manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection and if life is even possible without either one.

Denver Premiere.

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Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People

Director: Oren Rudavsky
2018/USA/95 minutes
English

Joseph Pulitzer began as a penniless Jewish immigrant from Hungary and grew into one of America's most admired and feared media figures. JOSEPH PULITZER: VOICE OF THE PEOPLE tells the rare story of the man behind the prize, who spoke of "fake news" and the importance of freedom of the press over a century ago. His New York newspaper The World spoke to an unprecedented number of readers with powerful journalistic ideals and an artistry and game-changing originality. Pulitzer eventually came to challenge a popular president, fighting for the freedom of the press as essential to our American democracy.

In this landmark film by acclaimed director Oren Rudavsky, Adam Driver is the narrator while Liev Schreiber, Tim Blake Nelson and Rachel Brosnahan voice key roles; together, they bring to life thise virtually unknown American icon.

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Tel Aviv on Fire

Director: Sameh Zoabi
2018/Luxembourg, Belgium, Israel, France/97 minutes
Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the soldier and the show's financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

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Short Film Package: Parenting

This program features five short films that depict relationships between parent and child as seen through various life cycle moments.

How to Swim

Director: Noa Gusakov 2019/Israel/15 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Abigail is heavily pregnant, But something is missing. Terrified about the imminent birth, she kidnaps a comforting partner in crime for one afternoon.

Denver Premiere.

99

Director: Nick Borenstein
2019/USA/5 minutes
English

A mother and son shop for a Bar Mitzvah gift at a 99 Cent store.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

Sushi, Meatballs & Everything

Director: Liel Gur
2018/Israel/10 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

A newly-married young woman goes to war with her loving in-laws.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

That’s Mine

Director: Amit Hay Ben Shlomo
2018/Israel/35 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Under the macho visage of a military commander, Roni is hiding thoughts and doubts on the biggest day of his career.

Colorado Premiere.

Butterflies

Director: Yona Rozenkier
2019/Israel/7 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Another Sunday in April. A Kibbutz in the north of Israel. A natural phenomenon. A family on an impromptu ride, maybe the last one.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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Back to Maracanã

Director: Jorge Gurvich
2018/Israel, Brazil, Germany/90 minutes
Hebrew, Portuguese, English with English Subtitles

Roberto (40), divorced with a failing business, his son Itay (12), a spoiled teenager that snubs his father and despises soccer, and grandfather Samuel (76), an enthusiastic soccer fan that recently found out he doesn't have much time to live, depart spontaneously to the World Cup Games in Brazil- their former homeland. Their unplanned trip turns into a wild journey that changes all of them.

Rocky Mountain Premiere.

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Promise at Dawn

Director: Eric Barbier
2017/France/131 minutes
French with English Subtitles

Based on the acclaimed autobiographical novel by Romain Gary

It’s the wild love of his eccentric and endearing mother that drives Romain Gary to become one of the greatest novelists of the twentieth century, to lead a life full of twists, passion, and mystery. But this unconditional maternal love will also be a burden that he bears his whole life…

From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.

Denver Premiere.

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The Unorthodox

Director: Eliran Malka
2018/Israel/99 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles

An Orthodox single father whose daughter was expelled from school for no reason but her ethnic background decides to run for the city elections and almost single-handedly establishes the Shas political party. He had no knowledge, no money, no connections and no PR but he had the strong will to take action that would allow him and other Sephardic Jews to hold their heads up high. The film is based in Jerusalem of the 1980s and inspired by the true story of the first ethnic political group in Israel, which today is an empire with half a million voters and significant implications to society.

Colorado Premiere.

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Golda

Directors: Sagi Bornstein, Udi Nir, Shani Rozanes
2019/Israel, Germany/85 minutes
Hebrew with English Subtitles

Shortly before her passing, Golda Meir was interviewed for the Israeli television. After the shooting ended the cameras kept rolling, recording an intimate talk with the first and only woman to ever rule Israel. As she lit one cigarette off the other, Golda spoke freely, pleading her case for her term as prime minister.

Based on that never-seen-before talk, testimonies of supporters and opponents and rare archival footage, GOLDA tells the story of Meir’s dramatic premiership - from her surprising rise to power and iconic international stature as “queen of the Jewish people” to her tragic and lonely demise.

Colorado Premiere.

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Redemption (Geula)

Directors: Joseph Madmony, Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
2018/Israel/104 minutes
Hebrew with English subtitles

Menachem, a former frontman for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his secular past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.

Denver Premiere.

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Noah Gardenswartz Stand-Up / Ester and Eric's One Woman Show

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm

A 20-minute stand-up from Noah Gardenswartz, New York based comedian and lead writer of Amazon’s Emmy and Golden-Globe winning show, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

After an accidental double booking, two best friends are forced to perform their one-person shows on the same stage, at the same time. Ester Steinberg (Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Funny Girls on Oxygen) and Eric Williams (Buddy the Elf, BET, Full House the Musical) bring their hit show fresh off the New York Comedy Festival to the JCC Denver. Featuring Noah Gardenswartz (Emmy winning writer for the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as their opener.

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JBC Author: Jamie Metzl, "Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity"

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 6:30 pm

From leading geopolitical expert and technology futurist Jamie Metzl comes a groundbreaking exploration of the many ways genetic-engineering is shaking the core foundations of our lives ― sex, war, love, and death. As humanity starts retooling our own genetic code, we look towards a future where our deepest beliefs, morals, religions, and politics are challenged like never before and the very essence of what it means to be human is at play.

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JBC Author: Jessica Yellin, "Savage News: A Novel"

Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 6:30 pm

The juicy debut novel from Jessica Yellin, the Emmy and Gracie award winning former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN. A young and hungry reporter named Natalie Savage has to navigate ratings wars, workplace sexual harassment and an international political crisis in order to prove herself as her network’s White House correspondent.

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JBC Author: Jamie Bernstein, "Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein"

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 6:30 pm

In Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. The oldest daughter of revered composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein offers a rare look at her father on the centennial of his birth in a deeply intimate and broadly evocative memoir that is at once an intimate meditation on a complex and sometimes troubled man, the family he raised, and the music he composed that became the soundtrack to their entwined lives.

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