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22nd Annual Festival
of Jewish Film

January 17-25, 2015

The Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, presented by the Simon Family Jewish Community Center, celebrates and supports international Jewish film and filmmakers, presenting the newest and best films worldwide.

TCC's Office for Intercultural Learning and Center for Military and Veterans Education are sponsoring a showing of "Above and Beyond" in the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center.

Three additional films will be screened in the Roper Center. TCC students can show their ID for free admission.

Above and Beyond

Co-sponsored by the Office for Intercultural Learning and Center for Military and Veterans Education

Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 12:30 p.m.

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

340 Granby St., Norfolk

Directed by Roberta Grossman
Produced by Nancy Spielberg
2014|USA|89 minutes|English and Hebrew with English subtitles

The first major feature-length documentary about the foreign airmen in the ’48 War. Just three years after the liberation of Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. This ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery, sacrifice and renewed Jewish pride.

Bruce Brunson, executive director of the CMVE, will introduce the film.

"Above and Beyond" will also be shown on the festival's opening night, Saturday,Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.

Watch the trailer

50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus

Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m.

TCC Roper Performing Arts Center

340 Granby St., Norfolk

Directed by Steven Pressman

2013|USA|64 minutes|English

A Philadelphia couple managed to transfer unused visas to Jewish children trapped in the Third Reich in the spring of 1939. Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus embarked on a risky and unlikely mission, traveling into the heart of Nazi Germany, rescuing 50 Jewish children from Vienna and bringing them to the United States.

Director Steven Pressman will lead a live discussion after the film, where he will also present his same titled book.

Watch the trailer

 

Cupcakes

Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.

Directed by Eytan Fox

2013|Israel|92 minutes|Hebrew with English subtitles

When a group of best friends in Tel Aviv gathers to watch "UniverSong," they are less than impressed by the official Israeli entry. Believing that they can do better, they spontaneously create and record their own song on a mobile phone. Little do they know, their performance is seen by the ‘UniverSong’ judges and soon they are reluctantly thrown into the spotlight as Israel’s next official entry. With a soundtrack provided by Babydaddy from Scissor Sisters, this hilarious comedy is a refreshing ode to music and friendship.

Watch the trailer

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

Sunday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m.

Closing reception at 5:30 p.m. catered by TCC Culinary Arts students

Directed by Ted Kotcheff
1974|USA|120 minutes

The younger son of a working-class Jewish family in Montreal, Duddy Kravitz (Richard Dreyfuss) yearns to make a name for himself in society. This film chronicles his short and dubious rise to power, as well as his changing relationships with family and friends. Along the way the film explores the themes of anti-semitism and the responsibilities which come with adulthood.

An Oscar nominated film, this is the annual selection of esteemed local critic Mal Vincent, who will be on hand to lead a lively discussion before the film.

Watch an excerpt

For the full schedule and ticket information,

visit the Festival of Jewish Film website

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