What could be more fraught with hilarious peril than a scenario in which a man, with lofty dreams of owning his own restaurant, comes into a large inheritance with a stipulation that goes against, if not his own beliefs and ideals, then certainly those of the community around him. Alright, this may not sound so funny, but add some Bolshevik revolution into the equation, and trust me, it’s a knee slapper.
I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been dreading the inevitability of a Holocaust film coming up on my docket for this year’s Seattle Jewish Film Festival. Having read the synopsis for Nicky’s Family, I was looking forward to the screening in theory but I could not ignore the nagging fear that it was going to be the same old story, different screenwriter. Prior to this year’s SJFF, I hadn’t heard of Sir Nicholas Winton or his harrowing tale of saving hundreds of Czechoslovakians during the days ramping up to World War II. I was unprepared for the impact the film documenting his life would have on me.
My So-called Enemy is a new documentary that just played at the SJFF that explores if it is possible for teenage girls across the Israeli/Palestine divide to form lasting friendships after spending just nine days together at a camp. Not only is it possible, but also a moving scenario in its complexity.
Dikla Tuchman talks about Mabul, the opening film at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
On Thursday, March 15, the Cinerama Theater will be opening its doors once again to a flood of anxious film festival attendees, kicking off the 17th Annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival (SJFF). Presented by the American Jewish Committee, the SJFF is the largest Seattle film festival after the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), hosting 29 films from all over the world. Throughout the 10-day festival, audiences will screen films dealing with portrayals of Jewish and Israeli life. Festival screenings and events are scheduled for the Cinerama, AMC Pacific Place, and SIFF Uptown theaters.