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Scandal in Ivansk

Plays Thursday, May 10 at 5:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

Filmmaker David Blumenfeld thought he would be documenting a piece of family history as he filmed the descendants of his grandfather’s shtetl, Ivansk, as they restored a long-neglected Jewish cemetery. Little did anyone know that unearthing the past in one small corner of Poland would ultimately unleash a national scandal, sparked by a single word.

Supported by the University of Michigan’s Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.
Thu, May 10 5:00 PM
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Maktub

Plays Thursday, May 10 at 8:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

Two mob enforcers end up the sole survivors of a terrorist attack on a restaurant. Inspired by their fate, they turn away from crime, and, through their own unique version of philanthropy, go on a quest to answer people’s prayers placed between the stones of the Western Wall.

Presented in Hebrew with English subtitles
Thu, May 10 8:00 PM
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Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel

Plays Sunday, May 13 at 4:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

Follow the journey of Israel’s underdog national baseball team, which finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017 and finally qualifies to play in the World Baseball Classic. The line-up is filled with Jewish American Major League players with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, who journey to Israel for the first time where they are greeted as heroes. They then move on to the competition round in Seoul, where the odds and the team’s reputation are against them.
Sun, May 13 4:00 PM
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Cuba's Forgotten Jewels

Plays Sunday, May 13 at 7:45 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

At a time when most countries shut their doors to Jewish refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe, Cuba was one of the only options for escape. Marion Finkels Kreith, then fourteen, was among those who made it to Havana and found work to support their families in a newly transported trade: diamond polishing. Journey back to 1940’s Havana, a tumultuous, heart breaking, and intoxicating time, as first hand survivor accounts reveal this barely known Holocaust refugee success story.
Sun, May 13 7:30 PM
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Shelter

Plays Monday, May 14 at 2:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival An Israeli Mossad agent is sent to Germany to protect a Lebanese informant recovering from plastic surgery to give her a new identity. After two weeks together in the safe house, the relationship they begin to forge is inevitably tested by the threat of terror engulfing the world. Nothing is safe, no one is secure, and everyone is searching for shelter.

Presented in Arabic with English subtitles
Mon, May 14 2:00 PM
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Death in the Terminal

Plays Monday, May 14 at 4:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival Six of those present for the Beer Sheva Bus Terminal terror attack in 2015 tell six different stories of a single tragedy. The deeply disturbing footage from surveillance cameras and a mobile phone shows what unfolded alongside each story told, yet the more we see, the less we can divine the truth. This film unapologetically shows the cost of underlying biases and the risk those present for terror attacks face of losing not only their perspective, but their very humanity.

Warning: This film shows graphic footage of a violent incident.

Presented in Hebrew with English subtitles
Mon, May 14 4:00 PM
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GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II

Plays Monday, May 14 at 7:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival 550,000 Jewish American men and women served in WWII. Veterans, both famous (from Mel Brooks to Henry Kissinger) and unknown, bring their war experiences to life: how they fought for their nation, their people, struggled with anti-Semitism within their ranks, and emerged transformed, more powerfully American and more deeply Jewish.
Mon, May 14 7:00 PM
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History of Love

Plays Tuesday, May 15 at 2:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

Based on Nicole Karuss’ best-selling novel, the story revolves around a long-lost book which mysteriously reappears and connects an old man searching for his estranged son with a girl seeking a cure for her mother’s loneliness. The film spans time and distance, from pre-war Europe to modern day New York City, weaving a complex tale of a doomed romance in pre-war Poland lost due to the Nazi invasion, and the ultimate nature and power of love.
Tue, May 15 2:00 PM
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Keep the Change

Plays Tuesday, May 15 at 5:00 PM - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival When 30-something David, in denial about his own autism, is sentenced to time in an autism support group, he meets the irritatingly cheerful Sarah. Their burgeoning romance takes them on a journey of self-discovery, revealing deep feelings, touching moments, and hard truths. The actors anchoring the film have autism.
Tue, May 15 5:00 PM
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1945

Plays Tuesday, May 15 at 8:00 PM at the Michigan - Part of the Ann Arbor Jewish Film Festival

On a summer day in 1945, when an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary, the townspeople – suspicious, remorseful, fearful, and cunning – expect the worst. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews who have come to demand their illegally acquired property be returned to them.

Presented in Hungarian with English subtitles
Tue, May 15 8:00 PM
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