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Opening Night Film Announced!

Our Opening Night film is a post – war dark comedy  Bye Bye Germany.

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose:  to get to America as soon as possible.  For this, they need money.  Clever, resourceful, and shady, they are succeeding in their goal when the past comes back to haunt them.  Why is the beautiful German-American officer so interested in David?  Who are the gangsters that are chasing him?  Will the local people catch on to the scams?  Will everyone get to America?  There are no easy answers. Gorgeous cinematography creates an almost magical post-war setting, and comedy and drama are woven seamlessly to tell this tale of Jewish life in Germany after World War II.

 

 

Date: 3.10.18 Time: 11:00am Venue: Eveningstar Cinema

Bye Bye Germany

Brunswick

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose:  to get to America as soon as possible.  For this, they need money.  Clever, resourceful, and shady, they are succeeding in their goal when the past comes back to haunt them.  Why is the beautiful German-American officer so interested in David?  Who are… Read more
Date: 3.10.18 Time: 5:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema

Bye Bye Germany

Opening Night – Portland

David Berman and his friends, all Holocaust survivors, have only one purpose:  to get to America as soon as possible.  For this, they need money.  Clever, resourceful, and shady, they are succeeding in their goal when the past comes back to haunt them.  Why is the beautiful German-American officer so interested in David?  Who are… Read more
Date: 3.10.18 Time: 7:30pm Venue: Railroad Square Cinema
Known for her matchless beauty and electric screen persona, Hedy Lamarr also possessed an exceptional mind. An Austrian Jewish émigré who acted by day and drew mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr developed and patented a secret communication system to help the Allies beat the Nazis. Rare recordings, interviews, and excerpts from Lamarr's own… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 11:00am Venue: Eveningstar Cinema

Fire Birds

Brunswick

An 80-year-old murder victim is found with 3 stabs to his chest and a number tattooed on his arm. A depressed detective, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, who has just come back to work after a suspension, reluctantly accepts the case. Alternating between flashbacks of the victim’s life and the personal struggles of the detective, director… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 11:00am Venue: Portland Museum of Art
In the late 1970's, after thousands of years of praying and longing for Jerusalem, the first Ethiopian Jews arrived in Israel. This first-time recounting portrays their improbable journey,  physically dangerous and with their spirits constantly challenged.  Simply filmed, witnessed by their families, survivors are honest and direct telling stories of immense bravery, and of incredible… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Railroad Square Cinema
How did an observant Sephardic Jew from Charleston SC come to join one of the greatest adventures of the 19th century? When legendary expeditioner John Frémont set out through the Rockies to find a transcontinental railroad route, he recruited Carvalho to document the trek using daguerreotype, an early form of photography. Carvalho covered 2,400 miles… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Bates College - Olin Arts Center

1945

Lewiston

Life seems normal in a small Hungarian village in 1945: business is good at the pharmacy owned by the town clerk and, and the villagers are eagerly preparing for his son’s wedding.  Then two mysterious Jewish strangers dressed in black appear at the railway station and within a few hours, everything changes.  Shot in black… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Jewish Community Alliance

Curious George

Portland

FREE FAMILY PROGRAM

It’s safe to say that everyone (whether as a child, an adult or both) has some experience with the Curious George books. The story of the mischievous monkey was created 76 years ago by H.A and Margaret Rey, Jewish Holocaust Survivors with a dramatic story of their own (see Monkey Business).   Starring Will Ferrell and… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 1:00pm Venue: USM - Talbot Lecture Hall/Luther Bonney Hall

Uploading_Holocaust

Portland – Free Youth Program

The first documentary based entirely on curated YouTube clips. Every year, thousands of Israeli high school students make the “journey to Poland” to learn about the Holocaust.  They visit 4 concentration camps, 3 mass graves, 2 ghettos and perform 14 memorial ceremonies over 8 days. Technologically savvy, the teens record  the entire experience - from… Read more
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 1:30pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Mr. Gaga

Portland

Featuring breathtaking dance sequences and footage of intimate rehearsals, Mr. Gaga tells the story of Ohad Naharin, the renowned choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company.  A genius who redefined the language of modern dance, Naharin’s  personal life is as compelling as his artistic evolution.  A visual delight, Mr. Gaga is a spirited and… Read more

Through a diverse array of independent films, the MJFF provides culturally relevant and historically significant cinema for audiences from across Maine and beyond. The Portland Museum of Art is proud to partner with Maine Jewish Film Festival, promoting new ideas, inviting discussion, and strengthening the cultural economy in Maine.

Mark H.C. Bessire, Director, Portland Museum of Art

 

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Supporting Foundations


Bernard Osher Foundation


Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation


Edward H. Daveis Fund of the Maine Community Foundation


Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation


Jewish Community Alliance


Lunder Foundation


Maine Humanities Council


Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust


Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation


Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust


Moser Family Foundation


Sam L. Cohen Foundation


Simmons Foundation