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Date: 3.15.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema

Menashe

Portland

 

In the first American 21st century Yiddish language film, Menashe, a good-hearted but somewhat hapless grocery store clerk, struggles against tradition to keep custody of his only son after his wife passes away.  A rare inside illumination of New York’s notoriously secretive ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, this film provides a compelling portrait of a father trying… Read more
Date: 3.14.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema

Heather Booth

Portland

 

At a time when many are wondering how to make their voices heard, this captivating documentary, a tribute to Heather Booth, examines how social change really happens. From registering Black Mississippians to vote in the 1960s to advocating for affordable childcare for working parents, Booth has been on the front lines of social activism.  Looking… Read more
Date: 3.17.18 Time: 11:00am Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Forever Pure

Portland

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In 2013, a perfect storm of misunderstanding, fear, and rebellion results when the Russian billionaire owner of a Jewish Jerusalem soccer team, with a losing record but a rabidly loyal fan base, recruits two players from Chechnya who are Muslim. There are heroes and villains here, but not always where you would expect to find… 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: 3.18.18 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Carvalho’s Journey

Portland

WINNER OF THE 2018 JUDY & STEVE HALPERT AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD

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: 4:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema

Big Sonia

Portland

Warm, endearing and inspiring, Big Sonia proves that good things really do come in small packages. Sonia Warshawski, a diminutive Holocaust survivor with an extraordinary inner light, and the drive to transform her traumatic past into a source of hope and inspiration, has something to teach us all. Reaching across racial, religious and generational divides… 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
Date: 3.11.18 Time: 3:00pm Venue: Bates College - Olin Arts Center

Mr. Gaga

Lewiston

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
Date: 3.12.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema

Oriented

Portland

 

What is life like for  a gay Palestinian millennials  living in Tel Aviv? It’s complicated. In this big hearted documentary from a straight Jewish film director, we meet  three friends who are politically active and assertive about their right to define their own identity and not at all interested in conforming to the expectations of… 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: 3.15.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Maine College of Art

House of Z

Portland

 

Fashion is more than just beautiful clothes – it’s a business.  In chronicling the meteoric rise, fall and rise of the young fashion designer Zac Posen, this documentary gives the filmgoer an insider’s view of the fashion industry.  The son of an artist and a lawyer living in SoHo, Mr. Posen first draped fabric on… Read more
Date: 3.17.18 Time: 2:00pm Venue: Maine College of Art

Sneak Preview Disability Community Program

FOCUSING ON THE DEAF COMMUNITY

Portland

 

“Raising you is like raising 3 kids,” the deaf child Elad was told by his beloved mother years before her tragic death deepened his alienation from his hearing family. A gay man, he becomes a father through shared parenting with his best friend, a deaf woman, supported by their community of deaf friends. How will… Read more
Date: 3.16.18 Time: 11:30am Venue: Portland Museum of Art
In 1984 legendary composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein gathered together a group of leading opera singers to embark on a remarkable project. Bernstein, along with Kiri Te Kanawa, Jose Carreras and others set out to record the entire score of West Side Story. This intimate film takes us on their journey while giving us a… 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: 3.18.18 Time: 1:30pm Venue: Jewish Community Alliance

Supergirl

Portland

 

Naomi Kutin seems like a typical Orthodox Jewish pre-teen, until her extraordinary weight lifting talent changes her life and that of her family. Supergirl follows Naomi’s unique coming-of-age story as she fights to hold on to her title while navigating the perils of adolescence—from strict religious obligations to cyber-bullying, and health issues. This at times… Read more