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Date: 3.11.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: USM - Talbot Lecture Hall/Luther Bonney Hall

Keep the Change

Portland

When David is forced to attend an autism support group, he wants nothing to do with the other members.  That is, until he meets Sarah, who radiates optimism and confidence.  The leads in this warm romantic comedy are played by autistic amateur actors, who bring a spontaneity that is both authentic and endearing.  Embracing an… Read more
Date: 3.17.18 Time: 8:00pm Venue: USM - Talbot Lecture Hall/Luther Bonney Hall

Gilbert

Portland

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

Can a performer notorious for filthy jokes and questionable taste also be a devoted family man?  Gilbert  reveals an unexpected side to the comedian, Gilbert Gottfried, known for jaw-dropping, boundary pushing comedy, and a memorable turn as the parrot in Disney’s Aladdin.  A devoted brother to his sisters, he lives a wholesome “how did I get… 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: 3.12.18 Time: 7:00pm Venue: USM - Talbot Lecture Hall/Luther Bonney Hall

Hummus! The Movie

Portland

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

Beyond the mystique and competition, beyond the religious and political divides, this movie celebrates the lives of ordinary people who are extraordinary in their devotion to making and serving the best hummus.  We follow their lives in the Middle East, in Russia, and in Germany to learn how the love of Hummus can bring people… Read more
Date: 3.15.18 Time: 11:30am Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Fire Birds

Portland

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE PMA BEGINNING AT 11:00 AM ON THURSDAY

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: 3.14.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: USM - Talbot Lecture Hall/Luther Bonney Hall

After Auschwitz

Portland

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT TALBOT HALL AT 5:30 PM

Not a typical Holocaust film, After Auschwitz follows the journey of six diverse, extraordinary women, who struggled through trauma and tragedy to make new lives in Los Angeles. They married, raised children, worked, became citizens, but never truly found home. Superb pacing and editing weave together archival footage and interviews in a way that reveals… Read more
Date: 3.16.18 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

1945

Portland

Sold out. A limited number of tickets may become available at the door

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: 3.14.18 Time: 2:00pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Past Life

Portland

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT 1:30 PM

In 1977 West Berlin, an Israeli singer performs at her first international concert. Afterwards, she is accosted by an older Polish woman who accuses her father of being a murderer. Confused and disturbed by the accusation, the singer and her sister set out to unravel the truth about the their father’s murky WWII experiences. Inspired… Read more
Date: 3.16.18 Time: 2:00pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Shorts Program

Portland

An MJFF curated program made up of seven short films that are provocative and powerful distillations of the human experience.  From creative animation to slice of life realism, these films are both entertaining and thought-provoking. The Forger - Animation and interview illuminate the experiences of a forger in the French Resistance. Kid Yamaka - The… Read more
Date: 3.14.18 Time: 11:30am Venue: Portland Museum of Art

On the Banks of the Tigris: The Hidden Story of Iraqi Music

Portland

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT 11:00 AM

A musical odyssey uncovers the hidden - and almost erased - story of Iraqi music. Majid Shokor, an Iraqi living in exile in Australia, is determined to find  the roots of Iraqi popular music, and goes on a journey of discovery to Israel, Europe and Iraq to meet musicians of all faiths and hear their… Read more
Date: 3.15.18 Time: 2:00pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

Sammy Davis Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

FREE SENIOR FILM

SOLD OUT – A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS MAY BECOME AVAILABLE AT THE PMA BEFORE THE SCREENING

Through fantastic performances, star-studded interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, this documentary pays tribute to the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr.  From a very young age, Sammy displayed his larger-than-life talents to multiple audiences, often fighting prejudice and racism along the way.  From Civil Rights marches, to entertaining the troops in Vietnam, to his controversial support of Nixon… Read more
Date: 3.17.18 Time: 2:00pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art

West Side Story

Portland

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR

The Maine Jewish Film Festival is proud to present the timeless film version of West Side Story.  2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein as well as choreographer/director Jerome Robbins. Together they created a groundbreaking, tradition shattering and entirely American work of art -from the first street scene to the closing… Read more
Date: 3.18.18 Time: 2:30pm Venue: Strand Theater

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators

Rockland

Tickets will be available at The Strand.

Was Curious George almost a  Holocaust victim? The surprising answer is yes. It has been 75 years since Curious George first touched the hearts and minds of children around the world. Still, little is known about his creators, Hans and Margret Rey - until now.  German Jews living in Paris during the rise of Nazism,… 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: 7:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if it need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” - Nelson Mandela,… Read more
Date: 3.14.18 Time: 4:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema

Foreign Letters

Portland

Free Event

What does it feel like to be the new kid who speaks a foreign language in a small New England town? Twelve year old Ellie feels  lonely and isolated when her family emigrates from Israel to Connecticut during the 1982 Lebanon war. Suffering from homesickness, language difficulties and rejection at school, she makes friends with… Read more