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Tickets are on sale for the 2019 Maine Jewish Film Festival!

Please join us for our 22nd season! We’ll kick off the 2019 Festival on Saturday, March 9 with our Opening Night Party at the Portland House of Music and Events at 5:00 PM with delicious food from Bread & Butter Catering. Then at 7:00 pm at the Nickelodeon, The Last Suit a poignant dramedy from Argentina. We hope you can join us for a week of festivities!

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Date: 3.2.19 Time: 10:00am Venue: Railroad Square Cinema
A beautiful girl is found dead in Budapest 1936 and no one wants to investigate -- except Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter who asks unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard.  While supposedly covering the funeral of Fascist-leaning Hungarian prime minister Gyula… Read more
Date: 3.3.19 Time: 10:00am Venue: Railroad Square Cinema
A beautiful girl is found dead in Budapest 1936 and no one wants to investigate -- except Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter who asks unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard.  While supposedly covering the funeral of Fascist-leaning Hungarian prime minister Gyula… Read more
Date: 3.9.19 Time: 11:00am Venue: Eveningstar Cinema
At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear.  His daughters have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home and simultaneously patronize him and smother him. But Abraham, who survived the Holocaust and made a successful life in a foreign land, isn’t about to… Read more
Date: 3.9.19 Time: 5:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema
At 88, Abraham Bursztein is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear.  His daughters have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home and simultaneously patronize him and smother him. But Abraham, who survived the Holocaust and made a successful life in a foreign land, isn’t about to… Read more
Date: 3.9.19 Time: 7:30pm Venue: Railroad Square Cinema
The late-middle aged son of a Nazi officer embarks on a road trip with his translator, an older Jewish Slovakian man who believes the officer murdered his family. Oscillating between comedy and tragedy,  the film focuses on two old men weighed down by the unresolved conflicts that have plagued their lives and who are now… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 11:00am Venue: Portland Museum of Art

The Automat

FREE SNEAK PEAK SCREENING WITH DIRECTOR

Horn & Hardart Automats were America’s first major fast-food chain. Paupers once sat shoulder to shoulder with investment bankers at communal tables, sipping coffee or enjoying delicious and nourishing food. In her debut feature documentary, filmmaker Lisa Hurwitz investigates the rise and fall of this unique institution that bridged the diversity of class, language, gender… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 11:00am Venue: Eveningstar Cinema
In 1986 when Austrian activists were protesting against Kurt Waldheim, filmmaker Ruth Beckermann was both protester and reporter, capturing confrontations between activists and Waldheim supporters. 30 years later, Beckermann uses her footage, as well as contemporaneous news archives, to chronicle Waldheim’s run for the Presidency of Austria amidst allegations of involvement in Nazi atrocities during… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Bates College - Olin Arts Center
In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars and community leaders chose to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, they vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists, but with… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Railroad Square Cinema
The women of 93 Queen are no ordinary feminists. Though the women’s rights movement has been well underway in the U.S. since the mid 1800’s, it’s influence has only packed a punch in the Ultra Orthodox Jewish Community in recent years. In the center of Brooklyn, NY, the heart of Hasidic Juddhism, the first ever… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 12:30pm Venue: Jewish Community Alliance

Paddington

FREE FAMILY EVENT

The whole family will enjoy the story of Paddington, a young Peruvian bear who travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven. But Paddington will need to learn more about people, both good and bad,… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 1:30pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema
Over one winter’s day in Nazareth, father Abu and son, Shadi ( real-life father and son actors Mohammed and Saleh Bakri) visit friends and family to deliver invitations for the wedding of Abu’s daughter. Along the way,  they reminisce, bicker and laugh together revealing tensions both political and familial. A richly cinematic sense of place,… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 1:30pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art
This program features two films with a focus on family, art and the experience of the Holocaust. Broken Branches, Animation, Documentary/ Animation, Documentary/ Dir: Ayala Sharot / 2014 / Israel / Hebrew w/ Eng ST/ 25 min Broken Branches is an animated documentary about loss, family and hope. Michal Rechter was only 14 years old when,… 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

 

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Supporting Foundations


Albert. B. Glickman Family Foundation


Androscoggin Bank Greater Giving Program


Bernard A. Osher Foundation


Betterment Fund


Edward H. Daveis Fund of the Maine Community Foundation


Jewish Community Alliance


Maine Community Foundation Performing Arts Fund


Maine Arts Commission


Maine Humanities Council


Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust


Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation


Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust


Moser Family Foundation


Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Foundation


Sam L. Cohen Foundation


Simmons Foundation