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Date: 3.17.19 Time: 11:30am Venue: Portland Museum of Art
Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, the Maine Jewish Film Festival is proud to present a film that celebrates the Irish Jewish connection. Estella Solomons’ centenary passed in 1982 without public attention, and even her death in 1968 was not widely noticed.   Yet she was important in Irish history as a very fine painter… 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: 3.11.19 Time: 6:00pm Venue: Jewish Community Alliance
Gut wrenching and captivating, this film follows three Israeli families, with a member who has been physically or psychologically wounded through combat or terror. It is impossible to turn away as so much is revealed about the struggles of survivors as well as those who live with and care for them. Spouses, children, parents and… Read more
Date: 3.12.19 Time: 12:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon 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 been very small in the Ultra Orthodox Jewish Community.  In the center of Brooklyn, NY, the heart of Hasidic Judaism, the first ever all women EMT service… Read more
Date: 3.14.19 Time: 11:30am Venue: Portland Museum of Art
Nominated for a 2019 Grammy for Best Music Documentary, Itzhak uncovers the story of a polio survivor who became one of classical music’s superstars, while also exploring themes of Jewish identity, Jewish history, humor and love. This engaging documentary explores Perlman’s life beyond the violin and features stunning performances as well as interviews with Billy… Read more
Date: 3.10.19 Time: 4:00pm Venue: Nickelodeon Cinema
Eight Egyptians, the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, are booked to play at the Arab Cultural Center in Petah Tikva, Israel.  A miscommunication (Arabic has no "p" sound, and regularly replaces it with "b"), causes the band to travel to Beit Hatikva, a desolate fictional town in the Negev Desert with no culture, no hotels and… 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: 12:00pm 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: 3.16.19 Time: 12:30pm Venue: Portland Museum of Art
It is often easier to focus on the headlines, statistics, and rhetoric about immigrants than on the people themselves.  The Swiss nomination for Best Foreign Documentary, Eldorado makes the global phenomenon of thousands of people fleeing to Europe real and tangible through graphic footage of refugee rescues and gripping interviews with asylum seekers.  In addition,… Read more
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