Schedule for Wednesday, April 18
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“A feat of intellectual and cinematic elegance.” (Entertainment Weekly)
Academy Award Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film
Joseph Cedar. 2011. 103 m. PG. Israel, Hebrew. Sony Pictures Classics.2:45 PM 5:10 PM 7:25 PM
“Bully forces you to confront not the cruelty of specific children — who have their own problems, and their good sides as well — but rather the extent to which that cruelty is embedded in our schools and therefore in our society as a whole." (A.O. Scott, NY Times)
This character-driven documentary has struck a resonant chord with parents and teens across the country. Directed by Sundance and Emmy-award winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, Bully follows five kids and their families over the course of a school year, each representing a different facet of America's bullying crisis. It's a powerful and intimate film that offers insight into the lives of bullied children and one of the must-see films of 2012.
Lee Hirsch. 2012. 98 m. PG-13. USA. The Weinstein Company.2:55 PM 5:05 PM 7:15 PM
Kaddish For A Friend
This surprising story is inspired by real events. When 14-year-old Ali escapes a Lebanese refugee camp with his family and lands in public housing in Berlin, he tries to impress his Arab friends by scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti on an elderly Russian Jew’s walls. That’s hardly an auspicious start for a friendship, but the relationship that blossoms between the old man and the teenager is as warm as it is unlikely.
Leo Khasin . 2011. 94 m. NR. Germany, Arabic/German/Russian with subtitles. SiMa Film.3:00 PM
Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
Living in the wake of the Idi Amin regime of terror, a group of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Ugandan coffee farmers united to make a difference. They formed the Delicious Peace cooperative and joined up with Thanksgiving Coffee, which distributes their product in the US. Today, the farmers have an improved standard of living, and their message of peace and fair wages is spreading. An inspiring story of interfaith harmony and economic success.
Q&A Interfaith discussion with Rabbi Jason Nevarez (Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford Corners), Rev. Paul Alcorn (Bedford Presbyterian Church), and Dr. Kareem Adeeb (American Institute for Islamic and Arabic Studies), with JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon and COFFEE TASTING
Curt Fissel. 2010. 40 m. NR. USA.5:15 PM
Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been in the news for years, but it’s taken longer for similar revelations to emerge from the Orthodox Jewish world. Journalist Phil Jacobs was one of the first to take it on. Bravely focusing on his own community in Baltimore, he encountered denial, hostility, and—most painfully—ostracism along the way. His very personal story is the subject of this powerful, important documentary.
Q&A April 18, 7:30: Phil Jacobs, Scott Rosenfelt, and Gary Rosenblatt
Phil Jacobs, the subject of the film, is executive editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. Filmmaker Scott Rosenfelt is one of Hollywood’s most successful independent producers (Home Alone, Mystic Pizza). Gary Rosenblatt has been editor and publisher of The Jewish Week since 1993.
Sponsored by The Jewish Week.
Scott Rosenfelt. 2010. 84 m. NR. USA. MITROPOULOS FILMS.7:30 PM