Schedule for Wednesday, November 7
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The House I Live In
"Strong, persuasive moviemaking." (New York Times)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, The House I Live In is the definitive film on the devastating failure of America’s war on drugs. Every war needs an enemy, says acclaimed documentarian Eugene Jarecki—and he asks who the bad guys really are. Jarecki himself returns to the JBFC on opening night to present this powerful work and discuss the US drug policy’s assault on minorities and the potential for change. Essential viewing.
Q&A Nov. 1, 7:00: filmmaker Eugene Jarecki. A reception follows the discussion.
Eugene Jarecki. 2012. 110 m. NR. US. Abramorama.2:30 PM 5:05 PM
"The achievement of this simply told, exceptionally fine film is the clarity with which it portrays the drama of a good soul in an inert body." (Ty Burr, Boston Globe)
1 Academy Award Nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role
Based on the autobiographical writings of journalist Mark O'Brien,The Sessions tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined to lose his virginity. With the help of his therapists and the guidance of his priest, he sets out to make his dream a reality. The Sessions is a heart-warming joyful comedy starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy.
Ben Lewin. 2012. 98 m. R. US. Fox Searchlight.2:35 PM 5:10 PM 7:15 PM
"A film that begins as a family quest but evolves into a gripping study of know-don't-tell reticence and the umbilical tie of a lost homeland." (Jeannette Catsoulis, NY Times)
Filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. Sifting through a mountain of photos, letters, and artifacts from her past, Goldfinger soon uncovers a complicated family history that reveals the troubled and taboo story of three generations of Germans - both Jewish and non-Jewish - trying to piece together their lives in the aftermath of World War II.
Arnon Goldfinger. 2012. 97 m. NR. Israel, Hebrew with subtitles. IFC Films.2:40 PM 5:00 PM 7:30 PM
Brothers on the Line
"If you want to know how we once created a 'middle class'- and what it will probably take to get it back- watch this movie." (Michael Moore)
**Updated** This powerful chapter in the history of the American labor movement uses stirring first-hand accounts and rare archival materials to examine the transformative impact of the brothers Walter, Roy, and Victor Reuther. Pioneering labor organizers and champions of civil rights, they rose from shop-floor organizers in 1930s Detroit to lead the United Auto Workers union. With narration by Martin Sheen.
THE PEOPLE'S MIC
**RESCHEDULED Q&A** Due to the weather, Sasha Reuther will not appear after the NOV. 7, 7:30 screening. Instead, he will appear after the Nov. 11, 5:00 pm screening.
Sasha Reuther. 2012. 80 m. NR. US.7:30 PM