Join us for four internationally acclaimed Israeli films featured in the William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival! The 2013 season includes films of Jewish interest from around the world. All of these internationally acclaimed films will be followed by prominent guest speakers.
April 9 at 7:30PM: Orchestra of Exiles
GUEST SPEAKER: Andrew Balio, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Musician (trumpet)
The compelling story of one man's vision and the struggles of Jewish musicians against Nazism is the focus of this new documentary. Interviews with Pinchas Zukerman, Yitzhak Pearlman, Joshua Bell and Zubin Mehta animate the story of the creation of the Israel Philharmonic and its remarkable founder, Bronislaw Huberman.
April 15 at 7:30PM: Room 514
GUEST SPEAKER: Charlie Levine, Executive Director FIDF
When a young, idealistic Israeli military investigator confronts an elite soldier with accusations of unnecessary violence against a Palestinian man in the Occupied Territories, her integrity and determination are put to the test as the case proves less black and white. Taking a stand against a perceived abuse of power in spite of her colleagues' advice to back off because of the political complexities of the case, her increasingly zealous quest for justice ends up having far-reaching consequences for everyone involved.
April 21 at 3PM: The Fifth Heaven
GUEST SPEAKERS: Chana Rothschild, educator and Dr. Avi Niv, survivor.
In this sensitive coming-of-age drama, a teenage orphan struggles to adjust to a new life amidst other exiles in a British-controlled Palestine on the brink of transformation. Deserted by her America-bound mother and remarried father, 13-year-old Maya (Amit Moshkovitz) is deposited at an orphanage for Jewish girls on the outskirts of Tel Aviv in the summer of 1944. The trauma of war shows in the faces of the malnourished girls and lonely routines of their adult supervisors who await liberation from personal and national isolation. Smitten with Maya, the director of the orphanage (Yehezkel Lazarov) conjures memories of a tortured love affair while Maya develops forbidden feelings for an anti-British resistance fighter who is the fiancé of an orphanage worker. Adapted from Rachel Eytan’s richly observed autographical novel, this film was nominated for five Israeli Academy Awards.
April 25 at 7:30PM: Melting Away
GUEST SPEAKER: Hen Yanni, lead actress.
When Assaf’s parents discover women’s clothing under his mattress, the teen is forced to move out. Assaf becomes a woman, Anna, singing at gay bars in Tel Aviv at night and pretending to be a nurse by day. Anna’s mother searches for her "son" after her husband is diagnosed with terminal cancer. For the first time in Israeli cinema, a feature film portrays parents who are learning to deal with a transgendered child.