The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival this year is offered both in the theater and in your home.
Films will be shown at at Marcus North Shore Cinema and the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, and also on the internet. The Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival is part of Tapestry: Arts & Ideas from the JCC. Visit JccMilwaukee.org for more information.
The 24th Annual Milwaukee Jewish Film Festival runs Oct. 17-28, 2021.
The films are to include:
“A Starry Sky Over the Roman Ghetto”
Italy / 2021 / Drama / Italian, English / 100 minutes
-Sunday, Oct. 17, opening night event at Marcus North Shore with talkback.
-Stream at home on Eventive Sunday, Oct. 17-20
Past and present meet upon the discovery of an old, mysterious photograph that will end up tying together Christian and Jewish students in search of the truth. Trying to unravel the mystery behind the portrait, the boys embark on a journey through a night of horror that cannot be forgotten: the raid of the Roman Ghetto. Retracing these painful events will give them the chance to take a collective stance towards personal, existential, and cultural commitment.
“Here We Are”
2020 / Drama / Hebrew / 92 minutes
-Monday, Oct. 18, live screening at Marcus North Shore with talkback.
-Stream at home on Eventive Monday, Oct. 18-21
Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. But Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. While on their way to the institution, Aharon decides to run away with his son and hits the road, knowing that Uri is not ready for this separation. Or is it, in fact, his father who is not ready?
“Labyrinth of Peace” (six one-hour episodes)
Switzerland / 2020 / Drama, History/ Swiss, German
-Oct .19, 20 and 21 at the JCC, 2 episodes per night. Talkback on last night.
-Stream at home on Eventive Wednesday, Oct. 20-26
It’s 1945. War is over. Switzerland, the neutral small country at the heart of Europe, was all but spared: Klara, her fiancé Johann and his brother Egon are looking bright-eyed into the future. While Klara tries to mend the wounds of the war by caring for young, displaced holocaust survivors, Johann, who works for her industrialist father, hopes to save and modernize his father-in-law’s well-established, yet troubled textile company. Just home from military service, Egon takes his first steps in the Attorney General’s office. His mission: to hunt down escaped Nazis. All three of them soon realize that the facade of peace is bought with the blood of the victims of war. Johann’s professional ambitions bring him closer to those who committed unspeakable war crimes. Klara risks her marriage while growing ever closer to Herschel, one of the survivors, who are all met with distrust by the locals. And Egon finds himself caught in a system that willingly turns a blind eye towards Nazi criminals for the sake of profit.
PG-13 / Dance, Comedy / English
-Monday, Oct. 25, closing night event at Marcus North Shore with talkback.
-Stream at home on Eventive Monday, Oct. 25-28
From the Director of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” Tango Shalom brings Golden Globe Nominee Lainie Kazan together again with Oscar-nominated Renée Taylor. Starring Karina Smirnoff from Dancing With The Stars and Emmy and Academy Award-nominated Joseph Bologna.
When a female Tango dancer asks a Rabbi to enter a televised dance competition with her, there’s one big problem—due to his Orthodox beliefs, he’s not allowed to touch her! As he develops a plan to enter the competition without sacrificing his faith, the bonds of family, tolerance, and community are tested one dazzling dance step at a time.