International Jewish Film Festival opens Feb. 18
The Morris and Mollye Fogelman International Jewish Film Festival — sponsored by Wendy and Avron Fogelman and presented by the Memphis Jewish Community Center — opens Wednesday, Feb. 18 and runs through Sunday, March 1.
Opening reception and film (“The Green Prince”) are at the Malco Ridgeway Four at 7:15 p.m. Feb. 18. “The Green Prince” received the Audience Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary by Nadav Schirman is about Mosab Hassan Yousef’s extraordinary double-life as the son of a Hamas radical who turned informer for Israel’s Shin Bet agency.
“Run Boy Run” will be shown at the MJCC Belz Theater at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 19 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. The film, a saga of courage and compassion, tells the true story of a Polish boy who was smuggled out of the Warsaw Ghetto at age eight and ran for three years to escape the Holocaust. The film has won several audience awards, including from the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival and The Boston Jewish Film Festival.
“Hunting Elephants” will screen at the MJCC Belz Theater at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.” Hunting Elephants” has been nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards including Best Film. Patrick Stewart (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and a cast of top Israeli talent star in this bank heist caper and coming-of-age tale from writer-director Reshef Levi (“Lost Islands”). The Israeli Post says “‘Hunting Elephants’ is a delightful concoction of jocular hijinks and tender moments sure to leave audiences smiling.”
“Above and Beyond” plays at the MJCC Belz Theater at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25. The film is the true story of a group of Jewish American pilots who smuggled planes out of the United States, trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. Produced by Nancy Spielberg, “Above and Beyond” won the Best Documentary Award at the Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival and audience awards from the Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema and the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.
The short films competition takes place Thursday, Feb. 26th at the MJCC Belz Theater at 7:30 p.m. There are six short films: three documentaries and three dramas that the audience will vote on. There will be a cash prize for the winners of best documentary and best drama. The winners will be announced on the last day of the festival - March 1st. The films are: “Moses on the Mesa,” “German Shepherd,” “Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion,” “GreenHorn,” “People of the Graphic Novel” and “What’s in a Name.”
“For A Woman” will be shown in the MJCC Belz Theater at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The film received multiple official selection awards from the New York Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, San Diego and Washington Jewish Film Festivals.
A documentary double feature will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 1. “Havana Curveball” and “I Shall Not Be Silent”: “Havana Curveball” is about Mica, a classic young teen who launches a grand plan to send baseball equipment to less fortunate kids in Cuba. It won Best Documentary at the Boston International Kids Film Festival and was awarded official selection at the Havana International Film Festival among others. “I Shall Not Be Silent” is about Joachim Prinz, who was an outspoken rabbi in Berlin in the 1930s and later became a civil rights leader in America and colleague of Dr. Dr. Martin Luther King. “I Shall Not Be Silent” is an official selection at The Jewish Film Festival in Berlin, New Jersey, Toronto and the Jerusalem International Film Festival.