INSPIRING Jewish Journeys
Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus
1125 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209
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For immediate release from the JCC
Date: Jan. 14, 2008
Contact: Kriss Galloway, Marketing and Communications Manager
4th Annual Columbus Jewish Film Festival Presents
Week of Gripping Cinema, Dynamic Speakers
The Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater Columbus presents its 4th Annual Columbus Jewish
Film Festival from March 8 to 13. This year’s festival features 11 features and documentaries from
Mexico, Argentina, Germany, Israel, France and the United States, to be shown at six venues
throughout the city.
The lineup of special events includes an Opening Night Party on Saturday, March 8, at the Columbus
Museum of Art; “Blocks & Docs,” an entire day of documentaries on Sunday, March 9, at the Drexel
Gateway accompanied by complimentary Blocks bagels; a pre-screening reception at Bexley’s
Michael Garcia salon on Monday, March 10, and an Educational Symposium on Tuesday, March 11,
at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In addition, this year’s Distinguished Arts Award on Opening Night
honors Wayne Lawson, Director Emeritus of the Ohio Arts Council.
Films to be shown during the Columbus Jewish Film Festival are:
My Mexican Shiva, on Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., at the Columbus Museum of Art,
480 E. Broad St. Set in Polanco, a Jewish quarter of Mexico City, and spoken in Spanish,
Yiddish and Hebrew, "My Mexican Shivah" is a dramatic comedy about how the death of a
man results in the celebration of his life. According to Jewish belief, from the moment a Jew is
born, he or she is accompanied by two angels: the angel of light and the angel of darkness.
With the passing of Moishe Tartakovsky (75), his family and friends gather to sit shivah, the 7-
day Jewish mourning ritual. The spirit angels Aleph and Bet, divine accountants, watch over
the mourners actions and what is being said about the deceased to calculate which angel will
accompany Moishe´s soul to the afterlife. If the shivah reveals anything, it's that Moishe´s
dysfunctional family and friends loved him with all his flaws and mystery – and most of all, his
spirit. (Feature, 2006, Mexico. Directed by Alejandro Springall. 102 minutes, in Spanish and
Hebrew with English subtitles. Rating equivalency PG-13.)
The Bubble, on Saturday, March 8, at 10 p.m., at the Columbus Museum of Art, 480 E.
Broad St. Three young Israelis, two guys and a girl, share an apartment in Tel Aviv`s hippest
neighborhood: headstrong Lulu, who works in a bath products boutique; flamboyant Yali, who
manages a trendy café; and brooding music store clerk Noam, who spends his weekends
serving at checkpoints in the National Guard. When Noam meets and falls in love with a
Palestinian man named Ashraf, he and his friends conspire to help Ashraf stay on in Tel Aviv
illegally. But ultimately, their carefully constructed utopia is shattered by the political and social
realities of the Middle East, and the constant outbursts of violence.
(Feature, 2006, Israel. Directed by Eytan Fox. Written by Gal Uchovsky and Eytan Fox. 117
minutes, in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Rating equivalency R – mature
Souvenirs, on Sunday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at the Gateway Drexel Theater, 1550 N. High
St., at South Campus Gateway. Shahar is an unemployed filmmaker. His father, Sleiman, a
strict 82 year old Yemenite, suggests that Shahar should make a film about the Jewish
Brigade, in which he served during WW II. They set out together on the trail of the Jewish
Brigade, beginning in Israel and continuing through Italy, Germany and ending in Holland with
a surprising discovery about the "Souvenirs" the father may have left with local girls in
Amsterdam. With humor and compassion the film exposes a complex father-son relationship
and raises universal questions and thoughts about the tension between myths of bravery and
reality and between memory and historical truth.
(Winner of the 2006 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary. Documentary, 2006, Israel.
Directed by Shahar Cohen and Halil Efrat. 75 Minutes, in Hebrew with English subtitles. Rating
Orthodox Stance, on Sunday, March 9, at 1 p.m., at the Gateway Drexel Theater, 1550 N.
High St., at South Campus Gateway. Dmitriy Salita is an oxymoron: a champion boxer and
an uncompromising Orthodox Jew. Director Jason Hutt follows the 24 year old Russian
immigrant for 3 years chronicling the trials and celebrations of this up and coming professional
athlete. Viewers are treated to ringside seats and colorful characters as Dmitriy travels in truly
contrasting worlds; from his Russian Brooklyn neighborhood to his Orthodox synagogue to his
Black & Hispanic gym to the grandiose stages of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Dmitriy proves
that one can have love and dedication for two opposing passions that initially seem
incompatible. Orthodox Stance – the film’s title refers to an actual boxing position.
(Documentary, 2006, U.S. Directed by Jason Hutt. 82 minutes in English. Rating equivalency
Making Trouble, on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m., at the Gateway Drexel Theater, 1550 N.
High St., at South Campus Gateway. Making Trouble tells the story of six of the greatest
female comic performers of the last century – Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan
Rivers, Gilda Radner and Wendy Wasserstein. Using an exhilarating mix of contemporary
performances, interviews and archival footage, this documentary celebrates three generations
who successfully went from vaudeville and the Yiddish Theater to Broadway, from the Ziegfeld
Follies to Saturday Night Live. Meeting in a NYC delicatessen, our guides on this journey are
four of today’s leading Jewish comedians, Judy Gold, Cory Kahaney, Jackie Hoffman and
(Documentary, 2006, U.S. Directed by Rachel Talbot. 85 minutes, in English. Rating
5 Days, on Sunday, March 9, at 5 p.m., at the Gateway Drexel Theater, 1550 N. High St.,
at South Campus Gateway. In this gripping documentary, Yoav Shamir and his eight camera
crews captured history being made when the Israeli Defense Force moved to evict the 8,000
remaining Jewish settlers from their Gaza homes. With exclusive access to settlers and
soldiers, the film follows key players during this tumultuous period in Israeli history; Major
General Dan Harel, head of the Southern Israeli Defense Forces and Noam Shapiro, the
leader of the resistance movement.
(Documentary, 2005, Israel. Directed by Yoav Shamir. 94 minutes in Hebrew with English
subtitles. Rating equivalency PG-13.)
Gorgeous! (Comme T’y Es Belle!), on Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m., at Drexel Theater,
2254 E. Main St., Bexley. A snappy romantic comedy set in Paris, Gorgeous! celebrates the
au courant Parisian woman, with tons of wit, smarts and not an insignificant amount of sex. A
huge hit in France with more than a million tickets sold, CommeT’y Es Belle! (also known as
Hey, Good Looking!), features four Sephardic Jewish women who support each other through
the ups and downs of their messy love lives, motherhood, and careers.
(Feature, 2006, France. Directed by Lisa Azuelos. 84 minutes in French with English Subtitles.
Rating equivalency PG-13.)
Greensboro: Closer to the Truth, on Tuesday, March 11, at 6 p.m., Educational
Symposium at the Wexner Center for the Arts, 1871 N. High St. On Nov. 3, 1979,
members of the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazis opened fire on a Communist Workers
Party rally, killing five protesters and injuring many others in Greensboro, N.C. Police assigned
to the rally were far away from the scene, and despite damning television footage, no one
involved in what was to become to be called the Greensboro Massacre was ever convicted.
Twenty-five years later, a variety of witnesses tell their stories, from the Klan Imperial Wizard
to the bereaved spouses of the murdered activists and chronicles how their lives have evolved
in the long aftermath of the killings.
(Documentary, 2007, U.S. Directed by Adam Zucker. 83 minutes in English. Rating
The Champagne Spy, on Wednesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the JCC of Greater
Columbus, 1125 College Ave. Major Ze'ev Gur Arie, Oded's father, was an Israeli officer
drafted by the Mossad in 1960 to penetrate the circle of German scientists developing
weapons of mass destruction in Egypt. German born, Aryan blond and blue eyed, Gur Arie
was the perfect candidate for the mission. His Mossad operatives could not foresee that his
controversial personality would later cause unpredictable complications. Oded Gur Arie was
twelve when he moved to Paris with his mother "because of dad's work". In a small corner cafe
his father and a "Mossad" (the Israeli Intelligence Agency) operative revealed to Oded that his
dad was a covert agent leaving on a mission for the state. They told Oded that he must never
speak about this secret because his father's life depended on it. Since that day, Oded has
never spoken about his father – until now.
(Winner of the 2007 Israeli Academy Award for Best Documentary. Documentary, 2007,
Israel/Germany. Directed by Nadav Schirman. 90 minutes in Hebrew, with English subtitles.
Rating equivalency PG-13.)
Sweet Mud, on Thursday, March 13, at 7 p.m., at the Arena Grand, 175 W. Nationwide
Blvd. On a kibbutz in southern Israel in the 1970's, Dvir Avni, age 12, realizes that his mother,
Miri, is mentally ill. It is the year of his Bar Mitzvah, and in a series of sometimes funny,
sometimes frightening tasks, Dvir and his classmates have to prove their ability to live up to the
social standards of the Kibbutz. In this closed, unique society, bound by rigid rules, Dvir
navigates between the kibbutz motto of equality and the stinging reality that his mother has, in
effect, been abandoned by their collective community.
(Winner of the 2007 Dramatic World Cinema Jury Award at the Sundance International Film
Festival. Feature, 2006, Israel/Germany. Directed by Dror Shaul. 100 minutes, in Hebrew with
English subtitles. Rating equivalency PG-13.)
Only Human, on Thursday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arena Grand, 175 W.
Nationwide Blvd. Only Human is a wonderfully twisted Spanish black comedy. When Leni
brings her Palestinian fiancé, Rafi, home to meet her hyperactive Jewish family, a Meet the
Parents-type comedy of errors unfolds. The tense family encounter quickly spirals out of
control, thanks to a series of hilarious misunderstandings and a zany cast of characters,
including Leni’s newly Orthodox brother, belly dancing sister, and her blind, rifle-toting Zionist
(Feature, 2004, Argentina. Directed and written by Dominic Harari and Teresa de Pelegri. 85
minutes in Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R for some sexual content, nudity and
For a complete schedule and more information, visit the Columbus Jewish Film Festival website at
www.cjfilmfest.org, or contact Columbus Jewish Film Festival Director Emily Schuss at (614) 559-
6205 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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