The Jewish and Israeli Film Festival offers thought-provoking, entertaining, and educational film events, often featuring guest speakers and discussions.
"Fever at Dawn"
Presented in partnership with Civic Theatre of Allentown
In 1945, after having been freed from a concentration camp, the 25-year-old Hungarian man, Miklós, is being treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnose him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. But he refuses to give up, wants to find a wife with whom he can start a new life, and sends letters to 117 Hungarian girls who are also being treated in Sweden. One of the girls is 19-year-old Lili, who likes Miklós's letter, and they start corresponding. Based on the true story of director Péter Gárdos’ parents.
Language: Hungarian/Swedish with English subtitles
Co-sponsored by the Maimonides Society of the JFLV
Afflicted with a rare genetic disease, nine-year-old Nur has only one chance of survival: crossing the border from Gaza into Israel, where doctors are capable of performing a liver transplant. Meanwhile, her Palestinian parents Ibrahim and Maha are fighting resolutely for the life of their daughter while their family struggles back in Gaza. In this documentary, director Nili takes us on Nur’s journey across borders and shows us the transformative power of humanity and hope. A Maimonides physician will introduce and discuss the film.
Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (IJCU) and the Holocaust Resource Center of JFLV
On a sweltering August day in 1945, villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk's son. Meanwhile, two Orthodox Jews arrive at the village train station with mysterious boxes labeled "fragrances." The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village's deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back, originally lost during the second World War. Other villagers are afraid more survivors will come, posing a threat to the property and possessions they have claimed as their own.
Introductory remarks by Muhlenberg history professor Thomas Cragin, who teaches a course on WWII in film; Panel discussion following the presentation with Professor Cragin and IJCU Director Peter Pettit.
Hungarian/Russian with English subtitles
Presented in partnership with ArtsQuest
Co-sponsored by Congregation Brith Sholom
From the acclaimed director of "The Lemon Tree," "Dancing Arabs" and "The Syrian Bride," Shelter tells the story of a female Mossad agent protecting a female Lebanese informer in a safe house in Hamburg. What should be an easy assignment quickly turns into a labyrinth of espionage and intrigue inside a safe house.
Language: Mostly English with some subtitled Hebrew and Arabic
"The Wandering Muse"
Co-sponsored by Congregation Keneseth Israel
From ram’s horn to beatbox, THE WANDERING MUSE explores the kaleidoscope of Jewish identities through the ever-changing music of the Jewish diaspora. Cantor Jeff Warschauer was involved in the film’s production. He will introduce the movie and perform some klezmer music following the presentation.
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Bonnie and Bobby Hammel
Lori and Houman Ahdieh
Dr. Harold and Sandra Goldfarb
Jane and Bill Markson
Linda and Mike Miller
Carol and Bob Wilson
Linda and Jim Wimmer
Kathy Zimmerman and Peter Fisher
Sam and Sylvia Bub
Maxwell E. Davison
Don and Maxine Klein
Amy and Rich Morse
The Scherline Family
Linda and Elliot Sheftel
Dr. and Mrs. Mickey Ufberg
Amy and Rick Sams
Congregation Brith Sholom
Congregation Keneseth Israel
Holocaust Resource Center
Institute of Jewish-Christian Understanding
Sponsors as of 2/19/18