Thursday, October 24 at 7PM
Drama, 90 minutes, Rated PG
Followed by a Talkback with Murry Sidlin
Reception at 6:15 p.m.
Tickets are no longer available online, but may be purchased at the door night of the show.
Defiant Requiem highlights the most dramatic example of intellectual and artistic courage in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt (Terezín) during World War II: the remarkable story of Rafael Schächter, a brilliant young and passionate Czech opera-choral conductor who was arrested and sent to Terezín in 1941. Under the most brutal circumstances, he sustained courage and hope for his fellow prisoners through great music and the arts. The story of Terezín travels far beyond the general perception of a Nazi concentration camp. This is a film about how a rare form of courage, hope, and survival sparked an entirely unique method of fighting Nazi oppression, enabling the prisoners to maintain their dignity and humanity while battling the worst of mankind with the best of mankind. The Nazi legacy of brutality is well established, but the Terezín legacy is virtually unknown and is told dramatically in Defiant Requiem.
MURRY SIDLIN, Maestro/Conductor/Music Director Murry Sidlin is the creator/conductor of the Defiant Requiem, the Live Performance which was the inspiration and genesis for this film. Sidlin is an internationally recognized conductor, teacher, lecturer and is the Founder and President of the Defiant Requiem Foundation. He has been decorated by the Archbishop of Prague for his contribution to the illumination of the Terezin legacy and in June 2013 was awarded the prestigious Medal of Valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
FOURTH ANNUAL ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL
Members: $8 per film or $28 for all four films
Non-Members: $10 per film or $36 for all four films
Thursday, January 23 at 7PM
Drama, 90 minutes, Rated PG
Written and Directed by Rama Burshtein
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Come early for dessert and coffee at 6:45
Talkback with Filmmaker and Historian Dan Chyutin
Fill the Void is a likely-unprecedented work: a woman’s view of Tel Aviv’s ultra-orthodox Hasidic community from the inside. Typically, a story about a devout 18-year-old Israeli being pressured to marry the husband of her late sister would include the option of the woman declaring her independence in the modern fashion. Such a choice is not available in this cloistered, intimately rendered world where religious law, tradition and the rabbis’ word are absolute. Hassidic herself, writer/director Burshtein startlingly brings to life a world known to few in this provocative, undeniably talented debut from a most unlikely source.
Screening will be followed by a talkback with Dan Chyutin, a Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, who will be teaching a course in contemporary Israeli film at the American University in the Spring of 2014. Chyutin is a PhD candidate in critical cultural studies and film studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He has worked in every aspect of film from writing, directing and producing to programming to contributing articles on film to academic journals.
Winner of 7 Israel Film Academy Awards including Best Film and Best Director. Also designated a Critics’ Pick by the New York Times, who called it “An enthralling, stirring tale…directed with a sure, delicate touch and great intimacy. Unabashedly sexy but chaste scenes make this a festival must-see.”
Saturday, January 25 at 7PM
Drama, 122 minutes
Directed by Shemi Zarhin
Language: Hebrew and German with English subtitles
Enjoy complementary popcorn and beverages during screening
*Mature Language and subject matter. Recommended for viewers 17 and older.
Film introduction by Paul Porterfield, Director of the Media Resource Center at the University of Richmond
Israel’s number one box office hit that garnered a record-breaking 15 Israel Film Academy Award nominations, The World is Funny blurs fantasy and reality in a multilayered, tragicomic exploration of past traumas and catharsis. Set in provincial sunny Tiberias, the plot consists of a collection of wonderfully strange vignettes that grow in richness as the film progresses. The central characters are estranged siblings who have endured childhood abandonment only to face new challenges in adulthood: a widower (Dana) whose older son has just awakened from a lengthy coma; a radio producer (Elli) and his terminally-ill Russian girlfriend Ola; and a travel agent (Assi) whose daughter was killed in an army accident. These narrative strands and diverse personalities initially seem unrelated, but are gradually knitted together in a satisfying and emotional climax.
Sunday, January 26 at 10:30AM
Documentary, 87 minutes
An Ari Daniel Pinchot Film
Language: English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Enjoy light breakfast and coffee during screening
Parents and Teens Talkback
Special student rate for all Richmond religious school and day school students
“Provocative and spellbinding. One of the most powerful films of the year.” – Avi Offer, The NYC Movie Guru, 2011
Yoni Netanyahu hated war but loved his country. He led the seemingly impossible but successful Raid on Entebbe, but tragically became the only Israeli casualty. Told partly through his own letters and poetry, this compelling documentary unveils his complex character by allowing us to see beyond his tough exterior into a deep inner personality where heroism, duty, love, turmoil and doubt raged. His writings describe with striking clarity the exhilaration and fear he faced during the crossroads of his short but fascinating life and the recognition of his human frailty. Nevertheless, Yonatan Netanyahu dared to make a difference, and he is a true modern-day hero. Ultimately a portrait of a young country through a young man, the documentary features interviews with three Israeli Prime Ministers as well as fascinating rarely-seen footage of the 1967 war and the Entebbe raid itself, as covered by journalism legend Walter Cronkite. Follow Me brings a rare portrait of Israel’s elite soldiers and one of their greatest heroes to the screen.
Sunday, January 26 at 1PM
Drama, 86 minutes
Directed by Doron Eran
Language: Hebrew with English subtitles
Panel discussion to follow with ROSMY Executive
Director Beth Panilaitis and guests (30 minutes)
*Mature subject matter. Recommended for viewers high-school age and above.
Chosen for screening at more than 70 film festivals!
Melting Away follows a family drawn into crisis when the parents learn that their son is a secret cross-dresser. Years later, as the father is dying, his wife tracks down their estranged son, only to find a lovely woman. Melting Away addresses the issues faced within families when children are not what their parents imagine they will be, and the pain that is experienced on all sides from broken expectations and disappointments. Filmmaker Doron Eran and his partner, screenwriter Bili Ben Moshe, were inspired to
make this film upon hearing reports of parents who refused to visit their injured children in the hospital after a deadly attack at the Tel Aviv LGBT Youth Center.
Audience Award Winner, Shalom European Film Festival, France, 2012
Best Feature, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2012
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative film, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, 2013
Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative film, Denver Jewish Film Festival, 2013
Audience Award, Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival, 2013