2020 FESTIVAL

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
Sunday, April 26, 2020  3pm

  • Director: Caroline Link

  • Year: 2019

  • Running Time: 119 minutes

  • Genre: Drama

  • Country: Germany, Switzerland, France

  • Language: German with subtitles

In this gentle, family drama based on a true story, a German-Jewish girl takes her first steps into adulthood, as world events intrude on her happy, carefree existence. Nine-year-old Anna is too busy with schoolwork and friends to notice Hitler’s face glaring from posters plastered all over 1933 Berlin. But when her father suddenly vanishes, and the family is secretly hurried out of Germany, Anna begins to understand life will never be the same. What follows is a courageous adventure full of fear and uncertainty, as Anna and her family navigate unfamiliar lands, and cope with the challenges of being refugees.

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Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
Sunday, May 3, 2020  12pm

  • Director: Max Lewkowicz

  • Year: 2019

  • Running Time: 97 minutes

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Country: U.S. & International Clips

  • Language: English

 

When "Fiddler on the Roof" opened on Broadway in 1964, it explored themes of tradition, religion, and anti-Semitism against a modern backdrop of radical social change that addressed gender roles, sexuality, and race. Rare archival footage and interviews with musical luminaries explore the legacy of this long-running, award-winning musical.

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Aulcie


Wednesday, May 6, 2020  7pm

  • Director: Dani Menkin

  • Year: 2020

  • Running Time: 75 minutes

  • Genre: Family Documentary

  • Country: Israel and U.S.

  • Language: English

 

Basketball legend, Aulcie Perry, led Maccabi Tel Aviv to an upset win in the European Championship in 1977 and again four years later.  He converted to Judaism and became an Israeli citizen. Recounting both the highs and lows, this inspiring film tells the story of a remarkable athlete who captured the spirit of a nation, triumphant and victorious against all odds.

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Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
Monday, April 27, 2020  7pm

  • Director: Nick Broomfield

  • Year: 2019

  • Running Time: 102 minutes

  • Genre: Documentary

  • Country: Greece

  • Language: English

 

Leonard Cohen, the well-known composer, and Marianne Ihlen, a struggling writer and single mother with a young son, became part of a community of expat artists, writers and musicians on the Greek island of Hydra. Never-before-seen footage shot by Broomfield and legendary documentarian D.A. Pennebaker make for a unique portrait of an idyllic 1960's bohemia. It was a time that left a lasting imprint on both Marianne and Leonard, whose friendship would last another fifty years before their deaths in 2016.

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Fiddler on the Roof


Sunday, May 3, 2020 3:00pm

  • Director: Norman Jewison

  • Year: 1971

  • Running Time: 180 minutes

  • Genre: Historical Drama

  • Country: Russia

  • Language: English

 

Oscar-winning adaptation of the Broadway musical about life among the Jewish community of a pre-revolutionary Russian village. A poor milkman, determined to find good husbands for his five daughters, consults the traditional matchmaker - and also has a word with God.

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How About Adolph?


Wednesday, April 29, 2020  7pm

  • Director: Sönke Wortmann

  • Year: 2018

  • Running Time: 91 minutes

  • Genre: Social Satire

  • Country: Germany

  • Language: German with subtitles

 

It should have been a wonderful evening. Stephan and Elisabeth have invited their family and friends for dinner, but as soon as Thomas announces that he and his pregnant girlfriend are planning to name their unborn son Adolf, things get out of hand. A bitter confrontation ensues revealing a clash of egos as truths are dragged to light, kicking and screaming. As the evening escalates and unforgivable things are said on all sides, the argument about baby names turns into a feast of childhood transgressions and hidden passions, served up for all to enjoy.

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The Crossing


Monday, May 4, 2020  7pm

  • Director: Johanne Helgeland

  • Year: 2019

  • Running Time: 90 minutes

  • Genre: Family Drama

  • Country: Norway

  • Language: Norwegian with English Subtitles

 

The story of Gerda and her brother Otto, whose parents are in the Norwegian resistance during WWII and are arrested. The children find 2 Jewish children hidden in their basement. The 4 children set out on an adventure to flee the Nazis and cross the border to neutral Sweden to reunite Daniel and Sarah with their parents.

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The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival, in association with the Wilmington United Jewish Appeal and with the support of other community groups, is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is, through the screening of excellent films with Jewish content, to promote a deeper understanding of Jewish history and contemporary Jewish culture. We hope to inspire appreciation for the various forms of Jewish identity and to foster a warm sense of community.


We also wish to celebrate our heritage with the general public as we offer the larger community a forum for discussion, debate, and education on the range of Jewish experiences and themes portrayed in the films we screen.

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