Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

Sunday, November 11th 11:45 am
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Sunday, November 11

11:45 a.m. at AMC Loews New Brunswick

New Jersey Premiere

Remember Baghdad (Iraq/UK/Israel, 2016, documentary, 69 minutes)
Arabic, English, and Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Fiona Murphy

As descendants of the scholars who wrote the Babylonian Talmud, Iraqi Jews held a presence in the country for 2,600 years, until their remaining numbers were forced to flee in 1967. In this moving documentary, four families reflect with nostalgia, clarity, fear, and regret on both the heyday and turbulence of Jewish life in their native country. The film entwines archival footage with home movies and scenes from contemporary Baghdad, where one Jewish man returns to purchase a house and stake a claim to his ancestral homeland.

 

1:15 p.m. at AMC Loews New Brunswick

RBG (USA, 2018, documentary, 98 minutes)
English • Directors: Betsy West and Julie Cohen

RBG provides an intimate portrait of the exceptional life and career of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, from her battles for women’s equality in the workplace to her ongoing legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court and her unlikely role as a pop culture icon.

 

2:00 p.m. at AMC Loews New Brunswick

SPECIAL PROGRAM

Writing about Historical Events: A Panel Discussion

PANELISTS:

Dr. Samuel Kassow, Trinity College
Moshe Zonder, Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artist, Bildner Center
Moderator: Nancy Sinkoff, Academic Director, the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life

Zonder and Kassow will discuss the challenges of developing historical and contemporary events for the television and movie screen.

Entrance is free. Tickets are required.

 

3:30 p.m. at AMC Loews New Brunswick

New Jersey Premiere

Who Will Write Our History (USA, 2018, documentary, 90 minutes)
English and Polish with English subtitles • Director: Roberta Grossman

Soon after the Nazis sealed the Warsaw Ghetto, a brave group of resistance fighters compiled and hid some 35,000 pages of testimonies about life in the ghetto. Gathered over three years, the documents were hidden underground in milk cans and metal cases. Combining excerpts from this secret archive with interviews and rare footage, this powerful documentary dramatizes the pen-and-paper rebellion waged by those who risked their lives to ensure that the truth would outlive them. The film is based on the book of the same name by Samuel Kassow.

Speaker: Professor Samuel Kassow, Charles H. Northam Professor of History, Trinity College

 

4:00 p.m. at AMC Loews New Brunswick

Disobedience (UK/Ireland/USA, 2017, drama, 114 minutes)
English • Director Sebastián Lelio

After living in New York for decades, Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns to North London for her estranged father’s funeral. Her arrival causes an uproar in the Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her attraction to Esti (Rachel McAdams), her childhood best friend. Based on the novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman, Disobedience examines the boundaries between personal freedom and faith as Ronit and a now-married Esti rekindle their repressed romance.

Speaker: Professor Michal Raucher, Rutgers

 

7:30 p.m. at AMC Loews New Brunswick (CLOSING NIGHT)

An Israeli Love Story (Israel, 2017, drama, 93 minutes)
Hebrew with English subtitles • Director: Dan Wolman

Based on the true story of theater director and actress Pnina Gary, An Israeli Love Story tells a passionate story of love and independence. Set in the turbulent years of 1947-1948, Eli and Margalit are torn between their love for one another and where they see their own futures in the Jewish state. Margalit seeks the spotlight in the budding theater world of Tel Aviv, while Eli’s allegiance is to the struggle for Jewish independence from the British. As their commitment to each other grows, the harsh reality of life in Israel intervenes.

 


GENERAL INFO: Tickets cost $13, with discounts for seniors and students. For the schedule, ticket information, and speaker updates, visit BildnerCenter.Rutgers.edu/film or contact 848-932-4166 or rujff@sas.rutgers.edu. The AMC Loews New Brunswick theater is located at 17 US Highway 1 South, New Brunswick, NJ 08901