Films & Events

A Partnership of the Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC

A partnership of the Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC, this festival promises to bring the broader community together as a showcase for feature films, documentaries and shorts from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity.

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THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Hopkins Cinema 6

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of The Broken Circle Breakdown), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of Captain America: Civil War ). To fight back on their own terms, they covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at risk.

Special Advance Screening before the nationwide
theatrical release on March 31.

Directed by Niki Caro.

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare$10 advance;
$14 same day.

Includes pre-show reception with food and drinks at 6:30 PM at
the Hopkins Center for the Arts.


THE CHILDREN OF CHANCE

Sunday, March 19 at 2 PM
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare In this tender coming-of-age drama, a Jewish boy finds friendship, camaraderie and safety in the shelter of a children’s hospital in Nazi-occupied France. Young Maurice Gutman narrowly escapes a round-up of Jews after breaking his leg in a dust-up with bullies. While treated for his injury, Maurice is diagnosed with tuberculosis and committed to a long-term treatment facility. As the war intensifies, the sympathetic chief physician and his hospital staff must resort to drastic measures to keep the Jewish patients safe from Nazi patrols.

Directed by Malik Chibane.

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare$10 advance;
$14 same day.

Includes pre-show movie snacks at 1:30 PM


1945

Sunday, March 19 at 4 PM
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare In this astonishingly haunting film, deep undercurrents run beneath the simple surface in a quaint Hungarian village that’s ultimately forced to face up to its “ill-gotten gains” from the Second World War. When two Orthodox Jews arrive at the train station of a small village on a sweltering August day in 1945, the villagers fear the men may be heirs of the town’s deported Jews, come to reclaim their property and possessions ripped from them during the war.

Directed by Ferenc Török.

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare$10 advance;
$14 same day.

Includes pre-show movie snacks at 3:30 PM


THE WOMEN’S BALCONY

Walter's Pick!

Sunday, March 19 at 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Sabes JCC

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare Israel’s #1 film of the year! When the women’s balcony in an Orthodox synagogue collapses during a bar mitzvah celebration, the congregation falls into crisis. The accident leads to a gender rift in the devout Jerusalem Orthodox community, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power.

Directed by Shlomit Nehama and Emil Ben-Shimon.

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare$10 advance;
$14 same day.

Includes pre-show movie snacks at 7:00 PM


ESCAPE FROM ROOM 18

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 PM
LOCATION: St. Paul JCC

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare The true story of John Daly, an ex-neo-Nazi who fled to Israel after his own gang nearly killed him for being Jewish. On a mission to better themselves and make amends for the past, Daly and fellow ex-skinhead Kevin Connell meet in Prague to discover and see firsthand the effects of what they both practiced and preached.

World Premiere with special guests Daniel Brea, director producer and editor, Kas, producer, and Mat Teofilo, composer.

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare$10 advance;
$14 same day.

Includes pre-show movie snacks at 7:00 PM

Films shown at the St. Paul JCC are presented by the Marvin J. Pertzik Jewish Cultural Arts Department.


BANG! THE BERT BERNS STORY

Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 PM
LOCATION: St. Paul JCC

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare Music meets the Mob in this biographical documentary, narrated by Steven Van Zandt, about the life and career of Bert Berns, the most important songwriter and record producer from the sixties that you never heard of. His hits include Twist and Shout, Hang on Sloopy, Heres Comes The Night and Piece of My Heart. He helped launch the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond and produced some of the greatest soul music ever made. Brett Berns brings his late father’s story to the screen with interviews with those who knew him best and rare performance footage. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney.

Directed by Brett Berns and Bob Sarles.

SAVE THE DATE HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANUKAH?? The Jewish Alternative to the Usual Holiday Fare$10 advance;
$14 same day.

Includes pre-show reception with food and drinks at 6:30 PM

Films shown at the St. Paul JCC are presented by the Marvin J. Pertzik Jewish Cultural Arts Department.