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Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival (GPJFF)

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November 2018
$20

THE INTERPRETER

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Prince Theater, 1412 Chestnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102 United States
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Elderly translator Ali (Jirí Menzel, Closely Watched Trains) shows up at the home of the man he believes is responsible for his parents’ execution decades earlier. Instead of being greeted by a Nazi, Ali is acquainted with his 70-year-old imprudent son, Georg (Peter Simonischek, Toni Erdmann). Though the men don’t hit it off at first, the former teacher who has yet to comprehend the enormity of his father’s crimes soon approaches Ali with a proposition. He offers to pay Ali to accompany…

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Free - $15

BOX FOR LIFE

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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In this passionate and affecting documentary, Noah Klieger recounts his experiences during the Holocaust — from courageously smuggling Jewish children to safety in Switzerland to surviving Auschwitz with the help of some world champion boxers. Equally impressive are Klieger’s roles in organizing Exodus 1947, fighting in the 1948 Israeli War of Independence, and his coverage of the trials of Nazi criminals after World War II. After a long and illustrious career as an Israeli sports journalist, Klieger is now in…

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$7 - $15

306 HOLLYWOOD

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Gratz College, 7605 Old York Road
Melrose Park, PA 19027 United States
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Jonathan and Elan Bogarin, siblings and documentarians, have fond childhood memories from their weekly visits to the Newark home of their late grandmother, Annette. Upon their grandmother’s passing, the siblings are left to navigate her absence, as they rediscover Annette through the home and artifacts she left behind. Jonathan and Elan give themselves eleven months to excavate and archive the contents of 306 Hollywood in an unusual experiment in memory, mourning, and the meaning of life. With whimsical cinematography, a…

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Free - $15

SHOELACES

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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In this emotional Israeli family dramedy, surly mechanic Reuven (Doval’e Glickman, Big Bad Wolves) reluctantly takes in his exuberant special-needs son, Gadi (Nevo Kimchi, Footnote), after his mother’s untimely death. As Gadi becomes accustomed to life with Reuven, Reuven’s world turns upside down by his newfound obligations of supervisor and caregiver. Yet, something has awoken in Reuven since Gadi came back into his life. In discovering that he enjoys both the responsibility and affection afforded by parenthood, Reuven vows to make up…

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$7 - $15

WINTER HUNT

November 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Avenue
Ambler, PA 19002 United States
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Lena (Carolyn Genzkow), a young woman bent on revenge, knocks on the front door of an isolated German estate where an elderly ex-Nazi guard and his daughter reside. Both Anselm (Michael Degen, Hannah Arendt) and Maria (Elisabeth Degen, AiméŽe & Jaguar) deny Anselm’s involvement in what happened to Lena’s grandmother in Auschwitz — and they stick to their story, even as Lena holds them both at gunpoint insisting on the truth. While Lena appears a cool and composed assassin, Anselm appears, at best,…

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Free - $15

RED COW

November 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Set in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, RED COW is a moving coming-of-age tale that will have you glued to the screen from its opening scene. Receiving news of the birth of a red cow (a sacred symbol of the coming of the Third Temple), Yehoshua (Gal Toren), a religious zealot, is ecstatic. He tasks his 17-year-old daughter, Benny (Avigail Kovari), with caring for the cow, even though she is seemingly incredulous. Keeping up the appearance of her devoutness, she smokes…

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Free - $15

ANTHRAX

November 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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After the death of their friend, five former IDF soldiers from the same squad realize they are suffering from mysterious illnesses they believe to be side effects of an anthrax vaccination experiment they underwent during their military service seven years before. While their doctors and military officials deny any connection between the experiment and their diagnoses, Noam (Udi Persi), Sheli (Dana Meinrath), Dani (Ziv Peleg), Avivi (Lior Hasson), and Shai (Amit Epstein) resolve to learn the truth. With their health…

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$7 - $15

SAMMY DAVIS, JR.: I’VE GOTTA BE ME

November 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Getting beyond his affiliation with the Rat Pack, director Samuel D. Pollard’s intimate portrait of Sammy Davis, Jr. paints a vivid picture of a child prodigy, world-class entertainer, and civil rights activist. Having achieved stardom during a period of American history fraught with racial barriers, the effervescent, tap-dancing icon, known for hits like “The Candy Man” and “I’ve Gotta Be Me,” struggled against prejudice and frequently courted controversy. From appearing onstage with Frank Sinatra to befriending President Nixon despite the…

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$7 - $15

WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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In this powerful documentary from acclaimed director Roberta Grossman (Hava Nagila: The Movie) and executive producer Nancy Spielberg (Above and Beyond), a group of Jewish intellectuals led by historian and activist Emanuel Ringelblum (voiced by Adrien Brody) realize that if they should perish in the Holocaust, only the Nazis’ side of the story would prevail. Determined to keep the truth of their struggle from dying with them, Ringelblum and journalist Rachel Auerbach (voiced by Joan Allen) write tirelessly of the…

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$7 - $15

THE SYRIAN PATIENT

November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County, 944 Second Street Pike:
Richboro , PA 18954 United States
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From gunshot wounds to shattered jaws and lost limbs, the Syrian refugees arriving in Israel face life-threatening injuries with life-altering repercussions. As a team of doctors and plastic surgeons, many of them Arab-Israelis, work around the clock to save their patients’ lives and offer hope for recovery, the refugees find strength in themselves with the support of their loved ones and the incredible team of doctors, nurses, and social workers seeing them through their recovery process. THE SYRIAN PATIENT is a…

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Free - $15

SIMON & THEODORE

November 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Simon (Félix Moati), a twenty-something soon-to-be father, wants nothing more than to raise a child with his rabbi wife, Rivka (Mélanie Bernier). However, on account of Simon’s history with mental illness, Rivka is unconvinced that he’s ready to take on the additional stress afforded by parenthood. A sweet but deeply volatile man, Simon feels out of control when experiencing intense distress and acts out by running into walls and hurting himself. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Théodore (Nils Othenin-Girard), one of Rivka’s most…

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$7 - $15

TO DUST

November 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Ritz East, 125 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Shmuel (Géza Röhrig, Son of Saul), a recently widowed Hasidic cantor, can’t stop worrying about his wife, even after she’s been buried. While the rest of his community urges him to move on, his two young sons believe that Shmuel’s odd behavior may mean that their father has been possessed by a dybbuk. Breaking his own religious customs, Shmuel approaches a bungling science teacher, Albert (Matthew Broderick), to help him understand the process of decomposition and hopefully put a stop to…

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Free - $15

CROSSROADS

November 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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This inspirational sports documentary takes us inside Charlotte Secondary, a North Carolina charter school with meager funding and a significant number of students who face issues like poverty and abuse. In an effort to bring an athletic program to the school, the school’s dedicated athletic director, Teddy Walker, applies and secures a grant for lacrosse gear. He then sets out to find a coach who could turn a team of boys who barely heard of the game into lacrosse players…

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$20

WORKING WOMAN

November 10 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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After landing a promotion at work that would elevate her career to the next level, twenty-something Orna (Liron Ben- Shlush, Next to Her) is elated. As a wife and the primary breadwinner for her family of four, an opportunity like this doesn’t come around too often. However, it isn’t long before Orna realizes that her career advancement has come with a hefty price tag. Her married boss, Benny (Menashe Noy, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem), cannot keep his hands to himself,…

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Free - $15

JEWISH SHORTS

November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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GPJFF’s annual JEWISH SHORTS afternoon program returns with six shorts (four narratives + two docs) from four different countries. WENDY'S SHABBAT (Rachel Myers | USA | 2017) OPEN YOUR EYES (Ilay Mevorach | Israel | 2017) DEVIL WEARS A SUIT (Eli Mak | Australia | 2017)   5-MINUTE INTERMISSION   SUMMER (Pearl Gluck | USA | 2018) LARGE SOLDIER (Noa Gusakov | Israel | 2016) 116 CAMERAS (Davina Pardo | USA/UK | 2017)

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$7 - $15

VIRGINS

November 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Reel Cinemas Narberth 2, 129 N Narberth Ave
Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Confident, cynical, and brash, 15-year-old Lana (Joy Rieger, Past Life) is no match for Kiryat Yam, the idle Israeli beach town she reluctantly calls home. With only her struggling single mother (Evgenia Dodina, One Week and a Day), a pack of immature guy friends, and her naïve little cousin to keep her company, Lana is set on bouncing off to Tel Aviv the moment she gets the chance. When a dreamy writer (Michael Aloni, Shtisel) turns up literally at Lana’s feet – on…

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Free - $15

THE INVISIBLES

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Relying on the goodwill of friends and neighbors, as well as their own street smarts and intuition, four young German Jews decide to go into hiding rather than face the uncertainty of deportation. No hidden attics are safe for long and all four Berliners are forced to head out in public with their gentile guises, all the while unaware that there are others doing the same in supposed “Jew-free” Berlin. In this riveting docudrama, the four survivors upon whom the…

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BUDAPEST NOIR

November 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Reel Cinemas Narberth 2, 129 N Narberth Ave
Narberth, PA 19072 United States
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Gordon Zsigmond (Krisztián Kolovratnik), a rugged crime reporter, encounters a mysterious, beautiful woman at a restaurant in Budapest circa 1936. The next day, she is found brutally murdered with only a Jewish prayer book in her purse. Dismissed as just another prostitute, her death is swept under the rug by press and police alike, but Gordon believes there’s more to the case. With the help of Eckhardt (Réka Tenki), a feisty photographer and former lover, Gordon seeks answers amidst Budapest’s…

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Free - $15

SHALOM BOLLYWOOD: THE UNTOLD STORY OF INDIAN CINEMA

November 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Sulochana. Pramila. Nadira. These are the names of the most celebrated movie stars of Bollywood’s silent era and Golden Age. Few know, however, that these names belonged to three Jewish women – denizens of India’s 2,000-year-old Jewish community. With a willingness to play more provocative roles than their Hindu and Muslim counterparts, these stunning and talented performers shattered barriers and achieved international fame in their own right. With spry animation and a bright, energetic Bollywood soundtrack, director Danny Ben-Moshe traces…

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GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT 35mm SCREENING

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Lightbox Film Center, 3701 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Winner of Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress at the 1948 Academy Awards, GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT follows a crusading journalist (the marvelous Gregory Peck) who poses as a Jew to research an exposé on anti-Semitism in New York City and the affluent community of Darien, Connecticut. The film was directed by Elia Kazan and also starred Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield and Celeste Holm. Moss Hart wrote the screenplay, which was based on Laura Z. Hobson’s best-selling novel of the same name.…

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$7 - $15

MY DEAR CHILDREN

November 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Nearly 80 percent of the world’s Jewry can be traced back to the place called the “Pale of Settlement,” the territories of the Russian Empire designated to Jews for permanent settlement between 1791 and 1917. It was in the Pale that Feiga Shamis, a Jewish mother of 12, handwrote a 174-page letter to her children explaining why she had made the devastating choice she did to ensure their survival. It was in the Pale that Feiga witnessed the anti-Jewish pogroms…

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HEATHER BOOTH: CHANGING THE WORLD

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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From her early influences growing up on an Israeli kibbutz to her first experiences as a Civil Rights activist in Mississippi at the age of 18, Heather Booth spent the next five decades of her prolific career as a political organizer, educator, and leader of the progressive movement. Though Heather may have accomplished some of her best work in the shadows – including her founding of JANE underground, a secret network of doctors and women’s health advocates who offered safe…

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SATAN & ADAM

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, 738 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19146 United States
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Adam Gussow was a twenty-something Jewish Ivy League educated harmonica player seeking fulfillment. Sterling “Satan” Magee was an aging street performer and blues legend who had once played with James Brown and Etta James. During a spike in racial tensions in Harlem during the 1980s, Adam passed Satan playing his blues guitar and makeshift percussion instruments on the street, a block from the Apollo Theater. He was floored by Satan’s playing and asked to join in on his harmonica. It…

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Free - $15

DOUBTFUL

November 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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In this provocative, hard-hitting Israeli drama based on true events, Assi (Ran Danker, Eyes Wide Open), a screenwriter and poet from Tel Aviv, is serving his court-ordained community service term by teaching filmmaking to a rowdy class of juvenile delinquents in Beersheba. Though Assi is reluctant at first, he soon forms a delicate friendship with one of his most volatile students, Eden (Adar Hazazi Gersch). A troubled youth who is sensitive and affectionate one moment and unpredictably violent the next, Eden…

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SONG OF BACK AND NECK

November 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ritz East, 125 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Fred (Paul Lieberstein, The Office) is dismissed, disrespected, and pushed around by everyone in his life – from the upstart partner at his father’s family law firm where Fred works as a paralegal to the back and neck specialist he consults about his debilitating chronic pain. At the recommendation of the firm’s new client, Regan (Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married), Fred finds temporary relief – and a unique ability he never knew he had – through acupuncture. However, neither his unexpected stint…

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Free

WHAT WE’VE LEARNED… MASTER CLASS WITH PAUL LIEBERSTEIN & JENNIFER PREDIGER

November 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
401 Fisher-Bennett Hall, 3340 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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Making SONG OF BACK AND NECK was a real-life crash course in indie filmmaking for The Office writer,producer, showrunner, and actor Paul Lieberstein. Not only did he direct this pitch-perfect comedy, but he also wrote the screenplay and starred as Fred, the film’s well-meaning and naïve antihero. Though SONG OF BACK AND NECK is Lieberstein’s first feature film, this multiple Emmy Award winner has had a brilliant career in television. In addition to his work on The Office (2005-2013), Lieberstein worked as a writer for Clarrisa Explains It All (1991-1994), Weird…

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Free - $15

THE WALDHEIM WALTZ

November 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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In this chilling and timely documentary, award-winning director Ruth Beckermann revisits the curious case of Kurt Waldheim, the former United Nations Secretary-General who faced serious allegations surrounding his Nazi military exploits during WWII. When Waldheim announced his bid for President of Austria in 1986, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) came forward with a shocking denouncement accusing Waldheim of having intelligence about the deportation of thousands of Greek Jews from Thessaloniki during the Holocaust. Despite being condemned by other countries’ governments…

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$25

PROMISE AT DAWN

November 17 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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Nominated for four César Awards, PROMISE AT DAWN is as much an epic autobiographical account of the extraordinary life of renowned writer and war hero, Romain Gary (Pierre Niney, Yves Saint Laurent), as it is a heartfelt testament to the special bond shared between a mother and son. From Romain’s difficult childhood in Poland to his enlistment in the French Air Force, his mother, Nina (Charlotte Gainsbourg, Melancholia), remains an eternal source of love and guidance. While her frequent declarations of her son’s future…

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Free - $15

THE MUSEUM

November 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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From two-time Ophir Award-winning director Ran Tal (Children of the Sun), THE MUSEUM is an intimate glimpse into the world of the Israel Museum (Israel’s national museum in Jerusalem) and the diverse group of people who make it special. Stunning shots of pristine galleries and behind-the-scenes looks at the bustling activity of restoration and curation serve as a love letter to art, history, and their dedicated stewards. THE MUSEUM also paints a vivid portrait of the communities that form around these works of…

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$30

DREAMING OF A JEWISH CHRISTMAS

November 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Gershman Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, 401 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19147 United States
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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” “Silver Bells.” “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Who would have guessed that some of the most iconic Christmas songs were written by Jewish-American songwriters, the likes of Irving Berlin and Johnny Marks? In this charming musical documentary, director Larry Weinstein recreates the warm, bright Christmases of his childhood memories while documenting a broader history of the Jewish roots of Christmas songs. Set amidst a crowded Chinese restaurant on a cold winter night in the…

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