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2018 Jewish Film Series


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Our 2018 Jewish Film Series, Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World Through Laughter, begins on April 8th. All films are open to the public. Admission is free. Films selected and presented by Dr. James Winchell.

Sunday 4/ 8 The Rabbi's Cat (France, 2011, animated), dir. Antoine Delesvaux, Joann Sfar; w/ Mathieu Amalric, François Damiens. Set in 1920's Algeria: rebbe's cat swallows mouthy parrot, then asks to learn Torah; study, feline conversion and
hilarity ensue.

Sunday 4/15 For Your Consideration (US, 2007), dir. Christopher Guest. Hasidic parable, disguised as subversive comedy, shows why Jewish ethical traditions condemn "loose talk," covetousness and idolatry so energetically-- and how no one among us is immune.

Sunday 4/ 22 *Mystery Title: To Be Revealed On Day of Showing*: For reasons beyond our control, we cannot publicize this title. Trust us, it's unlike anything you've seen before, and you won't believe that the actors are able even to play the
scenes-- for laughs, if at all.

Sunday 4/29 When Jews Were Funny (US, 2013), dir. Alan Zweig. Back by popular demand, a history of Jewish humor in this country that dares to ask current (and former!) comedians the startling question, "Are Jews as funny today as
we used to be?"

"The principle of watching, close observance, or focusing upon something, in Hebrew called shamar, is associated with the idea of maintaining, cherishing, observing, celebrating; . . ."