TIMES: THURSDAYS — July 11, 26, August 8, 22, 29
6pm PATIO RECEPTION – 6:30pm SPEAKER – 7pm FILM
THURSDAY, JULY 11 2019. HEADING HOME: THE STORY OF TEAM ISRAEL
2018 (87Min) NR
Directed by:Seth Kramer, Daniel Miller, and Jeremy Newberger
Ike Davis—- Cody Decker– Sam Fuld– Ty Kelly– Ryan Lavarnway– Jerry Weinstein– Josh Zeid
A stirring story of sports, patriotism and personal growth, Heading Home charts the underdog journey of Israel’s national baseball team competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of defeat, Team Israel is finally ranked among the world’s best in 2017, eligible to compete in the prestigious international tournament. Their line-up included several Jewish American Major League players―Ike Davis, Josh Zeid and ex-Braves catcher Ryan Lavarnway―most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, let alone having ever set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem where they are greeted as heroes, to Seoul where they must debunk their has-been, wannabe reputations. With their Mensch on the Bench mascot by their side, the team laughs, cries, and does much soul-searching, discovering the pride of representing Israel on the world stage.
Guest Speaker: SETH KRAMER
Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller, and Jeremy Newberger are Ironbound Films. Headquartered in an old inn on the Hudson River opposite West Point, Ironbound creates documentaries for theaters, television, and the web. They produced and directed Heading Home: The Tale of Team Israel.
In addition, Daniel wrote, Seth edited, and Jeremy did art direction for the film. Seth was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Historical Programming for Resistance: Untold Stories of Jewish Partisans (PBS, 2002). Daniel was nominated for The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (PBS, 1997).
JULY 25, 2019 THE HISTORY OF LOVE
2016 (134 min) NR
“Be it dip-pen on paper writing in Yiddish from Minsk in the 1940s or sheets of paper in a manual typewriter in NYC in 2006 or a Spanish-language volume from Chile being translated via computer, the importance of fashioning and transmitting words runs through the story with a brand of cinematic heft no text message is likely to equal.” LISA NESSELSON, Screen Daily
Director: Radu Milhaileanu
Written by: Radu Milhaileanu, Marcia Romano based on the novel by Nicole Krauss
Starring: Derek Jacobi, Eliot Gould, Gemma Arterton Sophie Nelisse, Mark Rendall
Languages: English, Yiddish
Based on American Author Nicole Krauss’ bestseller, “The History of Love” is a sprawling saga of undaunted ardor and merciless twists of fate. Spanning decades and continents the film’s central narrative begins in Pre-war Poland and follows Leo Gursky and Alma Mereminski, neighbors and sweethearts, whose romance is thwarted by the rise of fascism. Before the war Alma is sent to America; after the war Leo tries to find her, oblivious to the surprises that await him. Aided by a brilliant cast that includes Gemma Arterton and veteran actors Derek Jacobi and Elliot Gould, director Radu Mihaileanu deftly weaves the many threads of Krauss’ novel into a soaring epic that touches on the duties of Jewishness, literature, and love.
Guest Speaker Carole Renard, NEH Oral History Project Coordinator, Wexler Oral History Project
Carole currently works in the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project where, in addition to interviewing community members and scholars about Yiddish history and culture, she works on transcribing and indexing the extensive collection of over 800 interviews to make them more accessible to the public. She has her BA in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from Smith College and her MA in Jewish Studies from University College London, where she wrote her thesis on Jewish involvement in the British suffrage movement.
Carole holds an MA in Jewish Studies from University College London and a BA in Anthropology and Jewish Studies from Smith College.
AUGUST 8, 2019 THE GERMAN DOCTOR
“A thriller with a historical basis, ‘The German Doctor’ is a somewhat fictionalized glimpse at a ghastly real-life villain.”
Linda CookQuad City Times
2014 (93min) PG-13
Directed by: Lucia Puenza
Starring: Alex Brendemühl as Mengele, Florencia Badoas Lilith, Diego Peretti as Enzo Natalia Oreiro as Ev
Language: Spanish (Eng Subtitles)
Patagonia, 1960. A German doctor meets an Argentinean family and follows them on a long desert road to a small town where the family will be starting a new life. Eva, Enzo and their three children welcome the doctor into their home and entrust their young daughter, Lilith, to his care, not knowing that they are harboring one of the most dangerous criminals in the world. At the same time, Israeli agents are desperately looking to bring “The German Doctor” to justice.
Guest Speaker: Marjorie Agosin – Award-winning Chilean author, poet, and professor.
Marjorie Agosín was raised in Chile, the daughter of Jewish parents who fled Europe. The family moved to the United states to escape the military coup that overthrew Salvador Allende’s Socialist government.
In both her scholarship and her creative work, Professor Agosin focuses on social justice, feminism, and remembrance and has received numerous honors and awards for her writing and work as a human rights activist, including a Jeanette Rankin Award in Human Rights and a United Nations Leadership Award for Human Rights. The Chilean government honored her with a Gabriela Mistral Medal for Lifetime Achievement. Agosín is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American studies and a professor of Spanish and Latin American literature at Wellesley College.
As an author, she writes in many forms. Among her many books of poetry are AT THE THRESHOLD OF MEMORY (White Pine, 2003), AN ABSENCE OF SHADOWS (White Pine, 1998), and STARRY NIGHT (White Pine, 1996) , winner of the Letras de Oro Prize for poetry from the Spanish Ministry of Culture. Her most recent books of prose are WRITING TOWARDS HOPE: THE LITERATURE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN LATIN AMERICA (Yale, 2006), SECRETS IN THE SAND: THE YOUNG WOMEN OF CIUDAD JUAREZ (White Pine,2006) and CARTOGRAPHIES: MEDITATIONS ON TRAVEL (Georgia, 2004), introduce by Isabel Allende.
Marjorie is an activist and spokesperson for women’s rights in Third World countries. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts, the Letras de Oro Prize for Poetry, and the Latino Literature Prize. Massachusetts.
August 22, 2019 TRUMBO
“Trumbo” is beautiful and eloquent as it tells a tale of politics, relationships, loyalty, and human nature”.
Pamela Powell Daily Journal (Kankakee, IL)
“Entertaining, swiftly moving, and just as witty as the man himself”.
Deirdre Crimmins Cinematic Essential
2015 (124min) R
Directed by: Jay Roach
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Alan Tudyk, Diane Lane , Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis CKIn 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Guest Speaker: Rick Winston
Rick Winston was the co-owner of Montpelier’s Savoy Theater for 29 years, and was Programming Director for the Green Mountain Film Festival for 14 years. He has taught film history at Burlington College, Community College of Vermont, Goddard College, and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and has made presentations throughout Vermont on film history.He is the Author of the book “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1946-1960”.
August 29, 2019 WOMEN’S BALCONY
New York Times & Los Angeles Times CRITICS PICK!
Israel’s #1 Film of the Year!
”The Women’s Balcony is a feel-good, crowd-pleasing comedy that depicts what happens when extremism and traditional values collide” Danielle Solzman
2017 (96min) NR
Directed By: Emil Ben-Shimon
Starring:Orna Banai as Tikvah, Itzik Cohen as Aharon,Einat Sarouf as Margalit
A comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism.
An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem, in this rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power
Guest Speaker: Shayna Weiss
Dr. Shayna Weiss is the Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University. Previously, she was the inaugural Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Israel Studies at the United States Naval Academy. She earned her PhD from New York University in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in Israel at Bar Ilan University and Tel Aviv University, where she taught courses about Israeli history and society. She has also taught at Brooklyn College and New York University. Her research interests converge at the intersection of religion and gender in the Israeli public sphere, as well as the politics of Israeli popular culture. She is completing a book on gender segregation in the Israeli public sphere.