Jewish International Film Fest of Greater Binghamton continues

By: Reporter staff

The Jewish International Film Fest of Greater Binghamton will feature six films on five nights. The films will be shown at the Jewish Community Center, 500 Clubhouse Rd., Vestal. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the picture led by a community member. The event is open to the entire community. Tickets cost $10 per film. To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, call 724-2332. The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton and donors are soon to be announced.
“Join us for a wonderful group of films,” said Sima Auerbach, executive director of the Federation. “The Film Fest Committee thought long and hard about which films to show this year to ensure you will have five fantastic nights at the movies.”
Federation Annual Meeting and “My Polish Honeymoon” on Sunday, May 19, at 7 pm 
A very short annual meeting will begin at 7 pm and be followed by a showing of the film. (See “Annual meeting” sidebar.)
“My Polish Honeymoon” tells the story of Anna and Adam, a young Parisian couple with Jewish origins, who are about to travel to Poland for the first time. They are just married and technically speaking this will be their honeymoon. They plan to attend a ceremony in memory of the Jewish community in the village of Adam’s grandfather, which was destroyed 75 years ago.
Adam is not really enthusiastic about this, but sees it as an occasion to spend some quality time with his wife, away from their baby boy. Anna, on the other hand, is both extremely anxious and overly excited about the trip to her grandmother’s country. She is hoping to reconnect with her roots and finally discover more about her own family’s history, which was always a mystery. The discussion will be moderated by Dora Polachek.
“Capernaum” on Thursday, May 23, at 7 pm
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s “Capernaum” (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. “Capernaum” follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), is jailed for a crime and, finally, seeks justice in a courtroom. “Capernaum” was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. 
“City of Joel” on Thursday, May 30, at 7 pm
“City of Joel” is a documentary – with unprecedented access – to a 1.1 square mile shtetl in the suburbs that is home to 22,000 members of one of the most insular and orthodox Chasidic sects. Viewers follow the battles they are waging. Just 50 miles north of New York City, the Satmar sect has built Kiryas Joel as a religious haven where they can be fruitful, multiply and follow the 613 rules of the Torah. With some of the highest rates of marriage, birth and religious observance in the country, they have to keep up with this growth, but their neighbors fight back because they believe it will harm the secular community. The discussion will be moderated by Rivky Slonim.
“Shoelaces” on Sunday, June 2, at 7 pm
Ruven (Doval’e Glickman) is a gruff, 60-year-old man who owns a small auto repair shop in Tel Aviv. He was once married, but has long been divorced. When his wife gave birth, the couple found out that their son Gadi (Nevo Kimchi) had special needs. Ruven and his wife eventually split up, with Ruven’s wife and Gadi moving out of town. One day, Ruven gets a phone call telling him that his ex-wife has died. He goes to the funeral and finds out from a social worker named Ilana (Evelin Hagoel) that he has to take in Gadi, who is now in his 30s, for a few weeks until a facility opens up with a space that Gadi can permanently live in. The discussion will be moderated by incoming Federation Executive Director Shelley Hubal and Rabbi Rachel Esserman.