Screenings Set for Jewish Film Festival


Posted on January 6, 2017 by Joy Washington
Joy Washington


"The Last Mentsch" is considered a beautiful film of friendship and healing. It was named Best Feature Film in the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Menemsha Films. data-lightbox='featured'
"The Last Mentsch" is considered a beautiful film of friendship and healing. It was named Best Feature Film in the San Diego Jewish Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Menemsha Films.

If you are looking to enjoy some unique contemporary films, the Mobile Jewish Film Festival will include screenings at the University of South Alabama campuses in Mobile and Fairhope this month. The 16th annual film festival will run Jan. 8-22, is sponsored by the Mobile Area Jewish Federation and will feature live music. All films are open to the public.

Tickets are $8 for adults per screening and $6 for students and seniors. The University is sponsoring tickets for USA students, and the admission is free with reservations for films screened at South only. Tickets will also be sold at the door or can be purchased by calling (251) 343-7197, or by visiting the film festival's website.

The films to be screened at South are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m., John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, USA Main Campus: “The Last Mentsch” features an aging German holocaust survivor who attempts to come to terms with his past after spending a lifetime concealing his heritage. This is considered a beautiful film of friendship and healing that was named Best Feature Film in the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m., John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, USA Main Campus: “A Love to Hide” is about a young Jewish girl, looking to escape the clutches of the Third Reich after seeing her parents and sister brutally slain. She is sheltered by her childhood friend Jean, who is in a clandestine relationship. 
  • Thursday, Jan. 12, 7 p.m. John W. Laidlaw Performing Arts Center, USA Main Campus, and Tuesday, Jan. 17 at USA’s Fairhope Campus: “Fever at Dawn” is about a 25-year-old Hungarian man who in 1945 was freed from a concentration camp and treated at a Swedish hospital. The doctors diagnosed him with a severe lung disease and tell him that he has no more than six months to live. This is slated as a quirky, don’t-miss love story.

The Mobile Jewish Film Festival will also include The Julian Student Holocaust Film Series featuring “Secrets of War,” a film that was well received during the 2016 film festival. This film is specifically for thousands of local middle school students. The goal is to teach understanding and respect though this selected film.

 


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