The Mobile Jewish Film Festival will screen several contemporary films at the University of South Alabama in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Jewish Cinema South: A Network of Jewish Film Festivals. The films will be screened Jan. 9, 11, 12, 13 and 16.
Festival tickets, priced at $8 for adults per screening and $6 for students and seniors, may be purchased in advance from the federation. Tickets will also be sold at the door. The following films will be screened on the USA main campus:
• Monday, Jan. 10 from 4-6 p.m. the workshop “Using Young Writers’ Diaries in the Classroom” will take place in University Commons Room 3212. The workshop will be facilitated by Alexandra Zapruder, filmmaker of “I’m Still Here” and author of “Salvaged Pages.” Both works are based on children’s Holocaust diaries she uncovered while doing research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The workshop is free and open to all educators.
• Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. will be the screening of the Holocaust survival story “Saviors in the Night,” at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This film is based on the memoirs of Marga Spiegel. The film depicts how courageous German farmers hid her, her husband and their daughter from 1943-45, saving them from deportation to the Nazi extermination camps. This film was named Best Film at the Pittsburgh and Cleveland Jewish Film Festivals.
• Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. will be the screening of the “The Last Survivor,” at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This film profiles four genocide survivors and their struggle to make sense of tragedy by working to educate a new generation about the horrors that must be averted. This film won Best Documentary at the Los Angeles and San Antonio Jewish Film Festivals.
• Thursday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. will be the screening of the “Noodle,” at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. This film tells the story of Miri, a single, Israeli flight attendant whose life has been crumbling around her for years. “Noodle” received 10 award nominations from the Israeli Film Academy and was named Best Feature Film at the Denver and San Diego Jewish Film Festivals. A dessert reception will follow the screening.
Mobile is one of three Jewish Cinema South sites for the 2010-2011 season. For more information on other area film screenings, visit www.isjl.org/cultural/jcs.htm. For more details about the Mobile Jewish Film Festival contact, Rickie Volt at (251) 533-4931 or Barry Silverman at (251) 479-3331.