The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum is pleased to announce that it will be holding the Seventh Annual Saint John Jewish Film Festival from October 17 to October 22, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film festival will he held virtually. Sponsors and ticket holders will select films to view and receive a unique, non-transferable link to each film.



SATURDAY OCTOBER 17

The Crossing – Director Johanne Helgeland, Norway 2020 

Norwegian (with English subtitles)

On Christmas Eve in 1942, the parents of 10-year-old Gerda and her brother Otto are arrested for being members of the Norwegian resistance. Left on their own, the siblings discover two Jewish children hidden in their basement at home. It is now up to Gerda and Otto to help Sarah and Daniel flee to safety from the Nazis across the border to neutral Sweden. The Crossing is a stark reminder that young children can display great courage during the most trying circumstances.


SUNDAY OCTOBER 18

Shared Legacies – Director Shari Rogers, USA, 2020 – English

This moving documentary describes the often-forgotten story of the coalition and friendship between Jewish and African-American communities during the Civil Rights movement. The modern alliance between African Americans and Jewish Americans dates back to the founding of the NAACP in 1909. Since then, both groups have endured segregation and racism, from the codified bigotry of southern Jim Crow laws, to blatant bias in employment, higher education, real estate and politics.

 

MONDAY OCTOBER 19

Winter Journey – Director Anders Ostergaard, Erzsebet Racz (co-directors) Hungary 2020 Hungarian (with English subtitles)

Martin Goldsmith never knew what happened to his parents before they escaped from Nazi Germany in 1941. Over a weekend, he confronts his father to reveal what happened in this moving reinactment. His story transports us back to the complex and difficult 1930s, at a time when his parents were young musicians and forced to confront a painful existence, as ever more frightening laws are imposed on the Jewish population.


TUESDAY OCTOBER 20

How About Adolf? – Director Sonke Wortmann, Germany 2019 – German (with English subtitles)

What should have been a fun dinner party quickly gets out of hand once Thomas announces he and his pregnant girlfriend are planning to name their son Adolf. This scandalous news leads to bitter confrontation. All kinds of unexpected family secrets are revealed and truths dragged into the light, kicking and screaming. It leads to outrage, a clash of egos and wounded pride.

 

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 21

Those Who Remained – Director Barnabas Toth, Hungary 2019 – Hungarian (with English subtitles)

Having survived the camps, 42-year-old Aldo lives a solitary life as a doctor in Budapest. Then Klara, his 16-year-old patient, moves in with him after trying to live with her aunt. She is holding on to hope her parents will return from the war. As the two of them grow closer, the joy in both their lives slowly returns. It is a lyrical story of the healing power of love in the midst of conflict, loss and trauma.

 

THURSDAY OCTOBER 22

Crescendo - Director Dror Zahavi, Germany 2020 – English, German

When a world-famous conductor takes hold of a newly formed Israeli-Palestinian youth orchestra, it takes all his skill and resourcefulness to overcome their mistrust and bitterness toward one another. The film’s director takes the audience on an emotional ride from rising tension to a glimmer of hope. But then disaster almost derails the project right up to the final scene.

 

For more information contact Katherine at the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum – 506-633-1833 or sjjhm@nbnet.nb.ca