17th Annual

Karen Schneider
Jewish Film Festival

Affiliated with the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival of Detroit

Lynne Hurand & Susan Low, Festival Chairs

A presentation of the Flint Jewish Federation and the Flint Institute of Arts

Sponsored by:

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Presented with generous support of the Ravitz Foundation

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Sponsored by:

Presented with generous support of the Ravitz Foundation

The Mission

The mission of the Karen Schneider Jewish Film Festival of Flint is to entertain and to educate. The festival uses the power of film to challenge conventional perspectives on complex and dynamic issues facing the Jewish people and the community as a whole. Please join us as the festival brings our community together for one month of cultural enlightenment and entertainment.

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May 2–8

Here We Are

May 2–23

A Crime on the Bayou
Forgiveness
From Cairo to the Cloud
Hollywood’s II. World War
Shalom Taiwan

May 9–15

The Crossing

May 16–22

The Keeper
Six Minutes to Midnight

Screening

All screenings for the Film Festival will be held online, as the Flint Institute of Arts Theater is closed due to public health concerns. Tickets for each film can be purchased at the Jewish Film Festival film website at jff.eventive.org. Sponsors will be given special access codes to watch films.

Q&A

To register for the Q&As, contact Ashley at ashleymusser@flintfed.org for the films A Crime on the Bayou and From Cairo to the Cloud.

May 2-8

Here We Are

(Israel, 2020) Directed by Nir Bergman, 94 min., not rated, subtitled

Aharon has devoted his life to raising his autistic son, Uri. As Uri becomes a young adult, his mother thinks it might be time for him to live in a group home. Believing that Uri is not ready for this separation, Aharon runs away with his son and hits the road. Or is it Aharon who is not ready?

May 2-23

A Crime on the Bayou

(U.S., 2020) Directed by Nancy Buirski, 89 min., not rated

An African American teenager, with
the help of a Jewish attorney, bravely challenges the most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana. Systemic racism and pervasive anti-Semitism meet their match in decisive legal battles, including the U.S. Supreme Court, in this documentary.

May 2-23

Forgiveness

(Israel, 2019) Directed by Guy Amir and Hanan Savyon, 104 min., not rated, subtitled

This comedy tells the story of longtime Israeli friends Shaul and Nissan. After the two bungle a robbery, Shaul gets caught and sent to prison and Nissan flees the country. After becoming ultra-Orthodox, Nissan returns to Israel hoping Shaul, now just released from prison, will forgive him.

May 2-23

From Cairo to the Cloud: The World of the Cairo Geniza

(Canada/U.S., 2020) Directed by Michelle Paymar, 94 min., not rated, subtitled

This is the gripping story of the discovery and significance of the Cairo Geniza, a treasure trove illuminating over a thousand years of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim life in the heart of the Islamic world. This vast collection of manuscripts, hidden for centuries in the sacred storeroom of an ancient synagogue in Old Cairo, is the largest cache of Jewish historical documents ever found.

May 2-23

Hollywood’s II. World War

(Germany, 2019) Directed by Jascha Hannover, 90 min., not rated

During World War II, the U.S. government launched a huge propaganda campaign using cinema as a powerful weapon. This is the story of four European-born Hollywood directors, three of them Jewish, who returned to the “Old World” and risked their lives to make documentaries for the U.S. Army.

May 2-23

Shalom Taiwan

(Argentina, 2019) Directed by Walter Tejblum, 85 min., not rated, subtitled

The financial problems of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires are a nightmare for young Rabbi Aaron, whose industriousness and optimism don’t seem enough to repay the longstanding debt. He embarks on a humorous, heartwarming, and transformational quest to Taiwan to attract donations.

May 9-15

The Crossing

(Norway, 2020) Directed by Johanne Helgeland, 96 min., not rated, subtitled

Otto and Gerda’s parents are part of the resistance movement in Nazi- occupied Norway. When their parents are arrested, the siblings discover two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, hiding in their cellar. Over Otto’s objections, the two pairs set off for neutral Sweden to bring Sarah and Daniel to safety.

May 16-22

The Keeper

(United Kingdom/Germany, 2019) Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller, 120 min., not rated

Inspired by the true story of Bert Trautmann, a German POW who became a famous English soccer player, the film follows the romance between Trautmann and an English woman. They overcome prejudice, public hostility, and personal tragedy. David Kross (The Reader) heads the cast.

May 16-22

Six Minutes to Midnight

(United Kingdom, 2021) Directed by Andy Goddard, 99 min., rated PG-13

In 1939, influential families in Nazi Germany sent their daughters to a finishing school in an English seaside town. Their aim was to learn English and be ambassadors for a future-focused National Socialist Germany. When the body of a former teacher is discovered, it triggers a sequence of deadly events. Judi Dench and Eddie Izzard star in this fact-based drama.

May 3 @ 7:00p

Q&A

From Cairo to the Cloud

David Kraemer, one of the contributors in “From Cairo to the Cloud” and Jewish Theological Seminary Librarian, offers a deep dive into the history and contents of the Cairo Geniza (presented by The Lenore Marwil Detroit Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish Theological Seminary).

May 6 @ 7:00p

Q&A

A Crime on the Bayou

David Leyton, Genesee County Prosecutor, will present a talkback discussion of the movie.

A Special Thank You

to our Producers, Director, Screenwriters and Patrons who have generously supported this year’s Karen Schneider Jewish Film Festival of Flint.

Producers

Dr. Suresh Anne
Rhonda Price

Director

Dr. Stephen Burton

Screenwriters

Steven & Susan Low
Leonard Meizlish
Dr. Bobby Mukkamala & Dr. Nita Kulkarni
Mimi Schaffer
Dr. Stuart & Kathy Weiner
Mitchell & Mary Weiss

Patrons

Barbara & Tedd Bean
Dr. Morley Biesman
Arline Bittker
Dr. Shai Brosh & Christine Mieloch
Janis & Harvey Eisman
Nancy & Ida Epstein
Juliet Fernandes
Nora Fisher
Wendy & Dr. Mel Flamenbaum
Eugene & Rhina Griffel
Ann & Joel Harris
Jeff & Kim Himelhoch
Gary & Carol Hurand
Lynne Hurand
Frank & Judy Kasle
Jeff & Beth Katz
Dr. Alan Klein
Joel Kleiner & Suzanne Selig
Steven & Pearl Kleiner
Melba Lewis
Prosecutor David & Therese Leyton
Diane & John Lindholm
Linda Midler
Edward & Phyllis Powers
Dr. Rama Rao
Saroja Reddy
Linda Roberts
Betty Salimi
Reta Schafer
Robert Schaffer
Suzanne Sennabaum
Dr. Robert & Susan Soderstrom
Shelley Spivack & Justin Scanlon
Dr. Harold & Debby Golden-Steinman
Drs. Mark & Sue Weiss
Dr. Mel & Bette Wolf

Your Generous Donation Helps

Filmfest 2021

By being a sponsor at any level you will be helping the Flint Jewish Federation.

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Donation Total: $18

Patron and above level sponsors will be emailed access codes to watch films at the Jewish Film Festival film website – jff.eventive.org. They will receive two restaurant gift cards of $36 each and be listed for special recognition during the virtual preshow introductions to the movies.

Please make checks payable and mail to:
Flint Jewish Federation 5080 W. Bristol Rd., Suite 3 Flint, MI 48507

To charge tickets or sponsorships, call the Flint Jewish Federation at 810.767.5922.

Patron and above level sponsors should make sure the Flint Jewish Federation receives their forms by April 26. Individual tickets, at $5 per film, can be purchased during the festival at the Jewish Film Festival film website – jff.eventive.org