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Monday, July 26, 6:15pm, Little Theatre
SAVIORS IN THE NIGHT (Unter Bauerm)
Director: Ludi Boeken, Germany, 2009, 95 min., German/French/English w/ subtitles, Narrative
The riveting, real-life drama of a Jewish family who found refuge with Westphalian farmers during WWII, Saviors in the Night is a powerful, humanity-affirming story in the face of barbarism. The Spiegel family escapes the last of the death camp deportations and is offered safe hiding for nearly 3 years by salt-of-the-earth German peasants who reject fascism and put themselves at grave risk without hesitation. Danger lurks constantly as SS officers, Nazi youth groups and frightened citizens threaten to expose the refugees and their protectors. Today, the names of these courageous farmers are immortalized at the Yad Vashem memorial in Israel. Based on the memoirs of the now 97-year-old Marga Spiegel, Saviors in the Night is a refreshingly unsentimental memorial to these silent heroes.

Winner of the New York Jewish Film Festival Audience Choice Award for Best Feature.

GUEST: DIRECTOR LUDI BOEKEN

Generously underwritten by The Flaum Family: Generation to Generation and Josephine and Simon Braitman.

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Monday, July 26, 9pm, Little Theatre
EYES WIDE OPEN (Einaym Pkuhot)
Director: Haim Tabakman, France/Germany/Israel, 2009, 91 min., Hebrew/Yiddish with subtitles, Narrative
Aaron (stage veteran Zohar Strauss), a respected butcher and a family man in an ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Jerusalem, leads a conservative life of community devotion and spiritual dedication. His life undergoes a series of emotional changes following the arrival of Ezri (Israeli heartthrob Ran Danker) a young apprentice to his shop. Consumed with lust, the handsome yeshiva student irreversibly transforms the intricate beliefs in the once-devoted butcher's life - leading Aaron to question his relationships with his wife, children, community and God. Zohar Strauss won the 2009 Jerusalem Film Festival Best Actor award for his breakthrough portrayal of a man tormented by traditional religious boundaries in Israel.

"A film of scrupulous sympathy...a gem of insight; taboo-breaking in an intense, restrained drama..."
- VARIETY

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