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JULY 28                                                                                      July 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 31    August 1 | 2  View entire schedule

Wednesday, July 28, 6:15pm, Little Theatre
ANITA
Director: Marcos Carnevale, Argentina, 2009, 104 min., Spanish w/ subtitles, Narrative
Renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale tells the story of a terrorist bombing in Buenos Aires that upends the life of a girl with Down syndrome and propels her on a poignant journey. Anita Feldman (an extraordinary debut performance by Alejandra Manzo, an actress with Down syndrome) is lovingly cared for by her mother (Oscar-nominee Norma Aleandro, Autumn Sun, RJFF 2002), and spends weekdays helping her run a small stationary store in their Jewish neighborhood. Everything changes when a car bomb explodes outside the AMIA Jewish Community Center. Disoriented in the wake of the attack, Anita wanders the city in search of her missing mother, touching the lives of those around her.

Best Picture and Audience Award winner at the 2009 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.


JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival
(no English subtitles)

Wednesday, July 28, 9pm, Little Theatre
ZRUBAVEL
Director: Shmuel Beru, Israel/US, 2008, 72 min., Hebrew/Amharic w/ subtitles, Narrative
A family of Ethiopian émigrés is torn between love for their homeland and assimilation within Israeli culture in Zrubavel, the first feature-length film created by Ethiopian Israelis. While born and raised in Israel, the Zrubavel family is of Ethiopian heritage. The patriarch of the family is a proud, dignified working man who is determined to see his children succeed beyond him. His dreams for their future are threatened by his children's rebellious choices. Much of the conflict unfolds through the lens of the youngest child, Itzhak who dreams of becoming the, "future Spike Lee of Israel." Zrubavel is a universal story of an immigrant family trying to preserve its heritage in a land where they are viewed as outsiders. Zrubavel is directed by first-time filmmaker Shmuel Beru, who at the age of 8, walked across the Sudanese desert to Israel.

Winner Best Film Award at the 2008 Haifa International Film Festival
Warning: Sexual content/Nudity

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

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PINCHAS
Director: Pini Tagver, Israel, 2008, 30 min., Hebrew/Russian w/ subtitles, Narrative
Nine-year-old Pinchas lives in poverty and loneliness with his Russian immigrant mother, who works the night shift and sleeps during the day. When the boy is drawn to the warmth and unity of religious neighbors, two worlds - his mother's and his neighbors' - collide.

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival