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

Saturday, July 31, 6:30pm, Dryden Theatre
WHO DO YOU LOVE
Director: Jerry Zacks, US, 2008, 90 min., Narrative
The Chess brothers changed the face of modern music by popularizing such extraordinary blues and rock talents as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. Who Do You Love is a toe-tapping biopic rich with sentimental tunes and settings of the 1950s and '60s. Leonard Chess (Alessandro Nivola) rose from obscurity after founding the Chicago-based label Chess Records with his brother Phil. As the music around them changed, so too did their strained family lives. Who Do you Love explores the professional success and personal sacrifices of the Jewish entrepreneurs and rising black artists who reinvented the entertainment world together. Directed by theater titan Jerry Zaks (Six Degrees of Separation).

Winner of the Audience Favorite Feature Film at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival.
Warning: Nudity/Adult themes
Generously underwritten by The Rubens Family Foundation.

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

Saturday, July 31, 9pm, Dryden Theatre
AJAMI
Director: Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, Israel, 2009, 120 min., Hebrew/Arabic w/ subtitles, Narrative
Co-directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, the powerful crime drama Ajami is set on the streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood, a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians, and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city's inhabitants: a young Israeli (Shahir Kabaha), a Palestinian refugee (Ibrahim Frege), a Jewish police detective (Eran Naim) and an affluent Palestinian (Scandar Copti). As their stories intersect - and the film's narrative shifts back and forth in time - we witness a dramatic collision of worlds and the tragic consequences that can occur when enemies live as neighbors.

Academy Award Nominee Best Foreign Language Film
Generously underwritten by The Futerman Supporting Foundation: Sara Futerman, Daphne Futerman & Ira Jevotovsky, Eli and Peggy Futerman, Rina & Danny Chessin.

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival

JCC Rochester Jewish Film Festival