THE VIRTUAL EDMONTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL!

 

From May 2 to 11, The Edmonton Jewish Film Festival will light up computer screens and TVs in Edmonton and beyond, showcasing Jewish culture, traditions and ideas through film. The Festival will feature outstanding Jewish-themed films and shorts from around the world. These Edmonton premieres bring stories of politics, history, love, identity and more. Films are complemented by virtual Pub Talks and Lunch Time Chats with distinguished guest speakers to provoke conversation and thought. All films and events are FREE and open to one and all! Priority will be given to Edmonton area residents, if we approach the viewing limits imposed by film distributors. You will need an email address and a computer to participate.

  • Shared Legacies - Sunday, May 2

    The crucial historical lessons of Black-Jewish cooperation in the turbulent Civil Rights era are revisited in this fascinating, urgent call to action. Events come alive through a treasure trove of archival materials, narrated by eyewitnesses, activists, Holocaust survivors, leaders of the movement and members of Martin Luther King’s family. This inspiring story of empathy, unity and partnership demonstrates that freedom and equality, for all, can only be achieved when people come together.

  • Here We Are, The Film - Monday, May 3

    This tender drama examines the intricacies of love, disability, community, and change. Divorced dad, Aharon, has given up his artistic career to look after his autistic son, Uri. They live a quiet life together, but as Uri reaches young adulthood, their cocooned life is upended when Uri’s mother decides that he needs to be placed in a specialized home that can better cater to his needs. Deeply reluctant, Aharon decides to run away with his son, instead.

  • Sublet - Tuesday, May 4

    Michael, a gay, middle-aged and slightly uptight travel columnist, goes to Tel Aviv to write an article, with just five days to capture the essence of Tel Aviv and then go quickly home to New York. But, when he sublets an apartment in a trendy Tel Aviv neighborhood from Tomer, a strikingly handsome and hip young film student, he finds himself drawn into the life and energy of the city, forming an intense bond with Tomer that will transform both their lives in unexpected ways.

  • Love, It Was Not - Wednesday, May 5

    True story of the relationship between a prisoner and a Nazi officer. Helena Citron, beautiful and full of life, is taken to Auschwitz as a young woman, and soon finds unlikely solace under the protection of Franz Wunsch, a high-ranking SS officer who falls in love with her and her magnetic singing voice. Thirty years later, a letter arrives from Wunsch's wife asking Helena to “return the favor” and testify on Wunsch's behalf.

  • Kiss Me Kosher - Sunday, May 9

    When Maria moves from Germany to Tel Aviv to be with her beloved, Shira, a series of small mis-steps puts in motion a wedding plan for the two women, a visit to Israel by Maria’s parents, a culture clash, and a fierce battle with Berta, Shira’s grandmother who is flatly opposed to any marriage between Jews and Germans. Shira and Maria discover that love is not the road to happiness they had envisioned, but more a minefield, littered with booby traps waiting to detonate.

  • Mrs. G. - Monday, May 10

    Mrs. Lea Gottlieb, legendary Israeli designer and founder/owner of the Gottex swimwear empire. Though Gottlieb’s life was full of crises and challenges, she always prevailed. Through interviews with family and former colleagues, and an array of splendid archival photos of Tel Aviv beaches and fashion runways, the film profiles Mrs. G’s incredible creativeness, her dominant personality, her complex relationships with her two daughters, and her unbridled passion for her work.

  • You Only Die Twice - Tuesday, May 11

    In this real-life Jewish detective story, Israeli Yair Lev’s mother learns that she has inherited a posh cottage in North London and all she has to do to take possession is to prove that she is the daughter of the late Ernst Bechinsky, Yet, what seems simple quickly becomes mysterious with the shocking discovery of another man whose birthday and birthplace are the same as her father’s. The story he slowly uncovers is an astonishing and suspenseful tale of sacrifice, love and friendship.

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