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2018 Film Festival Schedule

2018 Brochure

Summer Films at the J

Summer films are screened at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex, Arts & Education Building.

Sunday, August 19

4pm - An Act of Defiance

Netherlands • English and Afrikaans with English subtitles
Director: Jean van de Velde
Feature: 123 minutes

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Powerful, captivating

It’s 1963, in South Africa, 10 men – some black, some Jewish – are arrested for conspiring to commit sabotage against the Apartheid state and its government. Led by fellow defendant Nelson Mandela and represented by courageous lawyer Bram Fischer, the group pleads not guilty, shifting attention to the corrupt and grossly unjust political system. This nail-biting thriller is filled with courtroom intrigue and explores the little-known involvement of South African Jews in condemning Apartheid.

Sunday, August 26

7pm - The Last Suit

Argentina/Spain • Spanish, German, Polish, Yiddish w/English subtitles

Director: Pablo Solarz
Feature: 86 minutes

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Heartfelt and charming

Abraham Bursztein, an 88 year-old-Jewish tailor, escapes his family in Argentina who are intent on sending him to a nursing home. He journeys to Europe in hope of finding a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. With assistance from a roll call of generous strangers, the sharply-dressed suit maker makes his way to Poland, undeterred by travel mishaps, family foibles and geographical obstacles in this bittersweet movie.

For additional information on becoming a member of the Jewish Film Society, call Zelda Sparks at 314-442-3169. An individual membership is $36, couples $54 and $18 for students.