Chattanooga Now Jewish Film Series explores themes of murder, defiance and redemption

Chattanooga Now Jewish Film Series explores themes of murder, defiance and redemption

May 15th, 2019 by Staff Report in Chattanooga Now - Art

"Enemies: A Love Story" follows Holocaust survivors in their new lives in New York City. / Murder, defiance, redemption / Jewish Cultural Center Contributed Photo

The 12th annual Jewish Film Series is offering Jewish-themed, award-winning films produced in Israel and Argentina on consecutive Wednesday nights May 29-June 19.

The films begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road. They are suitable for ages 16 and older.

Tickets are $8 per person, $3 for students with valid ID. Admission includes complimentary popcorn and a soft drink.



* May 22: "The Tobacconist." Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop, where he meets Sigmund Freud, a regular customer. Over time, the two very different men form a singular friendship. 90 minutes.

* May 29: "An Act of Defiance." Based on real events of the 1963 Rivonia Trial in apartheid South Africa, when Nelson Mandela and nine of his black and Jewish compatriots faced possible death sentences. Winner of nine film festival audience and jury awards. 123 minutes.

* June 5: "Murder: Anatomy of a Trial." The film depicts a trial about a war criminal who orchestrated the murder of thousands of Jews. The film quickly evolves from a legal battle into a resonant, timely exploration of political expediency, the manipulation of the truth and the normalcy of evil. 137 minutes

* June 12: "Enemies: A Love Story." Set in New York City in 1949, the film follows the lives of Holocaust survivors exploring their new lives, tempered with wit, satire and irony. This is the first newly rediscovered classic film included in the series. 119 minutes

* June 19: "Redemption." A dutiful, but deeply unhappy, father fights to save his gravely ill daughter and his own dreams of being a rock musician, in this poignant and probing Israeli drama. 104 minutes

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