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Front Page - Friday, January 15, 2021

Jewish documentary film festival begins Jan. 19




The Jewish Cultural Center will screen five Jewish-themed, award-winning documentaries on five consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Register to view films at www.jewishchattanooga.com. A subscription for all five films is $36. Viewers can watch individual films for $12 each.

All films will screen virtually for 48 hours beginning at noon the day listed (Tuesday) and ending at noon 48 hours later (Thursday).

Discussions will follow some films. These discussions will take place via Zoom at 7 p.m. on the Thursday of that film’s screening.

Viewers must pay for screenings in advance at www.jewishchattanooga.com. The Jewish Cultural Center will send the login code the first morning of the screening and a Zoom code for discussions, if one is scheduled, Thursday.

The films included in the Jewish Cultural Center’s documentary series have earned international awards and nominations, and have received recognition at festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Israel.

Screening Jan. 19-21, “Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance” (English, 96 minutes) highlights the coalition and friendship between the African American and Jewish communities.

A Zoom panel discussion about Chattanooga’s African American-Jewish role in the civil rights movement will follow Thursday evening.

Available for viewing Jan. 26-28, “Syndrome K” (Italian, subtitles, 80 minutes) documents the story of a contagious fake disease three Roman Catholic doctors created to hide Jews during the Holocaust. Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In “Rabbi Goes West” (English, 73 minutes), screening Feb. 2-4, a rabbi and his wife adapt to their new home in Montana.

Two Montrealers discover their Jewish heritage during a day of eating in and around the city in “Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal” (English, 62 minutes), screening Feb. 9-11.

A short film about the making of a Jewish dish called gelfite will follow. On Thursday, local Canadian-American cook Stephen Black will demonstrate preparing one of the film’s favorite dishes.

Screening Feb. 16-18, “Nobody Was Interested, Nobody Asked” (English, 60 minutes) tells the story of Holocaust survivors in Canada.

A Zoom discussion with director Max Beer and producer Deena Clusy-Apel will follow Thursday.

Source: The Jewish Cultural Center