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Front Page - Friday, February 11, 2022

Jewish documentary film series to begin Feb. 15

The Jewish Cultural Center will screen “Mish Mish,” a film about the creators of the Arab Mickey Mouse, and three other Jewish-themed films virtually beginning Feb. 15. - Photograph provided

The Jewish Cultural Center will screen four Jewish-themed documentary films virtually during four consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Each film will be available for 72 hours beginning Tuesdays at noon.

To register to view the films, visit www.jewishchattanooga.com. A subscription for all four films is $36. Films can also be viewed individually for $12 each.

Registrants will receive the login code the first morning of the screening and a Zoom code Thursday for discussions, if one is scheduled.

These films have won international awards and received recognition at festivals throughout the U.S., Europe and Israel.

The slate of films includes:

Feb. 15-18

Yerusalem: The Incredible Story of Ethiopian Jewry

• Hebrew, Ethiopian (with subtitles)

• 90 minutes

For 2,500 years, the Jews of Ethiopia believed they were the last Jews on Earth. “Yerusalem” tells the story of the long and tumultuous journey of this community as it finds its way back to Jerusalem.

Feb. 22-25

Mish Mish

• English, Hebrew, French (with subtitles)

• 74 minutes

A treasure trove of Egyptian animated films has been found in a basement near Paris. The films show the work of the Arab pioneers in this genre, the Frenkel brothers, creators of Mish-Mish Effendi, the Mickey Mouse of the region, which disappeared from Egyptian screens when the State of Israel was created.

March 1-4

Outremont and the Hasidim

• English, French, Yiddish (with subtitles)

• 53 minutes

The challenges of accommodating the Hasidim, or ultra-Orthodox Jews, in the affluent Montreal borough of Outremont highlight the need for relationship building. After settling there more than 70 years ago, the Hasidim are a growing minority group that currently represents 23% of Outremont’s population. The growing presence of the Hasidim and their perceived refusal to integrate causes distrust and fear.

March 8-11

The Legacy of Aristides

• French (with subtitles)

• 72 minutes

In June 1940 in Bordeaux, France, Aristides de Sousa Mendes saved tens of thousands of Jews and non-Jews by issuing them visas for Portugal. As the Portuguese consul to France in the early years of the Second World War, Sousa Mendes found himself continually more restricted by the policies of Portugal’s prime minister, who had assumed a position of neutrality in his desire to not offend Hitler.

Source: The Jewish Cultural Center