July 9

The Last Resort

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Monday, July 9 | 11am | JCC Hart Theater


Director: Dennis Scholl, Kareem Tabsch | USA | 2018 | 70 | English | Documentary

Not that long ago, Miami Beach was home to America’s largest colony of Jewish retirees. The Last Resort tells the almost forgotten story of the rise, fall and rise again, of this sunburned paradise from the first influx of Jews after WWII to their “second exodus” in the 1980s-90s. But it also tells the story of Andy Sweet and Gary Monroe, two young, ambitious, gifted photographers determined to capture images of the aging Jewish community before it disappeared. Today, those images are both invaluable historical records and magnificent works of visual art. The Last Resort is nostalgic, informative and immensely appealing.

The Testament

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Monday, July 9 | 1:30pm | JCC Hart Theater


Director: Amichai Greenberg | Austria, Israel | 2018 | 94 | English, German, Hebrew, Yiddish (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

An Israeli researcher is locked in a legal battle against powerful forces eager to keep an old war crime buried. His search for evidence leads him to testimony by his own mother, testimony that reveals a secret that shatters his own sense of identity. The Testament is not about the war but about what it means to be Jewish, to be religious, and to be part of a family. And for Yoel, the researcher committed to discovering “the truth,” it is about what “truth” actually means. Suspenseful, powerful and intensely thought-provoking, The Testament is a film not easily forgotten.

The Essential Link: The Story of Wilfrid Israel

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Monday, July 9 | 6pm | Dryden Theater


Director: Yonatan Nir | Israel | 2016 | 71 | Hebrew, German (w/ subtitles) | Documentary

Most of us have heard of the Kindertransport, the program that saved thousands of Jewish children during the WWII. But few have heard of a key player in its success, Wilfrid Israel, a wealthy Jewish businessman and owner of Berlin’s largest department store in the 1930s. Although Israel knew some of the 20th Century’s most influential people, including Albert Einstein, he seems to have vanished from history. Filmmaker Yonatan Nir set out to discover why, and the quest quickly became surprisingly personal. A history lesson in the shape of a mystery, The Essential Link is a riveting experience.

An Act of Defiance

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Monday, July 9 | 8:45pm | Dryden Theater


Director: Jean van de Velde | Netherlands | 2018 | 123 | English, Afrikaans (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

A gripping historical drama about the apartheid era in South Africa, AN Act of Defiance tells the true story of Bram Fischer, a Jewish lawyer, and his struggle to defend Nelson Mandela and nine other resistance leaders against charges of conspiracy to commit sabotage, charges that can carry the death penalty. But Fischer has a dangerous secret that threatens the defense and his life. An Act of Defiance deftly combines a nail-biting political thriller with intricate courtroom maneuvering while paying tribute to the legendary figures who fought to end apartheid.

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