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26th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival at the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center Feb 14 – March 1, 2022. The festival will include virtual and in-person screenings from Feb 14 – 22 and an entirely virtual festival Feb 23 – March 1.
Films to highlight include:
- Persian Lessons – Monday, Feb 14 at 7 p.m. An unconventional friendship grows between a German chef of a concentration camp kitchen, Klaus Koch and a young Belgian Jew, Gilles, who falsely claims to be Persian in order to survive a mass shooting. He is now obliged to teach Klaus a language that he only pretends to know.
- Neighbours – Thurs, Feb 17 at 8 p.m. A little village on the Syrian-Turkish border in early 80’s. A six-year-old Kurdish boy in his first year in an Arab school and sees how his world is radically changed by absurd nationalism. How much friendship, love and solidarity are possible in times of repression and despotism?
- Here We Are preceded by A Father’s Kaddish – Sun, Feb 20 at 1 p.m. Here We Are – Aharon has devoted his life to raising his son Uri. They live together in a gentle routine, away from the real world. Uri is autistic, and now as a young adult, it might be time for him to live in a specialized home. A Father’s Kaddish – Steven Branfman used the art of pottery to help him work through his grief after the death of his 23-year-old son. A potent and moving journey through the universal experience of loss, mourning and rebuilding a life.
- Plan A – Tues, Feb 22, 8 p.m. Based on the incredible true story of the “Avengers,” a group of Jewish vigilantes, men and woman, who after surviving the holocaust are vowing to avenge the death of their people.
- Unreined – Available on-demand Wed, Feb 23 – Tues, March 1: Nancy Zeitlin is fearless when adapting to a new country, breaking stereotypes and leaping over societal barriers. Born in San Diego, she moves to Israel as a child. As she rises to become an Olympic-level equestrian, she must navigate through a divided religious and secular Israeli society and inside her own family.
ABOUT JCC MIZEL ARTS AND CULTURE CENTER – As one of the Rocky Mountain region’s premier arts organizations, the JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at-large. The Mizel Arts and Culture Center is a Tier II member of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and is guided by a mission that is focused specifically on arts and cultural programs. The JCC Mizel Arts and Culture Center is located at 350 S. Dahlia Street in Denver. For more information, visit www.jccdenver.org/arts-culture or call 303-316-6360.