UKJF at JW3 & CCA Glasgow

Shalom Bollywood

Much has been written about the Jewish immigrants to the US who built Hollywood but there is little documentation of the equally impressive involvement of Jews in making Bollywood the huge phenomenon it is today. This fascinating documentary focuses on some of the biggest stars Bollywood has known, including Sulochana (Ruby Myers) and Pramila (Esther Abraham). Like in the US, the community’s cultural contribution has far exceeded its actual size.

22-28 February, JW3

11 February, CCA Glasgow

UKJF at Phoenix

The Cakemaker

During one of his many business trips to Berlin, Israeli Oren visits a café and falls instantly in love – both with its cakes and with Thomas, the baker who makes them. The two start a secret affair, which ends abruptly when Oren dies in a car crash in Jerusalem. Grief-stricken, Thomas travels to Jerusalem, and starts working at a local café, owned by Oren’s widow.

1 March, Phoenix

UKJF at JW3

Remember Baghdad + The Outer Circle

Seen as a site of ongoing fighting, modern-day Baghdad scarcely resembles the city it once was. Remember Baghdad is a fascinating exploration of the rich Jewish life and culture that had flourished in Iraq before the events of the 20th and early 21st centuries dramatically changed the course of the country – and the fate of its Jews.

1 March, JW3

UKJF at JW3

Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds

Conductor Zubin Mehta was born in India and has had a dazzling international career. It is Israel, however, that he is most identified with. Since he first joined the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, he has developed strong ties with the state and become the face of its cultural excellence.

4-8 March, JW3

UKJF at JW3

Bombshell

Austrian-Jewish Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty (both Snow White and Cat Woman were based on her iconic image), scandalous personal life and raunchy screen persona. But it was her biggest role as the inventor of frequency hopping during the war that slipped under the radar.

11-22 March, JW3

UKJF at Cineworld Didsbury

Scaffolding

17 year-old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker at school. Whilst his powerful and strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family’s scaffolding business, Asher finds unexpected solace in his inspiring literature teacher. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity.

18-21 March, Cineworld Didsbury

UKJF at JW3

1945

A film that is as masterfully directed and emotionally poignant as Son of Saul, 1945 is an instant classic. Jewish father and son return to the village from which they were deported, and where indifferent bystanders seized their home and possessions. Their arrival is a moment of crisis for the small community, whose members struggle to cope with feelings of guilt and fear of revenge.

25-29 March, JW3

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