Cinema J

Laugh out loud, reconnect with Israel and reflect on Jewish life and the human experience with films at the Bender JCC. Films are as diverse as the Bender JCC itself, produced and directed by a bevy of international talent from around the globe, including Israel and the U.S.


 

Cinema J Presents: Shared Legacies Tuesday, February 22nd - 5:00 PM
Cinema J: Dirty Tricks Thursday, March 3rd - 7:00 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Dirty Tricks Wednesday, March 23rd - 1:30 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Persian Lessons Wednesday, April 27th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J Presents: Persian Lessons Wednesday, April 27th - 7:00 PM

Cinema J Presents: Shared Legacies

Tuesday, February 22nd
5:00 PM

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Cinema J: Shared Legacies
Tuesday, February 22 I 5:00 PM I ZOOM
Fee: $10
Documentary I USA I 2020 I 97 minutes

This powerful story is told in the documentary film, “Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance,” which chronicles the coalition and friendship between the Jewish and African-American communities before, during, and after the Civil Rights movement.

*This is a virtual program. Watch the film on your own, at your convenience during a 72 hr. film screening window starting 2/18 – 2/21.
On Feb. 22, you will receive a Zoom link for the film discussion. Join us!

Questions? Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J: Dirty Tricks

Thursday, March 3rd
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: Dirty TricksThursday, March 3 I 7:00 PM I $12Israel I Subtitles I Documentary I 2021 I 100 minutesHold on to your spades and hearts, the game of bridge is the most popular card game in the world. Enter the world of cut-throat competition, million-dollar endorsements, and celebrity-like followings, bridge is now an international sport. So when the world’s best player, child prodigy Lotan Fisher from Israel is accused of cheating, a scandal of dirty tricks ensues.Director Sivan follows Lotan Fisher, the world’s best bridge player, nicknamed “The Michael Jordan of Bridge.” This scandal shakes the entire sport to its core, confounding experts, criminal science, celebrities, and bridge aficionados worldwide. Did Fisher cheat? Will the truth be revealed?!Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Dirty TricksWednesday, March 23 I 1:30 PM I $10; $12/day ofIsrael I Subtitles I Documentary I 2021 I 100 minutesHold on to your spades and hearts, the game of bridge is the most popular card game in the world. Enter the world of cut-throat competition, million-dollar endorsements, and celebrity-like followings, bridge is now an international sport. So when the world’s best player, child prodigy Lotan Fisher from Israel is accused of cheating, a scandal of dirty tricks ensues.Director Sivan follows Lotan Fisher, the world’s best bridge player, nicknamed “The Michael Jordan of Bridge.” This scandal shakes the entire sport to its core, confounding experts, criminal science, celebrities, and bridge aficionados worldwide. Did Fisher cheat? Will the truth be revealed?!Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Persian Lessons
Wednesday, Aprile 27 I 1:30 PM
Fee: $8 [in advance]; $10 [Day Of];
Only checks are accepted for day-of-ticket purchases.
Narrative I Belarus, Germany, Russia I 2020 I 127 minutes I English Subtitles
*Screening Location: 3300 N. Leisure World Boulevard -Clubhouse II Auditorium
*INDOORS * IN-PERSON *OPEN TO ALL

Nazi-occupied France, 1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Farsi to the SS officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia once the war is over. In reality, Gilles doesn’t speak a word of Persian, and to save himself from certain death, he must fabricate an entire language, word by word, without raising suspicion. Persian Lessons is a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama inspired by true events. It ends on a note that’s both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the hidden gems of the year.

*Presented by Bender JCC-CoA and JRLW.
Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809

RESCHEDULEDCinema J: Persian LessonsWednesday, April 27, 2022 I 7:00 PM I Bender JCC
Fee: $12
Narrative I Belarus, Germany, Russia I 2020 I 127 minutes I English Subtitles

Nazi-occupied France, 1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He narrowly avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Farsi to the SS officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia once the war is over. In reality, Gilles doesn’t speak a word of Persian, and to save himself from certain death, he must fabricate an entire language, word by word, without raising suspicion. Persian Lessons is a hugely compelling, highly original Holocaust drama inspired by true events. It ends on a note that’s both gripping and heartfelt, making it one of the hidden gems of the year.

Questions: Please contact Frieda Enoch:
fenoch@benderjccgw.org or at 301-348-3809