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 @ Home: The Levys of Monticello Monday, February 20th - 2:00 PM
Cinema J @ Leisure World: Women of Valor Thursday, March 16th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J: Women of Valor Thursday, March 16th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J Matinee: Persona Non Grata Sunday, April 16th - 2:00 PM
Cinema J: Farewell Mr. Haffmann Sunday, April 16th - 7:00 PM
Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Farewell Mr. Haffmann Thursday, April 20th - 1:30 PM
Cinema J: Schachten Thursday, April 20th -

Cinema J @ Home: The Levys of MonticelloWeekend of February 17-19 | Movie available to view in the comfort of your home – Link to be providedMonday, February 20 | 2:00 PM | Film group discussion on Zoom- link to be provided | $10English | Documentary | USA, 2021 | 1h 11m

When Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he left behind a mountain of personal debt, which forced his heirs to sell his beloved Monticello home and all of its possessions. The Levys of Monticello is a documentary film that tells the little-known story of the Levy family, which owned and carefully preserved Monticello for nearly a century – far longer than Jefferson or his descendants. The remarkable story of the Levy family also intersects with the rise of antisemitism that runs throughout the course of American history.We are thrilled to have two esteemed speakers join us for a talkback on ZOOM, on February 20, at 2:00 PM. Marc Leepson is a journalist, historian, and the author of nine books, including “Saving Monticello.” Leepson has written for many newspapers and magazines, including Smithsonian, Civil War Times, the Washington Post, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Newsday, and USA Today.

Mr. Leepson will be joined by the film’s director and producer, Steven Pressman. Mr. Pressman is an American documentary filmmaker, journalist, and author. In addition to “The Levys of Monticello,” Pressman was also the director-producer of the HBO documentary film ’50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus,’ for which he received an Emmy nomination in 2013 for Outstanding Historical Programming.Watch the film on your own over the weekend, and then join us on February 20 for an informative and engaging conversation!Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

Cinema J @ Leisure World: Women of ValorThursday, March 16 | 1:30 PM | $10Hebrew with English Subtitles | Documentary | Israel, 2021 | 1h 17mScreening Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd. Silver Spring, MD 20906A social activist leads a revolution to allow ultra-Orthodox women to enter Israeli politics, in this extraordinary portrait of courage and gender equality.In the Haredi community, a woman’s obligation is to marry and bear children and serve as the primary breadwinner while her husband studies religious texts. Haredi political parties in Israel forbid women to seek public office. Fed up with the status quo, Esty Shushan is fighting to change that. She co-founds a nonprofit calling for the representation of Orthodox women in the Knesset, taking their case to the UN women’s rights committee and the Israeli Supreme Court. To prepare the next generation for leadership roles, her Nivcharot organization establishes a program to mentor young women and get the first female name on the ballot. But change comes with a cost, as Esty’s activism brings threats, suspicion, and online harassment. Ostracized as a “fake Haredi,” she must reconcile deep-rooted frustration over ultra-Orthodox life with her efforts to bring the silent voices of women to the center of Israeli discourse.Director Anna Somershaf takes to the streets alongside this modern-day suffragette movement, affecting the lives of some 600,000 Haredi women, a beacon of equal rights worldwide.Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

Cinema J: Women of Valor

Thursday, March 16th
7:00 PM

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Cinema J: Women of ValorThursday, March 16 | 7:00 PM | $12Hebrew with English Subtitles | Documentary | Israel, 2021 | 1h 17mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumA social activist leads a revolution to allow ultra-Orthodox women to enter Israeli politics, in this extraordinary portrait of courage and gender equality.In the Haredi community, a woman’s obligation is to marry and bear children and serve as the primary breadwinner while her husband studies religious texts. Haredi political parties in Israel forbid women to seek public office. Fed up with the status quo, Esty Shushan is fighting to change that. She co-founds a nonprofit calling for the representation of Orthodox women in the Knesset, taking their case to the UN women’s rights committee and the Israeli Supreme Court. To prepare the next generation for leadership roles, her Nivcharot organization establishes a program to mentor young women and get the first female name on the ballot. But change comes with a cost, as Esty’s activism brings threats, suspicion, and online harassment. Ostracized as a “fake Haredi,” she must reconcile deep-rooted frustration over ultra-Orthodox life with her efforts to bring the silent voices of women to the center of Israeli discourse.Director Anna Somershaf takes to the streets alongside this modern-day suffragette movement, affecting the lives of some 600,000 Haredi women, a beacon of equal rights worldwide.Questions? Contact Coming of Age staff at 301-348-3832

Cinema J Matinee: Persona Non Grata

Sunday, April 16th
2:00 PM

Free RSVP

Cinema J Matinee: Persona Non GrataSunday, April 16 | 2:00 PM | FREEJapanese with English subtitles | Biographical Drama | Japan, 2015 | 2h 19mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumThe story of a Japanese diplomat sometimes called the Schindler of Japan, and his life leading up to and after his decision to issue over 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania resulting in saving the lives of over 6,000 people. This is the story of a man who believed in doing all he could do for the benefit of his beloved Japan, including trying to keep her from becoming embroiled in a worldwide conflict he saw as inevitable. Along the way, he came face to face with the plight of the European Jews as they tried to escape the onslaught of the Nazi’s and the rapidly advancing German army. Caught between the unbending policies of his country now bound by a treaty with Nazi Germany and his awakening moral responsibilities, we follow his life from his early days in Manchuria to his eventual posting in Lithuania and his appointment with destiny which would forever brand him a hero.Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301-348-3832

Cinema J: Farewell Mr. HaffmannSunday, April 16 | 7:00 PM | $12French with English subtitles | Drama | France, 2022 | 1h 55mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumThe legendary Daniel Auteuil gives one of his most superlative screen performances in the gripping new historical drama from writer/director Fred Cavayé, based on Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s celebrated, multi Molière Award-winning play. Occupied Paris, 1941: all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweler Joseph Haffmann (Auteuil), fearing the worst, arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) the chance to take over his store until the conflict subsides. But his own attempts to escape are thwarted, and Haffmann is forced to seek his assistant’s protection. It’s a risky proposition for both men, and one that Mercier’s wife Blanche (a wonderful Sara Giraudeau) is skeptical of. As the couple move into the Haffmann home, the agreement turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change the fate of all…Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301-348-3832

Cinema J Matinee @ Leisure World: Farewell Mr. HaffmannThursday, April 20 | 1:30 PM | $10French with English subtitles | Drama | France, 2022 | 1h 55mScreening Location: Leisure World Clubhouse II, 3300 N. Leisure World Blvd. Silver Spring, MD 20906The legendary Daniel Auteuil gives one of his most superlative screen performances in the gripping new historical drama from writer/director Fred Cavayé, based on Jean-Philippe Daguerre’s celebrated, multi Molière Award-winning play. Occupied Paris, 1941: all members of the Jewish community are instructed to come forward and identify themselves to authorities. Dedicated jeweler Joseph Haffmann (Auteuil), fearing the worst, arranges for his family to flee the city and offers his employee François Mercier (Gilles Lellouche) the chance to take over his store until the conflict subsides. But his own attempts to escape are thwarted, and Haffmann is forced to seek his assistant’s protection. It’s a risky proposition for both men, and one that Mercier’s wife Blanche (a wonderful Sara Giraudeau) is skeptical of. As the couple moves into the Haffmann home, the agreement turns into a Faustian bargain, one that will forever change the fate of all…Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301-348-3832

Cinema J: Schachten

Thursday, April 20th

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Cinema J: SchachtenThursday, April 20 | 7:00 PM | $12German with English subtitles | Drama | Austria, 2022 | 1h 50mScreening Location: Bender JCC – Kreeger AuditoriumAs a child, Victor witnessed the merciless killings of Jews by Nazi cavalry in a snowy rural field. His mother and little sister were murdered at the Mauthausen concentration camp. He never forgot. Now, two decades later, Victor is a successful businessman in Vienna, but he still carries that burning resentment and desire for justice within him. He seeks to find retribution by bringing legal actions against Kurt Gogl, the Mauthausen commandant. Victor seeks the help of Simon Wiesenthal, the renowned “Nazi hunter” who devoted his life to methodically and relentlessly seeking out former Nazi leaders who had managed to evade justice for their war crimes by burying themselves in the woodwork of society. They come to trial, but Gogl denies everything and is acquitted by a justice system riddled with former Nazis as prosecutors, judges, and jurors who openly laugh at the accusations. Victor loses faith in the justice system and takes matters into his own hands, leading to a shocking conclusion. Director Thomas Roth warns, “Much of this story radiates into our present society and how quickly the cycle of hatred can re-emerge in all of us.”

Questions? Contact Frieda or Lindsay at 301-348-3832