Cleveland Jewish FilmFest
The acclaimed and popular Cleveland Jewish FilmFest is now in its 12th year. Each year, the FilmFest features a tremendous lineup of international films and special events for all ages. The festival offers a broad selection of feature, documentary and short films with Jewish themes that screen at local theaters and venues including Shaker and Cedar Lee Cinemas.
Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia
Thursday, February 21
Documentary, 2016, Israel, 96 minutes • Director: Irene Orleansky English Hebrew Amharic with English subtitles
Filmmaker Irene Orleansky travels to Africa to discover and explore a small and secretive group of Ethiopian Jews known as Bal Ej (craftsmen). Frequently persecuted by their neighbors, they outwardly disguise themselves as Christians and practice Judaism in strict secrecy. A fascinating investigation of the history, religious practice, and cultural (especially musical) contributions of this previously unrecorded African Jewish community.
When: Thursday, February 21 • 7 PM
Where: Mandel JCC
Roll Red Roll
Sunday, March 3
Go behind the headlines of notorious high school sexual assault to witness the social media fueled “boys will be boys” culture that let it happen. In small-town Ohio, at a pre-season football party, a horrible incident took place. What transpired would garner national attention and result in the sentencing of two key offenders. As amateur crime blogger Alex Goddard uncovers disturbing evidence on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter, documenting the assault of a teenage girl by members of the beloved high school football team, questions linger around the collusion of teen and adult bystanders. The Steubenville story acts as a cautionary tale of what can happen when adults look the other way and deny that rape culture exists. With unprecedented access to police documents, exhibits and evidence, the documentary feature unflinchingly asks: “why didn’t anyone stop it?”
When: Sunday, March 3 • 4 PM
Where: Mandel JCC
Wednesday, March 6
Let’s Dance is a documentary about the phenomenal success of Israeli contemporary Modern Dance. Despite its reputation as a militaristic and “macho” society, Israel has become a recognized world leader in Modern Dance. The film follows the circumstances that made Israeli Modern Dance one of the greatest local cultural achievements to date.
When: Wednesday, March 6 • 7 PM
Where:Chagrin Valley Little Theatre 40 River St, Chagrin Falls