The 2009 Joan and Murray Gefen Memorial Savannah Jewish Film Festival will be held through Sunday.
“Song of David,” March 6, Jewish Educational Alliance, 2 p.m.
A 16-year-old soul-searching yeshiva student is studying to become a rabbi. Alienated by social boundaries, he reaches out to the broader world. He becomes obsessed with hip-hop music, wherein he discovers artistic freedom and honest self expression. He then must choose between diverging worlds.
Documentary short, 2007, 20 min. English.
“Yippee,” March 6, Jewish Educational Alliance, 2:30 p.m.
Famous American Jewish film director Paul Mazursky follows an annual Chassidic pilgrimage to Uman, Ukraine on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, for his first documentary. Mazursky, a proclaimed secular Jew, wants to understand why so many people feel connected to Uman and returns with this humorous examination of a “journey to Jewish joy.”
Documentary, 2006, 74 minutes. English.
“888-Go-Kosher,” March 7, Westin Hotel, 7:30 p.m.
Who knew there was such a thing as a rapid-response kitchen koshering service? This short documentary follows a day in the life of Rabbi Sholtiel Lebovic as he helps New York City clients go kosher from scratch as he arrives at the scene with his energetic team.
Documentary, 2007, 11 minutes. English.
“Circumcise Me,” March 7, Westin Hotel, 7:30 p.m.
“Is it hot in here, or am I the only one dressed for Poland in the 17th century?” Yisrael Campbell (Born Chris Campbell) converted to Judaism not once, but three times — Reform, Conservative and Orthodox — each one requiring a circumcision. Ouch!
Docu-comedy, 2008, 48 minutes. English.
“Making Trouble: Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women,” March 7, Jewish Educational Alliance, 8 p.m.
Directed by Rachel Talbot and produced by Jewish Women’s Archive, this is a tribute to Molly Picon, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, Joan Rivers, Wendy Wasserstein and Gilda Radner.
Documentary, 2007, 85 minutes. English.
“Sixty Six,” March 8, Victory Theatre, 4 p.m.
It is the summer of 1966, and England is about to be consumed by World Cup fever. For 12-year-old Bernie though, the biggest day of his life is looming: his Bar Mitzvah — the day he becomes a man. The Cup final is scheduled to take place on the same day.
Comedy, 2006, 93 minutes. English, PG-13 due to some suggestive language and some mild adult content. Starring Helena Bonham Carter..
“One Day You’ll Understand,” March 8, Jewish Educational Alliance, 7:30 p.m.
Veteran French actress Jeanne Moreau stars in this dignified French film helmed by rising Israeli director Amos Gitai. As the trial of Gestapo head Klaus Barbie plays out in 1987, businessman Victor Bastien (Hippolyte Girardot) finds himself distracted from his work and increasingly obsessed with piecing together his family’s history.
Drama, 2008, 90 minutes. French with English subtitles.