JCC and Syracuse International Film Festival to present Israeli films Oct. 12 and 13

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The Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center is sponsoring four films to be shown on Oct. 12 and Oct. 13 as part of this year’s Syracuse International Film Festival.

Picture of His Life (2019, Israel), by award-winning Israeli filmmakers Dani Menkin and Yonatan Nir, will be screened on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7:15 p.m. at the Redhouse Arts Center, 400 South Salina St., Syracuse. On Sunday, Oct. 13 the Redhouse will feature Liberating Amnon (2019, Israel), by Greg DeHart, and The Starfish (2019), by Tyler Gildin, starting at 1 p.m. Also, on Oct. 13 the film Shoelaces (2018, Israel), by Jacob Goldwasser, will be shown at 3 p.m. as part of the festival’s Imaging Disability in Film Showcase at Syracuse University’s Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building.

Tickets for the screenings are $10 each or choose full-day admission on Saturday and Sunday for $25 and $20, respectively. Purchase tickets online via the festival’s website http://www.syrfilm.com.

In Picture of His Life, world renowned wildlife photographer Amos Nachoum has one final photographic dream remaining—to photograph a polar bear underwater, while swimming alongside it. The film follows Amos in the Canadian Arctic as he prepares for his ultimate challenge. As the journey unfolds, so does an intimate and painful story of dedication, sacrifice and personal redemption.

Menkin is a good friend of the JCC’s and no stranger to Central New York. In 2012 he filmed Is That You? in Syracuse over a four-week period with several local actors and production staffers while using the JCC as his “home base.” He then returned in the fall of 2014 for the Syracuse International Film Festival’s screening of Is That You? which was sponsored by the JCC. Menkin’s latest visit was in fall 2016 for the Syracuse International Film Festival’s showing of his film On the Map which the JCC also sponsored.

Liberating Amnon is a documentary that captures the shocking journey of Amnon Band, a second-generation Holocaust survivor, as he tries to gather the missing pieces from his family’s past. At 61, Amnon has shaped his life from the family tales of his heroic Uncle Ephraim, now 91, who escaped the Nazis while being transported to the Auschwitz concentration camp and has been mostly silent about his past.

The Starfish is the true story of a German Jewish boy whose life was forever altered at the age of 10 when his parents sent him and his two older sisters to live with non-Jewish families in Sweden to escape Nazi persecution. After living in Sweden for two years, Herb Gildin and his sisters journeyed across Russia and the Pacific to be reunited with their parents as refugees in America. Focused on building his lighting business rather than dwelling on the past, decades went by before Herb told his wife and children about his childhood, resulting in one last journey back to Sweden to attempt to reunite with the remaining family members who had taken him in 60 years earlier.

Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special needs son whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s (60) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidneys to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afraid of losing his father as well. He feels he finally has the chance to do something meaningful; to become a man and stand on his own. He’s furious with the committee’s decision and sets out to fight for his right to save his father’s life. Through the film’s portrayal of a relationship full of love, rejection and codependency, it manages to shed some light and question the importance of human life, human connection and if life is even possible without either one of them.

For more information on these screenings and all of this year’s Syracuse International Film Festival’s Oct. 11–13 events, visit www.syrfilm.com or email info@syrfilm.com.





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Oct 4th 2019