Third Annual Jewish Film Festival

JFF_FilmStripThe Southampton Cultural Center, in partnership with the Chabad Southampton Jewish Center, is pleased to present the Jewish Film Festival.  The festival, which is expanding and highly successful, is now in its third season. Initially an event for our Southampton neighbors, we are reaching out to to include showings at Guild Hall, East Hampton.

Admission $15/Children under 12 half price.  Seating is limited • Online Reservations Suggested

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The People vs. Fritz Bauer

Thursday, July 6th at 7:30, Guild Hall

Fritz Bauer

Germany, 1957. Attorney General Fritz Bauer receives crucial evidence on the whereabouts of SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann. The lieutenant colonel, responsible for the mass deportation of the Jews, is allegedly hiding in Buenos Aires. Bauer, himself Jewish, has been trying to take crimes from the Third Reich to court ever since his return from Danish exile. However, with no success so far due to the fierce German determination to repress its sinister past. Because of his distrust in the German justice system, Fritz Bauer contacts the Israeli secret service Mossad, and, by doing so, commits treason. Bauer is not seeking revenge for the Holocaust -- he is concerned with the German future.

Deli Man

Tuesday, July 11th at 7:30, Southampton Arts Center

Deli Man

At last, the deli documentary you've been waiting for! Erik Greenberg Anjou's film explores Jewish culture as it reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. In Houston, Texas, third-generation deli man Ziggy Gruber has built arguably the finest delicatessen restaurant in the U.S, Kenny & Ziggy's. His story – augmented by the stories of iconic delis such as Katz’s, 2nd Avenue Deli, Nate ‘n Al, Carnegie, and the Stage – embodies a tradition indelibly linked to its savory, nostalgic foods. Indulge in the deli foods you love and learn about the traditions that make deli one of America's great cuisines. See Deli Man in movie theaters starting February 27.



Arab Movie

Monday, July 17th at 7:30, Guild Hall
Guest Speaker Carole Basri


So many Israelis still wax nostalgic about that old Friday afternoon ritual, back in the times when television had just one channel. Everyone would watch the Arab movie of the week, but did anybody ever wonder how Israel's official TV station was able to transcend hostile boundaries to obtain these films, and why it insisted on showing movies made by "the enemy"? The Arabic-language movie from Egypt let some of us escape back to our original homeland, and let others peek out from our "villa in the jungle" and catch a glimpse of our neighbors across the border. But most of us didn't really want to see the people whose culture, anguish, and aspirations were reflected on our screens. Arabic Movie brings us the stars and the songs, the convoluted plots, and that fleeting moment when we shared the same cultural heroes as everyone else in the Middle East. But this film about the richness and intensity of Egyptian cinema also raises some disturbing questions.


Made in France

Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30, Southampton Arts Center
Guest Speaker: Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Made in France

Fascinated and horrified by the rise in ‘home grown’ radicals, ambitious journalist Sam goes undercover in an extremist cell in Paris,  determined to uncover the roots of the phenomenon. Following his initiation into the group, events accelerate at an alarming rate and soon Sam finds himself in mortal danger as the wildly unpredictable leader of the cell plans an attack in the heart of Paris. 


Wagner's Jews

Monday, July 24th at 7:30, Guild Hall
Special Guest Panel Discussion with Film Maker Hilan Warshaw and Wagnerian Expert Allan Leicht, Moderated by Robert Kalfin

Wagners Jews

The German opera composer Richard Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, and his writings on the Jews were later embraced by Hitler and the Nazis. But there is another, lesser-known side to this story. For years, many of Wagner’s closest associates were Jews— young musicians who became personally devoted to him, and provided crucial help to his work and career. They included the teenaged piano prodigy Carl Tausig; Hermann Levi, a rabbi’s son who conducted the premiere of Wagner’s Parsifal; Angelo Neumann, who produced Wagner's works throughout Europe; and Joseph Rubinstein, a pianist who lived with the Wagner family for years and committed suicide when Wagner died. Even as Wagner called for the elimination of the Jews from German life, many of his most active supporters were Jewish— as Wagner himself noted with surprise.

Who were they? What brought them to Wagner, and what brought him to them? These questions are at the heart of Hilan Warshaw’s documentary WAGNER'S JEWS, the first film to focus on Wagner's complex personal relationships with Jews. Filmed on location in Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, WAGNER'S JEWS tells these remarkable stories through archival sources, visual re-enactments, interviews, and performances of original musical works by Wagner’s Jewish colleagues— the first such performances on film.

Parallel to the historical narrative, the film explores the ongoing controversy over performing Wagner’s music in Israel. In a different form, the questions dividing Wagner's Jewish acquaintances still resonate today: is it possible to separate artworks from the hatreds of their creator? Can art transcend prejudice and bigotry, and the weight of history?



Bagels Over Berlin

Tuesday, July 25th at 7:30, Southampton Arts Center
Guest Speaker, Director Alan Feinberg

Bagels over Berlin

In the 1930’s, antisemitism and discrimination against Jewish Americans was rampant. With Hitler’s propaganda and anti-Jewish rhetoric sprouting from the likes of Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh, the coming war was blamed on the Jews. Nonetheless, many American Jews responded to the outbreak of war with an overwhelming determination to fight for the country they loved. This documentary is based on riveting interviews with Jewish Airmen who fought in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War. It is a unique film that provides its audiences with rich insights into the men’s fight against Nazi Germany. Their amazing struggles and stories run the gamut from humor to grave peril. An important tribute to these courageous soldiers! Not to be missed.

Germans and Jews

Tuesday, August 1st at 7:30, Southampton Arts Center

Germans and Jews

Today, Europe’s fastest growing Jewish population is in Berlin.

Germany is considered one of the most democratic societies in the world, assuming the position of moral leader in Europe as it embraces hundreds of thousands of refugees. None of these developments could have been imagined in 1945. Through personal stories Germans & Jews explores the country’s transformation from silence about the Holocaust to facing it head on. Unexpectedly, a nuanced story of reconciliation emerges. What began as a private conversation between the two filmmakers and friends, Tal Recanati (Jewish) and Janina Quint (non-Jewish German), grew into a cultural exchange among many. We realize that the two people are inextricably linked through the memory of the Holocaust. Germans and Jews is provocative, unexpected and enlightening.

No Place on Earth

Thursday, August 3rd at 7:30PM, Guild Hall
Guest Speaker Director Chris Nicola

No Place on Earth

In 1942, 38 men, women and children slide down a cold, muddy hole in the ground, seeking refuge from the war above in a pitch-black underground world where no human had gone before. These five Ukrainian Jewish families created their own society where young men bravely ventured into the harrowing night to collect food, supplies and chop firewood. The girls and women never left; surviving underground longer than anyone in recorded history. Held together by an iron-willed matriarch, after 511 days, the cave dwellers, ages 2 to 76, emerged at war’s end in tattered clothes, blinded by a sun some children forgot existed. Despite all odds, they had survived.

The remarkable true story of NO PLACE ON EARTH starts out as a mystery. While exploring some of the longest caves in the world in southwestern Ukraine in the 1990s, American caver Chris Nicola stumbled onto unusual objects…an antique ladies shoe and comb, old buttons, an old world key. Was the vague rumor true, that some Jews had hid in this cave during WWII and if so, had any survived to tell their tale?

67 years later, Chris leads four of the survivors back to Ukraine to say thank you to “the cave.”


Starting Over Again

Tuesday, August 8th at 7:30PM, Southampton Arts Center
Guest Speaker Lucette Lagnado

Starting Over Again

This is the story of Egypt’s Jews between 1948 and 1956. “I don’t know of many cultures or countries where people were able to live together as they did in Egypt after the Second World War,” says filmmaker Ruggero Gabbai. It was a rare golden age of tolerance and prosperity. Gabbai’s impressive documentary chronicles the many Jewish families who flourished in this rich environment, as proudly Egyptian as their Muslim and Christian neighbors. Sadly, their lives changed irreversibly following the 1952 Egyptian revolution. Told with intimate interviews from Jews who had lived and prospered in Egypt, and interwoven with rich personal photographs and archival footage, Gabbai’s film frames their stories of resilience in historical context.

Big Sonia

Tuesday, August 15th at 7:30PM, Southampton Arts Center

Big Sonia

BIG SONIA is a documentary film about a tiny woman with huge impact.  Standing tall at 4’8″, Sonia Warshawski is a tiny woman with a huge personality. Diva, business owner and Holocaust survivor, Sonia has just been served an eviction notice for John’s Tailoring, the last (and most popular) shop of a dying mall in suburban Kansas City.  Sonia struggles with retirement, while her life lessons span generations.


Bogdan's Journey

Wednesday, August 16th at 8:00, Guild Hall

Bogdans Journey

In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their past: Kielce was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946 forty holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building were murdered by townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply embittered.

For Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole, anti-Semitism is a sin. This conviction is the animating force of his life. Conflict over the pogrom was still a festering wound when Bialek moved to Kielce in the late 70s. He was shocked by the poisoned atmosphere of his new town. Trained as a psychologist, he has made it his life’s work both to persuade people to embrace their past and to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community.

The Resettlement of Isaac

Monday, August 21st at 7:30, Southampton Cultural Center

Free admission!


In Association With


Presents a Concert Reading of


by Robert Karmon

Directed by Robert Kalfin


The Defiant Requiem

Tuesday, August 22nd at 7:30PM, Southampton Arts Center
Guest Speaker Conductor Murry Sidlin

Defiant Requiem

DEFIANT REQUIEM tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezín. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schächter, the inmates of Terezín fought back...with art and music. Through hunger, disease and slave labor, the Jewish inmates of Terezin hold onto their humanity by staging plays, composing opera and using paper and ink to record the horrors around them.

Dimona Twist

Tuesday, August 29th at 7:30, Southampton Arts Center

Dimona Twist

Seven women arrive in Israel by ship in the 1950s and 1960s and are sent straight to Dimona, a town recently established in the desert. They now open up and share their life stories that have never before been told from their perspectives. What happened during the first fifteen years to the girls and women who arrived with their families from North Africa and Poland and found themselves building a town in the middle of the desert? They talk about the pain of leaving their homes behind, about poverty and the difficulties of adjusting in their new homeland, and about their determined attempts to create rich and meaningful lives. In the film Dimona Twist, which mixes between conversations with the protagonists and private and public archives, they recount the struggles they took part in and the insights they gained, with humor, sorrow and dignity.


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