The Maine Film Center is thrilled to once again host satellite screenings of a selection of films from the Maine Jewish Film Festival!
All screenings will be held at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville.
Ticket prices are $10/$8 for students & seniors.
TOUCHDOWN ISRAEL: TACKLE FOOTBALL IN THE HOLY LAND
Saturday, March 12, 7:30 p.m. film screening
Pre-screening reception in the lobby at 6:30 p.m.
American tackle football was imported to Israel in the late 1980s by foreign-born Israelis who missed the sports passion of their youth. Players persevered with woefully inadequate facilities and an indifferent public until New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft sponsored the Israeli Football League and funded a stadium. In a country where religious and ethnic divisions run impossibly deep, Palestinian, Christian, Thai, secular and Orthodox Jewish weekend warriors leave their differences on the sidelines in the spirit of teamwork and the love of the game. This gritty, irreverent, yet soulful documentary captures the on-field action while profiling the players, teams, and rivalries on the way to Israel Bowl V.— Melinda Molin
Unrated. 85 Min. Buy tickets
Sunday, March 13, 7:15 p.m.
In the East End of London the neighborhood Jewish bakery is losing business. Run single-handedly by Nat, a widowed Old World perfectionist, played by Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Pirates of the Caribbean), his aging clientele is losing interest and his family is losing patience. To keep the business afloat, Nat hires Ayyash (aka Shaun), a young Darfuri Muslim man, as his assistant. An odd couple in the eyes of the Jewish community and Ayyash’s friends, the baker and his new employee connect through the rhythm of shared work. When his pot stash accidentally drops into the challah dough, Ayyash develops an inspired business plan to change the classic pastries and breads into edible pot treats and business begins to boom! — Natalie Bornstein
Unrated. 95 Min. Buy tickets
Tuesday, March 15, 7:15 p.m.
A candid exposure of the Six Day War as told by the soldiers who fought in it. On June 5, 1967, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan threatened Israel’s annihilation. Days later, Israel had conquered Gaza, Sinai, and the West Bank. But behind the euphoria were other voices. In the days following the war, renowned author Amos Oz and others recorded conversations with Israeli soldiers, kibbutzniks fresh from the battlefield. This wrenching testimony, censored until now by the Israeli army, reveals men wrestling with the expulsion of Palestinians, the dehumanizing nature of war, and echoes of the Holocaust. Director Mor Loushy unearths these interviews and plays them back to the soldiers, capturing their reactions as their younger selves recount events that prove to be uncannily prescient. — David Scholder
In English and in Hebrew with English subtitles. Unrated. 84 Min. Buy tickets
ONCE IN A LIFETIME
Thursday, March 17, 7:15 p.m.
With post-screening discussion led by Audrey Brunetaux, Assistant Professor of French, Colby College
A no-nonsense history teacher at a rough high school on the outskirts of Paris is determined to give her underprivileged pupils the best possible education. She proposes a unique assignment to her multi-cultural class: a national competition on the theme of “Children Under the Nazi Regime.” These troubled, rebellious teens resist the project, challenging its relevance to their lives. A surprise classroom visitor inspires them to re-examine their attitudes. Winning the competition is a long shot, but working together the students begin to see each other—and themselves—in a whole new light. Based on a true story. — Melinda Molin
In French with English subtitles. Unrated. 105 Min.