July 14

Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal

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Sunday, July 14 | 12pm | Dryden Theatre

CHEWDAISM: A TASTE OF JEWISH MONTREAL

Director: Eli Batalion, Jamie Elman | Canada | 2018 | 62 min. | English, French, Yiddish | Documentary

Comedy duo Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion, two Montrealers on the cusp of middle age, love to joke. And nosh. And joke some more. Then nosh. Chewdaism follows the pair—creators and co-stars of the successful Yiddish-language web series, “Yid Life Crisis—as they discover the roots of Montreal’s centuries old Jewish community by sampling foods from bagels, to babke, to new Jewish fusion. Along the way they share stories with Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, religious and non-religious, to cook up a delightful haimische guide to the vibrant city.



Outback Rabbis

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Sunday, July 14 | 2pm | Dryden Theatre

OUTBACK RABBIS

Director: Danny Ben-Moshe | Australia | 2018 | 53 min. | English | Documentary

In Australia’s remote bush country, Jews can be hard to find—but they are there! So two young Chabad families pack up and climb into their custom made Mitzvah Tanks and travel thousands of miles from Melbourne to Australia’s most sparsely populated areas, correcting misconceptions about Judaism, finding lapsed Jews, and helping some Aussies discover previously unknown Jewish roots. Filled with surprising, emotional encounters with outback characters, and gorgeous images of lush rainforests and spectacular deserts, Outback Rabbis offers a warm, humorous look at two families fulfilling their slogan: “No Jew gets left behind.”



Simon and Théodore

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Sunday, July 14 | 5pm | Dryden Theatre

SIMON AND THÉODORE

Director: Mikael Buch | France | 2018 | 84 min. | French (w/ subtitles) | Narrative

Touching the heartstrings and tickling the funny bone, French dramedy Simon and Théodore follows the eccentric friendship between an emotionally troubled man and rebellious teen, two misfits seeking self-acceptance. Loving but deeply troubled Simon, recently released from a mental hospital but still painfully self-destructive, is about to become a father. Lonely, long-haired, buck toothed Théodore is about to become a bar mitzvah. When Théodore bolts from his big day, Simon impulsively chases after him, and the two begin a bumpy relationship that might help them both.



Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

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Sunday, July 14 | 7:30pm | Dryden Theatre

PROSECUTING EVIL: THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD OF BEN FERENCZ

Director: Barry Avrich | Canada | 2018 | 82 min. | English, German (w/ subtitles) | Documentary

Barry Avrich’s gripping new documentary tells the fascinating story of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg prosecutor and lifelong advocate of “law not war.” After witnessing Nazi concentration camps shortly after liberation, Ferencz became lead prosecutor in the Einsatzgruppen case at Nuremberg, which has been called the biggest murder trial in history. He was 27 years old and it was his first trial. All 22 Nazi officials tried for murdering over a million people were convicted. Ferencz went on to advocate for restitution for Jewish victims of the Holocaust and later for the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His fight for justice for victims of atrocity crimes continues today. This is his story, told mostly by the 98-year-old himself.



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