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Winnipeg International jewish Film Festival May 21 - June 1, 2013

May 8, 2013

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Tuesday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.

Off-White Lies

Orchim Le-Rega


After years of living apart from her dad, Libby, an introverted yet sharp-witted teenager, is sent to live with him in Israel. Her arrival coincides with the outbreak of the second Lebanon war. This provocative coming-of-age feature tells of a growing father-daughter relationship against the backdrop of one of Israel’s most distressing times as a nation.

Best Actor Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2011; Nomination for New Visions Grand Jury Prize, Palm Springs International Film Festival, 2012. (Israel/France, 2011)


Wednesday, May 22, 7:30 p.m.

Free Men

Les Hommes Libres


Set in 1940s Paris, this film illustrates a little-known true story of Muslim freedom fighters in a French mosque that sheltered many Jews during the War. Younes, an Algerian immigrant who survives Nazi occupation by selling black market goods, is busted by the police. He agrees to spy on the grand Paris mosque and its shrewd Imam whom the Nazi’s suspect of providing Jews with false identity cards. This cat-and-mouse game intensifies when the Imam feigns cordialities with a Gestapo major. Free Men provides a powerful reminder of the struggle for liberation and how a group of Muslims helped Jews during the war. (France, 2011)


Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.



The riveting true story of a Jewish industrialist who saved hundreds of Dutch children from the death camps is recounted in this lavish award-winning WWII drama Süskind. Exploring the morally ambiguous, sometimes treacherous line between traitor and hero during times of war, the handsomely-mounted Süskind was among the highest-grossing films in recent Netherlands box office history. Golden Film Award for Best Actor, Producer, Director, Golden and Platin Film Festival, Netherlands, 2012; Winner Best Supporting Actress, Netherlands Film Festival, 2012.(Netherlands, 2012)


Friday, May 24, 5:00 p.m.

Hitler’s Children


Their family names alone evoke horror: Himmler, Frank, Goering, Hoess. Hitler’s Children is a poignant documentary about the descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime; men and women who were left a legacy that permanently associates them with one of the greatest crimes in history. Winner Audience Award, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2011; Official Selection; Warsaw International Film Festival, 2011. (Germany/Israel, 2011)


Saturday, May 25, 8:00 p.m.

The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Balada Le'aviv Ha'bohe


Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in the captivating feature; The Ballad of the Weeping Spring. In a series of quirky vignettes across stunning exotic locations, this is the story of a man who brings together his old musician buddies to grant the last wishes of a dying friend, while healing his own tortured soul. Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Music, Best Costume Design, Awards of the Israeli Film Academy, 2012; Best Music, Jerusalem International Film Festival, 2012. (Israel, 2012)


Sunday, May 26, 7:30 p.m.

Hava Nagila: The Movie


Hava Nagila: The Movie is a documentary romp through history, mystery and the meaning of the great Jewish

standard. Follow the infectious party song on its fascinating journey from the shtetls of Eastern Europe to the kibbutzim of Palestine to the cul-de-sacs of America in this hilarious and surprisingly deep film. High on fun and entertainment, Ha

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