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List of Films at Winnipeg International Jewish Film Festival

May 7, 2016


Presented by the Asper Foundation Performances and the Rady JCC

May 24 – June 7, 2016



Apples from the Desert   (Tapoukhim min ha’midbar)

Tuesday, May 24 7:30 p.m. / Tuesday, June 7, 3:00 p.m.

The rebellious teenage daughter of ultra-Orthodox Jewish parents journeys into the secular world in Apples from the Dessert an adaptation of the award-winning Israeli play that poignantly explores themes of love and reconciliation. Rebecca Abravanel is an only child, living a cloistered existence with her strictly religious Sephardic parents in Jerusalem. Unhappy with the restrictive traditions of home and community, she secretly breaks taboos, attending dance classes where she forms a relationship with secular kibbutznik Dooby. After Rebecca runs away from home, the family conflict culminates in a moment of truth, forcing them to confront their beliefs and one another. (Israel, 2014)


Baba Joon

Saturday, May 28, 8:00 p.m. / Monday, June 6, 3:00 p.m.

Baba Joon, Israel’s Best Foreign Language Film submission to the Academy Awards and the winner of five Israeli “Oscars,” is a universal story about intergenerational conflict. The film zooms in on Israel’s Iranian Jewish population and is the nation’s first-ever movie in Farsi. It stars Navid Negabhan (Abu Nazir in Homeland) as an immigrant from Iran who wants his son Moti to learn the family business. Moti, however, has a different passion. The arrival of an uncle from America sets off a chain of events. Soon, Yitzhak will learn that his son is just as stubborn as he is. (Israel, 2015)



Wednesday, June 1, 7:30 p.m. / Friday, June 3, 1:00 p.m.

Curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as a Kosher bakery shop owner in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his struggling immigrant mother to make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, thechallah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Dough is a warmhearted and gently humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. (UK, 2015).


Felix and Meira     (Félix et Meira)

Thursday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.

Felix and Meira, is the story of an unconventional romance between two people living vastly different lives mere blocks away from one another. Meira, a young Hasidic housewife and mother, and Felix, a man lost in mourning the recent death of his father, unexpectedly meet at a local bakery in Montreal’s Mile End district. What starts as an innocent friendship becomes more serious as the two wayward strangers find comfort in one another. (Canada, 2015)



Fever at Dawn   (Hajnali láz)

Tuesday, May 31, 3:00 p.m. /Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.

July 1945. Fever at Dawn is the true story of Miklos a 25 year-old Hungarian who has survived the camps and has been brought to Sweden to convalesce. His doctor has just given him a death sentence — his lungs are filled with fluid and in six months he will be gone. But Miklos has other plans. He didn't survive the war only to drown from within, and so he wages war on his own fate. He acquires the names of the 117 Hungarian women also recovering in Sweden, and he writes a letter to each of them in his beautiful cursive hand. One of these women, he is sure, will become his wife. (Hungary, 2015)


How to Win Enemies   (Cómo ganar enemigos)

Sunday, May 29, 7:30 p.m.

Lucas is a young lawyer with a penchant for detective stories. When he meets Barbara at a cafe, he is enamored. She is smart, sexy, and has great taste in literature.  But things aren't always what they seem.  After Barbara goes home with Lucas, he wakes up to find his financial savings, and Barbara, gone.  Determined to find her and to solve this mystery, Lucas uses the detective skills gathered from his beloved books and finds himself in an intriguing twisted plot. (Argentina, 2015)


Labyrinth of Lies    (Im Labyrinth des Schweigens)

Monday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. / Thursday, June 2, 3:00 p.m.

Labyrinth of Lies sheds light on this little known story of the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials, which took place in the early 1960s but are practically unknown. Young public prosecutor Johann Radmann comes across some documents that help initiate the trial against some members of the SS who served in Auschwitz. But both the horrors of the past and the hostility shown towards his work bring Johann close to a meltdown. It is nearly impossible for him to find his way through this maze; everybody seems to have been involved or guilty.(Germany, 2014)


Midnight Orchestra    (L’orchestre de minuit)

Tuesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m.

After leaving Morocco as a child amidst racial tensions spurred by the Yom Kippur War, the son of a once famous Jewish musician returns to his home country to bury his father. Aided by an eclectic cab driver, his search for the former members of his father’s band unexpectedly transforms his life forever. When death claims his father before they can reunite and reconcile, Michael seeks to understand the legacy of this iconic singer of yesteryear, a man largely unknown to him. (Morocco,2015)


Rabin in His Own Words   (Rabin BeMilotav Shelo)

Monday, May 30, 3:00 p.m./ Monday, June 6, 7:30 p.m.


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