2013 Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival

We are excited to announce the
Third Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival!

The Festival will take place the week of May 20, 2013 at
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, on the
campus of the University of Notre Dame.

If you are interested in supporting, participating, or have any questions, please feel free to contact us! Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Tickets on sale now and may be purchased at the DeBartolo Box office.

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No Place On Earth (2013)

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Directed by Janet Tobias

In October 1942, Esther Stermer, the matriarch of a Jewish family in the Ukraine, leads her family underground to hide from the pursuing Nazis—and stays nearly a year and a half. Their harrowing story of survival living in near total darkness in two cold, damp caves is one like no other ever told. It was life... like No Place On Earth.

Sponsored by The Mark Dine & Tap and Uptown Kitchen

Prior to the showing, film narrator and featured speluncker Chris Nicola is scheduled to speak starting at 4:00 PM. This presentation is free to ticket holders.

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Hannah Arendt (2012)

Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Directed by Margarethe Von Trotta
The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta (Vision, Rosa Luxemburg) for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt.  Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker—controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils—introduced her now-famous concept of the “Banality of Evil.”

Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg, and Center for History

An Opening Night Dessert Reception will follow the film in the lobby of the Browning Cinema.

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Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2011)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Directed by Jonathan Gruber and Ari Daniel Pinchot
On July 4, 1976, Yonatan Netanyahu led a group of Israeli commandos into an airline terminal in Entebbe, Uganda, killing a stunned group of terrorists and evacuating 103 hostages. Follow Me is an intimate story that penetrates the tough exterior of Yoni, brother of current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who lost his life at Entebbe. Using Yoni's own poetry, letters and prose, the film delves into the mind of this reluctant young hero.

Sponsored by Steven Goldberg, CPA

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The Other Son (2012)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Directed by Lorraine Levy
As he prepares to join the Israeli army for his national service, Joseph discovers that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, values and beliefs.

Sponsored by MPA Architects, and Eco-Urban Collaborative

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Orchestra of Exiles (2012)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Directed by Josh Aronson
Orchestra of Exiles is the suspenseful chronicle of how one man helped save Europe’s premiere Jewish musicians from obliteration by the Nazis during WWII. In the early 1930s, Hitler began firing Jewish musicians across Europe. Overcoming extraordinary obstacles, violinist Bronislaw Huberman moved these great musicians to Palestine and formed a symphony that would become the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sponsored by the South Bend Symphony and WNIT
 

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Fill The Void (2012)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:30 PM

Directed by Rama Burshtein

Shira, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox Hassidic family from Tel Aviv, is about to be married off to a promising young man. On Purim, her older sister dies while giving birth to her first child. The family is overwhelmed and proposes arranging a marriage between Shira and her sister’s newly widowed husband to prevent him from leaving the country which forces Shira to choose between love and family duty.

 

Sponsored by The Glick Family Foundation


 

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AKA Doc Pomus (2012)

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Directed by Peter Miller and Will Hechter
Paralyzed with polio as a child, Brooklyn-born Jerome Felder reinvented himself first as a blues singer, renaming himself Doc Pomus, then emerged as a one of the most brilliant songwriters of the early rock and roll era, writing “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “Viva Las Vegas,” and dozens of other hits. A.K.A. Doc Pomus brings to life Doc’s joyous, romantic, heartbreaking, and extraordinarily eventful journey.

 

Sponsored by Key Bank and WVPE

 

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The Gatekeepers (2012)

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 7:30

Directed by Dror Moreh

Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror, the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, is present at the crossroads of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures and how they came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a more conciliatory approach toward their enemies.

 

 

Sponsored by St. Joseph Regional Medical Center

 

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Click below to see Debby Barton Grant, former Executive Vice President of The Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley and Ted Barron of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center as they appeared on WNIT's Experience Michiana on May 14, 2013 to discuss last year's Michiana Jewish Film Festival.

A Huge Thank You to our 2013
Michiana Jewish Film Festival Donors!


Beverly & Peri Arnold ~ Anita Boorda ~ Marilyn Brown ~ Nancy & Ron Cohen ~ Marjorie & Paul Goldwin ~ Bonny & Todd Hoover~ Muriel Hurwich~ Pam Kahn ~ Carol & Craig Kapson ~ Barbara & David Lerman ~ Jo-Anne & Bill Lopatin ~ South Bend Monument ~ Sherril & Sam Mirkin ~ Bernard & Etta Nevel ~ Ina & Irv Rosenberg ~ Evie Rosenstein ~ Betty Signer ~ Chuck & Lynda Simon ~ Gloria Wolvos ~ Judy & Mort Ziker ~ Aunt Linda’s Embroidery  ~ Sarah Anne & Ira Anes ~ Joyce Block & Henry Weinfield ~ Susan Blum & Lionel Jensen ~ Alan & Gail Dowty ~ Nana & Gary Fromm ~ Elia's ~ Anita & Stu Fishman~ Paul & Robbie Grimstad ~JW Chens ~ Potawatomi Zoo ~ Jane Robinson ~ Anna & Vitaliy Soloveychik ~ Strikes & Spares