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2012 Films


Saturday, October 13 - 7:30 p.m.

Director: Anna Justice | Germany/Poland/USA 2011 | 105 min

English, German and Polish; English subtitles

Sponsored by Deb and Mike Gill

In this epic romance spanning three decades, a Polish partisan and German Jewish woman forge an unshakeable bond in the dark shadow of the Holocaust.  After a daring escape from a Nazi death camp, Tomasz and a pregnant Hannah are forcibly separated in the chaos of war, each convinced the other has died.  The events of 1944 Poland are crosscut with 1976 Brooklyn, where an older Hannah-now married mother- glimpses a television interview that rocks her to the core.  The stunning realization that her lost love may still be alive triggers a spiral of unresolved emotions and moral ambiguities as Hannah must now confront her unresolved past.  Based on actual events, Remembrance is a heartfelt journey told with restraint and compassion.


The Rescuers

Sunday, October 14 - 2:00 p.m.

Director: Michael King | USA 2012 | 94 min | English

Sponsored in honor of Dr. Jonathan Chilton


Many heroes defied the Nazis to save countless Jews, chief among them the 12 diplomats whose efforts are documented in this riveting documentary from award winning filmmaker Michael King and Producer Joyce D. Mandell. The film traces the journey of Stephanie Nyombayire, a young Rwandan anti-genocide activist who teams up with Sir Martin Gilbert, the renowned Holocaust historian, to travel across 15 countries and three continents interviewing survivors and descendants of the diplomats who rescues tens of thousands of Jews from the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camps.  While Nyombayire embarks upon this quest in an effort to uncover potential solutions for the ongoing genocide in Darfur and elsewhere, what emerges from their journey is a testament to the ways in which the inherent good in the human spirit can trump institutional evil.


A Serious Man

Monday, October 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Discussion Following: Rabbi Neil Schuster, KU Hillel

Directors: Ethan and Joel Cohen | USA 2009 | 106 min | English

Sponsored by Robin and Bill Carr

Imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behavior, dental phenomena, academia, mortality, and Judaism- and intersections thereof- A Serious Man is the story of an ordinary man’s search for clarity.  It is 1967, and Larry Gopnik, a physics professor at a quiet Midwestern university, facing a myriad of challenging difficulties, struggles to find balance.  Can anyone help him cope with his afflictions and become a righteous person- a mensch- a serious man?


Jews and Baseball - An American Love Story

Wednesday, October 17 – 7:00 p.m. 

Discussion Following:

Dr. Raymond Doswell, VP of Curatorial Services, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Director: Peter Miller | USA 2010 | 91 min | English

Sponsored by Scott Slabotsky

Co-sponsored by B'Yachad: A program of CAJE/ Jewish Federation

Jews and Baseball explores the connection between Jewish Americans and baseball, our nation’s most iconic institution.  More than a film about sports, it is a story of immigration, assimilation, bigotry, heroism, traditions, and the shattering of stereotypes.


This Is Sodom

Saturday, October 20 – 8:00 p.m.

Directors: Adam Sanderson & Muli Segev

Israel | 2010 | 88 min | Hebrew with subtitles

Sponsored by the Alon family in memory of Michal Alon

The biggest box office hit in Israel in 25 years, This Is Sodom is a raucous and bawdy comedy.  As God’s wrath draws closer, Abraham, Lot, the Sodomites and even the avenging angels are seduced by the decadent delights of the most famous Sin City in history.  Skewering everything from religious figures, reality TV, game shows, musicals and vapid celebrities to contemporary Israeli culture, the cast of the comedy troupe Eretz Nehederet (the Israeli Saturday Night Live)  leaves no sacred cow unslaughtered.

The Yankles

Sunday, October 21 – 4:00 p.m.

Director: David R. Brooks | USA 2009 | 115 min | English

Sponsored by Trudy and John Jacobson


The Yankles is the story of an upstart, orthodox yeshiva baseball team that earns a ticket to compete in the college world series.  Their coach, Charlie Jones, is an ex-major league center fielder on parole and desperate to fulfill his community service.  While The Yankles strive for success on the field, Charlie works to rebuild his reputation and relationships, and, in the process, finds redemption.


Le Concert

Sunday, October 21 – 8:00 p.m.

Director: Radu Mihaileanu | France/ Russia 2009 | 119 min

French and Russian with subtitles

Sponsored by Shirley and Barnett C. Helzberg Jr.

Thirty years ago the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra was fired for hiring Jewish musicians.  Now a janitor at the Bolshoni, he mops the stage where he once conducted.  One day he intercepts an invitation for the Bolshoi to play in Paris and decides to gather together his old orchestra musicians to perform in Paris in the place of the current Bolshoi orchestra.  Le Concert is a crowd- engaging, emotionally stirring film that will leave you cheering!


The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival is currently seeking submissions for October 2013. Deadline for submission for the 2013 KCJFF is January 15, 2013. Narrative and documentary films, features and shorts, are all welcome for consideration, so long as the work meets the spirit of our mission statement:

"The Kansas City Jewish Film Festival provides our diverse community an opportunity to encounter Jewish ideas and values by creating an open, inviting, and entertaining forum for films that explore issues of culture, identity, and history."

If you are a filmmaker or distributor with a recent film that you believe would fit well into our festival, please send a DVD for the committee's consideration to:

Kansas City Jewish Film Festival
Attn: Krista Blackwood
Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City
5801 West 115 Street, Suite 101
Overland Park, KS 66211


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