2020 Virtual Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival

The Sabes JCC and the St. Paul JCC are thrilled to announce the first-ever virtual festival featuring 8 outstanding film events, including feature length & short films, post-film conversations and more – all from the comfort of your home!

To enjoy the Festival, simply register for an ALL FESTIVAL PASS which offers access to all films from October 15 through November 1. In addition to the films, links will be available to watch engaging post-film conversations with filmmakers and aficionados on the TCJFF website.

This Festival is FREE to the community, thanks to the generosity of the Mary and Julius Pertzik Jewish Cultural Arts fund.

For more information or to register, visit: www.tcjfilmfest.org

October 15 – November 1
Directed by Hilla Medalia | Israel, 2019 | Documentary | Hebrew with English Subtitles| 103 mins.
Recommended for Teen+
Partners: J-Pride; a program of the Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Minneapolis, The Israel Center of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation & St. Paul Jewish Federation

Four Israeli teenagers undergo an irreversible life-altering process. Four Israeli families must grapple with the unsettling process their child goes through during the already brutal enough teenage years; each in its own way. Four years of intimate and raw documenting, paint an emotional, dramatic, and eye-opening picture at the heart of which are fundamental questions: What does it mean to be born in a body that is misaligned with your gender? How would we, as parents, react when the child we have raised turns out to be a different person to the one we thought they were? And, is our love for our children truly unconditional? In a long, unprecedented documentary journey, the director chronicles the physical, emotional, and social ups and downs in the foursome and their families’ lives – Israeli teens who, despite the hefty price, are no longer afraid of being themselves.

October 15 – November 1
Directed by Rod Martel | USA, 2020 | Documentary | English | 103 mins.
Recommended for Adults
Partners: Minneapolis Jewish Federation & St. Paul Jewish Federation

In her small apartment in Minneapolis, the centenarian, Gerda Martel Freund sits in her comfortable recliner watching an endless loop of I Love Lucy reruns. Much like the brutal temperature extremes of the city in which she has landed, her life mirrors the cataclysmic events of the past century. Gerda is the daughter of Oscar® winning Director/Cinematographer Karl Freund, whose life takes us on an incredible life journey spanning the globe from NAZI Germany, to the Canary Islands and eventually back to Minnesota. Her son, Director Rod Martel, takes us along on his desperate quest to discover his family’s fascinating past before his mother’s rapidly fading memory closes the door forever.

October 15 – November 1
Directed by Marc Bennett | USA, 2017 | Documentary, Animation | English | 21 mins.
Family Friendly with Holocaust content (suggested ages 8+)
Partners: Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakota’s Holocaust Education program, Minneapolis Jewish Federation & St. Paul Jewish Federation

The Tattooed Torah is an animated short film, adapted from the beloved children’s book by Marvell Ginsburg that has been a powerful resource for Holocaust education for children. The film is a three-generational endeavor, initiated by Marvell’s daughter, who first had the dream to transform the book into a film. The film brings the rich artwork to life and allows the story to reach a much broader audience all over the world. Now more than ever, it is essential to continue teaching the lessons of the Holocaust to young children in an impactful and palatable way, so that such horrific events are never forgotten and never repeated.

The children’s book, Tattooed Torah by Marvell Ginsburg is available for FREE thanks to the generosity of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakota’s Holocaust Program.

To request a book: https://forms.gle/Zcf2KbR25TGGfeZJ7



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