Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival presents ‘Persian Lessons’

Persian Lessons

Drama | 127 min | German, French, Persian, English, Italian | English subtitles | Brief nudity, moderate violence, gore, and frightening images, mild smoking and alcohol use, mild profanity

October 23 • 7 PM

Available to view October 23-26.

1942. Gilles, a young Belgian man, is arrested by the SS alongside other Jews and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. He avoids execution by swearing to the guards that he is not Jewish, but Persian. This lie temporarily saves him, but then Gilles is assigned a seemingly untenable mission: to teach Persian to Koch, the officer in charge of the camp’s kitchen, who dreams of opening a restaurant in Persia (Iran) once the war is over.


To enjoy the Festival, simply purchase an ALL-FESTIVAL pass, which provides unlimited access to all films, speakers, interactive programs, and conversations that are part of this year’s line-up. The ALL-FESTIVAL pass offers a 25% discount or three films for free.  ALL-FESTIVAL passes are now available and limited. Individual tickets go on sale on October 4.

Please note, with the exception of Rube Goldberg and the shorts blocks, all feature films are restricted to Minnesota viewership. If you are a Minnesota resident who will be wintering out of state during this festival, please email [email protected] at your earliest convenience to secure viewing privileges.

Proceeds from tickets sales support the Minnesota JCC’s wide range of arts, culture, and enrichment programming that engage the community in the exploration of Jewish identity and culture through film, performance, theater, visual arts, literature, and learning.

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23rd October 2021 @ 7:00 pm
26th October 2021 @ 7:00 pm
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