Movies will evoke tears, laughter

Film series examines Jewish life

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Augusta will play host to its first Jewish Film Festival this summer.

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Five films will be shown over two weeks, said festival co-chairwoman Nettie Albrecht, the president of the Augusta Jewish Community Center.

The center is one of several local Jewish organizations that came together to organize the festival. Rep­re­sentatives from Adas Yeshur­un Synagogue, Con­gregation Children of Israel, Chabad of Augusta and Augusta Jewish Federation formed a committee that screened nearly a dozen potential films.

They came up with five films that showcase Jewish faith, culture and work, Albrecht said.

“These are award-winning films,” she said. “We wanted some diversity, with comedy, drama and historical events.”

Details are still being finalized for some films, Albrecht said, but already there’s excitement building for the festival in the Jewish community and the community at large.

“We want everybody to enjoy it,” she said. “We’re holding events out in the community, not just at the AJCC.”

Some films are in Hebrew and will be shown with subtitles.

“I say, don’t be scared. You’ll get used to it,” Albrecht said with a laugh. “These films are meant to be fun for the entire community.”

Opening night is July 12. Tickets are $10 each, or $40 for five, and can be purchased at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans.

FESTIVAL TICKETS

Tickets for the Augusta Jewish Film Festival are $10 each, or $40 for five, and can be purchased at the Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way in Evans.

Learn more about the festival at augustajcc.org or by calling (706) 228-3636.

Film Festival

NICKY’S FAMILY
WHAT:
A documentary film recounting the true-life story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children before the outbreak of World War II.
WHEN:
7 p.m. July 12
WHERE:
Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans
LENGTH:
96 minutes

A MATTER OF SIZE
WHAT:
An Israeli comedy about four overweight men who learn to love themselves through the Japanese sport of sumo wrestling
WHEN:
7:30 p.m. July 19
WHERE:
Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans
LENGTH:
92 minutes

THE YANKLES
WHAT:
A family-friendly comedy that follows a ex-major league baseball player who gets a second chance at life managing a Jewish, orthodox baseball team
WHEN:
3 p.m. July 22
WHERE:
Augusta Jewish Community Center, 898 Weinberger Way, Evans
LENGTH:
115 minutes

NORA’S WILL
WHAT:
A unique comedy about love and loss as a woman’s death brings her family together at Passover
WHEN:
7:30 p.m. July 26
WHERE:
Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans
LENGTH:
90 minutes

THE MATCHMAKER
WHAT:
A coming-of-age tale following a teenage boy who works for a mysterious Holocaust survivor and matchmaker
WHEN:
7:30 p.m. July 31
WHERE:
Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center at the Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd., Evans
LENGTH:
112 minutes


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