Teaneck film festival includes movies of Jewish interest

Teaneck film festival includes movies of Jewish interest

This year’s Teaneck International Film Festival, which runs from November 5 to 8, includes films likely to be interesting to the Jewish community. Those movies will be screened on Sunday, November 8, at Teaneck Cinemas and the Puffin Cultural Forum. Those films include “Dough,” “Felix and Meira,” “Rosenwald,” “Secrets of War,” “When Voices Meet,” and “Zemene.”

(Courtesy TIFF)

The English film “Dough” is about a friendship that develops between an Orthodox Jewish baker and the young, black Muslim immigrant he hires — without knowing about his new employee’s side business.

The Canadian entry, “Felix and Meira,” is about a relationship between a young chassidic housewife from Montreal’s Jewish community and the man she meets who is mourning the death of his estranged father.

The documentary “Rosenwald” is about the son of Jewish immigrants who became the head of Sears Roebuck. Julius Rosenwald was one of the wealthiest early 20th-century Americans, one of the country’s greatest philanthropists, and an inspiring leader in Jewish partnerships with African Americans.

“Secrets of War,” which takes place during World War II, explores the friendship of three children whose lives are changed drastically during the Nazi occupation of Holland.

In post-apartheid South Africa, after Nelson Mandela was released from prison, the “Peace Train” toured the country with a mixed-race children’s choir led by Sharon Katz. Their story is told in the award-winning documentary, “When Voices Meet.” It will be followed by musical selections by Ms. Katz and others, who will also participate in a talkback. Wise Older Women, sponsors of the film, will present its annual award to Eva Sandrof, chair of Temple Emeth’s Social Action Committee, at the screening.

“Zemene,” an Ethiopian documentary, is about a girl with a rare curvature of the spine whose chance encounter with Dr. Rick Hodes changes her life forever.

Opening night for the tenth annual TIFF will be Thursday, November 5, at Teaneck Cinemas, at 7 p.m., and 7:30 for the screening of the documentary “Althea,” the story of tennis great Althea Gibson. Tony Award-winner Lillias White will return for the Saturday night gala, performing “From Brooklyn to Broadway” on November 7 at 8:30 p.m. at Temple Emeth. On Sunday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m., Bob McGrath will host Kid Flix Mix, a program for 4- to 8-year-olds, at the Puffin Cultural Forum. Admission for children will be free, thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation; the adults accompanying them will be asked to pay. Also on Sunday morning at Temple Emeth, the silent film classic “Nosferatu,” with original music composed and played by German virtuoso Markus Horn, will be shown at 11 a.m.

Buy tickets online at www.teaneckfilmfestival.org, or in person at the Teaneck General Store and the Teaneck Cinemas. Call (201) 203-1723.

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