Jewish Shorts

 

Jewish Shorts
Featuring: The Chop, Wig Shop, Near Normal Man, Anna, and A Children’s Song
Date: 
Sunday, November 12
Time:
 2:00 PM
Location: 
The Gershman Y

Sponsored by: Jordan and Helen Schwartz

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The Chop
Director: Lewis Rose
Genre: Narrative Short
Country: UK
Year: 2015
Running Time: 16 min
Language: English

Philadelphia Premiere
In this delightful British comedy (screened at over 100 festivals across the globe), a friendly Kosher butcher is fired and pretends to be Muslim in order to work at a local Halal meat market.

Official Selection: BFI London Film Festival, Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, Denver Film Festival, Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival, Krakow International Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, UK Jewish Film Festival, and Washington Jewish Film Festival

Awards: Best Short Film at Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival; Audience Award at Denver Film Festival; Audience Choice Award at Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival; Audience Award for Best Film of Festival at Krakow International Film Festival; Audience Choice Award at Seattle Jewish Film Festival

Reviews: “Excels in its use of cinematography… perfectly displays what it is like to struggle with being true to oneself versus being someone others want you to be… very funny.” (Georgia Davis, The Post)

 

Wig Shop
Director: Kat Coiro
Genre: Narrative Short
Country: USA
Year: 2016
Running Time: 16 min
Language: English

Philadelphia Premiere
Emily Mortimer (HBO’s The Newsroom) stars as a shy Orthodox Jewish woman living in Los Angeles who learns a shocking secret while getting her wig styled.

Official Selection: Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Toronto Jewish Film Festival

Reviews: “Compelling….Emily Mortimer is absolutely convincing.” (Mark Segal, The East Hampton Star)

 

Near Normal Man
Director: Charlene Stern
Genre: Documentary Short
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Running Time: 28 min
Language: English

Philadelphia Premiere
Ben Stern, a survivor of two ghettos, nine concentration camps, and two death marches, recounts his perseverance at having to encounter Nazism again in Skokie, Illinois 30 years after the war. This remarkable true story of survival is made all the more relevant by the current rise in neo-Nazism today.

Official Selection: San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Awards: The Joyce Forum Best Documentary Short at San Diego Jewish Film Festival

Reviews: “Especially moving.” (Ira Glasser, Huffington Post)

 

5-Minute Intermission

 

Anna
Director: 
Or Sinai
Genre: Narrative Short
Country: Israel
Year: 
2015
Running Time: 
24 min
Language: 
Hebrew with English subtitles

Philadelphia Premiere
A lonely tailor explores the streets of her small desert town one summer day, seeking someone who can touch her for just one brief moment. Winner of the Cinéfondation Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and Honorable Mention Award for Best Short Film at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Official Selection: Brussels Jewish International Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Poitiers Film Festival, Rome Independent Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival

Awards: Cinéfondation Award at Cannes Film Festival; First Prize for Best Film at Poitiers Film Festival; Best Student Short Film at Rome Independent Film Festival; First Prize at Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival; Honorable Mention Award for Best Short Film at Toronto International Film Festival

 

A Children’s Song
Director:
 Shayna Cohen
Genre: Narrative Short
Country: 
USA
Year: 
2015
Running Time: 
27 min
Language
: Chinese and English with English subtitles

Philadelphia Premiere
Two music students, vying for a scholarship, discover that their shared composition dates back to an incredible true story of hope and survival set in Shanghai, a sanctuary city that took in over 20,000 Jews during World War II.

Official Selection: Sedona International Film Festival

Awards: Audience Award for Best Student Short Film at Sedona International Film Festival

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