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Baltimore Jewish Film Festival

Welcome to the 28th annual William and Irene Weinberg Family Baltimore Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts.

This year's films take us through space and time, making stops throughout history at points around the globe, including Paris in 1944, Israel in 1985, Argentina in 1994, and Texas in 2014. The stories and characters shine a light on unsung heroes, tragedies, cultural history, and the varied landscape of Jewish life. Join us on this Jewish journey!

Dough

MARCH 12, 2016 | 8:00pm

Widowed and down on his luck, elderly baker Nat Dayan enlists the help of teenager Ayyash, a refugee from Darfur, who accidently drops a large stash of cannabis in the challah dough.

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Sabena Hijacking – My Version

MARCH 17, 2016 | 7:30pm

On May 8, 1972, four hijackers from the Palestinian organization “Black September” took control of Belgian Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv.

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Deli Man

MARCH 20, 2016 | 3:00pm

The effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a thirdgeneration delicatessen man, as well as a Yiddishspeaking French-trained chef, is your guide on a geographical and historical tour of the world of delicatessen food.

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Rosenwald

MARCH 22, 2016 | 7:30pm

The life of Julius Rosenwald is celebrated in this documentary. Rosewald rose to become president of Sears, Roebuck & Company and worked with the African American communities in the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools.

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God’s Slave

MARCH 31, 2016 | 7:30pm

Based on the actual events of a 1994 bombing in Buenos Aires, God’s Slave follows Ahmed, an Islamic terrorist and now assigned to execute a suicide bomb at a synagogue, and David, the Israeli special agent who will stop at nothing to prevent the attack.

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Diplomacy

APRIL 5, 2016 | 7:30pm

General Dietrich von Choltitz has mines planted on the Eiffel Tower, in the Louvre and at Notre Dame when Hitler gives orders that the French capital should not fall into enemy hands. Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling steals into German headquarters to persuade Choltitz to abandon his plan.

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A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt

APRIL 7, 2016 | 7:30pm

In a powerful docu-drama of love and selflessness, Otto Weidt manages to keep his employees – nearly all Jewish and blind – from the clutches of the Nazis. When his secretary is deported to Auschwitz, he embarks on a journey to free her. Plus Animation Short: German Shepherd.

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Secrets of War

APRIL 10, 2016 | 3:00pm

Tuur and Lambert are best friends in a Nazi-occupied Dutch village. Lambert’s father, a Nazi sympathizer, is named mayor of their town and Tuur discovers his own father and brother have joined the resistance, instantly putting the two boys at odds. Plus Drama Short: The Walk.

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Once in a Lifetime

APRIL 14, 2016 | 7:30pm

A history teacher at a French high school is determined to give the best education she can to her underprivileged inner-city pupils. Overcoming their apathy, however, proves to be difficult until she tests her classroom with an assignment on the theme of child victims of Nazi concentration camps. The project is met with resistance until a face-to-face encounter with a Holocaust survivor transforms the students’ attitudes dramatically.

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A Borrowed Identity

APRIL 17, 2016 | 3:00pm

Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli teenager, accepts the opportunity to attend a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem and desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates. When a romantic relationship with Naomi, a Jewish girl, is uncovered, Eyad discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to realize his dreams. Plus Drama Short: First Born.

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