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November 11, 12 & 16 2014:

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The Jewish Experience Series

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) is proud to present its Fall edition of the annual Roving Eye International Film Festival™. The popular and acclaimed festival celebrating global cinema and artists, announces its 2014 sidebar program on the Jewish Experience through short films, documentary, media and a guest speaker. The event takes place November 11, 12 & 16th. This year’s series explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel and of the Holocaust through four recent films. The series features a talk by the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, RWU.

 

Through film and scholarship, the series tells the stories of the Jewish experience globally—stories of joy and sorrow, faith, diasporas, rich culture, fear and hope—stories that must be told again and again.

 

All programming is free of charge and open to the public and screened on the campus of Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI.

 

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The Fall Jewish Experience sidebar of the Roving Eye Festival are presented in partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival, the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation, the RWU Department of Communication the RWU Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the RWU Film Production Club, RWU Hillel, and the Spiritual Life Office.

 

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th:

FACING FORWARD WHILE LOOKING BACKWARD:

The Jewish Experience Today

Hosted by Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, RWU

 

cell app.Lunches With Mel | Directed by: Alex Beh | 6 min. | USA | 2014

By the time jazz violinist Aaron Weinstein came on the scene, jazz had been kicked to the curb of popular culture. So when legendary entertainment agent, Mel Howard offered to work with Aaron, the young violinist eagerly signed a long-term deal with the veteran agent. Unfortunately, Mel's golden touch has rusted with age.

Me Reencontrara's Dentro De Ti (You Will Find Me Within You) | Directed by: Eitan Pitigliani | 15 min. | Argentina, France, Italy | 2013

Pablo, an Argentinean, travels to Rome to find his grandfather, of whom he has only got a painting and a poem. During his stay in Rome he will discover his true origins.

 

No Love Lost | Directed by: Shekhar Bassi | 15 min. | United Kingdom | 2013

A Jewish boy, nurturing a secret romance with a Muslim girl despite the realities of their backgrounds, is unaware that he is being stalked. While the young lovers struggle to be open about their relationship, the stalker's obsession reveals a thought provoking turn culminating in the trio coming face to face. No Love Lost is an intriguing tale of love, obsession and unyielding prejudice.

 

SILENT | Directed by: Jaco Dukes | 9 min. | Chile, USA | 2013

During World War II, Josy was about to be executed by a Nazi soldier with a group of Jewish people, but he had the key for survival. Now, as an old man, he is tormented by the guilt of survival, and he must face his memory before leaving this world.

 

Ergbut | Directed by: Matthias Zuder | 17 Min | Germany | 2013

Max is on the road with his pregnant girlfriend Lina. He suddenly gets a call from his grandfather who wants to meet him shortly before he will be taken away. At the grandfather's home he offers Max an inheritance that blasts apart any notion of 'family'.

 

My Kosher Shifts | Directed by: Iris Zaki | 21 min. | United Kingdom | 2011

In North London there's a small orthodox Jewish hotel. You don't have to get circumcised to get a room, but why would anyone from his own will would have a Kosher breakfast. Iris, the receptionist, has taken this job aside to her documentary studies. She represents more or less the opposite of the typical clientele. If they knew more about her carefree lifestyle, the bible would probably slip from their hands. Far from Israel, with its political and social tension she's started to have intimate and open conversations with Hassidic Jews for the first time. She documented her conversation in order to open a window to this closed mysterious community.

 

The personal cross-cultural documentary captures, in a quirky humorous way, the conservative Jewish orthodox world.

Location: Global Heritage Hall, Room GH01

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 12th:

IMMUTABLE MEMORIES: The Jewish Experience And The Holocaust

Feature Film Program with Guest Speaker

 

Complicit | Directed by: Michael Schwartz | 61 min. | USA | 2014

On September 24, 2012, at the direction of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Deputy Secretary William Burns, issued the first ever apology to the surviving passengers of the Jewish refugee ship, SS St Louis.

 

The St. Louis left the Hamburg, Germany on May 13, 1939, bound for Havana, Cuba, and seeking refuge from Nazi tyranny. Upon arriving in Havana in late May 1939, the passengers were refused entry into Cuba. The captain of the luxury liner, Gustav Schroeder, turned northward and steered the vessel to within sight of the Miami coastline where he and the passengers formally pleaded with President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the State Department to grant them safe harbor and freedom from the Nazi web of terror. The US refused and the ship was forced to return to Europe where many of the passengers perished in the Auschwitz death camp. The story became a symbol of America and Canada's indifference to the plight of the Jews suffering under Hitler. The documentary explores the political backstory of why Roosevelt and Secretary of State Cordell Hull refused to grant safe harbor to the passengers thus giving them a death sentence when they returned to Europe. The documentary incorporates segments of the State Department ceremony including scenes from The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The film also includes archival footage of the ship's voyage as well as never before seen interviews with the surviving passengers of the SS St Louis and an exclusive interview with Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat.

 

Featuring a discussion with Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain, RWU, who has studied the Holocaust as part of her research on religious and refugee movements from 1939 to 1951. Currently, she is completing her study about the Unitarian Service Committee’s work in Europe as a refugee and rescue organization as war commences and later as one of many religious and secular relief organizations throughout Europe after the war. Its founders, the Rev. Waitstill Sharp and Martha Sharp, are only two of three Americans honored among Yad Vashem’s Righteous Among the Nations for saving Jews from the Nazi regime. Rev. Soukup holds an M.A. in human rights history from Boston College and is completing her Doctorate of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological School.

Location: Architecture 132

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16th:

FORWARD MOVEMENTS: TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES

Introduced by Dean Robert Eisinger, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Roger Williams University with the Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, University Multifaith Chaplain

 

Emigration, N.Y. The Story of an Expulsion (‘Die Geschichte einer Vertreibung’) | Directed by: Egon Humer | 177 min. | Austria | 1995 | Language: German, w/Eng. Subtitles

When Hitler's infamous "Anschluss" annexed Austria to Germany in 1938, the lives of 130,000 Jewish Austrians were placed at risk. Over the next three years, some 30,000 managed to emigrate to the United States, settling mainly in New York City. In Austrian filmmaker Egon Humer's brilliant and moving documentary EMIGRATION N.Y., twelve Viennese Jews -- seven women, five men -- recount their lives as children in Austria, as emigrants, and as New Yorkers.

 

Featuring a conversation with Frank Eisinger, one of the twelve émigrés whose experiences are profiled in the film.

 

Plus the 2014 RIIFF Grand Prize Award Winner:

Mein letztes Konzert (My Last Concert) | Directed by: Selcuk Zvi Cara | 15 min. | Germany | 2014

During this short film, the protagonist ponders, “my last concert in the town I was born. My last concert in the town where a part of me died. My last concert in the town where I am hoping to find my inner peace.”

 

A Reception Sponsored by RWU Spiritual Life Office will take place during the intermission.

Location: Global Heritage Hall, Room GH01

Roger Williams University, One Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free Admission

For more information and the full programming schedule, click here


Fall 2014 marks the beginning of the 33rd year of the Flickers Arts Collaborative, the creator and producer of the Annual Rhode Island International Film Festival (that will take place August 4-9, 2015 at locations throughout the state of Rhode Island.) Through its affiliation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, RIIFF is a qualifying festival for the Short Film and Documentary Short Academy Awards, the only festival in the region with this distinction. RIIFF provides a venue to encourage new talent and establish the contacts needed for wider distribution.

 

ABOUT ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY:

Roger Williams University located in Bristol, R.I. is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens. With 42 academic majors, an array of co-curricular activities and study abroad opportunities on six continents, RWU is an opencommunity dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of corevalues and providing a world-class education above all else. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review. For more information, go to: www.rwu.edu.

 

ABOUT FLICKERS: RHODE ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL:

FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers.  Held in Providence, and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island, RIIFF is one of only a handful of festivals worldwide that is a qualifying event for the Academy Awards (i.e. “Oscars”).  RIIFF incorporates gala celebrations, premiere screenings, VIP guests, industry seminars, educational programs, and award ceremonies into a weeklong extravaganza.  Cited as one of the "Best International and Short Film Festivals in the United States," RIIFF is New England’s largest film festival, screening a record 175 films.  Its innovative programming, cultivated industry ties, and loyal audiences have made the Festival a strategic and desirable platform for film premieres, drawing hundreds of independent filmmakers from around the globe.


For more information about films, dates, and venues for the 2014 Roving Eye International Film Festival™, please call 401-861-4445, email info@film-festival.org

 

RWU PARKING INFORMATION: From Providence: Take Routes 136 South or 114 S passing campus on the left. Take a left at the traffic light just before the Mount Hope Bridge, onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

From Newport: Take 114N over the Mount Hope Bridge and take the first right off the bridge onto Old Ferry Road. Take the first right into the parking lot.

 

Guests should enter through the main entrance at the fountain. they will be able to obtain a guest parking pass. Lot 24a will be blocked off for guests of the festival. Proceed through the main entrance through to the lot 24a on left. This event will take place in the Mary Tefft White Cultural Center, Global Heritage Hall and the Marine and Natural Sciences Building.

 

• Click here for a downloadable map of the campus and available parking.

 

See the 2013 Festival Schedule, click here.

See the 2012 Festival Schedule, click here.

See the 2011 Festival Schedule, click here.


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The 2014 Roving Eye International Film Festival is sponsored by The RI Film & the Television Office; Flickers; the Edwin S. Soforenko Foundation; the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation; Roger Williams University Office of the Provost; the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences; the Department of Communications; Hillel; and the Spiritual Life Program.