November 8, 2006
Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival arrives at CW's Kimball Theatre
Colonial Williamsburg hosts the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival, featuring a variety of films to be shown at the Kimball Theatre in Merchants Square. Live and Become, November 11, 7 p.m. A mother forces her young son to pretend he is a Jewish orphan to escape poverty in a Sudanese camp. The lie he lives and the past he leaves behind tangibly haunt the boy for 20 years following his flight from the Sudan. Awarded the Ecumenical Jury and the Audience awards at the 2005 Berlin Film Festival. Amharic/Hebrew/French with subtitles. Not rated. Tickets are $20 and include a post-film reception at Williamsburg At Home®, featuring the Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band. Ticket prices after opening night are adults $6.50, seniors/students $5.50. Introduction by Dr. Cindy Hahamovich, associate professor of history, College of William and Mary.
The Syrian Bride, November 12, 1:30 p.m. In this moving drama from Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis, a young Druze woman from the Golan Heights is engaged to a Syrian television star whom she has never met. If she moves to Syria, however, she will never be able to return to her home. When she gets to the border and seems prepared to begin a new life, some surprises await her. Arabic/English/Hebrew/Russian/French with subtitles. Not rated. This show features the William and Mary Eastern Music Ensemble and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Social. Dr. John Eisele, associate professor of Arabic, College of William and Mary, will introduce the film and lead a post film discussion.
Campfire, November 12, 7 p.m. This multiple award-winning film from the Israeli Film Academy tells the story of a young widow, Rachel, who wants to join a new settlement in the West Bank. The acceptance committee won’t admit her unless she proves that she and her daughters can meet the group’s religious and ideological standards. When her youngest daughter is accused of seducing some boys from her youth movement, Rachel must weigh her alliances. Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated. Introduction by Dr. Arthur Knight, associate professor of American studies and English, and interim program director of film studies, College of William and Mary.
Go For Zucker, January 27 and 28, 7 and 8:45 p.m. Two brothers, divided in 1961 by the Berlin Wall, awkwardly reunite after the death of their mother. Jaecki Zucker, former East German celebrity sportscaster, now very much down on his luck, and his orthodox brother from the West learn that in order to share their mother’s inheritance they will need to reconcile before burying her. German critics hailed this comedy as a sign of a renaissance in German-Jewish humor. German with subtitles. Not rated.
Forgiving Dr. Mengele, February 24 and 25, 7 and 8:30 p.m. In this surprisingly uplifting documentary, Eva Mozes Kor, who survived Josef Mengele’s cruel experiments on twins in Auschwitz, shocks other Holocaust survivors when she decides to forgive the perpetrators as a way of self-healing. American filmmaker Bob Hercules accompanied Ms. Kor for many years to capture the tremendous journey that led her back to the camp where she and her sister were tortured. Not rated.
Close to Home, March 24-March 28, 7 and 8:45 p.m. In this critically acclaimed study of Israeli women and compulsory military service, two diametrically opposed women are thrown together on patrol in Jerusalem; Mirit is respectful of her military superiors, while Smadar barely conceals her desire for rebellion. When a bomb explodes, the two reconcile their differences, and a tenuous friendship is forged. Hebrew with subtitles. Not rated.
Kimball Theatre movie vouchers are not valid for festival films.
Movie admission is $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors, students and children.
The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 1-9:15 p.m.