WHAT proudly welcomes the return of the Am HaYam Havurah Jewish Film Festival, sponsored in part by the Jewish Federation of Cape Cod.
AUGUST 18, 7:30 PM
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY
Documentary (USA, 2019) 1 hr.
Written and Directed by Roberta Grossman (Above and Beyond, producer of Blessed is the Match and Hava Nagila)
WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY tells the powerful story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Oyneg Shabes Archive is the most important cache of in-the-moment, eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived.
AUGUST 19, 7:30 PM
Germany, 2018 German (with English subtitles)108 minutes
Starring Bruno Ganz (Downfall, Wings of Desire) as Sigmund Freud
Based on the international bestseller by Robert Seethaler
A tender, heart-breaking story about one young man and his friendship with Sigmund Freud during the Nazi occupation of Vienna.
Seventeen-year-old Franz journeys to Vienna to apprentice at a tobacco shop. There he meets Sigmund Freud (Bruno Ganz), a regular customer, and over time the two very different men form a singular friendship. When Franz falls desperately in love with the music-hall dancer Anezka, he seeks advice from the renowned psychoanalyst, who admits that the female sex is as big a mystery to him as it is to Franz. As political and social conditions in Austria dramatically worsen with the Nazis’ arrival in Vienna, Franz, Freud, and Anezka are swept into the maelstrom of events. Each has a big decision to make: to stay or to flee?
AUGUST 25, 7:30 PM
PROMISE AT DAWN
France, 2017 French (with English subtitles) 131 minutes
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg (Norman, Melancholia) a
Based on the acclaimed autobiographical novel by Romain Gary
From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this epic drama tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times. PROMISE AT DAWN offers a sweeping narrative that chronicles French author, airman and diplomat Roland Gary’s life and his complex relationship with his mother, who drove him to greatness against all odds in a Europe torn by anti- Semitism and war.
AUGUST 26, 7:30 PM
Directed by Joseph Madmony and Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
Israel, 2018 Hebrew (with English subtitles) 104 minutes
Menachem, a former front man for a rock band, is now religious, and a father to a six-year-old. When his daughter is diagnosed with cancer, he must find a creative solution to fund the expensive treatments. He reunites his band for one last tour. The journey to save his daughter exposes old wounds and allows him to reconnect with his secular past. Menachem understands that only a new connection to his past and to his music can pave the road to his own redemption.