In a gastronomical expedition, celebrity Michael Solomonov, a James Beard Award winning chef and co-owner of acclaimed Zahav in Philadelphia, zigzags Israel to savor a food revolution rooted in centuries-old tradition. Israel’s food scene is among the most dynamic in the world, extending beyond falafel and hummus to include tasty ethnic and regional specialties. The filmmakers follow Solomonov into “hot” restaurants, home kitchens, wineries, street vendors and markets. All over the country, he discusses traditions, ingredients, the origins, and the future of Israeli Cuisine. Combining a procession of mouthwatering dishes and interviews with chefs, home cooks and farmers of all backgrounds, Oscar-nominated documentarian Roger Sherman presents a diverse portrait of the Israeli people told through the very personal language of food.
Music meets the Mob in this bio-doc narrated by Steven Van Zandt. You may have never heard of Bert Berns, but you know the enduring songs he has written and produced: Twist & Shout, Cry to Me, Tell Him, Hang On Sloopy, I Want Candy and Everybody Needs Somebody to Love. Berns’ sessions made legends of The Isley Brothers, The Drifters, Ben E. King, Wilson Pickett, Van Morrison, and Neil Diamond, and his songs became chart-topping covers for the likes of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin. Included in the film are interviews with Ronald Isley, Ben E. King, Solomon Burke, Van Morrison and Paul McCartney.
The Holocaust Living History Workshop (HLWH) series will feature a screening of the original documentary, Mr. Rakowski, by Dutch filmmaker Jan Diederen. Focused on the troubled relationship of Polish-born Sam Rakowski, a survivor of Auschwitz, and his son Richie, a successful businessman residing in New York, the film illuminates the devastating impacts of the transgenerational transmission of trauma. Acting as a vigilant mediator, Diederen’s camera enables a painful process of communication between two wounded people, while promising hope and reconciliation. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Richie Rakowski and Robert Schneider, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe and the co-director of the documentary, Think Only of Today: The Impact of the Holocaust on Three Generations.
The film screening is followed by a panel discussion with Richie Rakowski and Robert Schneider, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Europe and the co-director of “Think Only of Today: The Impact of the Holocaust on Three Generations” (2014).
Please join Temple Adat Shalom for lunch and a screening of "Salam Neighbor" followed by discussion led by Rabbi David Castiglione at Temple Adat Shalom, Fischlowitz Cultural Center. "Salam Neighbor" follows the adventure of two Americans who deliberately head to the edge of war, just seven miles from the Syrian border, to live among 80,000 uprooted refugees in Jordan's Za'atari refugee camp. As the first film makers allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, Zach and Chris plunge into the heart of the world's most pressing humanitarian crisis. Donations welcome to offset cost of lunch.
In this unique, live one-woman show, Patricia Ward Kelly—his wife and biographer—gives us the story. Taking audiences behind the scenes, she presents an intimate portrait of this innovative artist, who gave us such iconic works as An American in Paris and Singin’ in the Rain.
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, the program has nine films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor. Tickets can be bought at the door.