The 12th Annual Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival of the Katz JCC is upon us! This is a particularly special year for the Festival, because the JCC is collaborating with some incredible community partners to bring some excellent films to the area.
The first exciting collaboration is with the students and faculty at Kellman Brown Academy (KBA). Their eighth graders have been working diligently on a project with educator and guest speaker Tova Rosenberg called “Better Together Names, Not Numbers.” This is an interactive, multi-media Holocaust project that documents the stories and testimonies of four local Holocaust survivors. This film will become part of the extensive archive collections at The National Library of Israel in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem, and the JCRC’s Esther Raab Holocaust Museum & Goodwin Education Center at the Jewish Community Campus, as well as Yeshiva University’s Gottesman Library.
KBA eighth grade students have had the chance to work with and learn from those who experienced the Holocaust first hand, as well as professional journalists, newspaper editors, filmmakers, and scholars. The JCC is honored to host their first screening of this important documentary, and hope you will attend on Tuesday, Mar. 21 at 7 p.m. to support these students and their incredible efforts to preserve these survivors’ stories for generations to come.
The Festival is also partnering with the JCC ACHaD Department to inspire and entertain filmgoers with the documentary “My Hero Brother,” the story of a group of remarkable young adults with Down Syndrome facing their fears and accompanying their siblings on a demanding trek through the Indian Himalayas. These siblings are faced with the formidable physical and emotional challenges of the trek, as they grow closer and teach us all the value of family and compassion.
This film was selected as the official film for Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion month. Please join us for the screening of “My Hero Brother” on Thursday, Mar. 23 at 7 p.m., followed by a talk with guest speaker, founder of the project, and producer of the film, Enosh Cassel. The Cherry Hill Volvo Cars Jewish Film Festival is proud to join with Jews all over the world who have screened this film. Together, we can foster a more inclusive Jewish community that emphasizes the value, dignity and capabilities of each and every individual.
“Better Together: Names, Not Numbers” and “My Hero Brother” are just two of the unforgettable films lined up for this year’s festival.
See you at the movies!
For tickets and more information, visit katzjcc.org/film or call Film Festival Co-coordinators Michele Susson at (856) 424-4444, ext. 1119 or Jill Cogan at ext. 1281.