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Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival Begins March 5

Now in its 14th year, The Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival is among the museum’s longest running film festivals. The festival—which celebrated its bar mitzvah year last year—continues the Doris Duke Theatre’s mission of sharing cultural perspectives through film. “This year our festival offers a diverse collection of films that challenges our community with new and unique points of view,” says chair of the Jewish Film Festival Jackie Foil. “The films are relevant to our times, and we are confident they will appeal to our community.”

WHAT: Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival

WHEN: March 5–30, 2016
TICKETS: Regular screenings: $10 general admission, $8 museum members. Admission is free for kids 17 and under
INFO: 532-6097, ddt@honolulumuseum.org, www.honolulumuseum.org

Now in its 14th year, The Temple Emanu-El Kirk Cashmere Jewish Film Festival is among the museum’s longest running film festivals. The festival—which celebrated its bar mitzvah year last year—continues the Doris Duke Theatre’s mission of sharing cultural perspectives through film. “This year our festival offers a diverse collection of films that challenges our community with new and unique points of view,” says chair of the Jewish Film Festival Jackie Foil. “The films are relevant to our times, and we are confident they will appeal to our community.”

The festival starts with the light-hearted 2015 British comedy Dough. Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) plays Nat Dayan, the owner of Dayan & Son, a modest kosher bakery that’s starting to feel the effects of big-box stores. When Nat enlists the help of a Muslim teen named Ayyash, the young apprentice accidentally drops marijuana in the dough, and sales skyrocket. The freshly baked clientele give the pair hope that the struggling business won’t go up in smoke.

There are two sides to every story, and in the film Sabena Hijacking: My Version the story of the 1972 hijacking of Belgian Sabena Flight 571 from Brussels to Tel Aviv is told from the perspectives of the Israeli political leaders who were in charge of the rescue as well as the only surviving hijacker. Audiences will have an opportunity to hear from executive producer Gilad Janklowicz, who will attend the all three screenings of the film.

March 22 to 30 the theater screens the festival committee’s top picks. The “Best of the Fest” screening include Dough, Once in a Lifetime, Wunderkinder and Labryinth of Lies.

The festival begins with an opening-night reception March 5. Tickets include pupu with a no-host bar. The reception is followed by a screening of Dough.

Dough

Directed by John Goldschmidt. United Kingdom. 2015. 94 min.

March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
March 8 at 1 p.m.
March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
March 22 at 7:30 p.m.
March 24 at 1 p.m.
March 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Pirates of the Caribbean, Game of Thrones) plays curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan who obstinately clings to his way of life and his livelihood as a kosher-bakery owner in London’s East End. With a dwindling clientele and the pressures of encroaching big-box stores, Nat reluctantly enlists the help of Ayyash (Jerome Holder), a local teen who has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his hardworking immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough, the challah starts flying off the shelves and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. This bread is far from kosher, but it starts to revitalize the struggling family business and gives mentor and apprentice newfound hope. Dough is a warmhearted, endearing and timely story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places.

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