Local Jewish film festival to feature 3 film screenings

Staff report

The 2014 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown and YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, will present three films: “The Jewish Cardinal,” “Kinderblock 66 — The Return to Buchenwald” and “Iraq “N” Roll.”

“The Jewish Cardinal” will be screened at Encore Cinema Niles at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It tells the true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood.

Quickly rising within the ranks of the church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope John Paul II and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him friends and enemies from both groups.

When Carmelite nuns settle down to build a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities and may be forced at last to choose a side.

Tickets are $8 ($7 for seniors, $5 for students) and can be purchased in advance at the Jewish Community Center Bursar’s Office, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown; 330-746-3250, ext. 195, or bursar@jccyoungstown.org. Tickets also can be purchased the evening of the show at Encore Cinema.

The next film will be “Kinderblock 66 — The Return to Buchenwald,” which will be screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown. It tells the story of four men who, as young boys, were imprisoned by the Nazis in the Buchenwald concentration camp and who, 65 years later, return to commemorate their liberation.

The film shows the effort undertaken by the camp’s Communist-led underground to protect and save Jewish children who were arriving in Buchenwald toward the end of the Holocaust.

“Kinderblock 66” also tells the story of Antonin Kalina, the head of the block, who was personally responsible for saving 904 boys in Buchenwald.

After the screening, Steven Moskovic, executive producer/director of photography, will speak about the making of the film. Along with local Holocaust survivor Henry Kinast, Steven’s father, Alex Moscovic, was one of the surviving Kinderblock 66 boys.

Admission is free. R.S.V.P. to Courtney Lockshaw at 330-746-3250, ext. 283, or by email at Clockshaw@jccyoungstown.org.

“Iraq’n’Roll” will be the final film in the festival and will be screened at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Williamson College of Business Administration Auditorium at Youngstown State University.

In an attempt to bridge time, space and culture, Israeli rock musician Dudu Tassa takes on the original music of his grandfather, who was one of the leading musicians in the early 20th century in Iraq.

Salah and Daud Al-kweiti were Jewish musicians living in Iraq in the 1930s. They are considered to be the creators of modern Iraqi music, and two of the greatest Arab musicians in history.

In the 1950s, they immigrated to Israel, where no one took their music seriously. Dudu’s grandfather and uncle were not accepted as legitimate musicians by the young Israeli establishment and as a result they forbade their family to engage in music.

Admission is free. R.S.V.P. to Courtney Lockshaw at 330-746-3250, ext. 283, or by email at Clockshaw@jccyoungstown.org.

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