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Jewish film festival features six offerings

Six films will be shown in four locations in Trumbull and Mahoning counties for the 2019 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival.

The fest aims to take participants on a cinematic, cultural journey that depicts a broad spectrum of Jewish life and features films from all over the world.

This year’s offerings are:

• “Who Will Write Our History” — This documentary tells the story of a an underground movement of Jewish intellectuals that carries out an extraordinary form of wartime resistance during World War II. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown, and it will be followed by a live video conference with the producer.

• “The Unorthodox” — Tired of being pushed around, a disenfranchised Sephardic father launches an improvised campaign to establish influence in 1980s Israeli society. The drama will be shown 4 p.m. Sept. 22 at Encore Cinema, 930 Great East Plaza, Niles.

• The “The Samuel Project” — Eli gets to know his grandfather Samuel for the first time when he makes him the subject of an animated art project for school. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the high school senior discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 24 at Movies 8, 469 Boardman Poland Road, Boardman.

• “If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast” — Irrepressible writer-comedian Carl Reiner (who shows no signs of slowing down at 95) tracks down several celebrated nonagenarians and a few others over 100 to show how the twilight years can truly be the happiest and most rewarding. It will be shown at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Encore Cinema, Niles.

• “Look at Us Now, Mother!” — This humorous, moving, intimate and courageous film follows the transformation of an abusive mother and tumultuous mother-daughter relationship to that of acceptance and love as we follow the personal story of the filmmaker. It will be shown 4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the JCC. There will be a meet and greet with the producer following the film.

• “The Woman’s Balcony” — An accident during a bar mitzvah celebration leads to a gender rift in a devout Orthodox community in Jerusalem in a rousing, good-hearted tale about women speaking truth to patriarchal power. It will be shown 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at Temple Ohev Tzedek, 5245 Glenwood Ave., Boardman.

Admission to “The Woman’s Balcony” is free. Tickets for the other festival films is $7 in advance and $10 at the door for adults and $5 for students. A season ticket good for admission to all films is $40. For tickets or for more information, go to jccyoungstown.org or call 330-746-3250, Ext. 195.