Boston Jewish Film Festival 2006 Series

Lectures curated around the 2006 Boston Jewish Film Festival, which explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world. Awake, Zion Reggae enthusiast and director Monica Haim explores similarities between Judaism and reggae culture, comparing the Star of David with the ancient African six-pointed star and Hasidic earlocks with dreadlocks. This film features reggae artists King Django, Super Dane, and Matisyahu. Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 This film profiles Amos Vogel, an 82-year-old New York resident and Austrian ZmigrZ who founded the New York Film Festival as well as the American film society Cinema 16. Sister Rose’s Passion This documentary tells the story of Sister Rose Thering, a Catholic nun who has devoted her life to the battle against anti-Semitism. Winner of the Best Documentary Short award at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, this film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject) that same year. Mixed Blessings This film explores the challenges faced by Jewish-Christian interfaith couples when they raise children. It follows four couples who are trying to come to terms with their own spiritual and religious beliefs and figure out how those beliefs get passed down to their children.

Lectures curated around the 2006 Boston Jewish Film Festival, which explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience, and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world. Awake, Zion Reggae enthusiast and director Monica Haim explores similarities between Judaism and reggae culture, comparing the Star of David with the ancient African six-pointed star and Hasidic earlocks with dreadlocks. This film features reggae artists King Django, Super Dane, and Matisyahu. Film as a Subversive Art: Amos Vogel and Cinema 16 This film profiles Amos Vogel, an 82-year-old New York resident and Austrian ZmigrZ who founded the New York Film Festival as well as the American film society Cinema 16. Sister Rose’s Passion This documentary tells the story of Sister Rose Thering, a Catholic nun who has devoted her life to the battle against anti-Semitism. Winner of the Best Documentary Short award at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival, this film was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary (short subject) that same year. Mixed Blessings This film explores the challenges faced by Jewish-Christian interfaith couples when they raise children. It follows four couples who are trying to come to terms with their own spiritual and religious beliefs and figure out how those beliefs get passed down to their children.