Jewish Film Festival coming to Fairhope

By Allison Marlow
Posted 1/12/18

The annual Mobile Jewish Film Festival will premiere one of its films in Fairhope next week.

The event, a celebration of films made by and about Jewish people and history, offers 10 films over as …

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Jewish Film Festival coming to Fairhope

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The annual Mobile Jewish Film Festival will premiere one of its films in Fairhope next week.

The event, a celebration of films made by and about Jewish people and history, offers 10 films over as many days to audiences on both sides of Mobile Bay. The festival kicked off in Mobile last weekend.

The festival includes comedies, documentaries and features films. The festival is sponsored by The Mobile Area Jewish Federation and The University of South Alabama.

“We really offer a little bit of everything,” said festival co-chairman Barry Silverman. “Our goal is to show films that reflect the Jewish experience and try to promote dialogue among different cultures, different religions and different generations.

“We have more non-Jewish people attend than Jewish people and there are a lot of good discussions that happen after these films,” he said. “It’s a great event that people look forward to.”

The Fairhope premier on Tuesday, Jan. 23 features the film “Fanny’s Journey.” The film was the winner of the audience choice award at 20 Jewish Film Festivals in other cities.

Based on a true story, “Fanny’s Journey” is an incredible tale of bravery, strength and survival, a story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny and her younger sisters were sent from their home in France to an Italian foster home for Jewish children. When the Nazis arrive in Italy, their caretakers desperately organize the departure of the children to Switzerland. When they are suddenly left on their own, these 11 children do the impossible and reach the Swiss border to freedom.

Silverman said while the film may not be entertaining and exciting enough to hold the attention of elementary school children, those ages sixth grade and above may appreciate the tale. The film will also be shown to students in a special viewing at Bayside Academy.

To watch the movie trailers and order tickets visit www.mobilejewishfederation.org