||The Wilmington Jewish Film Festival returns to Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC. Reception follows each film. SCHEDULE:
Sunday, May 8, 3pm:Noodle (2007; mainly Hebrew, some English & Mandarin, with subtitles; 1 hour, 40 minutes). An El Al flight attendant, twice-widowed due to the ongoing Israeli-Arab conflict, develops a maternal relationship with an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been deported back to China.
Monday, May 9, 7pm: The Last Mentsch (2014; in German with subtitles; 1 hour, 30 minutes). A survivor of Auschwitz creates a new identity for himself in Germany, ignoring his Jewish heritage all his adult life. Now an old man, he decides he wants to be buried in a Jewish cemetery, but cannot produce evidence or testimony to prove his Jewish identity to the rabbis.
Tuesday, May 10, 7pm: Raise the Roof (2015; English; 1 hour, 25 minutes). A documentary about the restoration of the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of a glorious synagogue in Poland that had been destroyed by the Nazis.
Wednesday, May 11, 7pm: Israel Independence Day. Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front (2014; English and Hebrew with some subtitles; 1 hour, 20 minutes). This Israel/U.S. documentary film, directed by Wayne Kopping, follows five Israeli high school graduates who are drafted into the army to defend their country.