2020 Jewish Film Festival

 

February 9 – March 29

Spurlock Museum, 600 South Gregory Street, Urbana 

Free Admission

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 | 5PM

 

Sustainable Nation 

60 minutes, Documentary 

 

A documentary from Imagination Productions follows three individuals who are doing their part to bring sustainable water solutions to an increasingly thirsty planet. Using solutions developed in water-poor Israel, they are working to change the status quo of a world where one in 10 people lacks access to safe drinking water. 

 

Continue the Conversation following the film with Prof. Evan H. DeLucia from The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at UIUC and Liat Maggid Alon, Israel Institute Visiting Faculty, Jewish Studies and History.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16 | 5PM 

 

Leona 

97 minutes, Drama / Spanish with English subtitles / Mature content and nudity 

 

Making the transition into adulthood, a young woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her Syrian-Jewish family and a forbidden love, in this delicate, melancholic romance. The story dives into the divide between generations and different cultures, but becomes a hopeful journey of self-discovery and female empowerment. 

 

Continue the Conversation following the film with Professor Dara Goldman, Director of Jewish Studies, expert on Latin American communities.

SUNDAY, MARCH 1 | 5PM 

 

Children of The Inquisition 

115 minutes, Documentary 

 

Children of the Inquisition is a re-examination of history and identity. The film 
looks at what happened to the families forced to convert to Catholicism or flee during the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, through the eyes of their contemporary descendants, many of whom are just discovering their often-nuanced Jewish roots. 

 

Continue the Conversation following the film via Skype with filmmaker, Joseph Lovett.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29 | 5PM 

 

Love In Suspenders 

102 minutes, Comedy/Romance 

Hebrew with English subtitles 

 

Tammy, an absent-minded widow who constantly deals with the memory of her loving late husband, meets Beno, a 70-year-old sarcastic lone wolf widower, and the two fall in love. A charming romantic comedy for the young and young at heart. 

 

Continue the Conversation following the film with Marganit Weinberger-Rotman, community member.