Five Jewish-themed, award-winning documentary films produced in the United States, Italy and Canada will be shown virtually on five consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. To register to view films visit www.jewishchattanooga.com. A subscription for all five films is $36. Films can be viewed one film at a time for $12 each.
All films will screen virtually for 48 hours beginning at noon the day listed (Tuesday) and ending at noon 48 hours later (Thursday). Some films have scheduled discussions. These discussions will take place virtually at 7 p.m. on the Thursday of that film’s screening. Virtual screenings must be pre-paid in advance by visiting www.jewishchattanooga.com. You will receive the login code the first morning of the screening and a Zoom code for discussions, if one is scheduled, on Thursday. These films have garnered international film awards and nominations, and have received recognition at film festivals throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.
The DOC Series schedule is as follows:
Jan. 19-21: Shared Legacies: The African American-Jewish Civil Rights Alliance. This film is about the often forgotten story of the coalition and friendship between the two communities. Thursday evening there will be a Zoom panel discussion about Chattanooga’s African American-Jewish role in the Civil Right Movement. English, 96 minutes.
Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. A panel discussion about Chattanooga’s African American-Jewish role in the Civil Rights Movement will take place via Zoom.
Jan. 26-28: Syndrome K. This film is about a highly contagious, highly infectious fake disease created by three Roman Catholic doctors to hide Jews during the holocaust. Jan. 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Italian, subtitles, 80 minutes.
Feb. 2-4: Rabbi Goes West. A Chabad, orthodox rabbi and his wife adapt to their new home in Montana. English, 73 minutes.
Feb. 9-11: Chewdaism: A Taste of Jewish Montreal. Two Montrealers discover their Jewish heritage as told through an entire day’s worth of eating in and around the city. English, 62 minutes, followed by the short film Gelfite, about the making of this special Jewish dish, 11 minutes
Thursday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. local Canadian-American cook Stephen Black will demonstrate one of the films favorite dishes.
Feb. 16-18: Nobody Was Interested, Nobody Asked. The story of holocaust survivors experience in Canada. Thursday evening there will be a Zoom discussion with director Max Beer, and producer Deena Clusy-Apel. English, 60 minutes.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Director Max Beer, and Producer Deena Dlusy-Apel will hold a Zoom conversation about the film.
A committee of volunteers reviews an average of 20 films each year in order to choose four documentary films. Films screened at major national and international film festivals, those recommended by peers throughout the United States and those brought to the committee’s attention by filmmakers are included in the selection process.
The Jewish Cultural Center, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, offers programs, classes and exhibits, social services and a preschool—all rooted in Jewish values. The facility enables the Jewish community to raise its visibility, foster relationships and strengthen its identity in the Chattanooga area. Located at 5461 North Terrace, the Center and its programs are open to everyone regardless of religious affiliation.