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Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival

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    Opening Night Film: HEADING HOME: THE TALE OF TEAM ISRAEL (Thursday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.)
    In English – 87 mins.
    Heading Home is the David-and-Goliath story of Israel’s national baseball team as it competes for the first time in the World Baseball Classic. After years of crushing defeats, Israel finally ranks among the world’s best in 2017. Its roster includes many Jewish-American major leaguers, most with a tenuous relationship to Judaism, few having set foot in Israel. Their odyssey takes them from the Holy Land to the tournament in South Korea, where they must debunk their reputations as has-beens and wannabes. The film will be introduced by SAJFS board member Julie Morris. All attendees will be eligible for a drawing to win 2019 Spokane Indians tickets!

    Centerpiece Film: BYE BYE GERMANY (Saturday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.)
    In English and German (English subtitles) – 102 mins.
    Frankfurt, 1946. David Bermann and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money? The savvy businessman focuses on what Germans need most: fine bed linens wrapped in amusing stories. But questions about his past remain. Why does he have two passports? Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? Bye Bye Germany deftly blends themes of survivor guilt and wartime trauma with a strong sense of playfulness and a colorful wit.

    Closing Matinee: SHOELACES (Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.)
    In Hebrew (English subtitles) – 102 mins.
    Shoelaces tells the story of a complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben's kidneys are failing and his son, Gadi, wants to donate one of his own to help save his father's life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure, claiming that Reuben, as Gadi's sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Through the film's portrayal of love, rejection, and co-dependency, it sheds light on the importance of human life and human connection.

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