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April 14, 2019, 4:00 PM
Jewish Film Festival 2019
SHALOM BOLLYWOOD reveals the unlikely story of the 2000-year-old Indian Jewish community and its formative place in shaping the world's largest film industry. When Indian cinema began 100 years ago it was taboo for Hindu and Islamic women to perform on screen, so Indian Jewish women took on female lead roles, which they dominated for decades. The film focuses on the lives of five of the great Jewish actors. Infused with music and dancing, the cheekily told documentary unabashedly oozes Bollywood as it uses film motifs to drive the narrative. NR / 76 min. Free to attend.
Presented in partnership with Moses Montefiore Temple of Bloomington and the generous support of the Sol Shulman Jewish Life & Education Grant and the Town of Normal, IL.
April 14, 2019, 7:00 PM
"Like a remake of CASABLANCA as written by Kafka."
- David Ehrlich, IndieWire
In Christian Petzold’s brilliant and haunting modern-day adaptation of Anna Seghers’s 1942 novel, "Transit Visa", Georg, a German refugee (Franz Rogowski, HAPPY END), flees to Marseille assuming the identity of a recently deceased writer whose papers he is carrying. There he delves into the delicate and complex culture of the refugee community, becoming enmeshed in the lives of a young mother and son and falling for a mysterious woman named Marie (Paula Beer, FRANTZ). NR / 102 min. In French & German w/ subtitles.