Please join us for this year's Sun Valley Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Wood River Jewish Community! The mission of the Sun Valley Jewish Film Festival is to educate, entertain, and showcase outstanding world cinema that portrays the Jewish experience to the entire community. The Film Festival will take place from July 11 through July 20 at the Community School. Admission is free.
MONDAY, JULY 11
Neil Diamond: Solitary Man
6:00pm at the Community School Theater (1 hour, 15 minutes)
The Neil Diamond story filled with his incredible music. Don’t miss this wonderful evening about a shy Jewish boy from Brooklyn, New York, who goes through a life-long quest to discover himself through his music.
MONDAY, JULY 18 (DOUBLE FEATURE)
6:00pm at the Community School Theater (the double feature together is 1 hour, 45 minutes)
Oskar & Jack
The fascinating story of Oskar Stohr and Jack Yufe, identical twins, separated shortly after birth. Oskar was raised in Germany in the Nazi Youth. Jack grew up as a Jew in Trinidad. This is their story.
Shooting for Home
Kevin Bradshaw was the greatest basketball player never known. Overlooked and not recognized for his talents, he was forced to sleep in alleys. Until thousands of miles from home, he fell in love with an Israeli woman who showed him the value of his life.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 20
6:00pm at the Community School Theater (1 hour, 34 minutes)
A stunning thriller full of twists and turns about revenge and justice. Starring Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.
Check out the films from last year's Sun Valley Jewish Film Festival, presented by the Wood River Jewish Community, which took place from July 8 through July 15, 2015.
This 2011 German drama film directed by Anna Justice tells the remarkable true story of a young Jewish woman and Polish man who fall in love amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in 1944 Poland. Against all odds, they escape the camp and survive a treacherous journey to freedom. But during the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced that the other has died. More than thirty years later in New York, the happily married 52-year-old woman accidentally finds out that her former Polish lover is still alive. And she has to see him again. The film is based on the story of Jerzy Bielecki and Cyla Cybulska.
Marvin Hamlisch, What He Did For Love
Composer, conductor, genius, mensch, Marvin Hamlisch was as close to a modern day Da Vinci as it gets. Hit after hit: 'The Way We Were', 'Nobody Does It Better', 'The Sting', 'Chorus Line'... his streak was staggering. So what made a genius like that tick? What was his creative process? What struggles and inner turmoil did Marvin endure to realize his triumphs? And when breathtaking success was followed by flops, how did Marvin cope? With exclusive access to Marvin's rich personal archive and interviews with his collaborators, classmates and colleagues, we are able to craft a deeply personal, candid, insider portrait of one of the great artists of our time.
When Ilan Halimi is kidnapped for ransom because he is Jewish and supposedly rich, his family and the police start a race against time to save him from the tortures of the "gang of barbarians". Directed by Alexandre Arcady, this French drama is based on the true kidnapping case that gripped France and the world Jewish community in January 2006.