10th Annual Jewish Film Festival Presented by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

At the Putnam Museum's National Geographic Giant Screen Theater, 1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport. Admission $6 for adults. Free admission for students. All films have won multiple awards and all have adult content.

Contact 793-1300 for more information.

Sarah's Key Sunday, September 23, 4:00 pm

Julia Jarmond, an American journalist married to a Frenchman, is commissioned to write an article about the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up of Jews in Paris in 1942. She stumbles upon a family secret which will link her forever to the destiny of a young Jewish girl, Sarah. Julia learns that the apartment she and her husband Bertrand plan to move into was

acquired by Bertrand's family when its Jewish occupants were dispossessed and deported 60 years before. She resolves to find out what happened to the former occupants. The more she discovers, the more she uncovers about Bertand's family, about France and about herself. 115 minutes—French with English subtitles. Drama

FREE MEN Sunday, September 30, 4:00 pm

In German-occupied France, a young unemployed Algerian names Younes earns his living as a black marketer. Arrested by the French police but given a chance to avoid jail, Younes agrees to spy on the Paris Mosque. The police suspect the Mosque authorities of helping North African Jews by giving them false certificates. At the Mosques, Younes meets the

Algerian singer Salim Halali, and is moved by Salim's beautiful voice and strong personality. When Younes discovers that Salim is Jewish, he stops collaborating and gradually transforms from a politically ignorant immigrant into a fully-fledged freedom fighter. 99 minutes—French with English subtitles. Drama–War

BROTHERS Sunday, October 7, 4:00 pm

Dan chooses to work on the land, living in a kibbutz in the South of Israel. Aaron, his brother, is a doctor of law and philosophy and a distinguished scholar of the Torah. He comes to Jerusalem from the United States to defend the right of Torah students. The

conflict which arises between the two brothers reflects that of a society torn between its

religious and political principles. With restrictions on the increase and injustices multiplying, Israel today could be on the brink of civil war. This film opens a subtle yet essential debate on the question of separation of the state and religion in Israel. 116 minutes—English. Drama-Religion-Fiction

IN THE GAZA SEA Sunday, October 14, 4:00 pm

Tal is a 17-year-old Frenchwoman who has settled in Jerusalem with her family. She writes a letter expressing her refusal to accept that only hatred can reign between Israelis and Palestinians. She slips the letter into a bottle, and her brother throws it into the sea near Gaza, where he is carrying out his military service. A few weeks later, Tal receives an

e-mail response from a mysterious "Gazaman," a young Palestinian named Naïm. And thus begins a turbulent but tender long-distance friendship between two young people that are separated by a history they are trying both to understand and change. 99 minutes– French, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles. Drama