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new hampshire jewish film festival

New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival

The Music Hall Loft
131 Congress Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
United States

Jewish journeys begin at the 2019 NH Jewish Film Festival! In season eleven, we are exceedingly proud to present a premier lineup of 17 truly outstanding and diverse films in 5 cities throughout the state that will excite, enlighten, and provoke you, our audience.

Our Festival would not be possible without the valued support of our Sponsors, Friends of the Festival, Festival Committee members, the JFNH Board, Executive Director Melanie Zalman McDonald, and the JFNH staff. This year’s Festival is sponsored in part by the New Hampshire Council on the Arts.

Join your NH Jewish community at the movies and together, let’s share the power of film.

See you at the movies.

The Last Suit  – 1PM
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 1:00 PM
Director: Pablo Solarz
Drama, 2017, Argentina, Spain
86 minutes
Spanish, German, Polish, Yiddish (with English subtitles)

An aging Jewish tailor leaves his life in Argentina to embark on a journey back through time and halfway around the world, in this bittersweet road movie. Eighty-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is about to be put out to pasture by his children, who have sold his house in the suburbs of Buenos Aires and booked him into a retirement home. Refusing to bow to family pressure, he sets off on an adventure from which he doesnt expect to return. Fueled by a sense of duty, and a quest for closure and fulfillment, Abraham decides that the moment has come to fulfill a promise and seek out an old friend. With assistance from a cast of kindly strangers, the sharply dressed suit maker travels by train across Europe from Spain to Poland, in search of the man who saved him from certain death at Auschwitz. Undeterred by a series of travel mishaps, family foibles, and geographical obstacles along the way, the hard edges of the cantankerous Abraham gradually soften.

“Funny, tender and heartfelt. Youll laugh, youll cry.” Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru

Audience awards, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, 2018

Selection, Miami Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, 2018

Satan and Adam – 3:30PM
Post Film Discussion:   Special Guest Adam Gussow
Director: V. Scott Balcerek
Documentary, 2017, USA
78 minutes

Wandering through Harlem in 1986, Adam Gussow, a heartbroken Jewish Ivy Leaguer with a harmonica in his pocket, happened upon the best blues guitar he had ever heard: Sterling Mr. Satan Magee, who once played with Etta James, Marvin Gaye, and James Brown. Satan and Adam, an unlikely pair, quickly became a steady duo on the street outside the Apollo Theater, and eventually, through struggles with the music industry and mental illness, a successful band. Satan & Adam is a 23-year odyssey of music and friendship across races, classes, and generations.

Grand Jury Prize, Nashville Film Festival

Selection, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2018

Passionate and moving nothing could prepare me for what I would discover in Satan & Adam.

Stephanie Archer, Film Inquiry

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