Presented by the Jewish Federation of NH
It’s showtime! The 2018 lineup of the NH Jewish Film Festival presents outstanding new films showcasing Jewish values, culture, and community from the United States, Israel, and around the world.
DANCING ON A VOLCANO
Director Gary Merz
Documentary Feature, 2012, USA, Chile
Post Film Discussion Speaker: Jesse Kalfel, son of Juana Merino Kalfel
Nadja Hammerman, a young Austrian Jew, working in Paris as a fashion illustrator in Paris in 1939 needed exit visas for her family, many of whom were already deported to concentration camps. Through a connection, she met the Chilean consul general stationed in Paris, Armando Marín Mujica. A single kiss was the price this strong-willed artist agreed to pay in exchange for Armando’s help, a kiss that developed into a secret romance. Armando liberated hundreds of refugees from the Nazis under Nadja’s influence, and was in effect the Chilean version of Oskar Schindler. He also gave Nadja a new identity to escape the Nazis as Juana Merino.
Winner, Audience Choice Best Documentary Award, New Hope, Pennsylvania
“Dancing On A Volcano” had its world premiere at the Sarasota Film Festival
KEEP THE CHANGE
Director Rachel Israel
Narrative, 2017, USA
Post Film Discussion Speakers: Julianne Johnson of Birchtree Center, Portsmouth and Barbara Frankel of Greengard Center for Autism , Portsmouth
David, an upper-class charmer, leads a very comfortable life until he is mandated to attend a support group for adults with disabilities. There, he is forced to come to terms with his own high-functioning autism, despite his resentment at being singled out as different, or anything other than what he interprets as normal. In the group, David is paired with Sarah a quirky and outgoing woman whose optimism initially irks David and the two take a trip together to the Brooklyn Bridge. Despite their contrasting personalities, they forge a bond. As their relationship deepens, Sarah, confident in herself and her individuality, challenges David to embrace his own uniqueness. This endearing and naturalistic romantic comedy about people navigating the difficulties of a relationship details an underrepresented community with authenticity, optimism, and humor.
Jury Award, Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best New Narrative Director, Tribeca Film Festival