By Melvyn Kohn
January 13, 2011
I take a break from my posts on US politics, which is only occasioning a broiges, to return to subjects I am happier blogging about, such as art, film, music, linguistics, etc.
This month the Jewish Film Festival is taking place at Lincoln Center; it runs from 12-27 January.
There are 36 features and shorts: fictional and non-fictional, political and apolitical, religious and secular.
"Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness" is an autobiographical work and a window into late 19th century culture. Then there is "Singing in the Dark", in which a camp survivor, played by cantor Moishe Oysher - in his only English language film - suffers amnesia and hangs out with gangsters in NY. "Mahler on the Couch", directed by father-and-son team Percy and Felix Adlon, features Johnannes Silberschneider. Mahler, in the film, ends up on the couch with Freud. A religious and political film, a documentary by Anat Zuria - is sure to make some broiges: "Black Bus", about two sabra women from a Hassidic and misogynistic community. Another film with lots of political and contempo themes is "My-So-Called Enemy", by Lisa Gossel. Going back in time in theme there is "36 Righteous Men" by Daniel Burman, which is about his journey to the graves of the Tzaddikim in Eastern Europe. Lou Reed's work "Red Shirley" is about his cousin, Shirley Novick and her journey as a teen from Poland to Canada. "Cabaret Polska", a mix of non-fiction skits, is about post-war persecution of Jews in Poland. Jan Kadar's "Lies my Father Told Me" from 1975 is another great classic...and lots more.
So there. Go and enjoy. And forget about politics.