The fifth annual International Jewish Film Festival opens tonight, beginning a month of films highlighting the Jewish experience in both the the past and present.
“Thanks to Marcy Stagner’s direction, The Morris and Mollye Fogelman
International Jewish Film Festival has added a much-enjoyed aspect to the Memphis film scene. This festival stands out in its unique celebration of Jewish culture,” says Deputy Film Director Sharon Fox O'Guin.
This year's festival will extend through the entire month of February, with nine films screening at the Malco Paradiso, the Memphis Jewish Community Center Belz Theater, and the Ridgeway Four. The opening night film at the Paradiso is Children of Chance, a film by French director Lugi Zampa about a young Jewish boy who is put into a hospital with a broken leg just as the Nazis are taking over France in 1940. As he is having a formative experience with other sick kids his age in the hospital, his family is detained by the fascists. A heroic doctor shields his charges as the world crumbles around them.