Maine Jewish Film Festival makes inaugural visit to Rockland
Celebrating its 21st year screening movies that depict the global Jewish experience as a way to promote understanding and celebrate diversity, the Maine Jewish Film Festival is expanding to Rockland with two films at the Strand Theater.
On Saturday March 17, An Act of Defiance examines Nelson Mandela and his inner circle of Black and Jewish supporters after they are arrested by the apartheid South African government in the summer of 1963.
On Sunday March 18, Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators takes a behind the scenes look at the creation of the children's classic whose protagonists escaped the Nazis in 1940 with only a few possessions, including their first manuscript.
“As the only statewide film festival film in Maine, we’re excited to continue our growth while entertaining and educating movie lovers of all backgrounds." said MJFF’s Executive Director Barbara Merson, in a news release. “In 2017, over half our audience identified as being non-Jewish, which encourages us to screen topical films ranging from universal themes to art films.”
Programming for the eight-day festival includes over 30 films curated to impact a broad range of human emotions. Film subjects focus upon immigration, music and dance, visual arts, women and gay rights, intergenerational relationships, comedy, fashion, food and foreign language. Screenings for the festival will be held in Rockland, Brunswick, Portland, Lewiston, Waterville, and Bangor.
Since 1998, the Maine Jewish Film Festival has screened more than 400 films and brought more than 150 guest artists from across the U.S. and around the world to Maine. Tickets are on sale at www.mjff.org or by phone at 800-838-3006. A complete festival schedule including featured guest speakers, panelists, and special forums can be found online at: www.mjff.org.