Jewish Film Series Adds Matinee Screenings For Remaining Films

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MENEMSHA FILMS, INC. - In a scene from "Aftermath," Franek (Maciej Stuhr) watches his cemetery of exhumed Jewish gravestones go up in flames. The film will be shown at the Falmouth Jewish Congregation on Tuesday as part of its summer film series.

Falmouth Jewish Congregation’s 2014 Summer Jewish Film Series will add an extra 3 PM matinee screening for each of the remaining films, which will also be offered at 7:30 PM on Tuesdays. The series offers public screenings of award-winning films that educate, inspire and entertain. The selections, a mix of feature and documentary films, have been acclaimed by both critics and audiences at Jewish film festivals around the world, with several winning audience awards at festivals and others selected as critics’ picks by The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

The season continues as follows: July 22, “Aftermath” (Poland); July 29, “Dancing in Jaffa” (Germany); August 5, “Ida” (Poland).

Abe Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, called “Aftermath” “Riveting. A must-see film. In a sophisticated way, it does a better job of communicating the power and destructiveness of anti-Semitism than almost any other film.” It was a Los Angeles Times critic’s pick, designated as one of the best films of the year by critic Kenneth Turan, who described it as “Gripping, excellent. A bombshell disguised as a thriller.”

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“Aftermath” tells the story of brothers Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland, where he discovers that Jozek has been ostracized from the community, constantly receiving various threats. As the brothers struggle to rebuild their relationship they are drawn into a gothic tale of intrigue and eventually uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family and their hometown.

The film is in Polish with English subtitles. Learn more about the film and watch a trailer at www.menemshafilms.com/aftermath.

All Summer Jewish Film Series screenings are open to the public and take place in the congregation’s Speen Hall in the Blanche and Joel D. Seifer Community Center at 7 Hatchville Road in East Falmouth. Doors open at 2:30 PM or 7 PM and refreshments are included in the ticket price of $7 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

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