3225 SW BARBUR BLVD PORTLAND
Congregation Ahavath Achim, in cooperation with the Sephardic Cultural Center of Oregon, will present the 10th Annual Sephardic Winter Film Series, a compilation of film screenings with Sephardic content, to be shown on the first Tuesday of each month, beginning November 2016 through April 2017. Film screenings are FREE to the public, (a modest voluntary donation is suggested but not required). After each film is screened, a discussion period will follow with a prominent local personality to lead the discussion. A Sephardic dessert and tea will be provided during the discussion period.
March 7, 2017
The Truce. A biographical documentary about Italian chemist turned author Primo Levi, who was interned at Auschwitz during WWII. Following his release, he returned to his native Turin. This movie depicts his hellish nine month journey from the camp back to his home. He goes through many different countries, and along the way he meets and is befriended by assorted fellow travelers. Through them, his appreciation of life and freedom slowly returns, but with it also comes a deep rage and an abiding guilt at having survived.
English language, 118 minutes, 1997, Director Francesco Rosi, Discussion speaker: Ivonne Saed
April 4, 2017. The Ballad of the Weeping Spring. Musical instruments take the place of guns and an Iranian symphony takes the place of a gun fight in this clever, emotional homage to The Magnificent Seven. In this drama, a dying man’s last wish sends his oldest friend, Tawila, on a grand adventure to find the best symphony players around for a final performance of “The Ballad of Weeping Spring.” But will a guilty secret undo all of Tawila’s hard work? Winner of 4 Israeli Academy Awards, plus 5 nominations including Best Film, and winner Best Music at Jerusalem Film Festival.
Hebrew with subtitles, 105 minutes, 2012, Film by Benny Toraty, Discussion speaker: Charles Levy
Films shown FIRST Tuesday of each month at 7PM. Admission & Sephardic dessert are FREE.
Sponsors: Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY),
Albert J. & Esther Menashe, Richard & Judi Matza, Charles & Jo Levy, Ron & Pam Sidis, Renee Ferrera,
Eve Stern & Les Gutfreund, Michael Menashe
For information call David 503-892-6634 or jewishfilmportland.org