The 2020 MJFF will feature a fascinating collection of films from around the world. Offerings include a gripping drama about a youth orchestra of Palestinians and Israeli Jews, a documentary about the only Arab recognized as ‘righteous among nations’ by Israel, and a romantic story about an ex German POW who became a sports hero in England after WWII. You’ll meet the wildlife photographer whose great white whale was a polar bear, the Yiddish poet who was rescued by Stalin and the gay Mormon stand-up comic studying for his bar mitzvah. Special programs give the opportunity to meet filmmakers, artists and experts who add so much to the festival experience.
Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles
The Broadway show Fiddler on the Roof has become a global phenomenon, performed more than any other show, from middle schools in inner cities to high schools in rural America, around the world from grande state theaters in Japan and Vienna to Johannesburg and Mexico City. And yet, this show almost didn’t happen, making its success seem like a miracle. Through interviews with the show’s creators, clips of productions from around the world, and creative animation, this film tells the story of one of the most beloved musicals and explores why it remains relevant in our current times.
Film showing in Lewiston will be followed by a discussion with Bates professor Raluca Cernahoschi.