Jewish Cultural Film Festival

Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2018
Jan. 25, 27, and 28, 2018

Hemmingson Center, Gonzaga University
702 E. Desmet Ave., Spokane, WA 99202


Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

The Last Laugh (NR; adult themes)

In English – 85 mins.

Official Selection: Tribeca Film Festival, San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, and Jerusalem Film Festival

© 2017 The Film Collaborative

Are we allowed to make jokes about the Holocaust? In this hilarious and thought-provoking documentary, director Ferne Pearlstein puts the question about comedy’s ultimate taboo to legends including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Sarah Silverman, Gilbert Gottfried, Alan Zweibel, Harry Shearer, Judy Gold, Susie Essman, Larry Charles, and many other critical thinkers, as well as Holocaust survivors themselves. The result is a film with great heart and great controversy that’s extremely relevant to our times. Watch the trailer.

Post-film discussion led by Wendy Levy, executive director of the Alliance for Media Arts + Culture 

The Last Laugh

Saturday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

Past Life (NR; brief nudity)

In English, German, Polish, Hebrew (English subtitles) – 109 mins.

5 Ophir (Israeli Academy Award) nominations

© 2016 Film Production Pandora Limited Partnership

Inspired by true events, Past Life tracks the daring 1977 odyssey of two sisters: one an introverted but ambitious classical music composer, the other a combative liberal magazine editor. As they try to unravel a disturbing wartime mystery that has cast a foreboding shadow on their entire lives, they realize that freedom from the shackles of the past requires painful sacrifices, as does the struggle to discover one’s unique voice. Watch the trailer. 


Past Life

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2 p.m.

A Quiet Heart (NR; a disturbing image)

In English and Hebrew (English subtitles) – 92 mins.

Winner, Best Screenplay, Haifa International Film Festival 2016

© GREENproductions

In present-day Jerusalem, Naomi, a secular young woman, seeks refuge from the pressure of her life as a concert pianist. Yet she quickly makes two unexpected connections: one with a musically gifted ultra-Orthodox boy, and the other with Fabrizio, a charismatic Italian monk and organist. While these relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning, they also make her a target in her new community. Watch the trailer. 

A Quiet Heart

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