The JCF’s film for July is The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, a Jewish film from Brazil.
The “vacation” is really Mauro Stein’s parents attempt to escape arrest during the military dictatorship of the 1970s. They drop the boy off outside the apartment of his grandfather, Motel, not realizing that Motel has just died.
Shlomo, Motel’s neighbor, with other equally elderly Jewish neighbors, tries to care for him. Mauro doesn’t know anything of his Jewish heritage, and Shlomo, a Polish Jew who is old enough to have fought in both World Wars, struggles with the idea of raising a boy who has been raised as “a goy.”
It’s in Portuguese with English subtitles. We’ll see it on Thursday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free.
The August film is Zero Motivation, an Israeli workplace comedy described as “M*A*S*H meets Orange Is the New Black.” It portrays the everyday life of young, female soldiers at a remote desert outpost; two are merely serving out their time and dreaming of Tel Aviv, while a third hopes to rise in the military.
Director-writer Talya Lavie based the story on her own experience as a secretary during military service. The film won the best narrative feature at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
We’ll see it on Tuesday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m. It’s in Hebrew with English subtitles. Admission is free.