Kehillah to present documentary series

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

Kehillah Synagogue will present six documentary films about Israel beginning Jan. 11 and continuing Saturday evenings through March. Each film screening will be followed by a discussion led by Duke University professor Shai Ginsburg. This is the second year Kehillah Synagogue is hosting the series.

In recent years, Israeli films, in general, and Israeli documentary films, in particular, have received growing attention in the United States and have met with increasing critical and commercial success. This attention, however, has been, by and large, limited to films that address either the Jewish Holocaust or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
This series aims to diversify the vision of Israel, screening some of the most successful, both critically and commercially acclaimed, Israeli documentary films in recent years.
The films explore a wide range of issues and themes: immigration and emigration, aging, gender, ethnicity, Israeli urban centers and the kibbutz, past dreams and present reality and, yes, also the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Jewish Holocaust.
The Kehillah Synagogue is at 1200 Mason Farm Road. Suggested donation is $18 for the series, or $5 per person for individual films. Here is the complete schedule. For information, visit
Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m. “The Champagne Spy”
Jan. 25, 7-9 p.m. “Chronicling a Crisis”
Feb. 8, 7-9 p.m. “Ponevezh”
Feb. 22, 7-9 p.m. “Black Bus”
March 1, 7-9 p.m. “The Garden of Eden”
March 8, 8-10 p.m. “Lod: Between Hope and Despair”

In other film series and festivals, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be held in downtown Durham April 3-6. Ticket sales and films will be announced soon at 
The Strange Beauty Film Festival is currently taking submissions. The festival will be held June 12-14 at Manbites Dog Theater. For information, visit
The Carolina Theatre of Durham was recently selected to present advance screenings of independent films before they appear in wide release. Each month, The New York Film Critics Series will premiere a new film. A live interview with the directors and actors follows each screening. For updates to this series, visit
Also at the Carolina Theatre, the Retrofantasma series of double-feature classic films begins Jan. 10 with “The Wicker Man” and “The Third Man.” The series continues Jan. 17 with “The Breakfast Club” and “Purple Rain,” and Jan. 24 with “Re-Animator” and “In the Mouth of Madness.” Other pairings in the months ahead include “Dr. Strangelove” and “The Manchurian Candidate” (April 11), and “Deliverance” and “The Searchers” (May 2). For the complete list, visit The Nevermore film series begins Jan. 31 with a screening of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “The Phantom of the Paradise.” More films will be added to the series later this month.