The Jewish Film Showcase

The Jewish Film Showcase

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

The Jewish Film Showcase offers an exciting slate of new feature documentary films telling vibrant stories from around the world. Curated and presented as a mini film festival, by The National Center for Jewish Film, the showcase presents three award-winning films, each exploring a dynamic story rich in history, art, and culture. The films premiere on WXXI-TV on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20. See details below.

RAISE THE ROOF l MARCH 19 AT 9PM
Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland—the last of which were destroyed by the Nazis— inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the GwoŸdziec synagogue. Aided by a team of 300 artisans and students, the show-stopping building was realized and installed as the centerpiece of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. (Photo courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film.)

CARVALHO’S JOURNEY l MARCH 20 AT 8PM
This film shares the real-life 19th century American western adventure story about Solomon Nunes Carvalho, an observant Sephardic Jew born in 1815 in Charleston, South Carolina. In 1853, traveling with John Fremont’s 5th Westward Expedition through Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and California, Carvalho became one of the first photographers to document the sweeping vistas and treacherous terrain of the far American West. Living alongside mountain men, Native Americans, and Mormons, Carvalho overcame enormous odds to produce beautiful art: daguerreotypes that became the lens through which the world experienced the West. (Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress)

AHEAD OF TIME: THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF RUTH GRUBER l MARCH 20 AT 9:30 PM 
For seven decades foreign correspondent and photojournalist Ruth Gruber didn’t just report the news, she made it. Born in 1911 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Ruth became the youngest Ph.D. in the world before becoming an international journalist at age 24. A fearless trailblazer who defied tradition to become the eyes and conscience of the world, she was the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946, and documented the Palestine-bound Haganah ship Exodus in 1947. (Photo credit: Reel Inheritance Films)

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