21st Toronto Jewish Film Festival | May 1-11, 2014

Education and Youth Screenings


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Don't miss the chance to bring your students to the following free films from May 4 - 6 at THE ROM EATON THEATRE. For more information visit WWW.TJFF.COM or contact Susan Starkman at FILMMATTERS@TJFF.CA or 416-324-9121

Belle and Sebastian

 

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France, 104 minutes
Recommended for Grades 5-8

The Novel Belle and Sebastian by actress and author Cécile Aubry has endured since the 1960's inspiring several films and television series. In this latest film adaption by Nicolas Vanier, the setting was shifted to World War II on the French/Swiss border. Sebastian (Felix Bossuet) lives with his grizzled grandfather in a vertiginous mountain village and crosses path with a giant, filthy pyrenean mountain dog the locals call "The Beast" for allegedly killing livestock. Sebastian, however sees something good in the misunderstood canine and eventually befriends the animal, naming her "Belle". Their budding friendship is put to the test when Nazi occupiers march into town looking for members of the French Resistance who are guiding Jewish refugees to neighbouring Switzerland. With their intimate knowledge of the nooks and crannies of the alpine valeys Belle and Sebastian help point the way to safety, with the merciless SS officer. Lieuntenant Peter, tracking them every step of the way.

Screenings
Monday, MAY 4th, 10 a.m.
ROM Eaton Theatre
100 Queen's Park Circle (Museum Subway station)

For bookings email Susan Starkman at FILMMATTERS@TJFF.CA or 416-324-9121

 

Once in a Lifetime / Les Héritiers

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France, 105 minutes
Recommended for Grades 10-12

A powerful and inspirational drama based on a true story. The lives of a group of troubled inner city students are changed forever when their history teacher enters them in a high school competition on the theme of what it meant to be a teen in a Nazi concentration camp. She is determined to engage them in a project that will instil a sense of purpose and ambition. Though the project is first met with resistance , the students begin to open up to each other as they drive into the subject and ultimately learn to believe in themselves and their ability. "A hit at the Cannes film festival, Marie Castille Mention-Schaar's drama offers new insight on the impact the Holocaust education can have on future " (UK Jewish Film Festival)
Warning: Coarse language

Screenings
Tuesday, May 5th, 10 a.m.
ROM Eaton Theatre
100 Queen's Park Circle (Museum Subway station)

For bookings email Susan Starkman at FILMMATTERS@TJFF.CA or 416-324-9121

 

Secrets of War / Oorlogsgeheimen

The Netherlands, 95 minutes
Recommended for Grades 7-9

A deeply moving coming of age film set in Nazi occupied Holland. Adapted from Jacques Vriens' best selling semi-autobiographical novel, Secrets of War is a gripping account of friendship and courage. 12-year-old best friends Tuur and Lambert are initially shielded from the political chaos around them as they spend their days going to school and imitating war games. All that changes with the arrival of Maartje in their classroom. When the two boys begin vying for her affection, a chain of events is set in motion that will alter the lives of all three children forever.

Screenings
Wednesday, May 6th, 10 a.m.
ROM Eaton Theatre
100 Queen's Park Circle (Museum Subway station)

For bookings email Susan Starkman at FILMMATTERS@TJFF.CA or 416-324-9121

 

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