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Film Festival

Temple Isaiah Presents a Festival of Film April 2 & 3, 2014

December 16, 2013



Wednesday & Thursday, April 2 & 3, 2014
Camelot Theatres, 2300 E. Baristo, Palm Springs

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Music! Music! Music!

10:00 am: “A.K.A. DOC POMUS”

A touching and emotional biographical documentary about Brooklyn-born Jerome Solon Felder, better known as blues singer and songwriter Doc Pomus. Born to poor Jewish immigrants, he contracted polio at age 6. Although confined to crutches and a wheelchair, he lived more during his 65 years than others could experience in several lifetimes. He made a difference in the world as the lyricist of more than 1,000 songs, including “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “This Magic Moment,” “A Teenager in Love,” ”Suspicion,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You” and “Viva Las Vegas.” His endearing tunes were recorded by the giants of the music industry including Elvis Presley, Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. This documentary is packed with incomparable music, rare archival footage and celebrity interviews. Pomus was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. (USA, 2012, 98 minutes)

1:00 pm: HAVA NAGILA

Sung by Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Elvis and many others, Hava Nagila is one of the most famous pieces of music in the world. The tune is the Jewish staple you dance to at weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. The film encapsulates the Jewish journey over the past 150 years from shtetls to kibbutzim to America, revealing the power and joy of the song. (USA, 2011, 73 Minutes)


A musical documentary that uniquely tells the history of Jewish culture in Poland. It highlights the current resurgence of Jewish culture through the personal reflections and musical selections of a group of cantors and acclaimed composer Charles Fox ("Killing Me Softly", "I Got A Name" and many more) who made an important historical mission to the birthplace of Cantorial music. The documentary is an opportunity to learn about and re-embrace the Jewish culture that produced one of the most artistic and educated societies that once flourished in Europe. Above all, the film celebrates the resilience and the power of Jewish life, while telling the story of two peoples who shared intertwined cultures. (USA, 2010, 91 Minutes)

10:00 am: SAY AMEN

In 1962, Mazud and Aliza Deri left Morocco to start a new life in Yerucham. Here they built a home, raising a large close-knit family with a strong faith and unalterable rules and rituals. Their youngest son David, (the film’s director ) does not fit in with their conservative notions about life. The fact that he's homosexual is unacceptable. Stubbornly, the members of the Deri family wait for him to see the light and hope he will finally introduce them to his bride. David visits them during important holidays and occasions, capturing a vivid dialogue on the subject of his sexual orientation. For the most part, David hides behind the camera, which for him and the audience becomes a gateway into his inner self. He makes few comments and allows the audience to share his fate and become better acquainted with his family and its attitudes, provoking general questions about contemporary society. The film examines what it means to be different, and the consequences, exploring the relationship between hypocrisy and truth, reason and emotion, blind faith and freedom of choice. (Israel, 2005 65 minutes)

1:30 pm: THE FLAT

Awards: Best Documentary and Best Director Jerusalem Film Festival This documentary begins with the emptying of a flat when the Goldfinger family discovers a preserved issue of a pro-Nazi newspaper among their dead grandmother’s things. Shocked to learn that his grandparents maintained a friendship before and after the war with a Nazi official and his wife, the film maker’s investigation exposes powerful barriers of denial. (Israel 2011, 97 Minutes)


Daud, a religious Muslim boy growing up in Brooklyn, New York, inadvertently develops a friendship with an orthodox Jewish boy who mistakes him for being Jewish. A coming of age story, "David," at heart is about identity and the many ways it can bring us together as well as break us apart. (USA, 2011, 90 minutes)

Special bonus for first 50 Platinum Passes sold:
A ticket for “Am Doc,” a film at the American Documentary Film Festival - Camelot Theatre: March 28 at noon

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