by Mark Kirchhoff, Center for Jewish Life
The 14th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival begins this coming Sunday, Aug. 2 with the showing of Dough, a 2014 release from the United Kingdom. Show time is 7:15 p.m. in the JCC Theater. Admission cost is $5 at the door. This year’s reduced ticket cost is due to the generous sponsorships provided by Todd and Betiana Simon, the Henry Monsky Lodge B’nai B’rith plus the following funds of the Jewish Federation of Omaha Foundation: The Klutznick Chair of Jewish Civilization at Creighton University; Special Donor Advised Fund; Samuel & Bess Rothenberg Memorial Endowment Fund and Avy L. & Roberta L. Miller Foundation by Lindsey Miller-Lerman.
In the film, Jonathan Pryce stars as an aging Jewish baker, Nat Dayan, whose faltering business is inadvertently saved by his young Muslim apprentice. Widowed and down on his luck, Nat Dayan is desperate to save his London bake shop. His customers are dying, his sons have no interest in the family business, and hostile businessman Sam Cotton has his own greedy plans for the property. Nat reluctantly enlists the help of teenager Ayyash, a refugee from Darfur. The Muslim boy works in the bakery while selling marijuana on the side to help his struggling mother. When Ayyash accidently drops his stash into the dough, the challah starts flying off the shelf, and an unlikely friendship forms between the old Jewish baker and his young Muslim apprentice. Dough is a warmhearted, humorous story about overcoming prejudice and finding redemption in unexpected places. (2014, Directed by John Goldschmidt, United Kingdom, English, 94 minutes.)
This year’s festival is a joint effort with the Center for Jewish Life (CJL) and the Institute for Holocaust Education (IHE). The additional dates and films for the festival are, Aug. 9, 24 Days; Aug. 11, Besa; The Promise; Aug. 16, The Last Mentsch; Aug. 23, Above and Beyond. The showing on Aug. 11 will be free.
The Omaha Jewish Film Festival is presented jointly by The Center for Jewish Life as part of its mission to maximize involvement of Omaha’s Jewish community in imaginative, compelling and meaningful Jewish experiences, and the Institute for Holocaust Education with its mission to provide educational resources, workshops, survivor testimony, and integrated arts programming to students, educators, and the public. For more information about the 14th Annual Omaha Jewish Film Festival please call 402.334.6463 or 402.334.6575.