BR Jewish Film Festival hopes to inspire, inform audiences

Five films to be shown at Manship Theatre

In its eighth year, The Baton Rouge Jewish Film Festival is again bringing stories of the Jewish experience to the community.

Organizers have taken audience feedback and selected five films for this year’s festival. Running Wednesday-Sunday, Jan. 15-19, all screenings will take place at the Manship Theatre. The films are meant to inspire, inform and entertain, the group says.

The lineup is as follows:

“The Other Son,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, rated PG-13, running time: 1 hr., 45 mins. “A classic tale with a modern twist: two baby boys are born at the same time in an Israeli hospital — one is Israeli, the other Palestinian. When evacuated during a missile attack, the babies are accidentally switched and raised by each other’s families for the next 18 years … a revelation that turns the lives of these two families upside-down, forcing them to reassess their respective identities, their values and their beliefs.”

“In The Shadow,” 7 p.m. Thursday, rated R, running time: 1 hr., 46 mins. “Dark and gritty, ‘In the Shadow’ celebrates the classic 1950s film noir police drama, placing it in the world of post-war Communist Czechoslovakia. At the center of the story is the dedicated police Captain Thomas Hakl. Under the ever-watchful eye of State Security, he begins the investigation of a seemingly straightforward jewelry store heist. Early on, his case is taken over by the East German Major Zenke who quickly concludes that the robbery is tied to a local Jewish cell supporting Zionist terrorism. But Hakl’s criminologist instincts begin to unwind an altogether different and much deeper story. The investigation leads him onto thin ice. Can he beat a stronger enemy and save his family and his own life?”

“Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy,” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, rated PG, running time: 1 hr., 24 mins. “ ‘Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy’ examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film showcases the work of such legends as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Performers include Matthew Broderick, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Barbra Streisand and many more. With narration by Joel Grey.”

“Six Million and One,” 1 p.m. Sunday, rated PG-13, running time: 1 hr., 37 mins. “Documentary filmmaker David Fisher’s original goal was to retrace the footsteps of his father who survived the death camps of Austria. But along the way his story shifted to a portrait of himself and his three siblings, who represent Israel’s second generation of Holocaust survivors. Their insightful observations are a microcosm of the many varied ways in which the children of survivors cope with the life-long stifled mysteries and traumatic memories that make up their parents’ legacy.”

“Cast A Giant Shadow,” 3 p.m. Sunday, rated PG-13, running time: 2 hrs., 18 mins. “ ‘Cast A Giant Shadow’ is based on the true story of Col. Mickey Marcus (Kirk Douglas), the American soldier who served as an adviser in the fight to establish the state of Israel in 1948. Marcus must decide whether to settle into peacetime America or follow his more natural, combative instincts abroad — a dilemma symbolized by a love triangle involving his wife (Angie Dickinson) and a beautiful sabra (Senta Berger) whom he falls for in Palestine. Also starring John Wayne, Yul Brynner and Frank Sinatra.”