Today (Sunday) is the second day of the Jewish Film Festival, which will be
showing two short, humorous documentaries in UA's Reese Phifer Hall.
Admission is $5 for all. This screening is sponsored by the
Telecommunication and Film Department. The festival continues Monday and
Tuesday evenings.

*Sunday matinee, January 25th, 2:00pm, at Reese Phifer Hall * on The
University of Alabama Campus (at the corner of University Boulevard and
Colonial Drive)
* <>Circumcise Me
*Directed by David Blumenfeld & Matthew Kalman / Comedy-Documentary-Short /
English / 43 min

*Synopsis:* Yisrael Campbell was born Chris Campbell to a Catholic family
near Philadelphia . As a teenager, he struggled with substance abuse before
discovering newfound attractions both to comedy and to Judaism. After
several years of study, he decided to convert—not just to Judaism, but
eventually to ultra-Orthodox Judaism—but he never lost his taste for comedy,
and he now uses his stand-up career to shed an irreverent light on his
religion and life. A hilarious look at Jewish life and culture from both an
outsider's and insider's perspective.

"This currently traveling comic has a lot of funny things to say about his
most excellent adventure." -- Nancy Churnin, *The Dallas Morning News

*" …not to be missed…hilarious." –Susan Walker, *The Toronto Star *

*Matzo and Mistletoe<>
*Directed by Kate Feiffer / Comedy-Documentary-Short / English / 58 min /
Starring Mike Wallace, Alan Dershowitz, and Jules Feiffer

*Synopsis: *Kate Feiffer grew up in a Jewish family, in a neighborhood and a
city filled with other Jews. Yet during her childhood, her parents never
celebrated Jewish holidays, attended a synagogue, or discussed their
heritage, and every December, they decorated a Christmas tree—as did every
other Jew she knew! In this fun and thought-provoking documentary, Feiffer
turns a light-hearted eye to the question of what it means to be a secular
Jew in America . In the process, she interviews friends, rabbis, and famous
folks such as Alan Dershowitz, newscaster Mike Wallace, and her father
(famed illustrator Jules Feiffer) about their own Jewish identities.
" Through quirky cartoon illustrations and a deadpan wit, Feiffer's film
continually contemplates, 'Can you be Jewish without religion?'.... Matzo
and Mistletoe is a funky and cleverly executed documentary." -- Michele
Pinczuk, *

Jeremy Butler

Professor - TCF Dept. - U Alabama

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