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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