(New York, NY)— The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is celebrating the reopening of its newly renovated Edmond J. Safra Hall with a full slate of film screenings this summer, featuring new and independent movies, old classics, documentaries, and family-friendly films, including a July 4th screening of the critically acclaimed, animated film, An American Tail, a July 8th screening of the lively and beloved Dirty Dancing, and a July 15th screening of the 1978 Nazi-hunting classic, Boys From Brazil.
The series kicks off on Sunday, June 27th at 4:30 PM with When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, a historical family drama from director Caroline Link that is based on the semi-autobiographical book of the same name by Judith Kerr. The film follows Anna and her family as they are forced to leave everything behind and flee Germany to escape the Nazi regime.
On Wednesday, June 30th at 2:00 PM there will be a special screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, a satirical attack on Adolf Hitler. Then at 4:30 PM that same day, and again on Sunday, July 4th at 2:00 PM, the Museum will screen Israeli director Nir Bergman’s newest film, Here We Are. The movie explores the relationship between Aharon and his autistic son Uri as they decide to run away and go on a road trip instead of sending Uri to a specialized home.
Also screening twice, once on Thursday, July 1st at 4:30 PM and again on Wednesday, July 7th at 2:00 PM, Dani Menken’s new documentary, Aulcie, tells the story of Aulcie Perry, a basketball player from Harlem who went on to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel. Perry would go on to lead Maccabi Tel Aviv to its first European Championship, convert to Judaism, and become an Israeli citizen. This documentary goes behind the scenes and beyond the glory, looking at his heavily scrutinized relationship with supermodel Tami Ben Ami, his growing drug addiction that resulted in his arrest and imprisonment, and his release and commitment to working with people who suffer from substance use challenges.
The journey of Amos Nachoum, one of the world’s greatest underwater photographers, unfolds on screen in Israeli director duo Yonatan Nir and Dani Menekin’s award-winning film Picture of His Life. Showing on Thursday, July 1st at 2:00 PM and Wednesday, July 7th at 4:30 PM, the film follows Nachoum as he heads to the Canadian high Arctic while dealing with his painful memories of the horrors of war.
Mel Brooks’ 1967 comedy classic The Producers will be shown on Thursday, July 8th at 5:00 PM. The film follows former “King of Broadway” Max Bialystock as he sets out to create the worst musical ever after learning that it is possible to make more money producing flops than hits.
On Wednesday, July 14th at 2:00 PM, the Museum will screen the documentary Soros. Director Jesse Dylan follows billionaire Holocaust survivor George Soros across the globe and pulls back the curtain on the personal life of one of the most influential and controversial figures of his time. See how his experience as a Jew during the Holocaust motivated Soros to bet on himself and go against systems of authoritarianism and hate.
On Wednesday, July 21st at 4:30 PM, there will be a special screening of Marathon Man. The classic film starring Dustin Hoffman follows a Columbia student as he is caught in the middle of a dangerous international plot involving Nazis after his brother, a secret government agent chasing down a Nazi war criminal, is murdered.
On Thursday, July 22nd at 2:00 PM and again on Sunday, July 25th at 4:30 PM, the Museum will present a special screening of The Crossing. The film tells the story of siblings Gerda and Otto, who, after the arrest of their parents, help two Jewish children, Sarah and Daniel, flee to Sweden to escape Nazi authorities.
Tickets to all film screenings will be $10 for the public and $5 for Museum members.
The Museum’s LOX at Café Bergson is also open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, serving its Museum-made smoked salmon and other kosher delicacies. LOX will be open during in-person events.
For the Museum’s full calendar of summer events, both virtual and in-person, visit: https://mjhnyc.org/current-events/.
About The Museum Of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
The Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is New York’s contribution to the global responsibility to never forget. The Museum is committed to the crucial mission of educating diverse visitors about Jewish life before, during, and after the Holocaust. The third largest Holocaust museum in the world and the second largest in North America, the Museum of Jewish Heritage anchors the southernmost tip of Manhattan, completing the cultural and educational landscape it shares with
the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage maintains a collection of almost 40,000 artifacts, photographs, documentary films, and survivor testimonies and contains classrooms, a 375-seat theater (Edmond J. Safra Hall), special exhibition galleries, a resource center for educators, and a memorial art installation, Garden of Stones, designed by internationally acclaimed sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. The Museum is the home of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
The Museum receives general operating support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.