Salem Film Fest, the largest International documentary film festival in the state, will run from March 19 to 28 in a virtual format. Among the 40 features and shorts are Jewish-themed films.
“The Lesson” follows four 14-year-olds who experience mandatory Holocaust education in the public school system in rural Germany amidst the resurgence of the far-right, xenophobia and a fractured, disparate collective memory of the nation’s history. The film is a clarion call for society to address the importance of sound education policy in tackling the uncomfortable truths of history.
In “Leaving Paradise,” Jewish patriarch Cleo establishes a family commune on a farm in the Brazilian forest, but as his children explore their family roots, the existence of their communal paradise becomes threatened. The film raises questions about contemporary Jewish community and individual identities and explores universal issues of family relations, patriarchy in the modern world, and the existential tension between nature and progress.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit salemfilmfest.com.