Victoria International Jewish Film Festival
Victoria International Jewish Film Festival, © Victoria International Jewish Film Festival
From November 1-6, the Jewish Community Centre of Victoria will host the eighth annual Victoria International Jewish Film Festival. This year, both in person and online screenings will be offered, giving “non-Victorians” a chance to enjoy the highly interesting program as well! Online content can only be viewed in British Columbia as the content is geo-blocked.
Each in-person screening will be a special cinema event, with live music, nosh (snacks), and discussions with filmmakers, directors, and/or other special guests!
The 2022 VIJFF is free, donations are appreciated. Tickets should be ordered online in advance. Order tickets now!
Among many other very interesting films, the VIJFF has two films in its online program that have a connection to Germany:
Soleil, a 16-year-old Iranian, must adjust when his family moves from the middle-class German town of Göttingen to the more diverse neighbourhood of Berlin-Wedding. He is welcomed warmly into a local gang of young men from various Muslim backgrounds who aren’t aware of Soleil’s secret – his family is Jewish. We watch helplessly as Soleil struggles with his conflicting need for acceptance, his first love and his Jewish identity.
Based on Arye Sharuz Shalicar’s autobiography, A Wet Dog is Better than a Dry Jew, Wet Dog offers a fresh and thought-provoking perspective on the coming-of-age genre through the authentic voice of a confused but passionate teenager.
Kindertransports to Sweden
This film is part of the conversation following the in-person screening of The Mind of a Child on Wednesday, November 2.
Co-sponsored by: Victoria Shoah Project
The critical film recounts the fate of four Jewish survivors who were sent as children on their own by their parents to Sweden during the Third Reich, with the “Kindertransports”, to save them from the Nazi terror. They experienced a trauma which exists even today. Most of them never saw their parents again.
For the rescued children in Sweden a new life began in a foreign country with a new language, unknown faces, uncertainty, fear and loneliness. They were saved, but unable to comprehend why their parents sent them abroad. Later they do begin to understand, learn about the Holocaust and live with an even greater loss: only one ever sees her parents alive again.
The film shows how they could not handle the emotional chaos that the escape had caused. This trauma was attributed to their uprooting, the loss of community and culture, the loss of identity and the lack of security. Their stories reflect the tragic fate of a winner and at the same time loser of their own salvation.
The entire program and more information can be found on the festival's website.