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NMAJH Summer Screening Series

The National Museum of American Jewish History have some interesting screenings coming up during the rapidly heating up summer months…

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM
Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story (2011)
Admission: $5
This compelling documentary about Yonatan Netanyahu is an intimate journey into the mind of a young soldier; narration was drawn from his own letter and words, bringing a rare portrait of Israel’s elite soldiers and their greatest hero to the big screen.
The film consists of two story arcs that tragically and heroically connect. The first is the dramatic Entebbe hijack and rescue –8 days when a nation held its breath and executed a military miracle that redefined the Jewish Nations’s call -“Never Again!” The second is the remarkable life story of Yonatan Netanyahu, a young soldier who struggled to find the balance between his family and the Nation he loved.

Wednesday, June 27, 6:30 PM
Wrestling with Angels (2006)
Admission: $8
In collaboration with The Wilma Theater’s production of Angels in America, the Museum presents Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner, a feature documentary film about Pulitzer and Tony® Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner.  It tells the story about the evolution of an artist and of how Kushner, raised in the Deep South in Lake Charles, Louisiana, would become an outspoken activist, a compassionate spokesperson for outsiders, and one of today’s most entertaining and important playwrights. At its core, the film explores the mystery of creativity, and its source, and Kushner’s compelling plays that are set against the moral and political concerns of our times; directed by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock.

Discussion to follow with Prof. Allen Kuharski, Stephen Lang Professor of the Performing Arts, Swarthmore College and Dr. Laura Levitt, Professor of Religion, Jewish Studies, and Gender Studies, Temple University. Moderated by Walter Bilderback, Dramaturg and Literary Manager, The Wilma Theater.

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 PM
Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
Don’t miss Gene Kelly and Natalie Wood in this poignant and romantic melodrama.  In one of the first instances of Jewishness so openly represented on film, she plays a camp counselor and he is a would-be dramatist working at a nearby theater. Even though they both come from upper-middle-class New York Jewish families, her parents do not approve of their relationship.  Based on the 1955 Herman Woulk novel.  Directed by Irving Rapper
Introduced by local film critic Carrie Rickey.

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 PM
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Happy 25th Anniversary, Dirty Dancing!  Highly quotable with an addictive soundtrack, Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze ignite the screen in this timeless coming-of-age classic set in a 1960s Jewish Catskills resort.  Don’t be afraid to sing along.  You know you want to.  Directed by Emile Ardolino.  
Introduced by local film critic Carrie Rickey.

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 PM
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
The Moon Landing.  Woodstock.  It is the summer of ’69 at a bungalow retreat in the Catskills where Jewish New Yorker Pearl Kantrowitz (Diane Lane) meets free-spirited, traveling salesman, Walker Jerome (Viggo Mortensen), while her husband (Liev Schreiber) is stuck working in the city.  Pearl must ultimately decide between the love of her husband and children … or the lure of her newfound desires.   Also stars Tovah Feldshuh and Anna Paquin. Directed by Tony Goldwyn.   
Introduced by local film critic Carrie Rickey.

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Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He's served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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