This adroit, raw depiction of family strife between a Polish-born refugee-turned-self-made-success and his striving Hollywood filmmaker son, is set against the fast-changing financial world in the throes of modernization. The currency of human transactions, on and off the trading floor, is poignantly portrayed as filmmaker Jordan Melamed and his imperious father, Leo, the former chairman of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, struggle to get beyond their fraught past.
Behind the profane comic stylings, and fame as the voice of the Aflac Duck and parrot Iago in Aladdin, filmmaker Neil Berkeley finds an unexpectedly tender side of one of comedy’s most iconic figures, the brash, boundary-pushing Gilbert Gottfried, as revealed in this laugh-packed, sometimes vulgar, and poignant profile of a man belied by his course exterior.
Sports, patriotism, and a journey from has-been wannabes to heroes, play out in this stirring story of the formerly underdog Israeli national baseball team, which includes several Jewish American Major League players, competing for the first time in the World Baseball Classic.
This colorful travelogue chronicles a day in the life of the fiercely independent, contemporary Jewish community of Rome, the only cultural group in the city with a continuous line of descent from ancient times, which for centuries has lived in limbo between waves of acceptance and extreme persecution.
IOM ROMÌ will screen with CUBA’S FORGOTTEN JEWELS: A HAVEN IN HAVANA.