It’s not quite the weekend … but the 10th annual Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival picks up tonight for its second weekend of movies.
Tonight’s 7 p.m. screening — at Cinemark’s South Point multiplex — features “Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story,” a documentary portrait of the late Las Vegas Sun publisher.
The festival takes a break Friday (after all, it’s the Jewish Sabbath) and resumes at 7 p.m. Saturday with the Israeli coming-of-age comedy-drama “The Matchmaker” at the Adelson Educational Campus, 9700 W. Hillpointe Road.
And It’s a triple bill, with an international accent, on Sunday (also at the Adelson theater).
At 1 p.m. it’s “Anita,” from Argentina, a drama (in Spanish with English subtitles) about a teen with Down syndrome traumatized by a terrorist bombing at a Buenos Aires Jewish community center. “Anita” also marks a festival first: screening sponsor Opportunity Village has responded to the festival’s attempts to involve organizations outside Las Vegas’ Jewish community.
At 4 p.m. Sunday, the German-French “Saviors in the Night” (in German with English subtitles) presents a fact-based drama recounting how courageous farmers in southern Germany hid a Jewish family from 1943 to 1945, saving them from Nazi death camps.
Another portrait in courage screens at 7 p.m. Sunday: the Israeli documentary “The Idealist” (in Hebrew with English subtitles), which focuses on Israeli pioneer Lova Eliav. A prominent Labor Party politician, Eliav seemed on track to become prime minister — until his support of a two-state solution for both Israelis and Palestinians made him a political exile in his own land.
“Idealist” director Alon Aboutboul began pondering his subject “a couple of years” after the 1995 assassination of Israeli prime minster Yitzhak Rabin — who was leading a peace rally at the time.
“I started asking the question, ‘What is a leader?’ ’’ Aboutboul recalled — especially one who “could have taken Israel to another path, a path of peace.”
That question led the filmmaker to Eliav, who “acknowledged the Palestinian people back in 1967” — and paid a political price for it. Aboutboul “was friends with his son,” leading to a documentary he likens to “a home movie of a very public figure,” one that “asks the question, what is an idealist — and can you afford to be an idealist?”
Screening tickets are $10 each; they’re available at the door or online at
, where you’ll find a schedule for the festival, which wraps up Jan. 26-27 and Jan. 29-30. (And stay tuned to Vegas Voice for a preview of next week’s festival offerings.)