The 7th Annual Michiana Jewish Film Festival is coming to the Browning Cinema May 15–18. Dr. Ilene Sheffer, Vice Chancellor Emerita at Indiana University South Bend and currently the Chief Campaign Strategist for the Ronald McDonald House of Michiana, served as a committee member selecting films for the 2017 festival. She joins Ted and Ricky on the podcast to discuss the eight films in this year’s lineup and major sponsor, the South Bend Cubs.
This year’s slate of films is a mix of narrative and documentaries hitting both historical and current stories in the Jewish community. The films this year include Fanny’s Journey, an uplifting period piece about children escaping Nazi-occupied France; The Last Laugh, a documentary interviewing comedians and Holocaust survivors about the use of humor to discuss the Holocaust; On the Map, a documentary about Maccabi Tel Aviv’s run to the 1977 European Basketball Championship; Fever at Dawn, a period drama about a Hungarian Holocaust survivor’s attempt to marry after being displaced to Sweden; In Search of Israeli Cuisine, a documentary about the varied influences on the nation’s food culture; Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, a documentary about a gay man’s reconciliation with his Israeli family; Big Sonia, a documentary about a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Kansas City who manages a business on her own and now faces eviction; and The Women’s Balcony, a comedy about gender and cultural differences within an Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem.
One particular highlight of the 2017 Michiana Jewish Film Festival includes Digger Phelps, former head coach of the Notre Dame Men’s Basketball team from 1971–1991 and former ESPN analyst from 1993–2014, appearing to offer his reflections before the screening of On the Map.