The Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival will be showing two Jewish-interest films December 19-21, 2008 at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE 6th St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.
The First Basket
Directed by David Vyorst
Documentary, 83 minutes
Did you know that a Jewish kid from New York scored the first basket in the NBA? When Ossie Schectman, a Jewish kid from Brooklyn, made the first basket for the New York Knickerbockers back in 1946, who knew it was the precursor of today's NBA? For Jewish immigrants, especially youth, sports played an important role in helping them assimilate. By the 1920s, almost all urban Jewish neighborhoods had a basketball team. When these teams evolved into professional leagues by the late 1940s, Jewish players and coaches led the way.
December 19 at 6:30pm, December 20 at 5:45pm, December 21 at 4pm
Directed by Avi Nesher
Drama / Israel, 120 minutes
Nominated for 8 Israeli Film Academy Awards 2007
THE SECRETS spins the tale of Naomi (Ania Bokstien), the gifted, pious daughter of a prominent rabbi who faces a crossroads when her mother dies and she is expected to immediately marry her father's protégé, for whom she has no attraction. She convinces her father to postpone her marriage so she can study at a women's religious school in Safed, the ancient center of mystical Judaism, in order to prepare herself for the sacrifices she will make as a wife.
Naomi befriends Michelle, an appealing, free-spirited, and equally headstrong fellow student. When the pair encounters a mysterious ailing foreigner, Anouk (the iconic French actress Fanny Ardant), they secretly lead her through a series of kabbalistic cleansing rituals in the hopes of easing her suffering. This risky journey into forbidden realms leads to a growing attraction between the two young women and opens up overwhelming new horizons and the desire to be true to themselves, no matter the cost.
December 19 at 8pm, December 20 at 7:30pm, December 21 at 1:45pm and 7pm