International Film Series Summer 2023
“Complicated Identities” Revisited
Monday, August 14 – Tuesday August 22, 2023
Featuring the New England premiere of Stay With Us (originally scheduled for our 21st International Film Series) plus online screenings of five of the films we showed this past spring. If you have any tickets remaining on your pass this year, they may be used for this series.
New England premiere!
Monday, August 14, 2023, 7:00 PM
Apple Cinemas, Cambridge
France | French with subtitles | 2022 | 93 minutes
Gad Elmaleh, the film’s star and director, as well as one of France’s most renowned comedians, embarks on a journey of personal transformation, raising questions about faith, cultural heritage, and the complexities of familial relationships. This must-see narrative film invites us to reconsider our own beliefs, celebrate our shared humanity, and embrace the complexities that make us who we are.
When he returns home to Paris to visit his Moroccan-born parents—played by his real-life parents—intent on converting from Judaism to Catholicism, he begins a journey that challenges not only his own beliefs, but also the perceptions and expectations of his family. As he navigates the delicate territory of faith, he finds himself caught between his Jewish upbringing and the desire to explore a new spiritual path. Along the way, he encounters a diverse cast of characters who provide insight, support, and comedic relief, each offering their unique perspectives on religion, culture, and personal growth.
Speaker: Rabbi Raysh Weiss of Temple Israel of Natick, who is also a filmmaker. Additional speakers to be announced.
Films Available Online
Films are available online from Tuesday, August 15 at 7:00 PM through Tuesday, August 22 at 11:59 PM (you’ll need to start each film no later than 11:59 PM on the 22nd). Once you start a film, you’ll have 72 hours to finish watching it. You can watch each film as many times as you’d like during the 72-hour period. You’ll also receive links to recordings of the discussions. Online films include:
“Real movies, world and people history…very deep and moving stories.” ~Ilona N.