Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival set in St. Louis Park, Hopkins and St. Paul

“The Women’s Balcony” tells the story of a group of women in Jerusalem after a balcony collapses in an Orthodox synagogue. (Submitted photo) “Bang! The Bert Berns Story” tells story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns. (Submitted photo)
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“The Women’s Balcony” tells the story of a group of women in Jerusalem after a balcony collapses in an Orthodox synagogue. (Submitted photo)

The Sabes Jewish Community Center in St. Louis Park and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center will present the Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, scheduled for March 18-25.

This year’s festival includes films designed to build bridges and create dialogue; entertaining films designed to make viewers laugh and cry; and groundbreaking films that are not available in other venues in the Twin Cities, according to organizers.

“Beyond the screen” programs provide the opportunity to gather together to keep the conversation going after the credits have rolled.

Opening night Saturday, March 18, will feature an advanced screening of “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” the real-life story of a working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. The film will screen at 7:30 p.m. at the Hopkins Cinema 6, 1118 Mainstreet in Hopkins. A pre-show reception will be 6:30 p.m. at The Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet in Hopkins.

Three Midwestern premiers will screen Sunday, March 19. The films are “The Children of Chance” at 2 p.m., “1945” at 4 p.m. and “The Women’s Balcony” at 7:30 p.m. at the Sabes JCC, 4330 Cedar Lake Road S. in St. Louis Park. The evening film, a story about women in a Jerusalem Orthodox community speaking truth to power after a women’s balcony in a synagogue collapses, became Israel’s top film of the year, according to festival organizers.

The festival will host the world premiere of “Escape From Room 18,” a documentary on American anti-Semitism 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 23, at the St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave. in St. Paul.

The festival will conclude with the Minnesota premiere “Bang! The Bert Berns Story” 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the St. Paul JCC. The biographical documentary discusses Bret Berns, a songwriter and record producer from the ‘60s who worked on such songs as “Twist and Shout” and “Here Comes The Night.” It includes interviews with musicians like Van Morrison and Paul McCartney.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit tcjfilmfest.org. Tickets can be purchased by calling 952-381-3499 or emailing [email protected]

– Compiled by Seth Rowe. Contact him at [email protected]