Movies, in light of the virus....
How about a Virtual ORT Film Outing?
Although we can't see a movie together at the theater or gather at a restaurant,
we can have our ORT Movie Group Outing on Zoom. We choose two films to watch separately and then hold a zoom gathering to meet/greet and discuss the movies. It's happening!
The first zoom meeting was August 16, 2020.
Since then, we have been coming together on the second Sunday of every month at 4:00 on zoom.
Please let Marian Cohen know if you're interested.
She will include you on the zoom email and tell you what has been chosen for the month.
Contact Marian at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-761-4578.
For January 9, 2022:
A Quiet Heart, 2016, Drama, Amazon Prime, 1h 32m, IMDb 6.5/10
In present day Jerusalem, a city increasingly dominated by religious fanaticism, Naomi, a secular young woman seeks refuge from the pressure of her life as a concert pianist. Overwhelmed by the expectations of her parents and her colleagues in Tel Aviv, Naomi seeks anonymity and solitude in the ancient city. Despite her intentions to stay alone, however, Naomi quickly makes two unexpected connections- one with a musically gifted Ultra-Orthodox young boy who lives in her building and the other, with Fabrizio, a charismatic Italian monk and organist. While these relationships allow Naomi to reconnect with her love of music and sense of meaning, they also make her a target in her new community. Faced with escalating isolation and violence, Naomi must learn to use music as a bridge to overcome towering religious barriers.
Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, 2013, Documentary,
Amazon Prime ($3.99), 1h24m, IMDb 8.1; Rotten Tomatoes
Narrated by Joel Grey, this entertaining documentary mingles cultural history with illuminating perspectives on the origins and meanings of some of Broadway's most beloved songs, stories and shows. With performances by Matthew Broderick, Kelli O'Hara, Zero Mostel, Nathan Lane, Barbra Streisand, Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and many more!
For February 13, 2022:
Crime on the Bayou, 2020, Documentary, Amazon Prime ($3.99), Apple TV ($3.99), YouTube, 1h 29m, IMDb 6.5/10; Rotten Tomatoes 100%
A Black teenager bravely challenges the most powerful white supremacist in 1960s Louisiana with the help of a young Jewish attorney. Systemic racism meets its match in decisive courtroom battles, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and a lifelong friendship is born.
Eyes Wide Open, Drama, 2009, Israeli film,
Amazon Prime ($2.99) 1h 30m, IMDb 7.3/10; Rotten Tomatoes 86%
A middle-aged Orthodox Jew, Aaron (Zohar Strauss), living and working in Jerusalem with his wife and children, meets a homeless 19-year-old student, Ezri (Ran Danker). Aaron offers to give Ezri work as his assistant at his family's butcher shop. The two men grow close and their attraction becomes sexual. Aaron must now confront his own sexuality, his feelings for Ezri and his obligations to his family and faith. But when the truth gets out, there are serious repercussions for his transgression.
Movies we’ve seen:
The House of Wannsee Street
The Spy (miniseries about Israeli spy, Eli Cohen)
The Red Sea Diving Resort
The Jewish Cardinal
(Movies by director, Danny Ben-Moshe)
Code of Silence
To Each Her Own
Playing for Time
A Call to Spy
The Last Resort
Fiddler: Miracle of Miracles
Creating a Character: The Moni Yakim Legacy
The Little Traitor
The Matchmaker (2010 Israeli film)
Nowhere in Africa
Every Time We Say Goodbye
One of Us
Fill the Void