Films at the Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George's Creators 
Fanny’s Journey 
Ben Gurion, Epilogue 
High Noon 
Body and Soul: An American Bridge 


Sunday, Oct 29 | 2:00 PM

Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators

Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki 
USA, 2017, 77 min
English, Documentary

Get to know the creators behind one of literature’s most beloved characters in Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators.

Little did we know that the husband and wife duo authors, Hans and Margret Rey, escaped from Nazi Germany on makeshift bicycles, and rode across Europe carrying the unpublished manuscript of Curious George with them.

Directed by Ema Ryan Yamazaki, this mixed-media documentary reveals how the Rey’s extraordinary real-life adventures are mirrored inside the pages of this classic children’s book series. Curious George cartoons will be playing in the Bookstore.

Patron Sponsors
Betsy and Ed Schreiber 

$10 Member | $15 Public


Saturday, Nov 4 | 8:00 PM

Fanny’s Journey

Shirley and Bill Morgan Family Holocaust Memorial Fund

Directed by Lola Doillon 
France/Belgium, 2016, 94 min
French with English Subtitles, Drama

Audience Choice Winner Runner Up from the 2017 Houston Jewish Film Festival, Fanny’s Journey is a remarkable true story about a 13-year-old girl, who must fearlessly lead her sisters and a band of Jewish orphans through the countryside of Nazi-occupied France to find freedom on the Swiss border.

Fanny’s bravery and strength give her the resourcefulness to protect her peers along the challenging mission. Directed by Lola Doillon, this suspenseful coming-of-age drama is based on an autobiographical novel by Fanny Ben-Ami. 

$10 Member | $15 Public 


Sunday, Nov 5 | 2:00 PM

Ben-Gurion, Epilogue

Presented in Collaboration with American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest

Directed by Yariv Mozer 
Israel/France, 2016, 70 min
Hebrew, English with English subtitles, Documentary

Never-before-seen footage of Israel’s founding father and former prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, was discovered in the depths of an archive in Jerusalem and revitalized in Yariv Mozer’s Ben-Gurion, Epilogue.

The documentary features a compilation of a six-hour interview recorded in 1968. It spans several days in Ben-Gurion’s desert home at the age of 82, where he introspects on the loss of his wife, his personal health, political legacy and his hopes for peace in the Middle East. 

Photo by Malcolm Stewart

$10 Member | $15 Public

Thursday, Nov 9 | 5:00 PM

High Noon

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | USA, 1952, 85 min
English, Drama

Glenn Frankel will introduce the film and frame it in the context of his book.

A retiring town marshal (Gary Cooper) prepares for a solo showdown with a gang of vengeful outlaws whose leader he arrested. As the town clock ticks down, even the marshal's new Quaker bride (Grace Kelly) is nowhere to be found.  

$6 Per Person

Friday, Nov 10 | 1:00 PM

Body and Soul: An American Bridge

Presented in partnership with Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Directed by Robert Philipson
USA, 2017, 58 min Documentary

American popular music is known to become great through cross-cultural encounters, yet the relationships between African Americans and American Jews historically expose the deepest dichotomy between fraternity and conflict…that is until the American jazz standard, "Body and Soul," forged a fortuitous bridge.

In director Robert Philipson’s first feature-length documentary, Body and Soul: An American Bridge, we develop a better understanding of how one of the most recorded songs in the jazz repertoire came to fruition, breaking the color barrier in popular music.

$10 Member | $15 Public


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