WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

Seder-Masochism

Dir. Nina Paley | 93 min
Narrative United States 2018
English Mid-Atlantic Premiere

Saturday, May 184:00 PM Bethesda Row Cinema Pre-sale only*

Sunday, May 192:20 PM AFI Silver Theatre

*Saturday screenings before 6:00 PM are pre-sale only in observance of Shabbat. Tickets to these screenings will not be available for purchase at the door.

A disco-dancing Pharaoh, a crooning Angel of Death, Moses and his chorus line of dancing rams—this isn’t your bubbe’s Passover seder. Visionary animator Nina Paley (Sita Sings the Blues) directs an irreverent musical take on the Book of Exodus, reimagining the freeing of the slaves from Egypt as an eclectic mixtape of funk, rock, and Motown, featuring songs of Pat Boone and Led Zeppelin.

Sharply witty, but also deeply personal and affecting, Paley’s kaleidoscopic animation is filtered through a feminist prism that exposes and explodes the patriarchal tenets of the Passover story.

-Note adapted from the Mill Valley Film Festival

Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Nina Paley. May 18 screening moderated by Judy Meschel. May 19 screening moderated by Brightest Young Things editor Alan Zilberman.

Guests

Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Nina Paley. May 18 screening moderated by Judy Meschel. May 19 screening moderated by Brightest Young Things editor Alan Zilberman.

Nina Paley is the creator of the critically acclaimed animated musical feature film Sita Sings the Blues. Her adventures in our broken copyright system led her to join QuestionCopyright.org as Artist-in-Residence in 2008, where she produced a series of animated shorts about intellectual freedom called Minute Memes. Seder-Masochism is her second feature.

Alan Zilberman is the film editor for Brightest Young Things, an online nightlife and culture magazine based out of Washington, DC. He is a regular contributor to The Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, Slate, The Atlantic, Indiewire, The Week, Las Vegas Weekly, and other outlets. He is a member of the Washington Area Film Critic Association (WAFCA), and has a Master’s in Public Policy from George Washington University. Follow him on Twitter at @alanzilberman.

Judy Meschel is a producer for local PBS station WETA. She produces WETA Arts, a half-hour magazine-style show featuring local art and artists, and Around Town, interstitial guides to local theater, museums and films. Her personal connection to Seder (the rituals observed at Passover) and masochism? She co-writes her own Haggadah (the book that lists the rituals and readings), every year since 1997, with production starting in late October. Some years this involves stapling bindings hours before the start of Seder. She co-hosts first night Seder: never fewer than 21 attendees, one year there were 29. In a single-family townhouse. This year, between starting late and the tornado warning, dinner happened at 9:30 PM. How is this masochism different than all other masochisms? It is Seder. Her interests include musical theater, high-percentage bean-to-bar chocolate by local artisans, and, apparently, Passover.

Festivals and Awards

  • 2018, Annecy International Animated Film Festival
  • 2018, Mill Valley Film Festival

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