Xueta Island w/Broken Candle & Unraveling
First Night of the 2021 Hanukkah Film Festival (Nov 28-Dec 5)
XUETA ISLAND (World Premiere!)
Dir. Dani Rotstein, Felipe Wolokita, and Ofer Laszewicki
63min | Spain, USA | Documentary
Spanish and English w/English subtitles
Explore the fascinating legacy of the Chuetas: a unique group of families on the Balearic island of Majorca who are believed to be descendants of the island’s Inquisition-era Jewish population, forced to renounce their Judaism by the Catholic Church at the beginning of the 15th century in the years leading up to the Majorcan Inquisition.
This documentary interrogates fundamental questions of human nature such as historical memory; identity and belonging; generational clashes; and the preservation of tradition.
Dir. Stacey Ravel Abarbanel and Jeff Swimmer
38min | USA | Documentary Short
“Did Pancho Villa really try to kill my grandfather? And if so, why?” In unraveling this mystery, filmmaker Stacey Ravel Abarbanel delves into memory, history, and contemporary life in the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, famed for being raided in 1916 by Villa’s army during the Mexican Revolution.
THE BROKEN CANDLE
Dir. Felix Kiner
9min | USA | Animated Short
The heartwarming tale of Nira, a broken Hanukkah candle who becomes the shamash (“lead candle” of the Hanukkah) on the last night of the Festival of Lights. Featuring the voice talents of Vanessa Marshall, Tiffany Haddish, Tom Kenny, Eugenio Derbez, Mark Feuerstein, Dave Boat, and Keili Lefkovitz.
Sunday, November 285:00 PM Cafritz Hall