Jewish Film Festival to host two showings at Peterborough Community Theatre

  • 'The Keeper'. Courtesy photo—

  • 'Shooting Life'. Courtesy photo—

Published: 3/12/2020 8:43:39 PM
Modified: 3/12/2020 8:43:26 PM

This year’s New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival – which includes independent and foreign films from eight countries – will screen from March 19-29 in Concord, Manchester, Merrimack, Peterborough and Portsmouth. The international lineup includes selections from the United States, Canada, Israel, Germany, Mexico, Latvia, England and Kazakhstan. Of the 12 feature films being screened, 10 will be making their New Hampshire premieres.

“We’re proud to bring the very best in Jewish cinema to the Granite State,” says NHJFF co-chair Pat Kalik. “Our screening committee volunteers year-round to deliver eclectic, engaging and entertaining movies to New Hampshire film lovers, who otherwise would have to drive to Boston or New York to see them on the big screen.”

“It’s also always fascinating to meet some of the filmmakers and hear some of the challenges of bringing their vision to life,” adds fellow NHJFF co-chair Ross Fishbein. “Sometimes learning what wound up on the cutting room floor is just as compelling as the stories themselves.”  

On Sunday, March 22, a pair of films will be making their New Hampshire premieres in Peterborough.

“Shooting Life” is the story of Igal Gazit, an unemployed film director from Tel Aviv, who moves to tiny border town Sderot and takes a high school teaching job. However, Gazit’s first meeting with his new students doesn’t go well. The students, sensing that he is patronizing them, make fun of the “enlightenment” he brings from Tel Aviv. Gazit promises the principal that all the kids will pass the State Film Exams. The road to fulfilling that promise is one that the students will never forget. “Shooting Life”, in Hebrew with English subtitles, will be shown at 1 p.m. at the Peterborough Community Theatre. Admission is $12.

“The Keeper” is the incredible true story of Bert Trautmann, a German soldier and POW who, amid British post-war protest and prejudice, is hired as goalkeeper at Manchester City and becomes a football icon. His signing outrages thousands of fans, many of them Jewish. But Trautmann receives support from an unexpected source: Rabbi Alexander Altmann, who fled the Nazis. Trautmann’s love for Margaret, an Englishwoman, carries him through, and he wins over even his harshest opponents by winning the 1956 FA Cup Final. But fate intervenes, and Trautmann and Margaret’s love and loyalty to each other are put to the ultimate test. Also a New Hampshire premiere, “The Keeper” will also be screened on Sunday, March 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the Peterborough Community Theatre. Admission is $12.

The 12th annual New Hampshire Jewish Film Festival is supported by the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire State Council of the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, corporate sponsors and Friends of the Festival.

For the full film lineup, movie trailers, ticket prices and screening venues, visit


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