Three Rhode Island Film Festival films at the JCC


The Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), now in its 23rd year, will take place in venues across Rhode Island from Aug. 6-11, 2019. The festival has become a leading juried competition showcase for international independent filmmakers and their work.


 In 2018, Flickers screened 295 cinematic works sourced from 48 nations and selected from more than 6,500 submissions.

This year, Flickers has partnered with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island to present three new films of Jewish interest. These films will be screened at the Dwares JCC at 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence. Tickets are $10 each and available at the door.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 7:30 p.m.

Tevye’s Daughters | Directed by Vladimir Lert | Ukraine, 2019.

It is the early 20th century. Tevye the Dairyman lives in a small village in Ukraine. He is poor and believes that his daughters have one chance to escape poverty – a successful marriage. Tevye accepts a profitable proposition from a matchmaker, but his beautiful daughters have a different plan. This film is in Russian.

Sunday, Aug. 11, noon

Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time | Directed by Barbara Bentree | United States, 2019.

Millions of people all over the world love the music of Dave Grusin. “Dave Grusin: Not Enough Time,” is a full length documentary about the legendary award-winning music producer, composer and pianist. The filmmaker is expected to attend.

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2:30 p.m.

Eva |Directed by Ted Green | United States, 2018.

As a 10-year-old “Mengele Twin,” Eva Kor suffered the worst of the Holocaust: being experimented on by the Auschwitz “Angel of Death.” At 50, she launched the biggest international manhunt in history. Now 84, she urgently circles the globe in failing health to promote the controversial lesson her journey has taught: healing through forgiveness.

In addition to these screenings, director and Rhode Island native Joseph Lovett will present his film, “Children of the Inquisition,” at RISD Museum’s Metcalf Auditorium on Sunday, Aug. 11 at 5  p.m.

Lovett’s film explores the consequences of the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, and the ramifications of those events on “openly Catholic and inwardly Jewish” families across the Americas today.

Lovett is a graduate of Moses Brown School. His collaborators on this project include other Rhode Island natives, including producer Hilary Klotz Steinman and URI Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies, David Gitlitz.