Arts Emanu-El presents the provocative film ‘The Keeper’


Arts Emanu-El and the Temple Emanu-El Providence Jewish Film Festival will present the film “The Keeper” from March 11 until March 15.

The award-winning film is based on the incredible yet true story of Bert Trautmann, a Nazi soldier who goes on to become a soccer star.

At the end of World War II, Trautmann was in a prisoner of war camp in England.  He was an excellent “keeper,” the English term for goaltender. A local soccer team was in desperate need of his services, and the team manager gets permission to take Trautmann out of the camp and put him on his team.  Needless to say, Trautman encounters a lot of anger. 

He is later recruited by the world-famous Manchester soccer team, where he continues his assent to the top of the soccer world and acquires even more acclaim. Rabbi Altman, the rabbi in Manchester, denounces Trautmann at first, but later recants his statement, saying that each man must be judged on his own merits.   

A quote about “The Keeper” in the South Florida Sun Sentinel reads, “Not only is it an extraordinary love story, but its message of forgiveness, compassion and acceptance is both relatable and relevant. To further explore the theme of forgiveness, Arts Emanu-El will hold a Q-and-A on Sunday, March 14 on Zoom. Registrants will receive Zoom information from Eventive.

“The Keeper” will be shown from Thursday, March 11, at noon, until Monday, March 15, at 11:59 p.m. Tickets for “The Keeper,” as well as for Arts Emanu-El’s upcoming films “Holy Silence” and “Syndrome K,” can be purchased on the Eventive platform at the following sites: For one movie ticket, at $15, go to; for a bundle of four movies, at $55, go to

“Holy Silence” will be shown from  April 17 until April 21. “Syndrome K” will be shown from April 22 until April 26.

For more information, please contact Temple Emanu-El at 401-331-1616, or Pamela Hanzel at  Please leave your contact information (email and cellphone number). 

PAMELA HANZEL is the chairwoman of Arts Emanu-El.