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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 A scene from "The Number on Great-Grandpa's Arm." An Israeli soldier does a mock dance with his rifle in "Foxtrot." Ayana Lekach (1) and Rotem Dar "In the Landof Pomegranates." Diane Kruger in a scene from "In the Fade." By Tom Tugend Z)ao/d Co//ey Benjamin David Colley, son of Robyn and Kevin Colley of Apopka, Fla will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on March 2 and 3, 2018, at Congrega- tion BethAm of Longwood. Ben is in the seventh grade at Teague Middle School where he plays the trumpet. His hobbies and interests include playing second base and outfield in competitive baseball. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Ben's family from South Florida, Atlanta, Colorado, Kansas, California and New Jersey. Samuel Ethan Potesh- man, son of Hali and Mike Poteshman of Winter Park, will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Congregation of Reform Judaism in Orlando. Sam is in the sev- enth grade at Lake High- land Preparatory School where he is on the Honor Roll. His interests include playing piano since he was in second grade, making movies, watching YouTube videos and spending time with friends. Sam is also on the middle school robot- ics team. For his mitzvah project, Sam has volunteered at Give Kids the World working at Katie's Kitchen, Mama Mary's Pizza and has helped set up for a parade. Sharing in the family's simcha will be Sam's parents, his brother, Matthew; grandmother, Ida Weisman of Staten Island, New York; grandfather Norman Potesh- man of Northbrook, Illinois; and family and friends from California, Colorado, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida. LOS ANGELES (JTA)-- With the Academy Awards on the horizon, there is no shortage of high-quality films to see in theaters and on the small screen. Getting a jump on the festivities, here are five of the best Jewish-themed ones to watch this awards season, from Oscar contenders to short gems. "Foxtrot" Directed by Samuel Maoz and starring Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler, "Foxtrot" is a wrenching film about an array of dark topics: pa- rental grief after the death of a soldier son, the joys and stresses of marriage, and the boredom of army life. But it is also about Israeli control of the West Bank and how, in the filmmaker's view, Israel's occupation humiliates the occupied and hardens the occupier. After being named the second-best film at the Venice International Film Festival and winning best film at Israel's Ophir Awards, it's on the shortlist for the Academy Award for best foreign lan- guage film. In a phone interview with JTA, Maoz described his movie as "the dance of a man with his fate." He said "there are manyvariations to this dance, but they end up at the same starting point." In more concrete terms, the film follows an affluent Tel Aviv couple who learn their son has died in the line of duty. The film has come under fire from Miri Regev, Israel's controversial minister of culture and sports. "It is inconceivable," she de- clared publicly, "that movies which shame the reputation of the Israel Defense Forces and that are supported [fi- nancia|l~ l by the state are selected to showcase Israel cinema abroad." Maoz did not directly ad- Eva Schloss being filmed in a scene from "116 Cameras." dress Regev's criticism, but "In the Fade," fresh off a changetheirattitudes that's said, "When my brothers are Golden Globe win for best progress." dying, I have the right to make foreign film, is also one of Even this modest goal such amovie." the nine films on the Oscar seems unreachable in the "Foxtrot" will open in U.S. shortlist for best foreign lan- film, although it inadver- theaters on March 2. guage film. It's out now in U.S. tently clarifies why decades "In the Fade" theaters in a limited release, of peacemaking efforts have Germany's "In the Fade" "In the Land of Pome- proven largely fruitless. dramatizes the rise of neo- granates" Most of the arguments are Nazism in the country over In Hebrew, the word foron the level of "Hamas is a the past few years through pomegranate has a double terrorist organization," as an the murder of a Kurdish meaning: It can mean either Israeli participant charges, man, his German wife and the fruit that symbolizes re- to which the Palestinian their smallson byaneo-Nazi birth or a hand grenade, response is, "We are just couple. The neo-Nazi theme The documentary "In thetrying to get back the land is timely in light of the rise Land of Pomegranates," di- you took from us." of the far right in Europe rected by Israeli Hava Kohav However, the largely pessi- and, as demonstrated by the Beller, wrestles with these misticviewisbrightenedbya white supremacist rally last conflicting meanings as it coupleofepisodesthatbridge summer in Charlottesville, explores the chasm between the conflicts. One scene Virginia the ways that young Israelis shows Palestinians danc- Director Fatih Akin, a and Palestinians think about ing the dabke and Israelis German native of Turkish each other, dancing the hora--and both descent, attributes Germany's Thefilmfollowsyoungmen performances are almost growing neo-Nazi sentiment and women who have beenidentical. largely to hostility to the large brought together in a scenic "In the Land of Pomegran- number of refugees, mainly German town for a program ates"willopeninU.S.theaters from Muslim countries, who called "Vacation from War." in February and March. have been admitted into They live under the same "The Number on Great- Germany. roof, go on joint excursions Grandpa's Arm" "The new neo-Nazis are dif- in the lovely countryside, take How does one teach very ferentfromthoseofthe1980s a riverboat cruise and argue youngchildrenabouttheHo- and '90s," he told JTA. "Then earnestly for hours on end. locaust? An upcoming HBO they wereoutcastsandeasily The program started in short documentary, slated recognizable as skinheads. 2002 and, as one of the or- to premiere on International Today's neo-Nazis are still ganizers put it, "Our goal is HolocaustRemembranceDay, criminals, but they look like not to make participants love everybody else." each other. If only five people Films on page 14A