Dear Laemmle Fans,
Every Passover, the Jewish community asks the question, “Why is this night different from all other nights.” This year, that’s a loaded question. We’re sharing virtual Seder dinner on Zoom, and ordering Gefilte fish on Amazon. So to embrace this new observance, we’ve partnered with our friends at Menemsha Films to offer up a few films worthy of Passover viewing.
Streits: Matzo and the American Dream is a terrific documentary about the challenges of running a multi-generational family business in response to the pressures of modernity, something I personally can relate to quite well. Set during a Passover seder in Mexico City, Nora’s Will is a perfect film for the holiday, and also happens to be the winner of the Ariel Award for the Best Mexican film of 2010. Romanian filmmaker Radu Mihaileanu is a favorite of the Laemmle family, and his drama Live and Become echoes biblical stories of exodus and redemption. And lastly, Matej Minac’s touching documentary Nicky’s Family. I dare you not to be touched by the story of Nicholas Winton, a hero who almost single handedly organized the rescue of over 600 children before the outbreak of WWII.
Four children. Four cups of wine. Four promises of redemption. And four terrific films to enjoy at home over the Passover holiday, each available to rent for just $1.99 via Laemmle Virtual Cinema. As always, your viewing of these films provides us with much needed financial support, as we negotiate this period of mandatory closure.
Next year, back at the movies!