DOCS IN THE CITY
Presented by Docs in Progress and the Washington Jewish Film Festival
Things get personal as we delve into the lives of two filmmakers and their families in an exploration of the genre of personal documentary. Join for one or both films ($13 each, $25 for both).
Searching for my Jewish Soul (Work-in-Progress)
Sunday, August 6, 2:00 pm
Filmmaker and Jewish mom Bonnie Rich takes a light-hearted approach to a serious matter—convincing her millennial daughters to raise her unborn grandchildren Jewish. Her daughters see no need for religion as they navigate adulthood. Bonnie is undeterred and pursues meaning in Judaism beyond matzo ball soup as she goes on a 40-day diet of prayer, embraces Bubbie and Zaydie wisdom, sings Jewish songs off-key, and drags the girls to meet with rabbis. But will she convince her daughters that Judaism is relevant?
Screening of work-in-progress followed by an audience feedback session with filmmaker Bonnie Rich, facilitated by Erica Ginsberg from Docs In Progress.
51 Birch Street
Sunday, August 6, 4:00 pm
Do we ever really know our parents? If we were suddenly given the chance to know all about them, would we take it? And is it ever too late to establish a deeper connection with them?
These are the primal human questions at the heart of Doug Block’s acclaimed personal documentary 51 Birch Street. Spanning 60 years and three generations, the film weaves together hundreds of faded snapshots, 8mm home movies, and two decades of footage in a tale of what can happen when our most fundamental assumptions about family are suddenly called into question. First screened at WJFF in 2006, this film stands the test of time.
Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Doug Block, moderated by Andrea Passafiume from Docs In Progress.