Presented by the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, Denver’s JAAMM Festival (Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies, and Music Festival) is a unique celebration of Jewish life and culture that reaches out to the Jewish community and the community at large. Although Denver’s JAAMM Festival started on October 22nd and runs through November 3rd, the only films being screened during the festival occur this weekend.
This annual fall festival combines the longstanding Leah Cohen Festival of Jewish Books and Authors (a book sale, personal appearances by authors of international prominence and a Denver Jewish Community Reads program), with dynamic concerts ranging from jazz to classical, contemporary films on a variety of topics, an educational art workshop, an art exhibit and theatre events to create a world-class, multidisciplinary Jewish cultural celebration.
The goal of the festival is to bring together a diverse array of arts offerings to stimulate excitement about Jewish music, art, cinema and literature. Some of the featured music performers are from Israel, providing local patrons with a rare opportunity for cultural exchange.
Approximately 4,000 people attend JAAMM Festival each year.
October 30, 2011, 5 pm
Delicious Peace Grows in a Ugandan Coffee Bean
Directed by Curt Fissel – USA, 2011, 40 min.
Denver Film Center/Colfax- $10/general admission
In 2004, in the wake of collapsed coffee prices and lingering intolerance created by the Idi Amin reign of terror, a group of Uganda’s Jewish, Christian and Muslim coffee farmers challenged historical and economic hurdles to form the “Delicious Peace Coffee Cooperative.” This documentary film shares the uplifting and inspiring story of the Cooperative’s efforts to achieve its twin goals: building harmonious relationships and economic development.
Admission price includes the sampling of Mirembe Kawomera (Delicious Peace) coffee. Limited supplies will be available for purchase.
October 30, 2011, 7 pm
Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness
Directed by Joseph Dorman – USA, 2011, 93 min.
Denver Film Center/Colfax – $10/general admission
Director Joseph Dorman brings us a compelling portrait of the great Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916), whose stories of Tevye the Dairyman eventually gave rise to the famous Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof. This documentary reveals Sholem Aleichem as a creative and rebellious genius who used great humor and sensitivity to present both the traditions and painful transformations of the Jewish world he knew.
Post film discussion with director Joseph Dorman, and brief introduction by David Shneer, director of the Program in Jewish Studies and Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Sponsored by Barbara Mellman Davis in honor of Gerald & Genevieve Mellman.
Information provided by The Denver Film Society and the JAAMM festival.
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