Library Movie Night "Sallah"

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Sat, 01/25/2020 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Join the Library Committee in the Chapel for a showing of the Israeli movie Sallah (in Hebrew with English subtitles). Author Ephraim Kishon, a Holocaust survivor from Hungary, wrote and directed the film based on characters in his short stories. The movie is a comedy about Sallah and his large (and growing) family, who have just arrived in Israel in 1949 after a quick escape from a middle eastern country. Instead of the apartment they were promised, the family has to spend months in a one-room shack in a government settlement camp. What could be a sad story becomes instead a comedic portrayal of clever immigrants getting the better of obtuse and occasionally corrupt bureaucrats to obtain the housing they were promised without actually working too hard.

Aside from the fact that immigration is an all-too-timely topic these days, we chose this movie because it shows, in a way, the path not taken by the Jewish family in our one-book, Lucette Lagnado's The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit. When that family had to leave Egypt in the late '50s, it chose to go to America although Israel was an option as well. One reason for that choice was the difficulties some of their relatives, who left Egypt earlier, had experienced in Israel. Sallah depicts people in a similar situation overcoming those difficulties.

In 1964 the film was the first ever Israeli nominee for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and shared the year's Golden Globe award in that category with Marriage Italian Style and Girl with Green Eyes. In addition, Topol, who later went on to play Tevye in the movie of Fiddler on the Roof, won the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer (Male) for his portrayal of the title character, Sallah.

The Committee prides itself on providing excellent refreshments at all of its events. A $5 donation to support the shul and its Library is requested.

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