Penobscot Theatre Company Presents the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Maine Jewish Film Festival to be held at the Bangor Opera House April 4-5

Maine Jewish Film Festival to be held at the Bangor Opera House April 4-5

Penobscot Theatre Company Presents the Maine Jewish Film Festival

Four films at the Bangor Opera House, April 4-5

Penobscot Theatre Company is proud to announce the screening of four acclaimed films, presented in partnership with Jewish Community Endowment Associates (JCEA) as part of the 2014 Maine Jewish Film Festival. All films will be shown at the Bangor Opera House as follows:


The Gatekeepers April 5 @ 8 p.m.

  • The Gatekeepers, April 5, 8:00 pm. In this 2012 documentary by director Dror Moreh six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, Shin Bet, reflect publicly for the first time on their role at the center of Israel’s security apparatus and decision-making process. Academy Award Nominee, Best Feature Documentary. Winner, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary. Winner, New York Film Critics Circle Awards.


  • Ahead of Time, April 6, 1:00 pm. This 2010 documentary by director Robert
    Ahead of Time April 6 @ 1 p.m.

    Ahead of Time April 6 @ 1 p.m.

    Richman tells the inspirational story of Ruther Gruber, who reported from the Soviet Arctic, escorted Holocaust refugees on a secret war-time mission, and changed the world with dispatches from the Palestine-bound ship Exodus in 1947. Archival footage captures the drama of her life as she lent her camera lens and her heart to war refugees and encounters with relatives and old friends. Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, Full Frame Documentary.

The Wonders April 6 @ 5 p.m.

The Wonders April 6 @ 5 p.m.

  • The Wonders, April 6, 5:00 pm. Director Avi Nesher delivers a comic “nourish” thriller about a good-natured slacker who becomes embroiled in a labyrinthine conspiracy in the weird criminal-religious underbelly of Jerusalem. This 2012 film earned praise as part of Jerusalem’s “New Wave,” exposing and uniting diverse subcultures.
  • Bethlehem April 6 @ 8 p.m.

    Bethlehem April 6 @ 8 p.m.

    Bethlehem, April 6, 8:00 pm. Through this riveting new thriller about an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant whose brother is the local commander of a terrorist group, audiences get an unparalleled glimpse into a brutal and fascinating world. Director Yuval Adler hurtles back and forth between conflicting points of view to reveal the complexities of competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas. Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards. Winner of six Ophir Awards including Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Film.

“With Bangor’s rich Jewish history, it seemed only natural that the Maine Jewish Film Festival would have a presence here,” said Penobscot Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Bari Newport, who was instrumental in attracting the festival to Bangor for the first time last year. “We ‘re enormously grateful for the generous support of JCEA and our local community leaders. This year’s lineup includes fresh, thought-provoking, important works that deserve an audience north of Portland!”

Tickets to the festival films in Bangor are $8.00/$6.00 for seniors and students, and may be purchased online at or by calling the Box Office at 942-3333.

The annual Maine Jewish Film Festival opens in Portland, March 22-29, with 22 features, numerous shorts and various speakers over the seven-day period. In addition to Portland and Bangor, screenings are planned in Waterville, Brunswick, and Rockland.

The full schedule of festival films and events is available online at

The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the global Jewish experience.

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About Amy Roeder

Director of Education – Amy Roeder is pleased to be joining the staff at PTC. Amy received her BFA in theatre from the University of Evansville and her Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Georgia. She recently relocated to Bangor from Chicago where she taught and performed with famed comedy institution The Second City. Local audiences may have seen her onstage with Improv Acadia in Bar Harbor where she has been a company member since 2005. Amy has performed all over the country including at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park and with the Improv Asylum in Boston. In addition to teaching acting and improvisation classes all over the world, Amy is also designs and facilitates workshops in improvisational techniques for businesses. Amy hates writing in the third person.