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Jewish Heritage

Celebrate traditions as these characters explore their heritage in these short films for youth ages 11-15+.

All films are official selections from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, and program includes an introduction and post-screening discussion led by one of our trained media educators. Curriculum aligned with Common Core is also provided to teachers prior to the day of screening.

Flexible scheduling throughout the day - come to us or let us come to you! For details about group screening at Facets or in your school click here . For questions or to book your screening contact us at fldtrips@facets.org or (773) 281-9075 ext. 3009.

Basketball Game

Jewish Heritage: Reflections

Grades 6-9 (Ages 11-15+)  Mild profanityMild violenceMature themes
80-minute program includes media education
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55 SocksThe Basketball Game  (Canada)
Overnight Stay (USA)
Toyland* (Germany)
55 Socks (Canada/Netherlands)
A Son’s War (Czech Republic/USA)

*2009 Oscar-winner!

Join us as we celebrate Jewish American Heritage , as told by children and young people in five amazing films. In one, a narrator remembers his days at summer camp, where an anti-Semitic teacher attracts national attention for some incendiary comments. The youngsters’ community decides to amend the situation by bringing the campers to an interfaith basketball game in order to teach the children tolerance and understanding, with some unexpected results. In the next four films, characters recollect acts of kindness and resourcefulness in tales that span across years and borders during the Second World War. Inventive filmmaking combines with powerful storytelling in these live-action, animated and documentary short films.