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Let’s Get Reel! is a monthly movie and film talk that provides free online links to movies on themes that reflect Jewish history, values and experiences. 

Presentations and interviews will feature authors, screenwriters and others connected to the film and its subject. 


40 Nickels | DECEMBER 12TH at 10:00am PST

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The Jewish Collaborative is pleased to partner with the Orange County Jewish Coalition for Refugees to present this film. We will show the film during the Zoom program followed by a conversation with Director, Yasmin Gorenberg.

40 Nickels: Set in St. Louis during the Great Depression, 40 Nickels tells of Norm, a Jewish immigrant boy, who dreams of flying in an airplane. When an airfield near his home offers a 10-minute flight for two dollars, Norm hopes to fulfill his dream. His parents, survivors of pogroms - anti-Semitic attacks - are protective, and fear that a flight in an airplane is dangerous. Even so, Norm saves up his ice cream money, a nickel at a time, to pay for a short flight. But when he discovers the truth about how his mother’s family was killed in the Old Country, he gets cold feet. Norm must decide whether to continue living in the shadow of family trauma or break free and fulfill his dream.

Director Yasmin Gorenberg is an award-winning director originally from Jerusalem, Israel. Her films include Who by Water, Who by Fire, which premiered in Lisbon Film Rendezvous, and Psalm 27, which was an official selection at the Habayata film festival. In addition, she is a cinematographer who has shot short films, music videos and documentaries including Sampaguita and Aloo, both of which have played in multiple film festivals and won awards. She also shot the feature documentary the Road to Sabarimala in Kerala, India. She wrote 40 Nickels with her mother, veteran journalist Myra Noveck, based on her grandfather's childhood.

Based on my grandfather’s boyhood in St. Louis, 40 Nickels tells a story of the pain passed from refugee parents to their children and the hope that can overcome it. The film captures the image of a generation of immigrants to the United States in the 1920’s and 1930’s and through this spotlights the effects of the 1919 pogroms in Eastern Europe. This is a film about parents and children: how trauma never leaves a family, and how hope and resilience are also passed down. It asks the question: Can a new generation look at the world with wonder rather than fear?


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Fri, May 20 2022 19 Iyyar 5782