Matzo & Mistletoe
Directed by Kate Feifer
United States, 2007
Filmmaker Kate Feifer was six years old when her father told her she was Jewish. Since she celebrated Christmas and never attended synagogue, this information came as a surprise. "It was like my parents simply forgot to mention it," she notes. In Matzo & Mistletoe, Feiffer interviews a fascinating cast of characters, and uses archival footage, illustration, and clips from television shows and movies to ponder the paradox of American secular Judaism, asking, "What does it mean to be a non-practicing Jew In America?" In her search for answers, Feifer talks with family and friends, including her father (the cartoonist, screenwriter/playwright) Jules Feifer, newsman Mike Wallace, and author Alan Dershowitz.
A discussion on "What does it mean to be a non-practicing Jew In America?" will follow the film.
Showing Sunday, March 8, 3:30 p.m.,
at the Landmark Gateway Theater, 1550 N. High St., at South Campus Gateway