Facilitator: Liam Romalis, Producer
Set almost entirely in a Chinese restaurant, this film is an offbeat, irreverent musical documentary that tells the story of a group of Jewish songwriters, including Irving Berlin, Mel Tormé, Jay Livingston, Ray Evans, Gloria Shayne Baker and Johnny Marks, who wrote the soundtrack to Christianity’s most musical holiday. It’s an amazing tale of immigrant outsiders who became irreplaceable players in pop culture’s mainstream - a generation of songwriters who found in Christmas the perfect holiday in which to imagine a better world, and for at least one day a year, make us believe in it.
Enjoy a brief short before the main feature.
Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion
Award winning short film about a 7 year old growing up in 1970’s Ireland who can’t wait to make her Holy Communion – but she’s the wrong religion! ‘Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion’ is a heart-warming tale about a little girl, and the lengths she’s prepared to go to, to be just like all the other little girls. This film explores a rarely glimpsed Ireland, as seen through the eyes of a middle class Dublin Jewish girl. An Irish/Jewish film with an international feel, the beauty of this story lies in its simplicity, humor, and the universal desire to fit in.