Film Festival

The Catskills

Dates : May 11, 2024 — May 12, 2024

A humorous and nostalgic tribute to what became affectionately known as the Borscht Belt, this delightful film tracks the dramatic influx, peak, and decline of “the Jewish Alps.” Stand-up comedians share their best shtick while former waiters, entertainers, and dance instructors recount tales of the family-run resorts and bungalows that inspired films like “Dirty Dancing.”

Overview

A humorous and nostalgic tribute to what became affectionately known as the Borscht Belt, this delightful film tracks the dramatic influx, peak, and decline of “the Jewish Alps.” Stand-up comedians share their best shtick while former waiters, entertainers, and dance instructors recount tales of the family-run resorts and bungalows that inspired films like “Dirty Dancing.” Featuring home movies, publicity photos, postcards, and menus, this time capsule provides an overview of Jewish immigration to New York going back to the early twentieth century. From lox to herring, this celebration of Jewish-American life is all you can eat.

May 12 screening followed by a meet and greet with Director Lex Gillespie in the EDCJCC Library.

  • Dir. Lex Gillespie | 85 min
  • Documentary | United States | 2024
  • English

Schedule

Saturday, May 11, 2024

6:00 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
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Sunday, May 12, 2024

4:00 PM Cafritz Hall
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