The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, which fills February with otherwise unseen cinema, has cloned itself. Now we’re getting FallFlicks, a mini-fest of three documentaries on Sundays in November.
It begins Sunday with “The Sturgeon Queens” at Ballantyne Village Cinemas. Brunch begins at 11 a.m.; Gene and Ali Kavadlo and Alan Kaufman of Viva Klezmer! will play while people nosh. The film follows at 12:15. It’s about Russ & Daughters, the famed Lower East Side smoked fish emporium, and the Jewish immigrant family that has run it for 100 years. (Prominent customers on camera include Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actor Maggie Gyllenhaal, chef Mario Batali and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer.)
“Numbers” follows Nov. 9 at 4 p.m. at Sam Lerner Center at the Levine Jewish Community Center on Providence Road. An estimated 400,000 numbers were tattooed on Jewish arms in Auschwitz and its sub-camps during World War II; several thousand survivors are still alive, and this tells their stories. A post-film discussion follows.
The series concludes Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at Sam Lerner Center with “Brave Miss World,” which was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award for exceptional documentary filmmaking. At 18, Linor Abargil was abducted, stabbed and raped in Milan; six weeks later, she won the Miss World competition. She later became an activist and crusader who helped others break their silence and fight for justice. A panel discussion follows with Rabbi Jonathan Freirich of Temple Beth El, Marsha Stickler of Shalom Bayit, Caroline Biber of Jewish Family Services, Pat Kelly of Victim Assistance (a division of Safe Alliance) and Melissa Siegel Barrios of the Women’s Commission.