Jewish Film Festival

The spy behind home plate with discussion led by

Film Director Aviva Kempner will be on Sunday, October 25, 7:30 PM  

Household Ticket:  $22, $11 JCC Members (2 or more people) 

Individual Ticket:  $12, $6 JCC Member  (for one person) 

USA, 2019, 101 min., English

In this, first-ever feature length documentary, award-winning filmmaker Aviva Kempner hits another home run by focusing her camera on enigmatic Morris “Moe” Berg. The film follows Berg’s journey from the streets of Newark to five major league teams, including five years with the Red Sox during baseball’s golden age, to his secret life spying for the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) during WWII. Berg’s extraordinary story is told with rare historical footage and revealing interviews with family and an all-star roster from the worlds of history, sports and espionage.

Aviva Kempner is a child of Holocaust survivor Helen Ciesla and Harold Kempner, a U.S. Army officer. She was born in Germany after World War II. Her family history inspired her to produce her first documentary, “Partisans of Vilna “(1986), focusing on a story of Jewish resistance to the Nazis. Since then, Kempner has gone on to write, direct and produce more films about under-knownJewish heroes: “The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg”, “Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg”, “Rosenwald”, and collaborated on other films. She regularly writes film criticism and articles for numerous publications, including the Boston Globe, Moment, The Forward, The Washington Post, and Washington Jewish Week. Kempner is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the D.C. Mayor’s Art Award, WIFV (Women in Film & Video), Women of Vision Award, and a Media Arts Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture.



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The link for the film will be available 48 before the film discussion. 

The links for the film and the discussion will be sent a few days prior to the discussion. discussion. 


Price per film: 

Household Ticket:  $22, $11 JCC Members (2 or more people) 

Individual Ticket:  $12, $6 JCC Member  (for one person) 

After you register, links will be emailed to you, closer to the day of the showing.  If you didn't get the links by the screening day,  and the links are not in your spam box, please let us know.  

This program is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northeastern NY, and it was made possible through the generous support of the Epstein Jewish Cultural Fund, Meyer and Mary Kurland/Gebell Fund, Jonas and Edith Fleminberg Jewish Cultural Fund.




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