14th Annual Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival  March 28 – April 8, 2019

Retrospective Screening

My Mexican Shivah

Saturday, March 17, 8:00 PM
Pothole Pictures, Memorial Hall, Shelburne Falls

The passing of a Mexican Jew whose appetite for life was stronger than his spiritual discipline makes for a difficult set of funeral arrangements in this comedy from filmmaker Alejandro Springall. Moishe (Sergio Klainer) was a happy-go-lucky guy living in Mexico City's Jewish quarter until the day he died – appropriately enough while dancing at a party for a local Hebrew theater troupe. In this charming dysfunctional family drama, the comically unraveling shivah (weeklong period of mourning) serves to account for the life of the deceased, and bring those left behind to account for themselves.

Live music at 7:30 PM with The Wholesale Klezmer Band. Q&A with Ilan Stavans, Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, and consultant to the film

Comedy | 2007 | 98 minutes
usa & Mexico | English, Yiddish and Spanish with subtitles 
Directed by Alejandro Springall



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