TJFF Film Screening: The Red Scarf

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The Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies is excited to announce our co-presentation of the following films at the 2021 Toronto Jewish Film Festival:

Title: The Red Scarf

Director: Peter Mostovoy

Dates: Sunday June 13 - Monday June 14 (Q&A: TBA)

Description: The captivating story of Peter Mostovoy, a Russian Jewish filmmaker working during the height and collapse of the Soviet Union. In this autobiographical documentary, Mostovoy takes us on a journey from his impoverished childhood to award-winning filmmaker. Naively believing that his art could be free from demands of the regime, Mostovoy nevertheless became entangled in the absurdity of Soviet-era politics as an “untrustworthy” Jew. The Red Scarf is a smart blend of animation, archival footage—including clips of Mostovoy’s films—and a healthy dose of humour.


**Q&A will feature CJS’s Anna Shternshis


Title: The Adventures of Saul Bellow
Director: Asaf Gallay

Date: Wednesday June 9 - Thursday June 10 (Q&A: June 13th at 12pm)

Description: Director Asaf Galay (The Muses of Bashevis Singer) delivers the first documentary about author Saul Bellow, one of the most acclaimed chroniclers of post-war American Jewish life. Galay intelligently weaves a chronological study of Bellow’s oeuvre with an intimate portrait of the writer’s inner life and relationships. According to Philip Roth, one of the many people interviewed, what was liberating about Bellow’s fiction compared to other Jewish writers was that he just presented Jews as they were rather than trying to honour or defend them. Similar insights by writers such as Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis make this compulsory viewing for Bellow fans.




**All film will only be screened online and can be viewed on a variety of platforms (more information here). More information about ticket purchase can be found here. We are pleased to offer the CJS community a discount code worth 25% off by using the code CJS@TJFF at the checkout. The full festival film lineup can be found here.