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Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo Film Series: "Havana Curveball"

  • 14 Mar 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • online


The Walnut Street Synagogue in partnership with Women in Film & Video New England and the Boston Latino International Film Festival are proud to present “Tikkun Olam/Sanar el Mundo,” a film series & panel discussion virtual event.

This film series focuses on and celebrates how an act of healing, no matter how small, contributes to Tikkun Olam-Sanar el Mundo, healing and repairing the world. Immediately following the screenings there will be a roundtable discussion with the filmmakers.

The films and roundtable discussions with the filmmakers are free to attendees. The films are available in both English and Spanish (captions).

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Sunday, March 14 at 4:00pm


Havana Curveball

produced and directed bu Marcia Jarmel & Ken Schneider

Watch the Trailer

13-year-old Mica takes to heart his Rabbi's dictate to help “heal the world,” and launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba, a country with a mysterious pull. He knows only that Cubans have few resources, love baseball, and that they saved his grandpa's life during the Holocaust.


Panel discussion

At 5:00pm, following the film, there will be a discussion with Marcia Jarmel and featuring Chelsea City Councilor Melinda Vega, and COO of La Colabrotiva Dinanyili Paulino. The panel will be moderated by Ariana Cohen, Executive Director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival.


MARCIA JARMEL founded PatchWorks with Ken Schneider in 1994. Marcia’s other films include Collateral Damage, a mother’s lament about the human costs of war that screened worldwide in theatres, museums, festivals and schools as part of Underground Zero: Filmmakers Respond to 9/11. Return of Sarah’s Daughters examines the allure of Orthodox Judaism to secular young women. The hour-long documentary won a CINE Golden Eagle, National Educational Media Network Gold Apple, and 1st Place in the Jewish Video Competition. It screened on international public television, and at the American Cinematheque, International Documentary Film Festival, Women in the Director’s Chair, Cinequest and numerous other film festivals. Her first film, The F Word: A short video about Feminism uses whimsical animation and interviews to foster discussion on this still contentious topic. Still in distribution after 20 years,The F Word screened on KQED’s Living Room Festival, AFI’s VideoFest, and the Judy Chicago film series at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Marcia’s additional credits include producing and directing films for the San Francisco World Music Festival, co-editing the Academy-award nominee, For Better or For Worse, and assistant producing the Academy Award nominees, Berkeley in the Sixties and Freedom on My Mind.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Chelsea Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.



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