Located inside the Berkshire Museum, the Little Cinema has been presenting the best in independent and foreign films for over 60 years.

TICKETS
$7.50 General Admission | $5.00 Museum Members

(unless otherwise noted)
To order tickets in advance, call 413.443.7171 x 361.

  

A BORROWED IDENTITY

Friday, August 28, 7:30pm
Saturday, August 29, 10am
(*infant-friendly screening*) & 7:30pm
Sunday, August 30, 7:30pm
Monday, August 31, 1:30 & 7:30pm

In this adaptation of the autobiographical writings of Arab-Israeli author and journalist Sayed Kashua, gifted Eyad, a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan, a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna. After falling in love with Naomi, a Jewish girl, he leaves school when their relationship is uncovered, and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever. | Not Rated | Run time 1hr 45min | In Arabic, Hebrew, English, and German with English Subtitles

Please note: Our Saturday 10am screening is infant-friendly, meaning that if there are audience members with infants, we’ll keep the lights a bit higher and the sound a bit lower, and caretakers with babies 12 months and under will be able to move about the aisles as needed. We’re pleased to welcome the next generation of film lovers!

“Sublime literary pacing… impressive acting” – The New York Times
“Movingly explored… a sharply mounted drama about a young Arab
who finds reasons to ‘pass’ as Jewish.” – RogerEbert.com
“A soft-seeming film about a hard-edged, difficult subject, an Israeli film
that offers a picture from life’s other side.” – Los Angeles Times

STATELESS

Sunday, August 30, 2:00pm

Stateless is a poignant documentary that tells the story of thousands of Soviet Jews who left the former Soviet Union only to find themselves stranded in Italy for months until finally allowed entry into the U.S.A. In the late 1980s, with the onset of perestroika, the end of the Cold War, Russia is on the brink of collapse. This poignant documentary tells the story of thousands of Soviet Jews who were finally able to escape the oppressive, anti-Semitic Soviet Union, only to find themselves stranded in Italy due to sudden changes in American immigration policy. This vivid documentary captures a unique slice of history from the perspectives of the émigrés as well as expert accounts from the influential Jewish leaders involved in the immigration process which resettled refuges into communities across North America, including the Berkshires. | Not Rated | Run time 86min

Free with $5 Suggested Donation

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with panelists Naomi Schwartz, Margie Metzger, Alla Zernitskaya, and moderator Albert Stern, Editor of the Berkshire Jewish Voice. Alla and her family were resettled in the Berkshires under the invitation and sponsorship of the Jewish Federation in 1990. They emigrated through Italy and shared the experience of being denied entrance to the USA, running out of money, and doing anything they could to survive while living “Stateless” as described in the film. Naomi Schwartz and Margie Metzger were both community volunteer organizers who led the Berkshires’ Jewish community in its effort to relocate over 160 Soviet Jews who fled anti-semitism and persecution in the former Soviet Union.

Sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires in collaboration with the Berkshire Immigrant Center

 

COMING SOON



 

STEVE JOBS: THE MAN IN THE MACHINE

September 4-6, 7:30pm
September 7, 1:30 & 7:30pm


In his signature black turtleneck and blue jeans, shrouded in shadows below a milky apple, Steve Jobs’ image was ubiquitous. But who was the man on the stage? What accounted for the grief of so many across the world when he died? From Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney comes a critical examination of Jobs, who was at once revered as an iconoclastic genius, and a barbed-tongued tyrant. A candid look at Jobs’ legacy featuring interviews with a handful of those close to him at different stages in his life, the film is evocative and nuanced in capturing the essence of the Apple legend. Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine unravels the larger than life myth he so deliberately crafted and examines the endurance of his values which shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day. Director Alex Gibney has been called “the most important documentarian of our time” by Esquire Magazine and “one of America’s most successful and prolific documentary filmmakers” by The New York Times. | Not Rated | Run time 2hrs

“Alex Gibney portrays Steve Jobs as a modern-day Citizen Kane, a man with dazzling talent and monomaniacal focus, but utterly lacking in empathy.” – The Guardian
“An unforgiving look at tech’s most complicated man – The Verge
“Insightful” – IndieWIRE

 

LISTEN TO ME MARLON

September 11, 4:00 & 7pm
September 12, 7pm
September 13, 7pm
September 14, 1:30 & 7
pm


With exclusive access to a personal archive of hundreds of hours of audio recorded by Marlon Brando over the course of fifty years, this is the definitive Marlon Brando cinema documentary. Charting his exceptional career as an actor and extraordinary life away from the stage and screen, the film explores the complexities of the man by telling the story uniquely from Brando’s perspective. | Not Rated | Run time 1hr 42min

“Gets under the skin of the most mysterious performer of the 20th century and forces us to recalibrate all our feelings about him…. It’s as if [director Stevan] Riley has ushered us into the darkened chamber of the actor’s memories, where Brando himself can whisper in our ear.” – The Boston Globe
“An intimate, first person account… a superbly crafted collage whose soundtrack is as complexly textured as the curation and editing of visual elements” – Variety