When: Wed., June 8, 8 p.m. 2016
The St. Louis Jewish Film Festival presents an artistically inclined double bill at 8 p.m. at the Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema (1701 South Lindbergh Boulevard, Frontenac; www.stljewishfilmfestival.org). First up is Hal Rikin's Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin, a documentary about the Jewish-Indian artist. Benjamin's work is inspired by the melange of religions that formed the backdrop of her early life. She was raised in Mumbai and surrounded by Hindus, Christians and Muslims, and her first teachers were Zoroastrians and Catholic nuns. Yari and Cary Wolinsky's film Raise the Roof documents the reconstruction of the painted roof of the Gwozdziec synagogue, which was destroyed by the Nazis. Eighteenth-century Polish synagogues had fantastic murals covering the ceilings. Can 300 artisans and numerous student volunteers recreate something beautiful destroyed by hatred? Tickets for the films are $8 to $12.