The Baton Rouge Jewish Festival will present six films Wednesday through Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Manship Theatre. Offering feature-length films and documentaries, the ninth annual festival will highlight issues, traditions, challenges and characters. The festival will also feature special guests.
7 p.m. Wednesday
THE STURGEON QUEENS — Four generations of a Jewish family have operated Russ and Daughters. Founded by immigrants, the lox and herring emporium on New York City’s Lower East Side continues to thrive.
“The Sturgeon Queens,” an award-winning documentary produced to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Russ and Daughters, features interviews with two of the original daughters, ages 100 and 92, for whom the store was named. The store’s famous fans, including Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, New Yorker writer Calvin Trillin and “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, also express their appreciation for Russ and Daughters.
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15
THE LADY IN NUMBER 6 — A 2014 Oscar winner for best documentary short subject, “The Lady in Number 6” features the late Alice Herz Sommer. At 109, she was the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor and pianist. Sommer shares her thoughts about achieving a long and happy life and the importance of music, laughter and optimism.
HITLER’S CHILDREN — A documentary about the ways family members of high-ranking Nazi officers deal with the guilt and burden involved in bearing terror-inducing surnames. Director Chanoch Ze’evi, a descendent of Holocaust survivors, interviews descendents of Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler and Rudolf Hoess.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17
THE WONDERS — A feature film that blends comedy and drama, “The Wonders” follows a slacker private eye and femme fatale who work together to rescue a kidnapped holy man. Mixing elements of “Chinatown” and “Alice in Wonderland,” the film also parallels the reality of messianic cults and their misled followers.
1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18
QUALITY BALLS — A documentary about David Steinberg, a famous stand-up comic in the 1960s who later directed popular situation comedies, including “Seinfeld,” “Mad About You,” “Golden Girls” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Norm Macdonald, Jeff Garlin and others discusses Steinberg’s major place in American entertainment.
UNDER THE SUN — A set-in-the-future feature film, “Under the Sun” is about two businessmen, one Israeli, one Palestinian, who struggle to forge a business relationship. Their efforts lead to surprising results.