Films Playing at the Michigan Theater

Seat capacity: Main Auditorium (1610); Screening room (200)
Each theater is equipped with wheelchair accessible seating options.
Assisted Listening Devices are available for hearing-impaired patrons. Please inquire at the Guest Services Desk

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93Queen

93Queen

Set in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn, 93QUEEN follows a group of tenacious Hasidic women who are smashing the patriarchy in their community by creating the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps in New York City. With unprecedented—and insider—access, 93QUEEN offers up a unique portrayal of a group of empowered women who are taking matters into their own hands to change their own community from within.

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An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy

An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy is a film about injustice, redemption, and a burning desire for all people to be treated equally. A son of immigrants and forced into a U.S. World War II concentration camp as a child, NORMAN MINETA became the first Asian American mayor of a major city (San Jose, California); leading to a distinguished 20-year career in Congress; the first Asian American Cabinet member, serving two U.S. Presidents, a Democrat and Republican. He never forgot his roots or the shame and humiliation he and his fami

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Budapest Noir

Budapest Noir

A Jewish Film Festival selection.
A beautiful girl is found dead in Budapest 1936 and no one wants to investigate — except Zsigmond Gordon, a world-weary reporter who asks unwanted questions about the seemingly unimportant murder of a young prostitute found beaten to death and dumped in a courtyard. While supposedly covering the funeral of Fascist-leaning Hungarian Prime Minister, Gyula Gombos, Gordon’s investigation leads him deep into the city’s dark underbelly, a shady world of pornographers, fixers, boxing rings, seedy

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Framing John DeLorean

Framing John DeLorean

Money, power, politics, drugs, scandal, and fast cars. The incredible story of John DeLorean is the stuff of a Hollywood screenwriter’s dreams. But who was the real John DeLorean? To some, he was a renegade visionary who revolutionized the automobile industry. To others, he was the ultimate con man. For the first time, Framing John DeLorean recounts the extraordinary life and legend of the controversial automaker, tracing his meteoric rise through the ranks of General Motors, his obsessive quest to build a sports car that would conquer the

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Jewish Shorts Program

Jewish Shorts Program

A Jewish Film Festival selection.
A festival favorite returns. A variety of short films will be shown on a variety of subjects, back-to-back for the duration.

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Kinshasa Makambo

Kinshasa Makambo

In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time. This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted b

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Midnight In Paris

Midnight In Paris

Midnight in Paris follows a small group of Flint, Michigan, teenagers in the lead-up to their Senior Prom – an event that has transcended the typical black-tie affair and become a rare communal opportunity to celebrate the achievements of its youth. The film looks at the significance of the dance in the lives of the children of Flint, the preparation and effort involved in participating, and the precarious juncture between expectation and reality.

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Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool

Miles Davis: Horn player, bandleader, innovator. Elegant, intellectual, vain. Callous, conflicted, controversial. Magnificent, mercurial. Genius. The very embodiment of cool. The man with a sound so beautiful it could break your heart. The central theme of Miles Davis’s life was his restless determination to break boundaries and live life on his own terms. It made him a star—it also made him incredibly difficult to live with, for the people who loved him most. Again and again, in music and in life, Miles broke with convention—and w

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Mr. Jimmy

Mr. Jimmy

In snowbound Tokamachi, Japan, teenaged Akio Sakurai took refuge in his room, escaping to another world with a pair of headphones and a pile of Led Zeppelin records. Moving to Tokyo, Akio worked as a kimono salesman by day, but by night became “Mr. Jimmy,” adopting the guitar chops and persona of Jimmy Page. For 35 years, Akio recreated vintage Zeppelin concerts note-for-note in small Tokyo clubs, until the “real” Jimmy Page stopped by one night, and Akio’s life changed forever. Inspired by Mr. Page’s ovation, Akio quits

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Remember Baghdad

Remember Baghdad

This is the untold story of Iraq, an unmissable insight into how the country developed through the eyes of the Jews, Iraq’s first wave of refugees. From picnics on the Tigris and royal balls, to hangings and imprisonment, moving individual stories testify to the consequences of the monarchy imposed by the British, Nazi influence, and the creation of Israel. After 2,600 years living peacefully in the area, in one generation, the community vanishes. Using vivid testimony, home movies and news archive, we follow the lives of four families try

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Seattle Children’s Film Festival Animation

Seattle Children’s Film Festival Animation

PROGRAM #1: THROUGH THE RAINBOW – Dive into vibrant colors with this timeless collection of prizewinning and audience-favorite animated films from Children’s Film Festival Seattle. These short films tell big stories and will take you on a trip around the world with stop-motion, hand-drawn, and other amazing animation techniques. During the program, you’ll see stories about animal friends, overcoming challenges, deep family love, and learning how to be the best you can be. The program is suitable for all ages.

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Secretopia

Secretopia

Secretopia is where we host a special screening of a mystery Cinetopia film: it could be a festival favorite, a film that isn’t playing anywhere else, or a sneak preview of an upcoming blockbuster. The catch is, you won’t know until it starts!

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Shoelaces (Srohim)

Shoelaces (Srohim)

A Jewish Film Festival selection.
Enter the complicated relationship between an aging father and his special-needs son, whom he abandoned while he was still a young boy. Reuben’s (60) kidneys are failing and his son Gadi (35), wants to donate one of his own kidney’s to help save his father’s life. However, the transplant committee objects to the procedure claiming that Rueben, acting as Gadi’s sole legal guardian, does not have the right to authorize such an invasive procedure. Gadi, who recently lost his mother, is afrai

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The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz)

The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz)

A Jewish Film Festival selection.
The digital restoration of this lost gem from the silent era features with an original live score by the extraordinary violinist Alicia Svigals (who accompanied The Yellow Ticket at the Michigan Theater in 2018) and acclaimed pianist Donald Sosin! In a shtetl in Galicia, the son of a rabbi gets a bug for acting and is swept into a glamorous lifestyle, much to the chagrin of his very traditional father. The son becomes the object of a Viennese arch duchess’s affections, and, with a

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The Last Suit (El último traje)

The Last Suit (El último traje)

At 88, Abraham Bursztein (Miguel Ángel Solá) is seeing his place in the world rapidly disappear. His kids have sold his Buenos Aires residence, set him up to move to a retirement home, and disagree on how to handle his fading health. But Abraham survived the Holocaust, made a successful life in a foreign land, and isn’t about to quietly fade away. Instead, he plots a secret one-way trip to Poland, where he plans to find the Christian friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II, and to keep his promise to return one

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The Legacies Project

The Legacies Project

FREE SCREENING. Everyone, regardless of their background, has a story worth sharing. But as community elders pass away, their individual experiences and perspectives pass with them. The goal of The Legacies Project is to preserve older generations’ stories and, in the process, remind ourselves that our seniors are cherished sources of cultural wisdom and first-hand witnesses to history. Through a constantly-expanding, publicly-accessible online video archive, The Legacies Project provides an engaging way to teach and learn history. Stories

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The Samuel Project

The Samuel Project

A Jewish Film Festival selection.
The comedic drama The Samuel Project is about a teenager (Ryan Ochoa) who gets to know his grandfather Samuel (Hal Linden) for the first time when he makes him the subject of a senior year animated art project. With dreams of becoming a professional artist, the teen discovers that his grandpa, a Jewish dry cleaner, was heroically saved from Nazi capture in Germany by a young woman when he was a boy. After hesitating, Samuel agrees to tell his story for the project—a story he hasn’t told in ov

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The Unorthodox

The Unorthodox

Tired of being pushed around, a disenfranchised Sephardic father launches an improvised campaign to establish influence in 1980s Israeli society, in this lively, crowd-pleaser. A Jerusalem widower with no money or connections, everyman Yaakov Cohen (Shuli Rand) is incited to act when his daughter is expelled from a prestigious religious school just for her ethnicity. Fueled by only willpower and a raging sense of inequity, Yaakov and his friends unite to form the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party. A nascent challenge to the ruling Ashkenazi establis

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Welcome to Commie High

Welcome to Commie High

During the late 1960s, a wave of experimental public schools based on humanistic and anti-establishment ideas, began spreading across the United States. Community High School, situated in downtown Ann Arbor, MI and considered a “school without walls” by its founders, was challenged from its opening day in 1972. Maligned with a bad reputation, threatened regularly with closures, it was called “Commie High” by some that questioned its merits (and proudly by many within its culture). Fast forward twenty years later, Comm

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Why The Jews?

Why The Jews?

A Jewish Film Festival selection.
The stunning accomplishments of the Jews raise a question no film has dared ask before. How do they do it? Some of the world’s most prominent thinkers tackle a mystery shrouded in ignorance and prejudice. They tear back the curtain on a taboo and draw a startling link between a people’s achievements and the darkest hours in its history.

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