Jewish Family Film Festival planned for Feb. 9-10

‘An American Tail’

On Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10, the Jewish Family Film Festival will take place at the Jewish Community Center’s Arts & Education Building, 2 Millstone Campus Drive in Creve Coeur. There will be three films, one for each age grouping and their families: pre-school, elementary, as well as a film for middle and high school students.

Chair Gabriela Longman and a committee of parents selected the films for this year’s festival, which include: 

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• “Live & Become” will screen at the Jewish Federation Kopolow Building, 12 Millstone Campus Drive, at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 for middle and high school students. The film is an epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a refugee camp to Israel during Operation Moses. He has two secrets: He is neither an orphan nor a Jew — just an African boy who survived and wants somehow to return home.

•  “An American Tail”: The classic animated film chronicles the journey of Fievel, a courageous little mouse, who braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in America. Screens at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the JCC. 

• “Inside Hana’s Suitcase” is an inspirational documentary following the detective story of a group of school children and their teacher from Japan who track down the owner of a battered suitcase from the Holocaust Museum in Japan to find the details of Hana’s life — which leads to the discovery of her brother George in Canada. The film, which is suited for grades four and up, will screen at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at the JCC.

All films are $7 for individual parents and children and $20 for a family of four. Tickets may be purchased through or by calling 314-442-3179.