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Four selections to consider at this year’s Las Vegas Jewish Film Festival

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Son of Saul(January 9, 7 p.m., Brenden Theatres at the Palms) Short-listed for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and winner of awards at multiple film festivals, this Hungarian drama takes a harrowing look at a Sonderkommando, a Jew forced to help Nazis dispose of the bodies of other Jews during the Holocaust.

Semicolon; The Adventures of Ostomy Girl (January 17, 1 p.m., Adelson Educational Campus) This documentary follows Dana Marshall-Bernstein, daughter of local attorney and media personality Ed Bernstein, in her struggles with Crohn’s disease, which she faces with humor and charm. Director Robin Greenspun and producer Cari Marshall (Dana’s mother) will be in attendance.

Dough (January 21, 7 p.m., Century South Point) Billed as the most popular film at Jewish film festivals in the past year, this British comedy stars Jonathan Pryce as a Jewish baker whose struggling business takes off when his Muslim apprentice accidentally adds cannabis to the dough.

Rosenwald (January 24, 1 p.m., Adelson Educational Campus) Director Aviva Kempner will moderate a screening of her documentary about Sears co-owner and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, who helped build thousands of schools for African-Americans in the South in the early 1900s.

LAS VEGAS JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL January 9-24, days and times vary, $10 per screening. Adelson Educational Campus & other locations, lvjff.org.

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