Virtual Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival

Friday, Apr 2, 2021

Boca Raton, FL 33427

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Stray Eagles

On 9 April 1928 scouting was declared suppressed by the Council of Ministers. But a group of guys said no ...

They were called stray eagles. Boys from the Milan and Monza scout group continued to carry out scouting activities in hiding.

Using coded and encrypted messages to avoid being discovered, those boys continued to find each other, using the Val Codera (province of Sondrio), for clandestine activities, summer camps, evening fires. They were led by Andrea Ghetti, of the Milano 11 group, called Baden, and Giulio Cesare Uccellini, head of Milano 2, who will take the name of Kelly, and who also had the nickname of Bad Boy, given to him by JS Wilson, at the time director of the World Scouting Bureau. Fascism did not ignore them: Kelly was beaten to death by a squadron, one autumn night, and lost his hearing in one ear.

But this was not enough to stop the Eagles. Milan is under the control of the Germans and the Republic of Salo member. It is necessary to start taking action, starting with the rescue of a Jewish child, Gabriele, whose escape is organized with the help of Don Giovanni inside the hospital in Milan. After September 8, 1943, together with Don Giovanni Barbareschi and other Milanese parish priests, they gave life to the OSCAR (Organization Scout Placement Assistance Researchers) which engaged in a work of rescue of persecuted and wanted people of different nation, race, religion , with expatriation to Switzerland through the woods and mountains that no one knew better than them. Their service ended by protecting the life, after the war, of the persecutors of yesterday, saving Nazi hierarchs along those same paths who were handed over to the Swiss authorities to have a fair trial, from the justice of men. It is their story that we want to tell. A story of courage, fear, fidelity and rebellion. Because you can change the world.

Cost: $12


Michael (John Benjamin Hickey), a New York Times travel writer visiting Tel Aviv to research his latest article, get some space from his relationship, and recharge his batteries amid the thriving gay scene. Intending to sublet an apartment in Israel’s most populous city, he spontaneously agrees to share the modest one-bedroom space when it becomes clear that handsome tenant Tomer (Niv Nissim) has nowhere else to go. The age gap between the reserved Michael and the free-spirited Tomer lends the film a subtle humor and charm that grows as the pair get to know one another. As Michael shares his wisdom and soaks up the youthful energy that surrounds them, his guard begins to drop and he finds the inspiration to embrace his life again.

Cost: $12

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