Snow in August (2001 TV Movie)
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The alliance of the Irish, fatherless boy and the Rabbi is something that we should look to in a world where alliances are becoming more important. In a world where diversity should be celebrated and seen as an opportunity to learn and grow, while still maintaining identity, this would serve as a good movie for students and young people to see. To realize that there are wonderful things to learn, adopt, practice from all great faiths and cultures. Rather than condemning them for these histories or practices.
Also, who were they targeting with this movie? Too violent for young children, too much fantasy for adults.
Also, parts of the portrayal of relious Judiasm were very accurate (saying that light would be nice, rather then asking directly to transgress the sabbath) while others were completely innaccurate such as eating cake on the same dishes that pork may have been on in the last meal (Rabbis visit after the hospital in the kid/mom's apartment.)
The boy corrects the rabbi's English while the rabbi teaches him Yiddish. Before long the Irisher is spouting Yiddish and getting a bargain suit in a Jewish clothing store. He's also an altar boy and subject to the anti-Semitic caricatures of his Catholic classmates. They wanted him to check out the rabbi to see if he had any treasures. The 'treasures' turned out to be books, not gold and so we get the strong hint that Jews are The People of the Book.
It's all so hackneyed, I didn't stay to see the Golem (earth god) take revenge on the rotten gang who seem to feel free to beat up people with impunity. The plot is so unrealistic, you just can't give it any credence.