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‘Dough’ film, desserts featured at Shaara Tfille on July 14 as part of Jewish Cultural Festival

Jonathan Pryce, as an old Jewish baker in London and his Muslim apprentice played by Jerome Holder work together to make challah in this scene from the movie “Dough.”

SARATOGA SPRINGS–Congregation Shaara Tfille/The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs will present the British dramedy “Dough” on Sunday, July 14, at 7 p.m. at the synagogue, 84 Weibel Ave., Saratoga Spring. The screening is part of the 2019 Saratoga Jewish Cultural Festival.  A dessert reception prepared by sisterhood bakers will follow the film.

Tony Award, film, stage and television actor Jonathan Pryce stars as curmudgeonly widower Nat Dayan who despite a faltering business tries to cling to his way of life as a kosher bakery owner.  Understaffed, he reluctantly enlists the help from a teenage refugee from Darfur. Ayyash, played by Jerome Holder, has a secret side gig selling marijuana to help his immigrant mother make ends meet. When Ayyash accidentally drops his stash into the mixing dough… things get complicated.

Director John Goldschmidt states, “Some of the most innovative and successful independent films have been comedies with contemporary social themes. I was looking for such a story when I met the screenwriter Jez Freedman. What I liked was the ‘buddy movie’ concept.  Two guys as different as can be, divided by race, religion, and age. Both are prejudiced about the other but need each other to survive. This is a universal story, which will be understood everywhere. Tensions between Muslims and Jews continue to increase worldwide and the best way to challenge prejudice is through comedy.” The story is set in a multi-cultural part of London and is a film of contrasts.”

The cost is $5 per person and free for students with ID.  Reservations may be obtained at 518-584-2370 or saratogajcc@albany.twcbc.com.

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