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March 31, 2006|By CHRIS KALTENBACH | CHRIS KALTENBACH,SUN MOVIE CRITIC

JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL -- The 18th annual Baltimore Jewish Film Festival continues this week with four screenings. Isn't This a Time, Jim Brown's chronicle of a concert tribute to manager and promoter Harold Leventhal, featuring such legends of American folk music as The Weavers, Arlo Guthrie and Peter, Paul and Mary, will be shown at 8:15 p.m. tomorrow. Artist and producer Jay Wolf Schlossberg-Cohen will serve as host. Live and Become, director Radu Mihaileanu's story of an Ethiopian boy raised Jewish, struggling to make a life for himself with a liberal Israeli family after his adoptive mother dies, will be shown at 3 p.m. Sunday. On Tuesday, Perlasca, a look at an Italian businessman who, by posing as the Spanish consul in Budapest during World War II, managed to rescue more than 5,000 Jews, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. And, Thursday, Little Jerusalem, a drama about Orthodox Jewish sisters with very different approaches to life, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. All screenings are held at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. in Owings Mills. The festival continues through April 25. Information: visit baltimorejff.com or call 410-542-4900, ext. 239.

THE END OF OZUFEST --The Charles Theatre's obsession with all things Ozu enters the home stretch with the presentation of director Yasujiro Ozu's final film, 1962's An Autumn Afternoon (Sanma no aji), the story of a widower trying to marry off his 24-year-old daughter. The film will be shown at noon tomorrow, with encore showings set for 7 p.m. Monday and 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $6 tomorrow, $8 other days. (This was supposed to be the final film of the Ozu series, but The Charles has scheduled makeup showings of Early Spring for April 8, 10 and 13.) Information: 410-727-FILM or thecharles.com.

EARLY OZ --His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz, a 1914 film produced by Oz creator L. Frank Baum, will be presented tonight at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., with musical accompaniment (using a mix of live and recorded sound) and live narration by Joe Wall. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for CA members. Information: creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.

U.N. DOCUMENTARIES --Documentaries produced by the United Nations will be shown all day today at the Catonsville campus of the Community College of Baltimore County, 800 S. Rolling Road, as part of the 32nd annual conference of the Eastern Community College Social Science Association. The theme of this year's conference is "Global Issues: The Challenge of Building a World Community." Admission is free. Information: eccssa.org.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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