Welcome to the 14th Annual Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival!
Yes, the rumors that Spielberg will be in attendance at our festival on Opening Night are true….. not Steven, but rather his younger and equally-talented sister, Nancy! She’ll be here with her stirring new film Above and Beyond, the remarkable story of the “Machalniks” – volunteers from abroad – who fought as pilots in Israel’s War of Independence. We’re delighted to have Calgary Jewish Federation join us as co-sponsors of this not-to-be-missed evening, during which we’ll also be paying tribute to our own Calgary Machalniks.
Calgary Jewish Federation will also be joining us as co-sponsors of the screening of the inspiring, Emmy-nominated film 50 Children, as part of the CJF’s community-wide Kristallnacht commemoration.
JNF Future and the Calgary Young Leadership Division will both join us in co-presenting the award-winning films Magic Men and Bethlehem, and we’re thrilled to have these young, up-and-coming leaders of our community participate in the festival.
We feel honored by The Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta’s choice of our film festival, once again, as the venue for their annual Jay Joffe Memorial Program. JHSSA will be co-sponsoring the screening of American Jerusalem: Jews and the Making of San Francisco.
In addition to the artwork of Lily Rosenberg, Bezalel, a group of local Jewish artists, will also have their art on display throughout the festival. The JCC’s Jewish Book Fair will be there with a selection of books, and Milt Fischbein will also be on hand during the festival with his handcrafted filigree and forged jewellery collections.
As always, we would like to express our deepest thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom this festival would not be possible. It is their generosity, community-mindedness and commitment to Jewish culture that enables us to offer this event to the community.
Among our sponsors this year, I’d like to make special mention of Nefesh B’Nefesh and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, who have jointly awarded our festival with a very generous and substantial grant for which we are extremely grateful.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my hard-working committee for all of the time and effort that they have put into planning this year’s festival.
We hope that you’ll enjoy the festival, and that this year’s exciting line-up of outstanding films will move and inspire you, entertain and delight you, enlighten and challenge you!
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