Welcome to the 13thAnnual Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival – our Bar Mitzvah year! We’re proud, once again, to bring you an exciting line-up of outstanding films - from delightful comedies and edge-of-your-seat thrillers to stirring dramas and thought-provoking documentaries – that explore and illuminate the Jewish experience in all its richness and diversity.
We are extremely pleased to have Calgary Jewish Federation join us as co-sponsors of the screening of the film No Place on Earth, as part of the CJF’s community-wide Kristallnacht commemoration. And CJF’s Task Force on Inclusion of Jewish People with Disabilities will be co-sponsoring the screening of the film Special Interview.
We’re thrilled to have the Calgary Young Leadership Division join us in co-presenting the films Fill the Void and Out in the Dark, and delighted that UJA Women’s Division will be co-sponsoring the screening of the documentary The Woman from Sarajevo. Film subject Sara Pechanec will be present at the screening, and admission will be free for all those attending the UJA Women’s Event earlier that day.
Another special guest whom you won’t want to miss is Hilla Medalia, director of the film Dancing in Jaffa, which we’ve selected as this year’s “Ralph Gurevitch Tikkun Olam Screening”
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 Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy.
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 jewellery, Judaica and metal sculpture.
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.
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 selection of award-winning and critically acclaimed films will move and inspire you, entertain and delight you, enlighten and challenge you!
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