|15th Annual Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival|
Welcome to the 15th Annual Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival!
We're proud, once again, to bring you an exciting line-up of outstanding films - from delightful comedies and stirring dramas to enlightening and thought-provoking documentaries - that showcase our diverse Jewish world and confront contemporary, and often controversial, social issues, such as the timely subject of assisted suicide (The Farewell Party) or the current global refugee crisis (Every Face has a Name).
We'll be kicking off this year's festival with a special musical treat for you! Featured in our Opening Night film Rock in the Red Zone, talented Israeli singer Hagit Yaso will be here to give a live musical performance after the film. We're delighted to have the Jewish Community Foundation of Calgary join us as co-sponsors of this wonderful evening in celebration of the Foundation's 25th anniversary, and we congratulate the Foundation on reaching this significant milestone.
We're particularly excited and honored to have, as our special guest on Closing Night, the legendary Tal Brody, a former Israeli basketball superstar and revered national icon. Now a Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Israel, Tal is featured in our Closing Night film, an exclusive sneak preview of the documentary On the Map. It promises to be an inspiring evening that you won't want to miss.
Yet another special guest in attendance at the festival will be Nick Winton, whose father, Sir Nicholas Winton, is the subject of the inspiring film Nicky's Family. Sir Nicholas Winton recently passed away at the age of 106, and we're proud to screen this film, originally screened at our 2011 festival, in tribute to his memory and legacy, as part of the CJF's community-wide Kristallnacht commemoration. We're extremely pleased to have Calgary Jewish Federation join us as co-sponsors of the evening.
JAC (Jewish Adult Calgary) will join us as co-sponsors of the screenings of the films To Life! and Dough, and we're thrilled to have these young and engaged future 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 the fascinating documentary Raise the Roof.
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 exceptional films and remarkable special guests will move and inspire you, entertain and delight you, enlighten and challenge you!