|16th Annual Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival|
Welcome to the 16th Annual Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival!
We're proud, once again, to bring you an exciting line-up of outstanding and critically-acclaimed films that explore and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience, and showcase some of the very best of contemporary Israeli cinema.
We're thrilled, this year, to announce the inaugural "Dr. Martha Cohen Memorial Screening", a new annual feature of our festival which has been made possible by a very generous bequest to Beth Tzedec Congregation, for which we are extremely grateful. In keeping with the late Dr. Cohen's legacy of commitment to the arts, this year's screening will feature two award-winning films - the poignant short documentary Joe's Violin and the enthralling "Presenting Princess Shaw" - both of which reflect the power of the arts to connect and bring people together across generations and cultures.
Among the Special Guests that we're delighted to welcome to our festival this year are brothers Bubi and Andrea Anati, the subjects of our Opening Night film, Shalom Italia, and Tomer Heymann, co-director of the moving documentary Who's Gonna Love Me Now.
We're extremely honored to welcome the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany, as well as the Association for German Education in Calgary (AGEC), who, along with Calgary Jewish Federation, will be co-sponsoring the screening of Germans and Jews, a fascinating documentary about contemporary Germany and German-Jewish relations. A post-screening panel discussion will feature panelists Dr. Jan Suselbeck, Dr. Annette F. Timm and Orit Shimoni, and will be moderated by Dr. David J. Bercuson.
We're very pleased to have Calgary Jewish Federation join us as co-sponsors of an exclusive "Pre-Premiere Sneak Preview" of My Hero Brother, an inspiring documentary about a remarkable group of young people with Down Syndrome who, along with their siblings, embark on a challenging trek through the Himalayan mountains.
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 riveting documentary Aida's Secrets.
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 will move and inspire you, entertain and delight you, enlighten and challenge you!