Louisville.com Covers Jewish Film Festival

By Allan Day

Judaism is a very interesting religion – precisely because it transcends religion: it is an identity. A heritage. Something to be proud of. I know an atheistic Jews who embraces her Jewishness, and I know a convert to the religion who loves to expound upon its merits and tenets at parties (he also does fire breathing, so that’s pretty cool). Every year, the Jewish Community of Louisville hosts a film festival, showcasing cinema from Israel, about Israel, by Jews, about Jews. They are now in their fifteenth year, and the Jewish Film Festival kicks off this weekend.

Tickets for the films are, for the most part, $8.50 in advance, $10 at the door, and $6 for students. Also, most films will be screened at Village 8. The schedule is as follows:

+February 9, 7:30 pm: My Best Enemy

+February 10, 2:30 pm: A Bottle in the Sea (free admission; screening at the Muhammad Ali Center, followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Joe Rapport)

+February 12, 7:00 pm: The Flat

+February 13, 7:00 pm: Remembrance

+February 16, 7:30 pm: Kaddish For a Friend

+February 17, 4:00 pm: Hava Nagila ($22 admission, $8 for students, screening at Adath Jeshurum, followed by Klezmer music by Lost Tribe)

+February 18, 7:00 pm: three short films from the Ma’ale School of Television, Film, and the Arts (free, screening at the Temple’s Waller Chapel, followed by a desert reception)

+February 20, 7:00 pm: Wilfred Israel and Follow Me

+February 21, 7:00 pm: My Australia

Complete information about the films and their screenings, including plot synopses and trailers, as well as advance ticket sales, can be found at the Jewish Film Festival website.

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