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Charlotte Jewish Film Festival Press Release

Weeklong Jewish Film Festival Coming in April
The best of Jewish film from around the world comes to Charlotte this April during the third annual Charlotte Jewish Film Festival April 14–22. Join us as we illuminate the Jewish experience through film.

Spearheaded by the Charlotte Chapter of Hadassah, in conjunction with The Light Factory and a broad spectrum of Jewish organizations, this exciting event features unique films ranging from comedy to drama at venues from Uptown to Ballantyne.

This year’s varied, touching, hand-selected films will incorporate universal themes. Highlights include the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day and Israel’s Memorial Day, a celebration of films by and about women, and the hosting of a film screening and discussion for students and parents of the Consolidated High School of Jewish Studies. There’s something for everyone!

The Festival premieres on Saturday, April 14, with the delightful Spanish comedy Only Human, an irreverent family comedy about love, family relationships and mishaps. This film, sponsored by Hadassah, is a must see for those who love to laugh! Tickets are $18.00 and include a lavish Opening Night dessert reception starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Ballantyne Village Theatre, with the feature film to follow.

“Legacy and Lessons for Future Generations” will commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, with the film Buchenwald Ball, a brief service and candlelighting program honoring local Holocaust survivors on Sunday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Beth El (5101 Providence Road) in Shalom Park. This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by Temple Beth El and Temple Israel. No tickets are required.

Teen Night, on Wednesday, April 18, features the film Hineini: Coming out in a Jewish High School. This documentary about acceptance and tolerance, chronicles the courageous campaign to establish a gay/straight alliance in a Boston school. Hineini will be screened for the students and parents of the Consolidated High School of Jewish Studies. Due to limited space, this event is closed to the public.

“Films by and about Women” on Thursday, April 19, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m is sponsored by The Light Factory and will include two memorable films screened in The Light Factory’s Knight Gallery in Spirit Square. All I’ve Got is an unexpectedly poignant romance about choosing between two lovers for eternity—the lover of your youth or your lifelong mate. The second film, A Good Uplift, is a light-hearted documentary about Magda’s skills in achieving “just the right fit” for customers at her very special New York lingerie shop. The 7:00 p.m. screening will include a discussion with Psychologist Matthew Alexander.

Wondrous Oblivion, the feature film on the second Saturday night of the Festival, April 21, is a tender drama set in 1960’s England, where an 11-year old Jewish boy is torn between his love of cricket, peer pressure and racial friction. The film will be shown at 8:00 p.m. at the Ballantyne Village Theatre.

The final feature of the Festival will be shown on Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Levine JCC in Shalom Park. Live and Become is a remarkable journey of discovery by an Ethiopian boy during the 1984 Operation Moses airlift of Ethiopian refugees to Israel. This presentation is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte and will be held in conjunction with the Expressions: Israeli Art Show and Sale at the Levine JCC. A portion of Closing Day ticket sales will aid “Operation Promise,” a Federation program that brings Ethiopian Jews to Israel and helps mainstream the entire Ethiopian-Israeli community.

Tickets are $12.00 per event, with tickets to the Opening Night feature and reception priced at $18.00. A limited number of weeklong passes are available at $40.00. Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets online and by phone. For details, log on to Patron packages –which include tickets—are also available, through March 1. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged since last year’s Festival sold out. Don’t be left out!

This exciting community-wide event was made possible in part through a Community Cultural Connections grant from the Arts & Science Council and the Grassroots Program of the North Carolina Arts Council (a local agency). Local sponsoring organizations include Hadassah (the Women’s Zionist Organization of America), The Light Factory, the Levine Jewish Community Center, the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte, Temple Beth El, Temple Israel and the Consolidated High School of Jewish Studies. Corporate sponsors include White Rhino Productions, Diamonds Direct South Park and SunTrust Private Wealth Management and Mortgage.

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Rothschild
Marketing Director, The Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

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