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Berkshire Jewish Film Festival runs through August

PITTSFIELD – Congregtion Knesset Israel’s 27th annual Berkshire Jewish Film Festival will run through August 19. All films are shown at   Duffin Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St. in Lenox.

July 29

4 p.m.

“Ordinary Miracles:

The Photo League’s New York”

USA, 2012, 77 mins

Documentary about The Photo League of New York, featuring historic photographs and interviews with surviving members. Filmmakers Nina Rosenblum and Danial Allentuck will be guest speakers.

 

July 29

8 p.m.

“Dandelions”

France, 2012, French/subtitles, 89 mins.

Sassy 9-year-old Rachel lives with her adoring but overprotective Tunisian-Jewish mother and distracted Holocaust survivor father in 1989’s  France.  She forms a bond with her eccentric child psychologist (Isabella Rossellini) and a new best friend, wild-child classmate Valerie.

 

August 5

4 p.m.

“Hitler’s Children”

Israel/Germany/ USA, 2011, German & Hebrew/subtitles, 59 Mins.

This documentary looks into the lives of descendants of the top Nazi officials who worked under Hitler’s command: Bettina Goering, Katrin Himmler, Rainer Hoess, Monika Goeth.

 

August 5

6 p.m.

“One Day After Peace”

Israel/ South Africa, 2012, English/Hebrew with subtitles, 58 mins.

Documentary about Robi Damelin, whose son, serving with the IDF, is killed by a Palestinian sniper.  Returning to her native South Africa she seeks ways to initiate understanding in the dialogue groups she created between bereaved Israelis and Palestinians.

 

August 5

8 p.m.

“The Last White Knight”

Canada/USA, 2012, 78 mins.

Filmmaker Paul Saltzman was volunteering with a 1960’s voter registration drive in Greenwood, Mississippi when he was punched in the head by Klansman Byron “Delay” de la Beckwith, Jr., the son of the man convicted of assassinating NAACP leader Medgar Evers.  The liberal Saltzman sits down for a conversation with Beckwith to explore the possibility of reconciliation. Featuring guest speaker Paul Saltzman.

 

August 12

4 p.m.

“The First Fagin”

Australia, 2012, 87 mins.

This film recreates the life and adventures of Ikey Solomon, the most famous criminal of his age, exploring how Ikey’s life might have inspired Charles Dickens portrait of Fagin.

 

August 12

8 p.m.

“The Gatekeepers”

Israel, 2012, Hebrew/subtitles, 101 mins.

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency.

 

August 19

4 p.m.

“Hannah Arendt”

Germany, 2012, German & English/subtitles, 113 mins.

This biopic covers a tumultuous 4 year period in the life of the great philosopher and writer, Hannah Arendt.

 

August 19

8 p.m.

“When Comedy Went to School”

USA, 2013, 76 mins.

Documentary about the birth of modern stand-up comedy in the Catskills, with appearances by Jerry Stiller, Sid Caesar, Dick Gregory, Mort Sahl, Jackie Mason, Mickey Freeman, Jerry Lewis, Robert Klein, Larry King, and more.

 

The Berkshire Jewish Film Festival is supported in part by a grant from The Jewish Arts and Culture Initiative of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and Greylock Federal Credit Union.

For more information, call (413) 445-4872.

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