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Berkshire Jewish Film Festival begins July 8

LENOX – The 33rd season of the Berkshire Jewish Film Festival (BJFF), presented by Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, will begin Monday, July 8.

The films will be screened at the Duffin 

Theater, Lenox Memorial High School, 197 East St. in Lenox. The BJFF is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased between 3:15-4 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. on the day of the show and are general admission.

 

FILM SCHEDULE:

JULY 8

“Beneath the Ink”

4 p.m. – “Beneath the Ink”
An Appalachia tattoo artist donates his services to erase symbols of hate from those seeking to reverse past, bigoted mistakes.

4 p.m. – “The Barn”
A Holocaust survivor and his granddaughter travel to Poland and reunite with his savior.

“I Heart NY”

8 p.m. – “I Heart NY”
Graphic designer Milton Glaser shares the inspiration behind the creation of his iconic I Love NY logo.

8 p.m. – “The Mambonicks”
During the 1950s, free-spirited, mostly Jewish dancers from NYC fell head over heels for the mambo, including a group of retirees, still dancing to the Latin rhythms.

 

JULY 15

4 p.m. – “Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People”
The story of modern journalism’s founding father, heralding freedom of the press at a time when First Amendment rights are challenged.

8 p.m. – “Rescue Bus 300”
A powerful and tense docudrama about the 1984 hijacking and rescue of Bus 300 in Israel.

 

“Holy Lands”

JULY 22

4 p.m. – “The Accountant at Auschwitz”
A new generation is reopening investigations against the living perpetrators of the Holocaust, including SS officer at Auschwitz Oskar Gröning.

8 p.m. – “Holy Lands”
James Caan and Rosanna Arquette star in this comedic family drama about a retired American doctor who becomes a pig farmer in Israel.

 

JULY 29

4 p.m. – “Ask Dr. Ruth”
Documentary about the life of Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Holocaust survivor and America’s most famous sex therapist.

8 p.m. – “Leona”
A young Jewish woman from Mexico City finds herself torn between her family and her forbidden love. This film contains mature content.

 

AUGUST 5

4 p.m. – “Shoelaces”
This dramedy portrays the relationship between an irascible mechanic and the special-needs son he abandoned long before.

8 p.m. – “The Unorthodox”
A disenfranchised Sephardic father launches the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, a nascent challenge to the ruling Ashkenazi establishment.

 

AUGUST 12

“93Queen”

4 p.m. – “93Queen”
Rachel “Ruchie” Freier is a no-nonsense Hasidic lawyer and mother of six who is determined to shake up the ‘boys club’ in her community. She creates Ezras Nashim, the first all-female ambulance corps in NYC.

“The Other Story”

8 p.m. – “The Other Story”
Two rebellious young women cross paths unexpectedly in Jerusalem in this empowering drama.

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