Jewish Film Festival 2012 - Special Programs




Westchester Jewish Film Festival
Jacob Burns Film Center
April 11 – May 1, 2012

Special AJC Programs 


Monday, April 16th 7:30 pm - “FOLLOW ME”

The story of Yoni Netanyahu is an intimate journey into a hero's mind. The narration for this compelling journey is drawn from Yoni Netanyahu's own letters and words, which unveil the complex character of this thoroughly modern young hero. The film consists of two story arcs that tragically and heroically connect. The first is the dramatic Entebbe hijack and rescue -- eight days when a nation held its breath and executed a military miracle that redefined the Jewish nation's call of "Never again!" The second is the remarkable life story of Yoni Netanyahu, a young soldier who struggled to find the balance between the people and the nation he loved. This film is about Yoni's life and what led these two dramatic stories to intersect on that fateful day. Q&A: Aaron Jacob (AJC Director of International Affairs)  and Film Producer Mark Manson interviewed by JBFC Executive Director Steve Apkon with RECEPTION

Thursday, April 19th, 7:30 pm - "REMEMBRANCE"

Inspired by true events, this film tells a remarkable love story set against the backdrop of the darkest of times. A German concentration camp in Poland, 1944: romance blossoms between a young Jewish woman, Hannah and Polish political prisoner Tomasz. They steal passionate moments together and fueled by love, they manage a daring escape. But during the chaos and confusion of the last moments of war, they lose track of one another. More than thirty years later, happily married New Yorker Hannah sees a familiar face on TV. Could it really be Tomasz, the man she loved and lost all those years ago? Q&A: AJC National Executive Director David Harris  and Polish Consul General Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka  with RECEPTION

Monday, April 23rd, 7:30 pm - “TURKISH PASSPORT”

The film tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Through interviews conducted with surviving Jews who had boarded the trains traveling from France to Turkey, and talks with the diplomats and their families who saved their lives, the film demonstrates that “as long as good people are ready to act, evil cannot overcome. Q&A: Ambassador Peter Rosenblatt and Holocaust Expert Michael Berenbaum.

 Monday, April 30th, 7:30 pm - "JEALOUS OF THE BIRDS"

 This feature length documentary provides a new angle and new stories to the pantheon of Holocaust related documentaries. The film focuses on the emotional history of a small community of Holocaust Survivors who remained in Frankfurt, Germany after liberation from Nazi death camps, and asks the question, 'Why would a Survivor choose to remain in Germany -- shoulder to shoulder with their perpetrators? Q&A: Deidre Berger, Director of the AJC Berlin Office/Lawrence and Lee Ramer Institute for German-Jewish Relations.


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