2014 AJC Special Film Festival Programs



        Westchester Jewish Film Festival
Jacob Burns Film Center
March 19-April 10, 2014

AJC-Sponsored Programs


Monday, March 24th @ 7:30pm – “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus”  - This riveting documentary tells the dramatic, previously untold story of Gilbert and Eleanor Kraus, a Jewish couple from Philadelphia who followed their conscience, traveling to Nazi-controlled Vienna in spring 1939 to save a group of children.  Q&A:   David Harris, AJC National Executive Director.  With Reception.

Thursday, March 27th @ 7:30pm – “The Prime Ministers” - This documentary is based on the best-selling book by Israeli insider, Ambassador Yehuda Avner.  He served as a chief aide, English language note-taker and speechwriter to Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin, and Shimon Peres. The film is the first of two parts.  Q&A:  Dr. Steven Bayme, Director of AJC’s Contemporary Life Department of the Koppleman Institute on American Jewish-Israeli Relations

Thursday, April 3rd @ 7:30pm – “Aftermath” - This feature film tells the story of Franek and Jozek, from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the U.S. in the 80’s and cut all ties with his family.  He returns years later to discover that Jozek has been ostracized from the community. As they struggle to rebuild their relationship, they discover a dark secret and are forced to confront the World War II history of their family and their hometown.  Q&A:  Ewa Junczyk-Ziomeck, Consul General of Poland in New York.  With Reception.

Sunday, April 6th @ 12:00pm – “Jews and Money” –This documentary tells the story of 2006 in Paris when a young Jewish salesman is lured to the outskirts of Paris where he is kidnapped and later murdered by criminal gang who had demanded a half-million euro ransom on the assumption that “all Jews are rich.” Jews & Money is a probe into the myth about Jews, and where and when it took root.  Q&A:  Rene-Pierre Azria, Chairman of AJC France.

Sunday, April 6th @ 7:00pm – Tribute to Israel Arik Einstein (z”l) - This special tribute to Arik Einstein will combine film and music, as well as tributes to the late singer/songwriter who suddenly passed away on November 26th.  His death was mourned by Prime Minister Netanyahu who described Arik’s songs as the “Soundtrack of Israel.”

Tuesday, April 8th @ 7:30pm – “The Last White Knight” - The film details Paul Salzman’s (the filmmaker/producer) own story when he journeyed to the Deep South in 19655 as a civil rights worker to help with voter registration in Mississippi.  On one of the first days he was there, he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers.  He survived the attack. Decades later he returned to the south and met with Byron De La Beckwith to see if things had changed since the incident.  Q&A:   Rabbi A. James Rudin, AJC Senior Interreligious Advisor.  With Reception.


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