Festival films highlight Jewish history, culture

Staff report

The Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival, now in its 11th year, will screen six films this month that explore facets of Jewish life, history and culture.

The festival opens Sunday and closes Oct. 29, with screenings at four locations. The festival is sponsored by the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation and Youngstown State University’s Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies.

Tickets are available online at jccyoungstown.org, at the Jewish Community Center Bursar’s Office (505 Gypsy Lane, Youngstown), and at the door before each screening.

A festival pass is $32 ($28 for seniors and $20 for students). Individual tickets for a film are $8 ($7 for seniors, $5 for students).

Here is the lineup:

Sunday: “BESA: The Promise,” 1 p.m. at Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown. A moving documentary about Albania’s role in the sheltering of Jewish refugees amid Nazi occupation.

Tuesday: “The Other Son,” 7 p.m. at Encore Cinema, Great East Plaza, Niles. An emotionally charged feature film, tells the story of two young men, an Israeli and a Palestinian, whose families must deal with the repercussions after learning they were switched at birth.

Oct. 14: “Hava Nagila,” 7 p.m., Encore Cinema: This documentary presents the story of the Jewish song and dance that has become one of the world’s most famous.

Oct. 17: “Fill the Void,” 7 p.m., Tinseltown, Boardman: This celebrated film tells the story of an Orthodox Hasidic family from Tel Aviv that, in the aftermath of the death of one daughter, contemplates changing the fate of another.

Oct. 22: “Hannah Arendt,” 7 p.m., YSU Williamson College of Business Administration: This biopic examines political-theorist and philosopher Hannah Arendt’s reporting on the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial and the controversy that followed.

Oct. 29: “One Survivor Remains,” 7 p.m.: Kilcawley Center, Youngstown State University. This 1995 Academy Award-winning documentary chronicles Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein’s story. Klein, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will speak after the screening. This film and program are free.

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