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Mohamad Khan
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posted 26 April 2003 05:01 PM      Profile for Mohamad Khan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
some neat films this year. i'm definitely going to see at least three of 'em:

BETWEEN THE LINES
CANADIAN PREMIERE
ISRAEL, 2001, video, 58 min
Hebrew, Arabic with English subtitles
Director: Yifat Kedar

Of the numerous Israeli reporters covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only one actually does so from a base within the Palestinian Authority. Meet Amira Hass, reporter for the left-wing daily Ha' aretz. Amira is the daughter of a Holocaust survivor and communist, whose liberal beliefs have brought her to a unique place in Israeli society. Though she sympathizes with the Palestinians and is friends with many of the people she covers as a journalist, she still asks the hard questions - of both sides in the conflict. Driven, aware of her sacrifice of family and children in the pursuit of her career, and held in suspicion by many Israelis, Hass soldiers on. She's determined to report the truth as she sees it, even at risk of her life. An indelible picture of a brave, honest woman.

Screening: Friday, May 9, 1:00 pm

MY TERRORIST
ISRAEL, 2002, video, 59 min.
English, Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Yulie Cohen Gerstel

In 1978, El Al flight attendant Yulie Cohen was shot and wounded by a Palestinian terrorist in London. The attack also resulted in the death of another young Israeli woman. Twenty-two years later, Yulie, despite fearing for her own daughters' lives at the hands of Palestinian suicide bombers, decides to reach out to her jailed assailant, and forgive him. Does she have the right to do such a thing, especially when other Israeli mothers continue to lose their children to terrorism? In examining one woman's moral dilemma, the provocative My Terrorist asks hard questions about the meaning of forgiveness and hate, the inevitability of violence and, just possibly, about the chance of reconciliation between Palestinians and Israelis.

Screening: Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 pm

SHALOM IRELAND
WORLD PREMIERE
IRELAND, 2003, video, 56 min.
Director: Valerie Lapin Ganley

Since the 1860s, Jews have flourished in Ireland. An emotional connection between the oppressed (by the British) Catholics and the Jews fleeing persecution in Eastern Europe, combined with minimal anti-Semitism, allowed Jews to thrive in towns like Dublin, Cork and (mostly) Limerick. (The first Jewish Lord mayor of Dublin, the colourful Robert Briscoe, was elected as early as 1956.) But the once 5000 strong community is now down to 1200 souls and the future of Ireland's Jews is in doubt. The highly engaging Shalom Ireland introduces us to a community we know little about, even as, ironically, its days seem to be numbered.

Director Valerie Lapin Ganley will be in attendance.

with

THE BOMBAY JEWS
CANADIAN PREMIERE
CANADA, 2002, video, 30 min.
English, Hindi, Marathi with English subtitles
Director: Rajesh Latkar

The storied history of the Jews of Bombay (Mumbai), who have lived there for centuries, their acceptance in multicultural India and their own unique religious practices. A loving look at an atypical Jewish community.

Screening: Sunday, May 4, 3:00 pm

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xrcrguy
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posted 26 April 2003 06:12 PM      Profile for xrcrguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Wow, there's an amazing range of films.

Too bad it's so far away. I'll have to wait until they come out on video.

Luckily there's a video shop across the street with a great International and Documentary section.


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lagatta
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posted 26 April 2003 07:29 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Montréal Jewish Film Festival http://www.mjff.qc.ca/ is the following week, no doubt to make it easier to bring the same films from abroad. The Montreal one always also features French and other Francophone films as well. xrguy, it is a bit closer for you, but still quite a haul!

Film-lovers can benefit from the Federal-Québec "flag-war" that has brought us adjacent National Film Board-Office national du film and Cinémathèque cinemas. Ex-centris (private, and too expensive - no matinées or student deals ) and the Quartier latin, a commercial cineplex that often shows "arty" and non-Hollywood films, are also a short walk away. Would make a nice holiday when you can spring for the film tickets.

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