Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 at 6:00pm
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This year is the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival’s 36th. As a “Double Chai” year, that makes it extra-special. And the Festival Committee has some special events planned, – even though the Festival will be virtual again. A survey sent out after last year’s event showed overwhelming approval for the format used. Moreover, current pandemic restrictions prohibit indoor theater screenings.
In conjunction with Yom Ha’atzmaut, the Festival will kick off with a screening of the Ben-Gurion Epilogue. This is a fascinating documentary about Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion. An introspective interview with the nation’s first prime minister in 1968 at age 82, done at his secluded desert home, it gives a hindsight perspective on the Zionist enterprise. The interviewer? It was a native Buffalonian who renamed himself Clinton Bailey when he made aliyah in 1956. Irwin Glaser took the name Clinton Bailey based on the intersection where his father had a service station. Dr. Bailey is an expert on Bedouin culture, and the author of several books. But he fondly recalls his Buffalo roots, and will participate in a Talkback discussion from his home in Israel.
The Festival will include three other Talkback Tuesdays. One Talkback will feature Ryan Porush, the director of the film The Passengers which is about Ethiopian Jews trying to emigrate to Israel. Another Talkback will be a panel discussion of clergy members regarding Shared Legacies, the story of Black & Jewish collaboration during the Civil Rights campaign. And Dr. Eileen Angelini, an expert on Vichy France, will lead a discussion on the French WWII film An Irrepressible Woman. The Talkback series has proved to be very popular.
In addition, this year’s Festival will include high-quality but virtually unseen films from Germany, Italy, Norway, the U.S., and Israel, – 13 all told. Check out the ticket purchase link, and come join us for a fascinating and informative series.
6.00 pm Celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021 at 7:00pm Eastern Time
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 at 1:00pm Eastern Time
Thursday, Apr 15, 2021 at 6:00pm Pacific Time
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