February 21, 2014 (REVISED February 26, 2014) Film Talk Series to Focus on Jewish Themes, March 3-7

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The Library of Congress will host a series of five film talks during the week of March 3, which feature remarks by the directors or producers and clips from their films, each focused on Jewish or Israeli themes.

The series is presented jointly by the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, the Hebrew Language Table and the Washington Jewish Film Festival. The series is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required. All programs in the series will be held at noon in venues located in the Library’s James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

  • Monday, March 3, “Before the Revolution” (Israel, 2013), directed by Dan Shadur, who will be present to discuss the film and show clips. Pre-revolution Tehran (under the Shah during the 1960s and 1970s) was once considered a paradise for Israelis. Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Third Floor
  • Tuesday, March 4, “Regina” (Hungary, 2013), directed by Diana Groo, who will be joined by the film’s producers, George Weisz and Alan Reich, to discuss the film and present clips. Ordained in Berlin, Regina Jonas was the first female rabbi. Location: Mary Pickford Theater, James Madison Building, Third floor
  • Wednesday, March 5, “Dancing in Jaffa” (Israel/USA, 2013), directed by Hilla Medalia. Producer Diana Nabatoff and the subject of the film, Pierre Dulaine, will discuss the film. Renowned ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine returns to Jaffa, Israel, to teach grade school children to dance. Location: Library Services Conference Room, James Madison Building, Room 642.
  • Thursday, March 6, “The Women Pioneers” (Israel, 2013), directed by Michal Aviad. The film’s producer, Edna Kowarsky, will discuss the film. Women pioneers came to Israel in the early 20th century with a dream to create a new and more equal society. Location: Law Library Media Center, James Madison Building, Room 240 This film has been canceled.
  • Friday, March 7, “In Sukkah City” (USA, 2013), directed by Jason Hutt, who will be present to discuss the film. The film chronicles the creative process of constructing an ancient building (sukkah). Location: Law Library Media Center, James Madison Building, Room 240

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PR 14-028
ISSN 0731-3527