Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival 2014

March 29, 2014

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March 27 and 29-30. Tickets are available on the Spokane Area Jewish Family Services website at http://www.sajfs.org/Jewish_Film_Festival.html or at the Magic Lantern Theatre prior to each show. Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m. “Ballad of the Weeping Spring” (PG-13) Hebrew with English Subtitles - 106 minutes Winner of four Ophir Awards 2012 (Israeli Oscars). In this unusual movie which pays overt homage to “The Magnificent Seven,” the noted Israeli actor Uri Gavriel plays Jossef Tawila, a legendary musician whose career ended after a tragic accident. 20 years later, after receiving some sad news, Yosef decides to reunite the remaining members of his band to help a friend - and perhaps to heal his own tortured soul. The plot is a timeless fable, and the film overflows with gorgeous, haunting, original Middle Eastern music played on authentic instruments. Saturday, March 29 Film Festival Reception at 7 p.m. at Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. (across the street from the Magic Lantern) and film at 8 p.m. Bethlehem (R for violence) Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles – 99 minutes Israel’s submission for the 2014 Oscars. This newly-released cutting-edge film tells the story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant. Shuttling back and forth between conflicting points of view, the film is a raw portrayal of characters torn apart by competing loyalties and impossible moral dilemmas, giving an unparalleled glimpse into the dark and fascinating world of human intelligence. Sunday, March 30, 7:30 p.m. Broadway Musicals (G) English - 90 minutes Engaging, humorous, and provocative, “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” examines the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. The film showcases the work of legends such as Irving Berlin Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim. Interviews with songwriters and luminaries including Sheldon Harnick, Stephen Schwartz, Harold Prince, Arthur Laurents, Charles Strouse, and Mel Brooks provide insight, alongside standout performances and archival footage.

Magic Lantern, 25 W. Main Ave., Spokane, WA
$10/general, $7/students and seniors; Saturday evening reception and film: $25/general, $10/$7 film only
(509) 747-7394
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