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Jackson Jewish Film Festival starts tonight

January 20, 2010

The 2010 Jackson Jewish Film Festival

(all films EXCEPT THE IMPOSSIBLE SPY will be shown at Millsaps College Recital Hall)

A Free Film for the Community ….

Wednesday, January 20, 2010  [You can order dinner (if you wish) and eat while the film is in progress.

Film starts at 7:30PM). The Auditorium (622 Duling Ave in Fondren)

The Impossible Spy

The Impossible Spy is the amazing true story of one of history’s greatest spies — Israel’s master spy, Elie Cohen–who, in the 1960’s was sent to Syria, via Argentina, and was so successful in infiltrating the highest levels of the Syrian government, that he was nominated to be their Deputy Minister of Defense. Unbelievable. And, all true! Further, his incredible mission insured his country’s success in the June 1967 Six-Day War.

Today in the Promised Land …..

Thursday, January 21, 2010 (7:30PM)

Feature Film I: PINCHAS (Israel, 2008; 30 minutes; Hebrew, Russian & English.)

Pinchas and his mother are new Russian immigrants to Israel.  The mother barely makes a living working night shifts.  She devotes her spare time to an affair with a married man.  In the third floor lives a religious family.  Pinchas is drawn to its warmth and unity.  There he meets a girl his age and her older brother, who slowly introduce him to religion.  A touching and heartwarming story.

Feature Film II: UNSETTLED (USA, 2007; 80 minutes; English & Hebrew)

See Israel’s 2005 withdrawal from the Gaza Strip through the eyes of six young people. Three settlers determined to stay. Two soldiers with different feelings about evicting Jews from their homes. One is an activist whose sister was killed by a terrorist bombing and sees the withdrawal as the first step toward peace.

These 20-something surfers, soldiers and settlers are barely out of adolescence, yet they occupy center stage in a national drama.  Director Adam Hootnick worked for MTV News prior to shooting Unsettled . The driving narrative style and songs by Matisyahu propel this dramatic story.

Ya Gotta Laugh …..

HEY HEY, IT’S ESTHER BLUEBURGER (Australian, 2008; 114 minutes; English)

Saturday, January 23, 2010 (7:30 PM)

This engagingly original coming-of-age comedy that explores what it’s really like to be an outsider in your own world.  Esther is not like other girls; she befriends a duck, talks to God through the toilet and breakdances at her Bat Mitzvah.  But life changes when Esther meets Sunni and learns that it’s okay to be different, and that being true to oneself is more important than fitting in.  Starring Toni Collete (Little Miss Sunshine & The Sixth Sense) and Keisha Castle Hughes.

Remembering Our Past …..

BLESSED IS THE MATCH: The Life & Death of Hannah Senesh (USA, 2008)

Sunday, January 24, 2010 (2:00 PM)

Sponsored by the Gus W. Herrman Fund.  Gus  Waterman Herrman grew up in Lexington, MS where he and his family were members  of Temple  Beth El.  As a WWII anti-tank commander at Utah Beach and The Battle of The  Bulge, he  received both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, returning to duty as a Lt. Colonel during the Korean Conflict.  The Presidential Chair of The Hebrew Union College was  named in his honor.  The Gus W. Herrman fund at Beth Israel Congregation was established to  remember the Holocaust.

This is the first-ever documentary feature on the World War II-era poet and diarist who became a paratrooper, resistance fighter and modern Jewish Joan of Arc.  Though safe in Palestine in 1944, Hannah volunteered for a mission to rescue Jews in her native Hungary.  It was the only military rescue mission for Jews during the Holocaust. Hannah parachuted behind enemy lines, was captured, tortured and ultimately executed by the Nazis. Incredibly, her mother Catherine witnessed the entire ordeal – first as a prisoner with Hannah and later as her advocate – braving the bombed-out streets of Budapest in a desperate attempt to save her daughter.

The 2010 Jackson Jewish Film Festival


Film Sponsor  > $5,000 (20 Patron Passes)

Diamond Sponsor > $4,000 (15 Patron Passes)

Platinum Sponsor > $2,000 (8 Patron Passes)

Gold Sponsor  > $1,000 (6 Patron Passes)

Silver Sponsor  > $500 (4 Patron Passes)

Individual Tickets for Each Day

Adults   $10

Students (with IDs) $5

Festival Pass

Adults   $25

Students (with IDs) $10

Patron Pass

All films plus the Sponsor Reception   $125

on Saturday, January 23rd at 6:30PM)

Festival Information

Please call 601.956.6215.

The 2010 Jackson Jewish Film Festival

Film to be Shown at Area-wide Schools


West Bank Story is a musical comedy about David, an Israeli soldier, and Fatima, a Palestinian fast food cashier – an unlikely couple that falls in love amid the animosity of their peoples. Tensions mount between two adjacent falafel stands when the Jewish-owned Kosher King’s new pastry machine juts onto Palestinian-owned Hummus Hut property. The Palestinians ruin the machine. The Israelis respond by building a wall between the two establishments. Hilarious destruction ensues.  Will the young lovers ever find peace and acceptance? Will the residents of the West Bank have falafel for lunch?

One Comment leave one →
  1. March 24, 2010 7:01 am

    Uh, good post I guess. Not sure I agree with you 100% but I guess without different views the world would be a pretty boring place ;\

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