Vancouver Jewish Film Festival kicks off this Thursday

U.S Jewish baseball player Al Rosen aka "Hebrew Hammer" from the film "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story"

Time to say mazel tov and shalom: The Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (VJFF) will run its 23rd edition from November 10-20, bringing some of the most celebrated Jewish films from 13 countries to the screens of the Oakridge Empire and The Ridge Cinemas.

VJFF 2011's theme focuses on youth and will bring together a variety of films within an all-inclusive forum to acknowledge and showcase Vancouver’s multicultural palette.

Festival activities will include special events and receptions, opening and closing galas and Q and A sessions with actors, directors, filmmakers, educators that will engage lively discussions with the audience.

As part of new ground-breaking festival initiatives, the VJFF will introduce free admission to students up to 25 years age, the first of its kind in any film festival in Vancouver.

This year's the opening film will be The Flood (Mabul) directed by Guy Nattiv (Israel) and the closing film is Dusk by director-writer Alon Zingman. (Israel – Argentina).

 Other highlights to watch for:

Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story, directed by Peter Miller (U.S.A.): The film, narrated by Dustin Hoffman, recalls the contributions of Jewish major leaguers to baseball, through never seen interviews with Sandy Koufax and celebrity fans including Ron Howard and Larry King. And while enjoying the film, the audience will be treated with free  hot dogs.

I Shall Remember, directed by Vitaly Vorobjev (Russia). It’s 1942 and the South of Russia is occupied by the Germany. Thirteen-year-old Vadik resents his dad staying at home while his  friends’ fathers are in fighting in the war. Later on, the boy came to the realization that his dad was, in fact, was a Holocaust rescuer and was helping many people to hide in their home. A remarkable true story that shows how courage can trump fear and danger.

The Names of Love, directed by Michel Leclerc (Belgium): This romantic-political  comedy  tells the story of a sexually liberated Muslim leftist activist, Baya Benmahmou, who seduces her political opponents into taking her side. However, things change when she meets  Arthur Martin, a middle-age Jewish man and with whom she connects in ways she never would have imagined. 

Tune in for more festival coverage and updates coming soon...

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