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BRIEF: Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival kicks off at end of March

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The annual Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival, sponsored by Jewish Family Services, kicks off March 27 and will continue through March 30.

Tickets are available at the Magic Lantern Theatre 30 minutes prior to each show, and are also available online. Online purchases will be held at will-call.

General Admission tickets are $10. Tickets for students and seniors are $7.

There will also be a Saturday evening Reception & Film on March 29 for $25, or film only for $10 / $7.

Film Schedule:

Ballad of the Weeping Spring, March 27, 7:30 p.m

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.

Bethlehem,  March 29, 7 p.m Reception – 8 p.m Film

This 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.

Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, March 30, 7:30 p.m

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.



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Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Lecture of Strategic Communication at the University of Idaho.

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