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Jewish Film Festival coming to local theater

The annual Jewish Cultural Film Festival is just a few weeks away. Movies about notable Jewish academics, entertainers and events will be featured beginning March 22 at The Magic Lantern.

On March 24 at 7:30 p.m. a reception will be held to celebrate the festival's eighth year.

Rabbi Tamar Malino, executive director of Jewish Area Family Services, will facilitate a discussion following the final film on March 25. T

he event is sponsored by Jewish Area Family Services. Tickets for each movie are $10, or $7 for seniors and children. They can be purchased at the Lantern or online. “Ahead of Time,” 7:30 p.m., March 22 This film documents the life of Ruth Gruber, who became the world's youngest Ph.D. recipient at the age of 20. “Mahler on the Couch,” 8 p.m., March 24 This film is about the real-life marriage of Gustav Mahler and his tempestuous wife Alma Schindler Mahler. “Viva Espania: A Tale in Four Octaves,” 6:30 p.m., March 25 This film explores the life of Israeli singer Hanna Aharoni. “Degania: The World's First Kibbutz Fights its Last Battle,” following the first film. This is a documentary about the privatization of the world's first kibbutz, Degania.

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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 Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.

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