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2011 WJFF VISIONARY AWARD PROUDLY HONORED AVIVA KEMPNER 
The annual award recognizes and pays tribute to courage, creativity and insight in presenting the diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image. We were honored to name as the 2011 WJFF Visionary Award recipient "our own" Aviva Kempner. In conjunction with the award, the WJFF presented a retrospective of several of Kempner's films--Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and Partisans of Vilna (below). Kempner also presented and discussed her newest project, The Rosenwald Schools, at a work-in-progress screening and discussion.  The filmmaker appeared at all screenings of her work.


VISIONARY AWARD EVENT
> Award presentation
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followed by a program - Kempner in conversation with Sharon Pucker Rivo, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The National Center for Jewish Film
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Reception
in the Ina and Jack Kay Community Hall

 



25th Anniversary Screening of
PARTISANS OF VILNA
USA, 1986, documentary
130 minutes
English, Yiddish and Hebrew with English subtitles
Director: Josh Waletzky
Producer: Aviva Kempner


Their motto was, "We will not allow them to take us like beasts to the slaughter." This riveting tale of the Vilna Ghetto’s Jewish armed resistance explores the struggle to organize under anarchic conditions, and the successes and failures of the movement.   The film incorporates rare archival footage, newsreels, songs and contemporary interviews with 40 survivors of the Ghetto to paint a vivid portrait of this little-known heroic chapter of the Holocaust. Elie Wiesel called the film “Enlightening, truthful, challenging, heartbreaking... one of the best and most eloquent documentaries on the suffering and dilemmas Jews faced."

CO-SPONSORED BY Women in Film and Video-DC


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  ... AND OUR DAY SPONSORS

•  JACOB AND CHARLOTTE LEHRMAN FOUNDATION Opening Night Sponsor 
•  THE CROSSCURRENTS FOUNDATION Closing Night Sponsor
• 
ESTELLE FRIEDMAN GERVIS FAMILY FOUNDATION 
•  LOUIE AND RALPH DWECK 
• 
THE ARTHUR TRACY “THE STREET SINGER” ENDOWMENT FUND

Israel programming through the Arts is supported by a priority grant from
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington