2011 WJFF SPECIAL FOCUS ON...
JEWS AT WORK 
and JEWISH FILM - WOMEN FILMMAKERS

JEWS AT WORK
What we do for work influences nearly every other aspect of our lives—from
where we live to who our friends are, from self-image to lifestyle—even the hours we sleep, the meals we eat and the clothes we wear. But does being Jewish influence our work? And in what ways?

Last year, the WJFF explored the world of work through a Jewish lens, asking such questions as: what, if any, influence does being Jewish have on our choice of work? How can, or do, Jewish values affect the way we do our work, the goals we set and the accomplishments we find meaningful? By looking at five films about people passionate about their work, we stop to explore the reasons for why we do what we do for most of our waking hours.

Films in this series:

INCESSANT VISIONS—
Letters from an Architect

Sunday , December 4
1:00 pm, AFI Silver Theatre
Architect Erich Mendelsohn


BREATH MADE VISIBLE
Monday , December 5
7:30 pm, Embassy of Switzerland
Dance pioneer Anna Halprin


LIA
Tuesday , December 6
7:00 pm, AU Wechsler Theater
and Wednesday , December 7
1:00 pm, Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater
Film impresario Lia van Leer

  MY CHAMPION
Tuesday , December 6
7:00 pm, AFI Silver Theatre
Boxer Merhav Mohar


YOO-HOO , MRS GOLDBERG
Friday , December 9
1:00 pm, Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater
 Actor, writer and producer Molly Berg
JEWISH FILM - WOMEN FILMMAKERS
There were more films directed by women in the 22nd WJFF than ever before—16 women directed 19 of our 47 films. That 40 percent of films with women at the helm were on our schedule is even more impressive when faced with facts from the film industry. For example, only seven percent of the members of the Directors Guild of America are listed as female directors. Is this a sign of something new happening in filmmaking in general or perhaps something distinct to Jewish film? Do women tell Jewish stories differently than men do? Are women uniquely able to reflect certain stories or parts of the Jewish experience? As part of last year’s Festival, we focused on exploring these questions and more through features, documentaries and shorts directed by the women listed to the left. We were honored that many of them were present at screenings of their films (indicated by *an asterisk after their name.) to share their work and their insight.  

Liora Amir Barmatz *, Who Shot My Father? The Story of Joe Alon
Gabriella Bier, Love During Wartime
Ruth Fertig *, Yizkor
Lisa Geduldig, Esther and Me
Taly Goldenberg, Lia
Melissa Hacker *, Letters Home
Julia Haslett *, An Encounter with Simone Weil
Marilyn Johnston, My Mother Was a Coast Guard SPAR
Anna Justice *, Remembrance (Closing Night)
Deborah Kaufman *, Between Two Worlds
Aviva Kempner *, Partisans of Vilna, Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg,
The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg,
The Rosenwald Schools
Evi Kurz *, The Kissinger Saga: Walter and Henry, Two Brothers from Fuerth
Elisabeth Scharang, In Another Lifetime
Nina Shapiro-Perl *, Through the Eye of the Needle—The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz
Beverly Siegel *, Women Unchained
Britta Wauer *, In Heaven Underground

THANK YOU TO OUR FESTIVAL CO-SPONSORS


 


 

 

   ... 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

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