I’m really excited about the ninth annual Westchester Jewish Film Festival at the Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) in Pleasantville will be held from April 8 through 29th. The complete schedule of films, speakers, special events, and receptions can be viewed on the JBFC website at http://www.burnsfilmcenter.org/films/film-series/detail/19631. It’s a terrific line-up, chock full of narrative and documentary films from around the world. This year’s festival includes a series of films on April 11th in commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) including Pizza in Auschwitz, Saviors in the Night, Forgotten Transports:To Estonia and Protektor.
A few highlights of the festival are the opening night film, Ahead of Time, on April 8th with foreign correspondent, photojournalist, author, and humanitarian, Ruth Gruber (photo on left) who will be interviewed by Ann Curry, News Anchor/Correspondent for the Today Show and Dateline; Rafting to Bombay on April 13 with speakers Nissim Reuben, Director of Indian-Jewish American Relations and Dr. Maina Chawla Singh, an author and American University Clendenen Scholar-in-Residence and Associate Professor, University of Delhi; and Against the Tide on April 15 with David Harris, Executive Director of AJC, and Gary Rosenblatt, editor/publisher of The Jewish Week.
The Jacob Burns Film Center is a hop, skip and jump from the city. You just board a train at Grand Central to Pleasantville which takes around 35 minutes (express train). It’s a unique experience and worth the trip. If you live in Westchester, all the easier for you to get to, and you will be knocked out by the theater’s professionalism and accessibility to these carefully selected, important films. The Jewish Film Festival looks phenomenal and I plan to be at as many of the films as I can.