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16th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida opens Jan. 17

January 9, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The 16th Annual Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida, produced by the Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties, and will begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, and run through Feb. 9. This year 10 films will be screened at Regal Bell Tower Cinemas in Fort Myers. All films begin at 7:15 p.m. Foreign language films will have English subtitles.

Opening the Film Festival with "The Matchmaker," an Israeli coming-of-age film, on Jan. 17. The festival continues Thursday, Jan. 19 with the French film "La Rafle," which tells the story of the roundup of French Jews in July 1942. There will be a program sponsored by the Holocaust Museum and Education Center of Southwest Florida with speakers after the film.

The comedy this year is "The Infidel" Tuesday, Jan. 24. If you love baseball and Jewish American history, you will love the documentary "Jews and Baseball: An American Love Story," scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26.

The theme of Jewish American history continues with "Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray" Tuesday, Jan. 31. On Thursday, Feb. 2, the film "Precious Life," about a Palestinian baby who receives medical care in Israel, which saves his life, will be screened.

A Short Program of three short films will be held Tuesday, Feb., 7. The old Jewish joke about a tailor comes to life in the film "The Tailor," which will be screened before "Migfash," a documentary about a Birthright Israel trip with students from Boston University. Learn how this trip impacts their lives. The Short Program will close with "An Article of Hope," about Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut who was aboard the shuttle Columbia that never made it back to Florida after a successful mission.

The 2012 Jewish Film Festival of Southwest Florida then closes with "Remembrance" Thursday, Feb. 9. This film will leave you with the feeling of what if

Tickets are $10 each for any film; the whole series of films can be purchased for $68 per person. Tickets may be purchased online at

For more information, call 239-481-4449, extension 9.



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