Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival

Remarkable Jewish Cinema? This festival is sure to be packed with some wonderful independent films. For those of you in the Sarasota area, the festival will present a number of films in your own backyard. Even if you miss the festival, I encourage you to check out some of its offerings down the line.

Here's a bit about the festival itself, and at the end, I've provided a link directly to the website:

The Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival presents 2 weeks of award-winning films from around the world, plus speakers and special events. Through collaborations with educational and cultural organizations as well as businesses, the Festival provides audiences a multifaceted exploration of contemporary Jewish culture, secular and religious life, history and politics.

Films are screened across the Pioneer Valley – this year in Amherst, Chicopee, Greenfield, Longmeadow, Northampton, Shelburne Falls, Springfield, and West Springfield - in venues ranging from the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield to the Garden Cinemas in Greenfield with many stops in between. 

The PVJFF is a collaborative effort of dozens of volunteers and professional staff from organizations across the Pioneer Valley. The Festival offers, among other things, a temporary common ground where community members interested in experiencing Jewish culture via film can learn, be inspired, and enjoy being together. Cinematic stories of joy and celebration, love and loss, tolerance and activism, ethics and history - all demonstrate time and again how important film is as a medium to help us to understand who we are, where we are from, what life is like for others around the globe, and how all of this relates to our contemporary lives and choices.

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