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2011 Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival!

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Time to get excited!

The 26th annual Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival officially opens Saturday evening, May 14 – May 19, 2011.

As Shabbat ends late in the day in May, our Gala Celebration will be our Closing Night program on Thursday, May 19th. There will be kosher snacks, live music, a few surprises, and oh yes a movie too! The Closing Night film will be
The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground.

Please visit this website often! Updates continue as dedicated Film Festival committee members plan program details. Find links to trailers, film and filmmaker’s websites, and other interesting program information right here. Going to the BIJFF is more than just going to the movies. It’s an education!

The Film Festival hard copy guide will be available in the JCC lobby areas by April first. If you would like to receive a film festival brochure at home and are not yet on the mailing list, please send your request and postal mailing address to ssaada@jccbuffalo.org.

The Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival, now in its 26th season, once again is pleased to present for the community a diverse offering of high quality international Jewish-themed films. The festival’s success over the years is due to the dedicated efforts of a volunteer screening committee. Numerous films have been pre-viewed, critiqued and voted on to bring you a selection of the best available films. Most of the films are non-commercial and have received awards, but such recognition alone is not enough to deserve inclusion. We specifically strive for a unique variety that touches upon many aspects of Jewish life and culture, and will appeal to a broad audience. We know that those who attend this festival love cinema, and are discriminating in their taste. Therefore, artistic merit must rank high as a consideration.

Certain familiar themes recur from year to year. These include the Jewish immigrant experience, Jewish art and music, Jewish coming-of-age stories, and the Holocaust. This year’s selection offers fresh, unusual and sometimes amusing takes on these themes, while also touching upon less conventional themes, such as drug smuggling and funeral preparations.

This season our lineup includes films from Argentina, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Israel, Japan, Mexico and the United States.

The Festival closes on Thursday evening with a gala celebration. As you enter the theatre you’ll see sights of Israel on the big screen in celebration of Israel Independence Day. There will be live music by local musicians, kosher hors d’oeuvres, snacks and desserts throughout the evening. The feature-length lively documentary on the world-famous band, The Klezmatics has been a crowd pleaser at Festivals around the world. So, plan to stay late and celebrate!

See you at the movies!

Sandy Saada - JCC Cultural Arts Director

Mike Silverman and Marty Kerker - Festival Co-Chairs

and the 2011 Film Festival committee


Last year's festival

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