The 2013 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival will bring six movies to the Mahoning Valley in the month of October.
The festival opens with "BESA: The Promise," a 2012 documentary that chronicles the efforts of Albania to shelter Jewish refugees during World War II and the Nazi occupation. The story focuses on the efforts of Norman Gershman, a Jewish-American photographer who wants to document the bravery of Albanians, and Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian who wants to return three books to the last surviving member of the Jewish family his father sheltered 60 years ago.
It will be shown at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., Youngstown, and the screening will be followed by a talk by Peter C. Kole, honorary consul for the Consulate of the Republic of Albania.
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“Fill the Void,” winner of seven Israeli Academy Awards, is one of six films that will be shown during the 2013 Youngstown Area Jewish Film Festival.
Other films in the series include:
Tuesday - "The Other Son," the story of young man raised as an Israeli who learns at age 18 he was switched at birth with another baby and actually was born to Palestinian parents. The revelation forces both families to reaccess their respective identities, values and beliefs. The 2012 film won the Grand Prix Prize and the Best Director Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival. (7 p.m. at Encore Cinema, 905 Great East Plaza, Niles)
Oct. 14 - "Hava Nagila (The Movie)," a 2012 documentary that chronicles the history of the song that has been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to Elvis Presley. It features interviews with Harry Belafonte, Connie Francis, Glen Campbell, Leonard Nimoy and Regina Spektor. (7 p.m. at Encore Cinema)
Oct. 17 - "Fill the Void," which on seven Israeli Academy Awards. A young woman raised in an Orthodox Hasidic family in Tel Aviv is about to get married when her older sister dies during childbirth. When the sister's widowed husband considers marrying someone else and leaving the country with their only grandchild, the woman's parents propose a marriage between their younger daughter and her former brother-in-law. (7 p.m. at Cinemark Tinseltown, 7401 Market St., Boardman)
Oct. 22 - "Hannah Arendt," winner of Best Film and Best Actress at the German Film Awards. Barbara Sukowa stars as the German-Jewish philosopher, who covered the trial of former Nazi Adolf Eichmann for the New Yorker. (7 p.m. at Youngstown State University's Williamson College of Business Administration)
Oct. 29 - "One Survivor Remembers," winner of the 1995 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. The film focuses on Gerda Weissmann Klein's harrowing story of survival during World War II. Klein, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, will speak following the screening. Admission for this program is free. (7 p.m. at YSU's Kilcawley Center Chestnut Room)
Festival passes good for admission to the other five films are $32 for adults, $28 for senior citizens and $20 for students.
Individual tickets are $8 adults, $7 senior citizens and $5 students. Advance tickets are available at the Jewish Community Center and online at www.jccyoungstown.org.