March 1-2: Israeli Film Festival

In collaboration with the Jewish Studies Program, the Roy H. Park School of Communications, and Center for Faculty Excellence, Hillel at Ithaca College presents three award winning Israeli films, with panel discussions following each screening.

This festival opens its doors on Saturday, March 1, at 6:15pm at the Park School of Communications, alma mater to many distinguished filmmakers, and home to hundreds of talented Ithaca College students.

The aim of the Israel Film Festival at Ithaca College is to bring together people who care about the art of cinematography, Israel and Ithaca College.

We welcome everyone to see the complex picture of Israeli life, with its miracles, struggles, and opportunities. Through cinema, we offer a space to learn, explore, and better understand the multi-layered reality of a contemporary Israel.

This year, the topic for the Festival is multiculturalism in Israel. Israel, as a Jewish state, is a home for many cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Multiculturalism, a concept which allows people to live together while maintaining their identity, culture and traditions, is key to the success of modern Israel.

The opening movie, “Ballad of the Weeping Spring,” by Benny Torati, explores and presents the authentic and classic music of the Mizrachi Jews, Israelis who came from Iran, Morocco, and other Arab countries. Our second film is "Flood," a drama that explores family relations and the struggles of a 13-year-old teenager with the return of his autistic brother. We are also proud to screen "The Garden of Eden," a highly acclaimed documentary that tells the story of the “Gan Hashlosha,” the park created around beautiful pools, which welcomes people from all corners of Israeli life: Jews and Arabs, Orthodox Jews, religious Muslims, and immigrants from Russia and other parts of the world.

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