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Ithaca College to Host Israel Film Festival

ITHACA, NY — The first annual Israel Film Festival being held the weekend of March 1–2 at Ithaca College will feature two dramas and a documentary. Panel discussions focusing on an aspect of the film will follow each screening. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The theme for this year’s festival is multiculturalism in Israel.

“We welcome everyone to see the complex picture of Israeli life, with its miracles, struggles and opportunities,” says Leonard Slutsky ’14, chair of communications for Hillel and an organizer of the festival. “Through cinema, we offer a space to learn, explore and better understand the multi-layered reality of a contemporary Israel.”

Saturday, March 1
7:15 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium
Film: “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring
Panel Discussion: “Music in Film”

The final wishes of a dying man result in a musician with a scarred past taking a journey through the northern Israeli countryside on a mission: to find the best bandmates to perform the world premiere of the symphony “The Ballad of the Weeping Spring.” The film by Beni Torati explores and presents the authentic and classic music of the Mizrahi Jews, Israelis who came from Iran, Morocco and other Arab countries.

Sunday, March 2
2:15 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium
Film: “Mabul” (“The Flood”)
Panel Discussion: “Dealing with Disabilities”

As the smart but scrawny Yoni prepares for his bar mitzvah amidst his already unstable family, his autistic older brother suddenly returns home after being institutionalized for many years. Buried secrets come to light and Yoni’s bar mitzvah Torah portion — Noah and the flood — becomes a metaphor for the family’s fragile existence.

Sunday, March 2
5 p.m., Park Hall Auditorium
Film: “The Garden of Eden
Panel Discussion: “Documenting Life”

The highly acclaimed documentary tells the story of Gan Hashlosha, one of the largest, most famous and most visited parks in Israel. The film documents the park’s transformation over the course of one year, and with a spectacular expression of cinematic beauty, it tells the stories of the people who visit the park and work therein.

The Israel film Festival is sponsored by Hillel at Ithaca College, the Jewish studies program and the Roy H. Park School of Communications. For more information, visit or contact