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01/16/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/16/2018 12:00

Maine Jewish Film Festival Participates in PechaKucha Night at Rockport Opera House on January 19

Posted January 16, 2018

Celebrating its 21st year screening movies that depict the global Jewish experience as a way to promote understanding and celebrate diversity, the Maine Jewish Film Festival will participate in PechaKucha Night at the Rockport Opera House on January 19 from 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are $5 cash at the door.

David Scholder, President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Film Festival, will make a presentation about the film festival's 2018 programs at the PechaKucha Night. This is an evening of visual storytelling where presenters are given 20 slides with each one shown for 20 seconds to reveal their passions, work and inspirations.

During his presentation, Scholder will outline programming for the eight-day 2018 Jewish Film Festival which will include the presentation of two films at the Strand Theatre in Rockland on March 17 and 18. The Saturday night March 17 presentation will be 'An Act of Defiance' set in apartheid-ruled South Africa, tells the story of a renowned lawyer Bram Fisher who struggles to hide his secret affiliation to the nation's chief resistance movement - as he takes on defending a group of its arrested members, including its leader, Nelson Mandela. On Sunday afternoon March 18 at 2:30 pm the festival will present 'Monkey Business' a documentary film exploring the behind the scenes look at the extraordinary lives of Hans and Margret Rey, Jewish European refugees who are the authors of the beloved Curious George children's books.

This year's Jewish Film Festival will run from March 10 through March 18 in locations throughout Maine - Screenings for the festival will be held in 10 locations statewide: in Portland at the Nickelodeon Cinema, Maine College of Art, Portland Museum of Art, USM Talbot Lecture Hall and Jewish Community Alliance, in Brunswick at the Eveningstar Cinema, in Lewiston at the Bates College Olin Arts Center, in Waterville at the Railroad Square Cinema, and in Bangor at the Bangor Cinema.

Film subjects focus upon immigration, music and dance, visual arts, women and gay rights, intergenerational relationships, comedy, fashion, food and foreign language.

'As the only statewide film festival film in Maine, we're excited to continue our growth and education while entertaining movie lovers of all backgrounds.' said MJFF's Executive Director Barbara Merson. 'In 2016, nearly 50 percent of attendees identified as being non-Jewish and 30 percent were first time attendees, which encourages us to screen topical films ranging from universal themes to art films.'