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    For seventeen years, the Jewish Community Center has presented the annual Jewish Film Festival in an effort to explore the topic of Jewish identity through the lens of international film. Now that the festival is in its final weekend, this is the last chance to participate in a fantastic cultural excursion. The festival thus far has presented everything from a coming-of-age story to a documentary about Israeli pilots, to the Golden Globe-nominated story of a woman seeking divorce from her Orthodox husband. In this, the final weekend of the festival, the following two films will be shown.

    +Zero Motivation, playing at Village 8 Theaters at 7:30 tomorrow, Saturday, February 21. This film tells the story of three women performing mandatory service in the Israeli army. The military displaying several forms of sexism, these women find their fiercest battles to be ones of ideology and personal identity. This comedy was nominated for nine Israeli Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

    +The Jewish Cardinal (or, Le Métis de Dieu) is the true story of a Jewish man who converts to Catholicism and enters the priesthood. Despite his calling to Christianity, Jean-Marie Lustiger maintains his Jewish identity – a dual identity which serves to place him in the role of reluctant mediator when Carmelite nuns decide to build a convent inside Auschwitz – where his mother had died. The Jewish Cardinal plays at Village 8 at 2:00 on Sunday, February 22.

    Village 8 is located at 4014 Dutchmans Lane. Price of admission to the films is $8.50 in advance, $10 at the door or $6 for students. See the Jewish Film Festival official page for details on all the films shown or to purchase tickets online.

    Image courtesy of the JFF website.


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    There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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