Opening Night – November 4th 2017
Leah Warshawski, Co-Director (Sonia’s Granddaughter)
Todd Soliday, Co-Director
We’re proud, once again, to bring you an exciting line-up of outstanding and critically-acclaimed films from Israel and around the world that explore and celebrate the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience.
We’re delighted to have Calgary Jewish Federation join us as co-sponsors of our Opening Night film, the charming and award-winning documentary Big Sonia, and thrilled to have the film’s co-directors, Leah Warshawski, (who happens to be Big Sonia’s granddaughter) and Todd Soliday, joining us as our special guests that evening.
Another special guest that you won’t want to miss is Larry Weinstein, director of How the Jews Wrote Christmas, a highly entertaining documentary that will be screening on Closing Night as part of the “Dr. Martha Cohen Memorial Screening” alongside another music-themed film: the powerful and captivating documentary The Maestro: In Search of the Last Music”.
Along with Calgary Jewish Federation, we are committed to promoting inclusiveness in our community, and are very pleased to partner with Federation in the screening of the award-winning film Keep the Change, an endearing romantic comedy about two individuals on the autism spectrum.
This year’s “Dr. Ralph Gurevitch Tikkun Olam Screening” will feature the Danish film Across the Waters, a gripping drama about the heroic rescue of Denmark’s Jews by local fishermen during WWII.
We’re delighted to have the Calgary Chapter of Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel join us as co-sponsors of the touching Israeli drama Between Worlds. The evening is open to all, free of charge.
We feel honored by The Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta’s choice of our film festival, once again, as the venue for their annual Jay Joffe Memorial Program. JHSSA will be co-sponsoring the screening of the fascinating documentary Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana.
As always, we would like to express our deepest thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom this festival would not be possible. It is their generosity, community-mindedness and commitment to Jewish culture that enables us to offer this event to the community.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my hard-working committee for all of the time and effort that they have put into planning this year’s festival.
We hope that you’ll enjoy the festival, and that this year’s selection of exceptional films will move and inspire you, entertain and delight you, enlighten and challenge you!