With the forthcoming Presidential election on many people’s minds, not to mention the flaring crisis in Israel, the Boston Jewish Film Festival is both timely and on-target with its film schedule, which promises to investigate issues of Jewish identity in relation to a larger society. The event, which will run from [ November 2nd ] through [ November 12th, 2000 ] , is expected to welcome over 10,000 attendees in their 12th year — they’re New England’s larget Jewish cultural gathering.
This year’s festival will screen over 48 different films from 15 different countries, almost all of which were independently produced. Highlights include two world premieres, one North American premiere, and many Boston premieres. “Brownsville Black and White,” by the late local filmmaker Richard Broadman, will make its world premiere. The film examines the legacy of the Brownsville Boys Club, which epitomized the spirit of cooperation that prevailed among Jews, African Americans, and Caribbean Blacks in Brooklyn’s Brownsville in the 1940s, and the later setbacks sparked by the urban renewal of the ’60s. A panel will follow the screening.
For a detailed look at the Festival schedule and information on tickets and the six Festival venues, go to [ the Boston Jewish Film Festival site. ]