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Jewish Film Festival
April 16, 2008   
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The Muranów Cinema in Warsaw is staging the 5th International Jewish Motifs Film Festival April 22-27, one of Europe's largest festivals of Jewish films. The capital will host feature film directors, documentary makers and animated movie directors. They will take the festival audience on a long journey leading from the Poland of the past to the Iran of today.

The festival's 47 films that will compete for the Warsaw Phoenix statuette will all have a Jewish theme, encompassing subjects from the history of the Jewish people to the contemporary life of young Israelis and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Viewers will also be able to see ambitious artistic films taking up the subject of Jewish music, painting and more, inspired by Jewish cultural heritage.

As in previous years, the festival will also feature films devoted to Jewish religion, showing its beauty as well as problems, especially those among young Jews striving to reconcile tradition with contemporary reality.

Audiences will see films by Polish, American, Israeli, Belgian and British directors. The festival guest of honor will be film director and producer Janusz Morgenstern. As part of a Morgenstern retrospective, viewers will see some of his best-known films.

The festival's highlight will be a ceremonial premiere of Meduzot directed by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen. The film is hitting the Polish big screen soon.

The Chalutzim exhibition in the Muranów cinema foyer accompanying the festival has photographs recording memories of chalutzim, Hebrew for "pioneers." They are the original settlers of Israel of 60 years ago. Admission to competition screenings will be free.

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