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Danbury to host the community’s inaugural Israeli film fest

DANBURY – In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, the United Jewish Center of Danbury will host the community’s first Israeli Film Festival on Sunday, Nov. 4 at The Palace Danbury Theatre, located at 165 Main Street. In addition to the screenings of two films, the celebration will include snacks and entertainment before and after the movies, and “chances to win” special prizes.

The featured films include:

“Heading Home, The Tale of Team Israel” (87 min) – 1:30 p.m.

A 2018 Audience Award Winner at U.S. film festivals, this family-friendly film recounts the journey of Israel’s national baseball team’s first appearance in the 2017 World Baseball Classic in Seoul, Korea. Following the screening, Alex Katz, a Team Israel member and a member of the Baltimore Orioles organization, will share his experiences of the classic American sport of baseball on the world stage. Westy, the Danbury Westerners mascot, will stop in to say “hi!” following the screening.

 

“Shelter” (93 min) – 4:30 p.m.

Directed by Israeli filmmaker Eran Riklis, award-winning director of Lemon Tree, this spy thriller brings together two women who face deception, choices, and a fate not their own. Dalit Katz, Director of Jewish Studies and founder of the annual Israeli Film Festival at Wesleyan University, will introduce Shelter, and will be available for audience questions after the film.

Admission per film is $ 18/adult, and $ 9/children 12 and under (a paid adult ticket holder must accompany children). A full-day pass is $ 36 and includes one adult ticket per film, one bag of popcorn and one “chance to win” ticket.

To purchase tickets: ujcfilmfest.eventbrite.com. For more information: (203) 788-7098, office@unitedjewishcenter.org.

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