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Annual Jewish Studies Film Festival Sept. 27, Oct. 4 & 11

Date Released: 8/26/2010

The Berlin Cabaret scene in the 1930's, women struggling to maintain cultural traditions, and romance in a car repair shop are the themes of these highly regarded Jewish films. Screenings 7:30 PM Humanities Theatre. Tickets $8.

The Berlin Cabaret scene in the 1930’s, women struggling to maintain their cultural traditions, and  romance in a car repair shop, are the topics of three highly regarded Jewish films to be featured at the annual Purchase College Jewish Studies Film Festival on September 27, October 4, and October 11.   


Screenings will take place at 7:30 PM in the Humanities Theatre of the Durst Family Humanities Building, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY.

Tickets $8. For information call 914-251-6563 or contact


This is a rare opportunity to view award winning Jewish films and hear faculty members from  the Jewish Studies program lead post-screening discussions based on their areas of expertise.  All films will be shown with English subtitles.


“Gripsholm” screened on September 27, was Switzerland’s entry to the 73rd Academy Awards.  It is based on Kurt Tucholsky’s novel Schloss Gripsholm and on his real life story.  This beautifully produced feature film plunges the audience into the pleasure-craving, decadent world of Berlin cabaret of the 1930’s.  Directed by Xavier Koller, the film is provided by the National Center for Jewish Film.


“Purity” screened on October 4, won the Mayor Award for Best Documentary at the Jerusalem International Film Festival. It beautifully incorporates lyrical and meditative images with interviews, “Purity” presents the hidden struggle of religious women to maintain their cultural traditions and individual needs within the framework of Jewish law. It provides new insight into a guarded religious community.  Director Anat Zuria presents her own experiences in adhering to Orthodox practices, as well as those of her friends Natalie and Shira.


“Jaffa” screened on October 11 is a Cannes Film Festival favorite. It is a dramatic story about Malia, who lives with her family in Jaffa and works with her brother and father at the family –owned car repair shop. Malia falls in love with Tauffik, a mechanic in the garage.


 A special guest at the “Jaffa” screening will be Carole Zabar, Founder of Manhattan –based The Other Israel Film Festival who will discuss her mission to utilize film to foster social awareness and cultural understanding. “We are tremendously excited for our students and the Westchester public  to be partnering with The Other Israel Film Festival for a second year,” said Rachel Hallote, Director of the Purchase College Jewish Studies program.  Last year the Progarm hosted Mohammad Bakri’s moving documentary “Zahara.”