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17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival, March 13-20, 2014

Presented by the American Sephardi Federation the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is now the only annual festival of its kind. A banquet for filmgoers, this year’s festival will feature world renowned singer Enrico Macias on opening night and productions from France, Israel, Greece, Austria, and Spain.  Rarely seen in the United States, the 16 films will share unforgettable stories of Bukhari, Iraqi, Iranian, Moroccan, Algerian, Greek and Spanish Jews, along with a timely spotlight on the bifurcated lives of Jews displaced from their ruptured Arab homelands.

The festival will launch with an unprecedented appearance by legendary Sephardi entertainer Enrico Macias.  The subject of the dazzling opening-night film “Enrico Macias:  A Life in Music”, Macias will receive the American Sephardi Federation Pomegranate Lifetime Achievement Award at a gala benefit reception. 

“Dual identities, longing, and loss have defined the Sephardi experience, especially with turmoil in many of their homelands in recent years.  This year’s films reflect the complexity of their experience with humor, warmth, and intelligence,” said Lynne Winters, director of the American Sephardi Federation, presenter of the festival.

“It’s also exciting for us to shine a spotlight on some key figures in Sephardi history through this year’s program, including human-rights activist Dr. Vicki Shiran and a larger-than-life entertainer like Enrico Macias, who’ll receive the Pomegranate Award for Lifetime Achievement.” Winters said.

A full schedule for the 17th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival is available at

 Among the highlights:

-Enrico Macias: A Life in Song

A fascinating look at one of France’s most beloved entertainers.  Over the past 50 years, the Algerian-Jewish pied-noir musician has become the spokesman for the North African and Middle Eastern Jews who fled their homelands in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Dir.:  Antoine Casubolo Ferro.  France, 2012.  52 mins. French w/English subtitles.  (Thurs. Mar. 13, 6:30pm)

-Stolen Documents? Franco and the Holocaust (Documentos robados? Franco y el Holocausto): US premiere of a revelatory documentary about Franco and the Jews during the Holocaust – including testimonials from Sephardic Jews in Spain today.  Dir.:  Yolanda Villaluenga.  Spain, 2012.  53 mins.  Spanish w/English subtitles.  (Weds. Mar. 19, 6:30pm)

-The Longest Journey: The Last Days of the Jewish Community of Rhodes The 2,000-year-old Jewish community of Rhodes was almost destroyed when residents were transported to Auschwitz in 1944.  This gripping film weaves testimonies of three survivors.  Dir.:  Ruggero Gabbai. Italy, 2012.  52 mins. Italian w/English subtitles. (Mon. Mar. 17, 6:30p).

Post-screening discussion with Stella Levi and Alessandro Cassin, Centro Primo Levi. 

Cinéma du réel

Since it was founded 36 years ago, the Cinéma du réel has become France’s foremost documentary film festival. Open to a diversity of writings, creative forms and ideas, the festival draws a large, faithful and curious audience.

The festival’s venues: Centre Pompidou, Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Forum de Images, the Nouveau Latina, as well as several film theatres in the Ile-de-France area.










Could it be that night defies “realism”? From black to overly bright, from town to forest, from the beginnings of cinema to contemporary experiments, night escapes us, reveals itself or becomes transfigured. 

Proposed and programmed by Marie-Pierre Duhamel Muller

In partnership with the French Film Archives and the Centre Pompidou.


> Portugal, 25 APRIL 1974 – UMA TENTATIVA DE AMOR

For the 40th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution, an anthology of films shot during this enchanted interval, filled with hope, energy and freedom. With films by Rui Simões, João César Monteiro, António Campos, Robert Kramer, Pedro Costa and others.

Programme by Federico Rossin.

Partnered by the Cinemateca Portuguesa/Museu do Cinema and Apordoc, the Portuguese association for documentary film. With assistance of the Instituto Camões and the participation of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation France Delegation.



A full retrospective of the films by Carasco, who spent 20 years travelling through the lands of the Tarahumara Indians with her husband, the cameraman and editor, Régis Hébraud.

Programme by Nicole Brenez, together with Régis Hébraud.



For the 10th anniversary of the filmmaker’s death, Cinéma du réel proposes two journeys through his work:

- ethno-fiction: a two-session workshop to pay tribute to this pioneer of ethno-cinema.

- Parisian wanderings: following in the filmmaker’s footsteps through the streets of Paris.

Partnered by the French Film Archives, the Comité du film ethnographique and the Fondation Jean Rouch.



After Syria in 2012 and Iran in 2013, this year Arrested Cinema questions documentary production in Russia. Given the lack of funding and the non-diffusion of existing films, is self-censorship  a necessary alternative?

Partnered by Arte Actions culturelles



For the French re-edition of Another Way of Telling, a spotlight on the works of John Berger, with screenings of Ways of Listening by Colin MacCabe, where the writer talks with Tilda Swinton, and Timothy Neat’s Play me something.



- Joaquim Pinto: screening of E agora? Lembra me, awarded at the Locarno Festival and a master class at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

- La Ultima Pelicula by Raya Martin and Mark Peranson.


>>> Cinéma du reel is also: discussions, workshops and professional round tables (including a guided tour of Claire Simon’s webdoc, Gare du Nord, a concert inspired by A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness by Ben Rivers and Ben Russel, “hors les murs” screenings in the Île de France area and beyond…” 

Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival

The Corona Fastnet Short Film Festival now in its sixth year takes place annually over the last weekend in May. It is an 'up close and personal' festival. Filmmakers, directors, producers and invited guest speakers, all share the same space. Schull doesn’t have a Cinema, so we invite attendees to explore alternatives. Screenings, Q&As, Premieres, Workshops and Discussions are held in all sorts of weird and wonderful locations, throughout the village of Schull. “Distributed Cinema” is Schull’s very own dedicated server for short films. Anyone with a smartphone, laptop or tablet can access the submitted films through Wi-Fi, anywhere on Main Street during the festival. You can watch any of the past 5 years winning films, archived workshops and interviews 24 hours a day 365 days a year here in Schull.

Our server is also used alongside HD media players, to screen films in a number of smaller venues throughout the locality. From a bookshop or an Art Gallery to Marquees, pubs and restaurants, The Long Island Cinema and our main Venue the refurbished Village Hall. Many of the premises in town take on the identity of a film, decorating their premises accordingly.

We endeavor to screen each and every film submitted to our competition. It is difficult for filmmakers to reach large audiences and have their work appreciated. Our workshops attempt to provide very high quality hands on experiences for filmmakers and this year this element is our area of special focus. We are also fortunate to live in the most beautiful place in the world. When the sun shines there is no better place to be at any time.

The Festival Fringe Events

At the Fringe, we provide high quality activities for families with children, from Puppet Shows, Rod Puppet Making Workshops, Tee-shirt Painting, Children’s Cinema, Storytelling, Drama workshops, Cycle Cinema, children’s filmmaking workshops and much more for all ages Most of our children’s activities do not carry a cover charge.

Please keep an eye on our website for updates

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FFFilm Project (Family Fiction Film Project) is a cycle of video and film, which explores several possibilities around the topic of family/familiar: documentary or fiction movies about the intimate, the personal or private, family footage, home movies, self-portraits / about identities, family as a landscape, alternative families, etc.  In the era of the democratization of the use of image the objects produced are increasingly on the intimacy and in the precariousness of the production resources. There is a new way to make films and to tell stories. Public and private or global and local, stand in a constant transformation in their inter-connection at the same they have a tremendous impact on the way of producing, creating and living. We believe that at this moment, this kind of cycle is full of sense; it will be a moment for sharing ways of doing and perspectives which concerns are to do with fragility, intimacy and precarity. This cycle is open both to amateur and professional videos.

Purgatory IV Film Exhibition - A Cinematic Exploration of the Soul

purgatory / noun / an intermediate place or state of temporary suffering for expiatory purification

Within the word “purgatory”, it is easy to envision condemned souls, torment and darkness. However, purgatory may also reflect the cyclic state in which we often rediscover or recreate ourselves anew from within our personal inflictions. Sometimes it is the necessary stage to exorcise ourselves from the haunting ghosts of the past. Perhaps it is the serene place of self reflection and realization.

From within this, DAMNED proudly presents an exhibition of powerful cinema called Purgatory. Held on March 7th & 8th 2014 at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit, Purgatory will present approximately 90 minutes of short films of introspective, emotive and/or enlightened subject matters from filmmakers worldwide. This is not an industry-focused film festival, but a tributary showcase of the often redemptive films from the filmmaker’s personal collections.

NOW FEATURING…THE DAMNED BAZAAR – Come in early before the show and visit the DAMNED Bazaar featuring over a dozen local DAMNED artists selling their own merchandise, prints and original art. Help support local artists! (Contact us for reserving your Bazaar space)

Purgatory IV – A Cinematic Exploration of the Soul
Fri March 07 – Showtimes 7pm 9pm
Sat March 08 – Showtimes 5pm 7pm 9pm

The DAMNED Bazaar will open at 6pm Friday and 4pm Saturday until midnight.

Admission is $10 or $5 with valid student ID.

A cash bar is also present for alcoholic (and non) pleasures.

This event is 18+ due to mature/disturbing art and film content.

Tangent Gallery, 715 E Milwaukee, Detroit, MI

The Latin American Film Festival

The Latin American Film Festival (LAFF) returns in 2014 for its 18th edition, showcasing features, documentaries, and short films from south of the Rio Grande. Presented by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), the event features only contemporary Ottawa premieres, gleaned from the screens of such festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, and Chicago to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Latin America.

Each year, experience the work of Latin America’s greatest filmmakers, as well as Embassy-hosted receptions, over the span of the ten-day prestigious film event held at 395 Wellington St. Five-film Passports and special prices for members, seniors, and students are made available. This exciting event is presented in collaboration with the Group of Latin American Ambassadors (GRULA).

Insight Film Festival

The Insight Film Festival exists to encourage filmmakers throughout the world to make films about ‘faith’. It creates events and spaces where such films can be displayed, discussed and celebrated. It welcomes participants from all faith backgrounds and none and focuses particularly on young filmmakers. In doing so it wants to make positive contributions to understanding, respect and community cohesion.

Studio City Film Festival

Narrative Feature

Narrative Short

Music Video

Student Short

Documentary Feature

Documentary Short

Comedy Short

Comedy Feature

Animated Short

Festival Internacional de Cine y Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil







Mérida, Venezuela
Luego del rotundo éxito que representó a nivel regional, nacional e internacional la tercera edición del FICAIJ, la Asociación Civil Grupo de Artes Escénicas y Audiovisuales Expresión Ixoye se complace en abrir la convocatoria oficial dirigida a la comunidad en general interesada en participar en el IV FICAIJ que se celebrará en Mérida y Caracas, Venezuela, entre el 25 y 31 de mayo de 2014.

Estamos actualmente en la fase de recepción e inscripción de audiovisuales que deseen participar en el marco del IV FICAIJ. También recibiremos postulaciones de aquellos niños, adolescentes y jóvenes interesados en ser miembros del grupo de jurados del FICAIJ. La convocatoria estará abierta entre los días 07 de diciembre de 2013 y 31 de enero de 2014.
En breve más información.


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Mérida, Venezuela
After FICAIJ’s third edition success obtained at regional, national and international level, the Asociación Civil Grupo de Artes Escénicas y Audiovisuales Expresión IXOYE in pleased to open the official announcement addressed to all people interested in FICAIJ’s Fourth Edition activities that will be held in Mérida and Caracas, Venezuela, between 25 and 31 May, 2014.
We are currently receiving and registering materials wishing to participate in FICAIJ’s fourth edition. We are also receiving applications for those children, teenagers and young people interested in becoming members of FICAIJ’s Jury. The announcement will be opened between December 7th 2013 and January 31th 2014.
More information will be available soon.

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Mérida, Venezuela
Après le total succès qui a présenté  au niveau régional, national et international la troisième édition du FICAIJ, l’Association civil groupe des Arts scéniques et audiovisuels « Expresión Ixoye » On se plaît en ouvrir la convocation officielle dirigé à la communauté en général intéressé de participer dans le IVème FICAIJ lequel se célébrera à Mérida et à Caracas,  Venezuela, entre le 25 et le 31 mai du 2014.
Actuellement nous sommes dans l’étape de la réception et l’inscription de textes audiovisuels qui veulent participer dans le cadre du IVème FICAIJ. Nous recevons aussi les postulations des enfants, adolescents et jeunes qui sont intéressés d’être membres du groupe de jurés du FICAIJ. La convocation sera ouverte  entre le 7 décembre du 2013 et le 31 janvier du 2014.
Ensuite plus d’information. 


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