Cinema Arts Centre to Hold 1st Long Island Jewish Film Festival in April

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Stills from the films My Neighbor Adolf (2022) (Courtesy 2-Team Productions & Film Produkcja) and I Like It Here (2022) (Courtesy of Argot Pictures)

Cinema Arts Centre to Hold 1st Long Island Jewish Film Festival in April

A three-day film festival will highlight Jewish stories and culture at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington from April 14 to 16.

The inaugural Long Island Jewish Film Festival will celebrate Jewish cinema with screenings of several documentaries, dramas, and historical films, including rare pieces of film history. The collection of six films was curated by David Schwartz, the manager of theatrical programming at Netflix.

“The Long Island Jewish Film Festival was organized to help celebrate the rich cultural traditions and history of the Jewish community in America, as well as abroad,” Cinema Arts Centre said in a news release promoting the festival. “The featured films embody the vanguard of modern Jewish cinema, and will introduce Long Island audiences to the artists creating work most representative of leading Jewish filmmaking in the 21st century.”

The festival kicks off on Friday, April 14 with a screening of the documentary I Like It Here. The filmmaker, Ralph Arlyck, will be available for a Q&A after the screening. On Saturday, April 15, Cinema Arts Centre will screen the rarely-seen 1924 silent film City Without Jews and a Yiddish language Ukrainian Film, Shttl. There will be a Q&A with the star of Shttl, Moshe Lobel.

Other films being screened throughout the weekend are My Neighbor Adolf, America, and Farewell, Mr. Haffmann.

Festival passes are $60, which includes entry to all screenings. The public can also purchase tickets to individual screenings for $15 each, except for City Without Jews, which is $17. Members will get discounted prices.

For more information and tickets to the festival, visit cinemaartscentre.org.

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