Dear Festival Friends,
“Powerful” “Courageous” “Heartwarming” “Great Community Builder”
After ten momentous days, 5,000 attendees,14 Break Dancers, 5 filmmakers from Israel, New York, Atlanta, Massachusetts and Florida, 3 national Jewish change-makers, 2 Holocaust Survivors, 1 author, 1 educator and 21 films screened in five venues, we HAVA wrap for the 17th Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered, attended, donated, danced, voted and applauded! We brought our TRIBUTE film Kinderblock 66 to 750 High School students and reunited two Buchenwald Boys for the first time in nearly 70 years. We saw how one man, a brave retired dentist, can right the wrongs of the past with his flip camera.
We paid tribute on screen to three Jewish icons, Entebbe hero Yoni Netanyahu, Mayor Ed Koch and Helen Kutsher. Through the magic of movies, we observed Yom Hashoah- Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom Hazikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day and rejoiced in dance and song on Israel's 65th Independence Day, all in ten days!
In our very close audience balloting, you voted Koch our Best Documentary Audience Award Winner and A Bottle In The Gaza Sea, was voted as Best Feature.
Planning this festival starts a year in advance, and without the incredible loyalty and hard work of the Festival committee, Mandell JCC staff, cheerful festival volunteers and more than 100 donors and business supporters, community funders, media sponsors and most important of all, YOU, our loyal fans, our festival would not be the success it has become.
We thank you for helping to make the Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival a cultural destination for our community and the region!
Save the dates, March 20-30, 2014 for our eighteenth – CHAI – edition! See you at the movies!
Ronny Siegel, Chair
Harriet J. Dobin, Director
Mandell JCC Hartford Jewish Film Festival