Life Interrupted -- My Experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival

July 14, 2014 6:35 PM

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Life Interrupted -- My Experience at the Jerusalem Film Festival

As Director of Film Programs at The JCC in Manhattan, one of the most important festivals for me to attend is the Jerusalem Film Festival, Israel's leading film festival. I not only get to spend a week seeing dozens of Israeli films for our Israel Film Center, but also view the annual great crop of Jewish and International films, which often inspire our program in New York. This year, I was planning on attending with a little extra stress -- for the first time I would be away from my 8-month-old son for 12 days. I did not anticipate the stress of attending the festival while rockets are falling throughout the country.

Some might picture Israel as a war zone, but anyone who has visited here knows how normal day-to-day life is, even in the worst of times. In the past, wars were kept far away... Lebanon, Gaza, the cities of the south -- places that do not impact the vibrant life in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In many wa...

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