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Film festival shines a light on Jewish history and culture

05 Oct 2017

The UK International Jewish Film Festival celebrates its 21st birthday with a vibrant and creative line-up of more than 70 new international drama, documentary and short films

UK Jewish Film Festival

Here in Manchester, two films will be screened in November with Reader in Holocaust Studies Dr Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Senior Lecturer Dr Moshe Behar, Middle-Eastern Studies. 

Wilfrid Israel: The Essential Link

Monday, 13 November 8.30pm, HOME

Dir. Yonatan Nir | Israel, 2016 | 71 mins

Screening will be followed by Q&A with Ruth Barnett and Jean-Marc Dreyfus

Despite saving the lives of thousands of Jews, taking an integral role in the Kindertransport and working in partnership with the British intelligence, Wilfrid Israel is, for the most part, a forgotten hero. As the wealthy owner of one of Berlin’s largest department stores and an avid art collector, Israel was a high profile yet deeply enigmatic figure. Wilfrid Israel: The Essential Link explores not only Israel’s remarkable rescue operations but also the reasons they had been kept secret for so long.

Remember Baghdad

Tuesday, 21 November 6.20pm, HOME

Dir. Fiona Murphy | Israel, 2016 | 71 mins

Screening will be followed by Q&A with Fiona Murphy and Moshe Behar

Seen as a site of ongoing fighting, modern-day Baghdad scarcely resembles the city it once was. Remember Baghdad is a fascinating exploration of the rich Jewish life and culture that had flourished in Iraq before the events of the 20th and early 21st centuries dramatically changed the course of the country – and the fate of its Jews. The film features prominent British-Iraqi Jews, including David Dangoor. Their life stories are woven into the history of their fellow Iraqi people, Jews and non-Jews alike.