Calgary Jewish Film Festival starts on November 6

The Calgary Beth Tzedec Jewish Film Festival opens on November 6 with "Neighbours" - a tender, gently humorous and touching coming-of-age epic, told through the innocent eyes of a 6-year-old child. The virtual festival continues until November 21.

by AJNews Staff

(AJNews) – Film buffs across Jewish Alberta are counting off the days until November 6 for the virtual launch of the 21st Annual Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival.

Through to November 21, the festival will showcase an impressive lineup of feature films and documentaries that explore a wide array of Jewish themes and topics. Be prepared to cry, to laugh, to be engaged, informed and entertained. Visit the festival website ( for a full schedule and to buy a festival pass or tickets to individual films. Refer to the centre spread of the October edition of Alberta Jewish News for a newspaper program that you can keep on your coffee table for easy reference.

“Welcome to the Beth Tzedec Calgary Jewish Film Festival,” said Festival Founder and Director Harvey Cyngiser. “Although we had hoped to be able to come together in person this year, the safety and well-being of our community is a top priority for us. And with that in mind, we have chosen to bring the film festival to you “virtually” once again this year, so that you’re able to enjoy this season’s exciting line-up of outstanding films from the safety, comfort and convenience of your own homes!”

Cyngiser expressed his deepest thanks to all the festival sponsors, without whom this event would not be possible. “It is their generosity, community-mindedness and commitment to Jewish culture that enables us to offer this event to the community,” he said.

“In particular, we’d like to acknowledge and thank the sponsors of some of the annual highlights of our festival.

“This year’s “Dr. Ralph Gurevitch Tikkun Olam Screening” sponsored annually by the Gurevitch Family Endowment Fund, will feature the inspiring documentary Yerusalem: The incredible Story of Ethiopian Jewry at 7 pm on November 7.

And we thank Calgary Jewish Federation for their sponsorship of the thought-provoking documentary Love It Was Not, as part of the annual community-wide Kristallnacht Commemoration at 7 pm on November 9.

“We are grateful to the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta for their sponsorship of the entertaining mini-series The New Jew, which will be screened as the JHSSA’s annual “Jay Joffe Memorial Program” at 7 pm on November 10.

“This year’s “Dr. Martha Cohen Memorial Screening” sponsored annually by the Dr. Martha Cohen bequest to Beth Tzedec Congregation, will feature the charming comedy/drama Golden Voices at 7 pm on November 13.”

Visit the festival website for a full schedule and trailers to these and the other wonderful films that make up this year’s lineup.

Cyngiser also extended a special thank you to the dedicated Film Festival Committee members “who have spent months previewing films in order to bring you a diverse selection of engaging films that we hope will move and inspire you, entertain and delight you, enlighten and challenge you.”

Get your tickets today! Some of the advantages of the virtual arena is that viewers can screen the films at home (regardless of the weather) and that there is no such thing as a sold-out venue. The virtual platform also allows for screening flexibility. Each film is scheduled to begin at a specific time, and will be available for a 48 hour window from the start time. You can view the film at your own convenience, at any time during that 48-hour period.

Please Note: The films can only be viewed within Alberta.

Films can be streamed on any “smart” device: a smart TV, a desktop or laptop computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone. There are various ways you can connect these devices to your home TV using an HDMI cable or through device-to-TV-screen mirroring. For more information on how to connect your devices and view the films on your home TV, refer to the Technology Tips on the festival website.

Then get a snack, get comfortable and enjoy the festival.

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