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bethel filmfest

The Arts Committee of Temple Beth El will host its annual Jewish film festival with a series of three entertaining films this summer. It will take place in the social hall of the temple, located at the corner of Court and Tioga Streets in Ithaca. The line up includes: Walk on Water on June 27th, Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg on July 18th and The Last Suit on August 22nd. These are all Thursday evenings. Doors open at 6:30 PM for free refreshments and socializing. The films begin at 7 PM.

Walk on Water (Israel 2004) Starring Lior Ashkenazi and Knut Berger, this enthralling award-winning film by internationally-acclaimed director Eytan Fox explores the motives, strengths, and, ultimately, the humanity of an Israeli assassin sent to rectify a wrong committed five decades earlier. Several languages are spoken, as the plot moves from country to country. English subtitiles.

Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg (USA 2009) A documentary on television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, principal writer, and star of "The Goldbergs," a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television's very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry.

The Last Suit (Spain, Argentina 2018) A Polish-born Holocaust survivor decides to travel from Buenos Aires to Lodz to fulfill a promise he made nearly 70 years earlier. This late-life road movie boasts plenty of poignant and humorous moments as the protagonist meets a variety of helpful characters along his journey. English subtitles.

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