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Bucharest hosts for a week first edition of Jewish Film Festival

Bucharest will host, from June 20 to 26, the first edition of the Jewish Film Festival - BJFF, an event that brings together film screenings, exhibitions, music and debates, in the main aim to inform the Romanian public on Jewish traditions and culture, as well as educating young people in the sense of inter-ethnic and religious tolerance.

The films, including 29 presented as a first in Romania, are productions awarded at Cannes, winners of César, Oscar and Sundance, and are to be screened, starting on Monday, within the first edition, at Studio Cinema, Scala Cinema, Green Hours Terrace and at the Romanian Peasant's Museum.

Opening of BJFF will take place on Monday, June 20, with a gala at the Studio Cinema, at 19.00 hours where, as a premiere in Romania, the Last Survivor documentary is to be screened, awarded in 2010 at the Oxford Film Festival and Dallas International Film Festival, in the presence of Romanian-born writer Hedi Fried, survivor of concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen.

'We started with the idea not to do a pure and simple film festival, we started with the idea to better know each other. Knowing the other, your neighbor, is the basis of mutual support, of starting a friendship, of finally forging a partnership in a community or another. The unknown is what scares, the one that stirs mistrust, which makes you shiver, especially when fed by not very constructive myths ', said festival director Paul Ghitiu on Thursday, in the presentation conference of BJFF.

Regarding the structure of this broad cultural event, Ghitiu pointed out that the festival is designed multi-dimensionally, in the sense of a variety of cultural events.

Irina Cajal Marin, member of the Board of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania, State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and member of the Honorary BJFF Council, voiced satisfaction that, through this festival, 'a dream comes true which, I hope, will continue every year from now on, and with many important people getting involved in what we call the Jewish cultural legacy, the cultural legacy of minorities in Romania, as well as an inter-ethnic multi-cultural dialogue '.

'I think that the Romanian public will be happy to learn about the traditions of Jewish art, about the Jewish heritage in the Jewish art and the Jews image in the world. (...) There are scheduled over 100 cultural events, set to open the taste for what it means tolerance', said Irina Cajal.

The event is organized by NOI Media Print SA and Art Promo Cultural Foundation, with support from the National Center of Cinematography, General Council of Bucharest Municipality, Bucharest City Hall, ArCuB, Embassy of Israel, Ministry of Culture and Bucharest Jewish Community.

TVR is an associate partner in this event. Bucharest Jewish Film Festival is part of a network of more than 130 similar events held throughout the world under the Jewish Film Festival brand, and Berlin Jewish Film Festival is the partner festival in this inaugural edition.