WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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F I L M S F R O M M A N Y N A T I O N S Each year the BJFF staff reviews more than 250 films and chooses approximately 50 from about 15 countries, including Israel, which over the past decade has joined the ranks of the leading filmmaking nations in the world. In fact, there are more film schools than law schools in Israel, and Israeli films are often nominated for Academy Awards. "Our hit films at the festival are generally the Israeli films vying for coveted awards," explains the BJFF Executive Director, Jaymie Saks. In 2014, the festival screened the Academy Award nominated Israeli film Zero Motivation, considered the Israeli M*A*S*H. A cynical comedy about a unit of young, female Israeli soldiers, the film was nominated for 12 Ophir (Israeli Academy) Awards and won the Best Narrative Feature Award and the Nora Ephron Prize at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Denise Widman Lauer, current president of the board of directors of the BJFF, compares the festival to a trip around the world. "Our viewers experience stories and confront issues from many countries — all without leaving Boston!" F I L M S W I T H U N I V E R S A L T H E M E S The festival's dramas, comedies, documentaries, and short films show- case the diverse and vibrant Jewish experience. Did you know that American football thrives in Israel? The 2014 premiere of TouchDown Israel features the Kraft Family Israeli Football League, 11 teams com- posed of a cross-section of Israeli society, including Arabs, Christians, and religious settlers whose love of the game forges unexpected friendships. 122 The Boston Jewish Film Festival W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 B A C K G R O U N D B Y M E D I A B A K E R Y M O V I E S T I L L C O U R T S Y O F T H E B S T O N J E W I S H F I L M F E S T I V A L

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