SCHENECTADY–The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC), noting its 100th anniversary this year, will host a virtual film festival featuring one film for each of the next three months. Films will be “About A Teacher,” “Shared Legacies” and “Born In Jerusalem and Still Alive.” A festival pass to watch all three upcoming films and participate in the scheduled live discussions is available for purchase. Films and discussion may also be viewed individually.
The first film, “About A Teacher,” directed by Hanan Harchol, according to organizers, ties into the Center’s September theme of education. “About A Teacher,” (2020) is an American film about the personal journey of a new inner-city public high school film teacher who enters the profession oblivious to the actual demands of teaching in the public school system and unaware of his own shortcomings and biases.
The film, which is 112 minutes long, will be shown in English and will be available to watch “virtually,” via a Zoom link, from Friday, Sept. 17 to Sunday, Sept. 19. Film Director Hanan Harchol wlll discuss the film on Zoom on Sunday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
Harchol was born in Kibbutz Kinneret, in Israel, and moved to the United States at the age of two. He is now a New York City-based teacher, filmmaker, animator, artist, and classical guitarist. In addition to his visual artwork, Harchol is a professional guitarist who has broadcast solo recitals on WQXR, New York, and has recorded 11 CDs.
The two other films that will be a part of the film festival are “Shared Legacies,” Oct. 15-17, with the discussion on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. featuring Rabbi Matt Cutler of Schenectady and “Born In Jerusalem and Still Alive” Nov. 19-21 with the discussion set for Sunday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. featuring College of Staten Island Hillel Executive Director Amy Poser.
A festival pass to watch all three upcoming films and participate in the live discussions that follow may be purchased for $20 for area Centers’ members and $40 for non-members. Individual tickets may also be purchased for $8 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets are free to students for qualifying films.
Information and the fall film festival brochure may be obtained at http://www.schenectadyjcc.org/events/jewish-film-festival/ or by contacting Judy Ben-Ami at firstname.lastname@example.org.