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Film/Speaker Series on the Jewish Experience to Run through Nov. 17

FLICKERS and the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation lend support to RWU departments organizing the series
A still from the short film, "Forget Us Not," a moving, in-depth look at the persecution and subsequent death of the 5 million non-Jewish victims of the World War II Holocaust and the lives of those who survived.

BRISTOL, R.I. – From Tuesday, Nov. 12, through Sunday, Nov. 17, Roger Williams University will play host to a film and speaker series that explores representations of the Jewish experience in Israel and the Holocaust through four recent films.

The series culminates with a talk by  Fitchburg State University Associate Professor of English and Folklore Michael Hoberman, author of New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America

This series has been made possible through a partnership with FLICKERS: Rhode Island International Film Festival and is sponsored by the Helene and Bertram Bernhardt Foundation, and the Roger Williams University Department of Communication, Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences, Dean Robert Eisinger, Associate Dean Roberta Adams, the Film Production Club, Hillel and Spiritual Life Program.

This is a merit point program. Visit the series website at http://www.film-festival.org/RovingEye_JewishExperience.php for more information. Click here for free ticketing.

Each of the following events is free and open to the public, no tickets required:

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Two films on the Holocaust and traveling to the Holy Land

Time and location: 6 p.m. in the RWU University's Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

Reporting on the Times: The New York Times and the Holocaust (2012). Inspired by Laurel Leff's award-winning book Buried by The Times, this film explores how The New York Times handled reports of the Holocaust during World War II. It also explores why The Times, a Jewish-owned newspaper, buried more than 1,000 articles in its back pages.

A Universal Language (2013). What do you get when you pack six of Canada’s top comics into a mini-van, and you take them across the Holy Land? Canadian comic Mark Breslin, along with six fellow top comics, travel to the Holy Land on a cultural exchange journey, bringing Canadian comedy to Israel and the Palestinian Territories for Jews and Arabs. Along the way they meet with local Palestinian and Israeli comics, and they try to bridge years of conflict through a common ground every individual has, the power of laughter.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Short film on the lives of Holocaust victims

Time and location: 6 p.m. in Global Heritage Hall, Room 01

Forget Us Not (2012). A moving, in-depth look at the persecution and subsequent death of the 5 million non-Jewish victims of the World War II Holocaust and the lives of those who survived. Forget Us Not strives to educate and give tribute to those who were killed for their religion, ethnicity, political views, sexual orientation, and physical handicaps.

Sunday, Nov. 17: Transcending Boundaries and Building Bridges: A discussion and short film screening

Time and location: 2:30 p.m. in Global Heritage Hall, Room 01

Speaker: Michael Hoberman, Associate Professor of English and Folklore at Fitchburg State University

Professor Hoberman will speak about his book, “New Israel/New England: Jews and Puritans in Early America” which tells the story of the Sephardic merchants who traded and sojourned in Boston and Newport between the mid-seventeenth century and the American Revolution. The book also explores the complex and often contradictory meanings that the Puritans attached to Judaism and the fraught attitudes that they bore toward the Jews as a people.

The Lady in Number 6 (2013). Shortlisted for an Academy Award for Documentary, this inspirational film depicts 109-year old Alice Herz Sommer, the world's oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor, sharing her story on how to achieve a long and happy life.