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Film Series Exploring the Welsh Jewish Experience To be Held at Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC

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The series of award winning films will begin on Sunday, March 11 with welcome remarks by The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones, AM, First Minister of WalesThis March, the Welsh Government and the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will co-present Jewish Tales From Wales, a rare look at the Jewish history and culture of Wales through the lens of three modern films. 

The series of award winning films will begin with welcome remarks by The Right Honourable Carwyn Jones, AM, First Minister of Wales on Sunday, March 11 at 11 AM and a screening of Solomon and Gaenor (1999) followed by Sleep Furiously (2010) at 2:30 PM. Very Annie Mary (2001) will be shown on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM.

Museum of Jewish Heritage director, Dr. David G. Marwell, said, “We are pleased to partner with the Welsh Government to present this series. The Museum is devoted to exploring Jewish experiences across the globe, and we believe these films will shed light on the unique work of three very different Welsh Jewish directors and their compelling backgrounds. We welcome the First Minister of Wales, and his colleagues for these exciting programs.”
Welsh Jewish director Gideon Koppel dedicated his film, Sleep Furiously, to his parents.  He praised their small village in Wales as “a wonderfully cosmopolitan and culturally diverse society,” where his parents felt comfortable.  He said, “They were both immigrants, refugees from Nazi Germany and both from generations of nomads…so for them to make a home…particularly one with land on which to grow food and belong to a community…had a deep resonance.” Koppel will offer a post-screening discussion of his film.

Likewise, director Sara Sugarman (Very Annie Mary), also from a Welsh Jewish family, will be in attendance to discuss her film. She said, “I am an observer of South Wales valley life. I have a huge emotional pull to the people. I think that’s because they are warm and similar to Jewish people.” Her family owned a men’s clothing store in a Welsh valley community. She said the culture “felt very much how I imagine living in the shtetl my forefathers came from.”

Tickets are $10 adults, $7 students/seniors, and $5 members. Tickets for March 11 include both films. Tickets are available online at www.mjhnyc.org or by calling the Museum box office at 646.437.4202.

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