Izza Genini Receives Lifetime Achievement Pomegranate Award at Sephardic Film Fest

NYSJFF 2012 Opening Night Gala: award winning filmmaker/NYSJFF founder Haim Shiran, Ifrane 2011: The First Holocaust Conference in the Arab World (L), and Ofrit Peres, Shiran’s daughter. Writer and documentarian Izza Genini received the Lifetime Achievement Pomegranate Award for her excellence and achievement in filmmaking during the 16th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival 2012 (NYSJFF 2012) Opening Night Gala, held at the Center for Jewish History, New York, Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 PM. Presented by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF), the Pomegranate (symbolic of love and prosperity) acknowledges visionary achievements in the history, tradition, and culture of Sephardic Jews through film.

Born in Casablanca, Morocco of Jewish descent, Genini directed several outstanding music documentaries that capture the history of Moroccan Jews, including Nûba of Gold and Light (Nûba d’or et de Lumière), Songs for a Shabbat (Chants pour un Shabbat) and For the Eyes Delight (Des Luths et Délices).

Sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation (ASF), Yeshiva University Museum (YUM), and supported by the Consulate General of France, Israel, and Morocco in New York, NYSJFF 2012 Opening Night Premiere of Free Men (Les Hommes Libres), directed by Isamael Ferroukhi and Opening Night post-screening reception immediately followed ASF’s Pomegranate Awards. Filmmakers, dignitaries, industry professionals, festival patrons, press, celebrities, and guests attended Thursday’s opening night gala.

The 16th New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival runs from March 15-22, 2012. For more information call 1.212.868.4444 or visit http://www.sephardicfilmfest.org/tickets.php. 

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