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Axelrod Performing Arts Center Announces Monmouth County Jewish/Israeli Film Series

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The Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, NJ, has announced a new Monmouth County Jewish/ Israeli Film Series showcasing world-class cinema exploring the Jewish experience. A diverse selection of ten films— including dramatic features, riveting documentaries, and entertaining comedies— will be shown from April 15 through July. The series is being sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, and films will be screened on a big screen at the state of the art Axelrod Performing Arts Center and, on few occasions, at the Jewish Heritage Museum in Freehold.

Jess Levy, Axelrod CEO, stated “that there is a growing audience here for intelligent, thoughtful, and entertaining films,” about the Jewish world and the State of Israel. Toby Shylit Mack, Chair of this Film Series, indicates that “[Axelrod] is thrilled to partner with the Jewish Federation on the new series, which will feature premier events as well as some classic films, and bring some prominent filmmakers and speakers to post-screening Q&As.”

The series will begin Sunday, April 15, at 7 P.M., with the Monmouth County Premiere of “Remembrance.

Inspired by actual events, Remembrance depicts a remarkable love story that blossomed amidst the terror of a German concentration camp in Poland 1944.In a daring escape, Tomasz, a young Polish prisoner, rescues his Jewish lover Hannah Silberstein. But during the chaos of the end of the war, they are forcibly separated and each is convinced the other has died. More than thirty years later in New York City, happily married Hannah believes to have seen Tomasz in a television interview, and she begins to search for him again. This film was an audience favorite at the NY Jewish Film Festival and Axelrod is proud to be the first theater to bring this film to the Deal area. The film will also be screened on April 17 at the Jewish Heritage Museum in Freehold and again at the Axelrod PAC on April 18.

 “Follow Me,” The Yoni Netanyahu Story, is a moving documentary about the life of Jonathan “Yoni” Netanyahu, then a commander in the Israeli army, who was killed at the age of 30 leading the 1976 hostage rescue mission at the Entebbe Airport in Uganda. In Follow Me, co-directors Jonathan Gruber (Jewish Soldiers in Blue and Gray, NYJFF 2011) and Ari Daniel Pinchot (Producer, Paper Clips) present a moving portrait of Yoni’s life through his own poetry, prose and letters. Ultimately a portrait of a young country through a young man, the documentary also features rarely seen footage of the 1967 war and the Entebbe raid itself, as covered by journalism legend Walter Cronkite.  “Follow Me” is being screened only two evenings on April 25 and April 26 at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center. A pre-film light Israeli supper is being served on April 25 prior to the start of Israel Independence Day.
Details on the rest of the series will be announced on April 15.

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