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FILM | "BODY AND SOUL: AN AMERICAN BRIDGE"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
The early performance history of the jazz standard “Body and Soul.” Composed by Johnny Green in 1929, the song was introduced on Broadway by Jewish torch singer Libby Holman; trumpeter and singer Louis Armstrong ushered the song into the jazz canon the following year. USA, 2016, 58 mins., directed by Robert Philipson, English.  COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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FILM | "BAL EJ: THE HIDDEN JEWS OF ETHIOPIA"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
A documentary film by Irene Orleansky that tells the story of secretive Jews in the North Shewa region of Ethiopia who struggle to maintain their faith and culture 
in the face of persecution. Israel, Ethiopia, 2016, 97 mins., directed by Irene Orleansky, English. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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FILM | "CHAGALL-MALEVICH"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
Inspired by the memoirs of Marc Chagall and his contemporaries, this film by Alexander Mitta blends fact and folklore to evoke the return in 1917 of the iconic Jewish artist to his childhood home of Vitebsk, where he falls in love with Bella Rosenfeld. As the October Revolution sweeps across Russia, historical events intrude on personal struggles and upend the provincial life in Vitebsk. Russia, 2014, 119 mins., directed by Aleksandr Mitta, Russian with English subtitles. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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FILM | "A HOME ON THE RANGE"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
The little-known story of Jews who fled the pogroms and hardships of Eastern Europe and traveled to California to become chicken ranchers. Even in the sweatshops of New York, word spread about the town of Petaluma, where the Jews were not the shopkeepers and the professionals—they were the farmers. USA, 2002, 52 mins., directed by Bonnie Burts & Judith Montell, English. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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FILM | "THERE ARE JEWS HERE"
Amherst, 2 p.m.
More than one million American Jews live in once-thriving small towns that have seen better days. There Are Jews Here tells the stories of the people working to keep the Jewish spirit alive in places such as Butte, Montana; Laredo, Texas; Dothan, Alabama; and Latrobe, Pennsylvania, exploring themes of faith and community and looking at what Jews are doing to keep their communities alive and ensure their legacies are not lost. USA, 2016, 90 minutes, color, English. Directors: Brad Lichtenstein and Morgan Elisa Johnson. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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FILM | "DER PURIMSPILER" ("THE JESTER")
Amherst, 2 p.m.
With its lively circus and vaudeville music and set pieces, The Jester provides a glimpse of 1937 Warsaw’s thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, which were destroyed soon after. Many of the film’s Polish- Jewish crew and actors were killed in the Holocaust, making the film’s touches of melancholy even more profound for today’s audiences. Poland, USA, 1937, 88 mins., directed by Joseph Green and Joan Nowina-Przybylski, Yiddish with English subtitles. Restored by The National Center for Jewish Film. COST: Student | $4 Member | $6 General Admission | $8 Yiddish Book Center 1021 West Street Amherst, MA 01002 413-256-4900 programs@yiddishbookcenter.org http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/
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