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March 7, 2006

Israeli Film Series Continues with Screenings on March 23 and 30

The Israeli Film Series continues with a screening of "Keep Not Silent" at noon on March 23 in the Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building and "Sentenced to Marriage" at noon on March 30 in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Madison Building. The Madison Building is located at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. The filmmakers will discuss their films following each screening.

The film screenings, which began last month, are sponsored by the Library’s Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division and the Hebrew Language Table in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, and are free and open to the public; tickets are not required.

"Keep Not Silent" by Ilil Alexander documents the struggle of three lesbians who join a secret support group. The film was awarded the Israeli Oscar for best documentary.

"Sentenced to Marriage" by Anat Zuria explores the plight of women seeking a divorce in Israel under fundamentalist orthodox Jewish law.

The Embassy of Israel will continue to present the Library with moving-image material to complement more than 100 items in the Library’s Embassy of Israel collection. Presented to the Library in 1997 by Ambassador Eliahu Ben-Elissar, the collection is made possible under the terms of a Feb. 19, 1950, agreement between the United States and Israel (Treaties and Other International Acts Series 2169), under which the official publications of Israeli government agencies are made available through the Library of Congress.

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PR 06-056
03/07/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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