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August 8, 2006

Israeli Film Series Continues with Screening on Aug. 15

“Father Language,” another film in the continuing Israeli Film Series, will be screened at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the Mary Pickford Theater on the third floor of the Library’s James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. On hand to discuss his film will be director Rami Kimchi.

The screenings, which began in February, 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. This event is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

Also slated for the series are two presentations by directors Dany Syrkin, “Out of Sight,” and Duki Dror, “The Journey of Vaan Nguyen,” who will be at the Library to discuss their films. Scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Friday, Nov. 17, respectively, both presentations are in the Mary Pickford Theater.

“Father Language” documents the story of the Sephardic Rabbinical Seminary in Rhodes through the eyes of Kimchi’s father and his best friend, both graduates of the institution.

Kimchi has been making films since 1986. His first film, “Galia’s Wedding,” won Best Short Film from the International Film Festival of Jerusalem and a special prize from German Television and the Munich International Film Festival. He is also the winner of the Dov Sadan Prize for Hebrew Literature.

As a gift to the Library, Kimchi is donating “Father Language,” which will join “Galia’s Wedding” and two other of his films, “Cinema Egypt” and “Travels with My Brother,” in the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division collection.

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 06-152
08/08/06
ISSN 0731-3527

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