Hong Kong, 18 September 2014 – The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival today announced its 2014 line-up of 27 films, which come from all around the world and share the theme of courage.
This 15th annual celebration will run from November 29 to December 7, with many of the selections making their Asian premiere exclusively at the Festival.
In addition, we are pleased to announce that this year’s Festival will be held for the very first time at the Asia Society, Hong Kong Center. Debby Amias, the Hong Kong Film Festival Chair says, “we are proud and delighted to have the Asia Society not just as a venue, but also as a partner. Together, we hope to reach a wider public than ever before, and we look forward to introducing Jewish themed films to such a diverse audience. We will showcase gripping documentaries, thrillers, comedies and heart-rending stories; they will make you laugh or make you cry. There is something for everyone at this year’s Festival.”
All films will be presented in English or with English subtitles. Seven will also have Chinese subtitles.
The Festival’s first screening, on Saturday, November 29, is 24 Jours: la vérité sur l’affaire Ilan Halimi (24 Days: The True Story of the Ilam Halimi Affair), the award-winning French film based on the true story of a Parisian family’s struggle with the kidnapping of their son in 2006 simply because he was Jewish. The film will have both English and Chinese subtitles.
Several of the films deal with anti-Semitism and three have been selected to be shown at local schools to spread the message of tolerance and understanding.
Mr Alexandre Arcady, the well-known French director of 24 Jours, will also be attending the opening night screening and interviews can be arranged.
We are also honored to host Ruth Halimi, the mother of Ilan Halimi, who wrote the story of her son’s kidnapping and murder. Madam Halimi, and her daughter Yael, will be with us for the Festival’s opening night and dessert buffet.
Mr Saar Yogev, the Israeli producer of the film Hanna’s Journey, a wry comedy about a young German girl finding herself in Israel, will also be visiting Hong Kong during the Festival.
After the opening night screening, the Festival will hold its popular Kosher Dessert Party on the fabulous roof garden of Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
Further details can be found on the Festival’s website, www.asiasociety.org/hong-kong-jewish-film-festival.
For media queries and interview requests, contact:
Tel: +852 6771-8070
High resolution images are available at: http://www.hkjff.org/festival-2014/2014-stills/
ABOUT THE HONG KONG JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
HKJFF Society Limited (also known as Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival) is Asia’s first festival showcasing the best Jewish-themed films from around the world. Founded in 1999, it became a registered charity in Hong Kong in 2006. In 2011, the HKJFF came under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture & Creativity, a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the US.
The objectives of the Festival are to celebrate Jewish culture; to entertain, educate and enlighten; and to provide a platform for cross-cultural communication. The Festival strives to create an event where people can come together to not only enjoy good films, but also to meet fellow film-lovers and have fun.