Hong Kong, 27 November 2014 – The Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival will open this Saturday with the award-winning French film 24 Jours: la verite sur l’affaire Ilan Halimi (24 Days: The True Story of the Ilan Halimi affair). Based on the true story of a Parisian family’s struggle with the kidnapping of their son in 2006 simply because he was Jewish. Ruth Halimi, mother of the Ilan, who wrote a book about her son’s kidnapping and murder will be at the opening to talk to the audience and discuss this powerful film.
This year marks the 15th Jewish Film Festival in Hong Kong, which runs from November 29 to December 7 at Asia Society Hong Kong Center. A line-up of 27 films from all around the world, all sharing the theme of courage, will be shown. Many of the selections are making their Asian premiere exclusively at the Festival.
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 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.
S Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center adds, “We are honored to be co-presenting this year’s Jewish Film Festival which at the same time as our current exhibition Temples, Scrolls and Divine Messengers, Archeology from the Land of Israel in Roman Times from the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. The exhibition has drawn record crowds and helps to fulfill our mission of furthering the understanding of other countries and cultures. Similarly, the Festival with its message of understanding and tolerance, including its schools program which will feature films dealing with anti-Semitism, further enhances our educational role and will go a long way in making this world a better place for all.”
Further details on the films being presented – including trailers and synopsis of each film – as well as to purchase your ticket, simply go to the Asia Society Hong Kong Center website, www.asiasociety.org/hong-kong-jewish-film-festival. Seats are limited, first-come-first served.
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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.
ABOUT ASIA SOCIETY HONG KONG CENTER (ASHK)
As one of the eleven centers of The Asia Society, Asia Society Hong Kong Center (the “Hong Kong Center”) was established in 1990 by a group of Hong Kong community leaders, led by Sir Q.W. Lee, the honorary chairman of Hang Seng Bank. As the leading regional knowledge-based platform for furthering the understanding of the countries and cultures of Asia and global issues that impact the region, Asia Society Hong Kong Center boasts extensive regional and international networks of leaders and scholars, and recognized expertise in business and policy, arts and culture, and educational programming for a wide range of audiences. In February 2012, the Hong Kong Center established its new permanent home in Admiralty, Hong Kong.
ABOUT ASHK’S CURRENT EXHIBITION
Temple, Scrolls and Divine Messenger: Archaeology in the Land of Israel in Roman Times
Venue: Chantal Miller Gallery — Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Address: 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Date: November 4, 2014 – January 25, 2015
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11:00 – 18:00
Friday – Sunday: 11:00 – 20:00
Last Thursday of November: 11:00 – 20:00
Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
Adult: HK$30 | Senior (aged 60 or above) and individuals with disabilities:HK$15
Asia Society members, full-time students, aged 18 or below, last Thursday of November: Free
Free Gallery Docent Tour Schedule:
|Last Thursdayof November
Enquiry: (852) 2103 9511 | www.asiasociety.org.hk