This week we speak to Ariana Cohen-Halberstam from Boston Jewish Film Festival…
Tell us about your Festival:
The Boston Jewish Film Festival presents films on Jewish themes. These films show the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience both today and throughout history.
We believe deeply in the importance of post-screen conversations so bring filmmakers and other special guests to Boston for Festival Q+As.
The Festival takes place during 2 weeks every November but the Boston Jewish Film Festival also has programs around the year – from previews and stand-alone screenings to an encore series in the summer.
How was your Festival created?
The Boston Jewish Film Festival was founded in 1989 by filmmaker Michal Goldman.
When Goldman founded the Festival, she thought it would be a one-time event which would exhibit the diversity of Jewish experiences and perspectives.
But the films and the programs around them were so enthusiastically received that the Festival has continued to grow over the past 28 years.
Describe your Festival in three words:
Art, community, conversation.
What compelled you to partner with Let’s All Be Free?
Like Let’s All Be Free, the BJFF believes that film has the power to help create a better world.
We hope to broaden people’s understanding of others’ lives and do so by showing unique, important stories on screen alongside more familiar reflections of our own lives.
So many of the films in the BJFF are about people who are working to create a better, freer world so a partnership with Let’s All Be Free was an obvious one!
What does being free mean to you?
Freedom means being able to share ideas and beliefs openly and to live without persecution or fear of persecution.