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Los Angeles luminaries, themes shine in annual L.A. Jewish Film Festival

The annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival returns for a week of screenings beginning Thursday 5 May. All tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-838-3006. For group sales or questions, call 323-938-2531.  To view films, click here .  To view schedule, click here .  
The L.A. Jewish Film Festival held an early screening in February of "100 Voices: A Journey Home," a moving documentary directed by Matthew Asner and Danny Gold about Jewish history and culture in Poland.

A group of cantors, led by Temple Stephen S. Wise's Nathan Lam with acclaimed composer Charles Fox (“Killing Me Softly,” “I Got A Name”) made an important historical pilgrimage to Poland, the birthplace of cantorial music, to stage a concert which Mr. Fox composed. 

The film looks into re-establishing the bond between Jews and their former Polish countrymen, picking-up the olive branch of Pope John Paul II (beatified a few days ago) whose pilgrimage to Israel in 2000 warmed relations between Catholics and Jews.
Cantor Nathan Lam, Michael Lam (co-writer/producer), and Matthew Asner (son of actor Edward Asner)  speak with JooTube about the themes of this picture, such as reconciliation, and why they feel it is important.

American composer, Charles Fox, identifies some of his recognizable contributions to American pop culture. He explains what the Polish, 100 Voices project has meant for him.

Mr. Fox discusses how Jewish culture and heritage has factored into his career and music.

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