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"Golda's Balcony" movie illuminates the complexity of navigating existential threats against the Jewish state

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir ,1974
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Feature-length movie, Golda’s Balcony (2019) recreates Tovah Feldshuh's award-winning, theatrical performance as Israeli Prime Minister Golda (Meyerson) Meir in the final masterpiece by William Gibson, who also authored  The Miracle Worker. The movie, edited from a rare, multi-camera shoot from the play’s original off-Broadway run, was recently unearthed and assembled into a new, riveting motion picture.

Golda’s Balcony
charts the rise of Golda Meir from Russian schoolgirl to Prime Minister of Israel, and is one of the most thrilling and amazing stories of the 20th Century. In this new film, Meir’s life has been transformed into a cinematic event of overwhelming power and inspirational triumph. As a play on Broadway, the work sold out over 500 performances, becoming not only the longest-running, one-woman show in Broadway history, but earning accolades far and wide.

Actress, Tovah Feldshuh poses with L.A. Jewish Film Festival director, Hilary Helstein (left)

Actress Tovah Feldshuh and producer David Fishelson brought "Golda's Balcony" from off-Broadway to Broadway and ultimately, now to the big-screen - one decade later. Interviewed by JooTube at the closing night of the L.A. Jewish Film Festival in May 2019,  recounts the dilemma of the journey of how she got involved in portraying Israel's late Prime Minister, Golda Meir.

After screening their "Golda's Balcony" as the finale of the L.A. Film Festival, Tovah Feldshuh's producer, David Fishelson discusses how he produced the play - which they turned into the motion picture touring Film Festivals, eventually heading for O.T.T. (e.g., Netflix) distribution.

Actress, Tovah Feldshuh, actress; producer David Fishelson; interviewer Kelly Hartog (accompanied by Kelly Hartog, managing editor of the Jewish Journal of L.A.) address audience in a post-screening panel about "Golda's Balcony" at L.A. Jewish Film Fest, May 9, 2019.

In this post-screening panel actress, Tovah Feldshuh and producer David Fishelson entertain audience questions.

Audience interacts with Tovah Feldshuh, star "Golda's Balcony" post-premiere at L.A. Jewish Film Fest.

L.A. Jewish Film Festival showing "Skin" - a white-supremacist son's struggle to leave his family's gang

Reformed skinhead, Byron Widner's progressive, facial tattoos' removal 
"Skin" - The story of a father struggling to leave his skin-head parents' gang. From writer/director Guy Nattiv and producer Jaime Ray Newman. Skin is an American biographical drama film following the life of former, skinhead group member, Bryon Widner, and stars Jamie Bell, Danielle Macdonald, Daniel Henshall, Bill Camp, Louisa Krause, Zoe Colletti, Kylie Rogers, Colbi Gannett, Mike Colter and Vera Farmiga.

Skin had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018. It is scheduled to be released on June 27, 2019 through DirecTV Cinema before being released on July 26, 2019, by A24. Nattiv's Oscar-winning short film Skin, also released in 2018, is not related to this film.

L.A. Jewish Film Festival post-screening panel includes audience questions and panelists answers of producer, Jaime Ray Newman, director, Guy Nattiv, of Israel, and moderator, Ariella Lowenstein, Deputy Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League. 

L.A. Times music critic is Nazi-exiled composer, Walter Arlen, 98, whom Austrians honored with concert, documentary

"Walter Arlen's First Century" US Premiere at - Presented by LA Jewish Film Festival May 2019. Documentary/Austria/2018/94 minutes, English and German with English subtitles. Directed by Stephanus Domanig. 

Exile music is not written by those who life left unchallenged. Walter "Arlen" Aptowitzer is almost 100 years old, and the entire century comes to life in his stories and in his music; from the blue light of the last streetcar of his youth in Vienna to the golden sunsets in Los Angeles. Arlen was forced to flee Vienna in 1938 and immigrated to the United States, a journey that began as one of loneliness and depression. What kept him afloat was his musical talent. He took a job as the music critic for the Los Angeles Times, and stopped composing his own music. He only returned to it years later his works were first recorded and released when Arlen was 92. This sensitive film captures the complex story of a musician exiled, but who finally got to see his works performed late in life.

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Woman in Gold"-storied attorney, Randy Schoenberg, describes the emigration of Jewish-Austrian creatives' in this interview, post-screening of "Walter Arlen's First Century" at the L.A. Jewish Film Festival:

 Walter Arlen interviewed at same screening: 

Question and Answers with Walter Arlen, director Stephanus Domanig, Randy Schoenberg, and Andreas Launer, the Consulate General of Austria

Mordechai Kedar continues up-ending Palestinian-state advocates in academic lecture at Florida university

Israeli, Dr. Mordechai Kedar stuns a scoffing, liberal academic audience with his expertise in genuine peace for Arabs (and possibly even Jews).

On May 2nd, as the Florida Atlantic University community was pre-occupied with graduation ceremonies, the Florida-Israel Institute (directed by Prof. Daniel Raviv) presented "Why is the Middle East so Problematic?" - by Arabist scholar, Dr. Mordechai Kedar.

To a full lecture hall audience of faculty, students and Zionistic community, Dr. Kedar answered questions regarding his Palestinian Emirates proposal. 

Dr. Kedar believes that as the natural organization of Muslim, Middle East societies is tribal (e.g., Iraq, Syria, Libya, Kurdistan), that peace with Jews (and other Muslim tribes) can best be guaranteed for all when autonomous governance is organized by tribes, instead of politicians-sought, artificial "national" boundaries.

Dr. Kedar responded to JooTube's query, how much faith do you place in Trump's Deal of the Century?

Dr. Kedar's  North American speaking tour will bring him to Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday this week, then onto the East Coast and Toronto.