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2012.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO, Film Streams Team Up to Present Contemporary Israeli Cinema Series

Omaha - In April 2012, the Natan and Hannah Schwalb center for Israel and Jewish Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), in collaboration with Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, will present a three film series of contemporary Israeli cinema.

The presentation of the three films is funded in part by a gift from Ms. Tammy Rubin Abramowitz in memory of her father, Abner Rubin, through the University of Nebraska Foundation. All three films will feature post-show discussions, including one with the director in person. The series is part of Film Stream’s Community Development Program, which facilitates partnerships with other nonprofits and community groups on film-related events, while the goal of the Schwalb center is to expand knowledge about Judaism and Israel, both on the university campus and in the broader Nebraska community.

The first film, “Restoration,” will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12. “Restoration” is directed by Yossi Madmoni and tells the story of the owner of a furniture restoration shop in Tel Aviv who has to deal with a tangled web of relationships, including one with his son, when his business partner dies. Ran Kuttner, associate professor of negotiation and dispute resolution at the Creighton University School of Law Werner Institute, will lead the post-show discussion.

The second film in the series, “Happy You’re Alive,” will be presented one week later, at 7 p.m. on April 19. The film’s director, Hilla Medalia, a Peabody Award winner and three-time Emmy Award nominee, will be on hand for a post-show discussion. The film follows the lives of two men struggling after their encounters with war.

The series will wrap up on Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. with a special presentation of “Footnote,” an Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, which will be regular rotation at Film Streams in May. The film, directed by Joseph Cedar, tells the tale of a father-son rivalry between two professors who have dedicated their lives to academic research in Israel. Moshe Gershovich, a professor of history at UNO, will lead the post-show discussion.

All three screenings will take place at the Film Streams Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St. and will be screened in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Tickets for all three screenings will be $9 for general audiences; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those arriving by bicycle; and $4.50 for Film Streams members. Advanced tickets can be purchased at www.filmstreams.org.

For more information, please contact Casey Logan, communications director for Film Streams, at (402) 933.0259 Ext. 11, or by email at casey@filmstreams.org.

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