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From the Studio: Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Fest 2023

Neal Schindler of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services previews this year's SJCFF

Neal Schindler, the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and the Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival, joined E.J. Iannelli in the KPBX studio to talk about the films and discussion sessions that will be part of this year's festival.

The festival officially begins this Saturday with a mix of in-person and virtual screenings. Although the in-person screenings will wrap up on January 30, the window for virtual screenings of some of the films will extend until Sunday, February 5.

Among the ten films scheduled for this year are the KSPS-produced Spokane's Voices of the Holocaust, the animated feature Charlotte as well as Tiger Within, one of the late Ed Asner's last onscreen appearances.

Tiger Within director Rafal Zielinski will take part in a live Q&A via Zoom. Esther Takac, director of The Narrow Bridge, will be on hand for an in-person Q&A about her film, which focuses on four people who come together in grief and activism despite being on different sides of the Israel–Palestine conflict.

There are additional talkback sessions planned and at least two double bills that pair short films with feature-length ones.

The Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival opens on January 28 with in-person screenings at Gonzaga’s Wolff Auditorium at the Jepson Center as well as availability for select virtual passes.

For details on the venue, tickets, virtual passes and showtimes, visit the SJCFF website or call (509) 747-7394.