[Videolib] Passionate Voices-A New Release from the Cinema Guild

Handeh Kemmer (hkemmer@cinemaguild.com)
Fri, 22 Oct 2004 10:33:16 -0400

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PASSIONATE VOICES: American Jews and Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

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Passionate Voices examines the American Jewish conversation about Israel =
and Palestine. With billions of dollars in U.S. aid pouring into the =
region each year, American public opinion has become a driving force in =
this dispute. From street demonstrations to kitchen table discussions, =
Passionate Voices follows committed individuals whose views span the =
political spectrum. Intercut with these activities are intimate =
interviews in which the subjects -ranging from a peace activist couple =
in their seventies to a staunchly Zionist 15-year-old - reveal the =
emotional and intellectual underpinnings of their diverse opinions. For =
Jews and non-Jews alike, the video provides a rare window into a =
community that is often perceived as monolithic, but is actually =
fractured and badly in need of healing. The film is designed to promote =
respectful dialogue on this divisive topic and raises questions such us: =
Do mainstream Jewish institutions foster dialogue, or silence dissent? =
Is there a room in this conversation for a range of ideas? If not, what =
is lost?

Produced and Directed by: Cindy Burnstein, Tony Heriza, Wendy Univer

2004, 33 minutes, VHS

Purchase: $195 Rental: $50

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"There is no topic more important in Jewish life today than grappling =
with the issue of Israel and the Palestinians. I can't overstate how =
critical it is for Jews to open up and begin this conversation, which =
this film does with heart, and soul, and intelligence." -Rabbi Nancy =
Fuchs-Kreimer, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of Religious =
Studies, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Immediate Past President, =
Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association

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"There are many voices among us. Take this thoughtful opportunity to =
hear some of them. They are deep and caring. It's paramount to keep =
listening. and sharing."

Robert H. Levin, National Museum Educator, Specializing in American =
Jewish Culture.

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"Jewish communities are torn by acrimonious debate, with ideological =
battle lines drawn between the "right" and the "left" within =
communities. Neither side can listen to the other's perspective without =
exploding into verbal battle.... Never before has the need for =
intra-Jewish dialog, respectful listening, and reconciliation been more =
urgent than in our time." Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Co-Director, Morei Derekh =
Training Program for Jewish Spiritual Direction.

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"This well made documentary shows Jewish-Americans who disagree bitterly =
about how to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and tragically =
fail to see how deeply united they are by their shared concern for =
Israel and its well-being." Daniel Friedman, Ph.D. Emeritus Professor of =
Psychology, Antioch College

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"For both Jewish and mixed-faith audiences, Passionate Voices has proved =
a wonderful tool for opening dialogue on the conflict in the "Middle =
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Lisa Santer, Co-Founder, Jewish Dialogue Group

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To request a preview tape for review, please call or email Handeh Kemmer =

at (212) 685-6242 or hkemmer@cinemaguild.com

The Cinema Guild
130 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10016
Tel: (212) 685-6242
Fax: (212) 685-4717
Web: www.cinemaguild.com

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