Hava Nagila (the movie) and more must-see films of the 17th Denver Jewish Film Festival
As ubiquitous as the bagel, the traditional Jewish folk song "Hava Nagila" is a piece of music that seamlessly crosses cultures. But where did it come from? Hava Nagila, the movie, will provide the answers when the documentary opens the 17th Annual Denver Jewish Film Festival this Wednesday, February 6 at the newly renovated Elaine Wolfe Theatre.
Jenny Jimenez Hava Nagila is the opening film of the Denver Jewish Film Festival.
In advance of the 26 hand-selected screenings that run through February 17, Festival Director Roberta Bloom gave Westword some insight into a handful of the great films showing during the eleven-day run.
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Screening: Wednesday, February 6, 5:30 p.m.
"Who knew that Glen Campell did a version? Or Connie Francis? I like the way that the film also addresses the 'Hava Haters' -- the people who wouldn't want it played at their wedding, because they just feel like it's been overdone. The film addresses everything and there's a wonderful tenor to the film."
The World Is Funny
Screening: Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
"It's kind of a complex storyline that isn't always chronological; It takes you through many different people's lives."
Screening: Sunday, February 17, 8:15 p.m.
"It's a film about a transgendered young man in Israel. An interesting story behind the making of the film [is that] it is really about tolerance and different families and how different families choose to deal with discovering that their child is gay. During the course of the film, you see two very different perspectives. It is a really moving story."