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October 29, 2009

Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival kicks off in November at CW's Kimball Theatre

The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square opens with the award-winning political thriller, “The Debt,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

Writer/director Assaf Bernstein’s “The Debt” simmers with action and intrigue. In 1964, Rachel Brenner is one of three Mossad agents who capture a notorious Nazi war criminal known as the “Surgeon of Birkenau.” But the surgeon manages to escape. The agents, fearful that the world will view this as an Israeli national failure, decide to fabricate the story of his death. More than 30 years later, the surgeon resurfaces, determined to confess to his crimes, and the former agents set out to track him down. German/Hebrew with subtitles. This film is not rated.

Following the film, a Parisian Café Dessert Reception will be held in the Old Post Office Atrium (Henry Street Shops). Cost is $20 for “The Debt” and the reception.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, audiences get a look at one of the most familiar faces in American broadcasting and popular culture for more than 25 years in “Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg.” Gertrude Berg was creator, writer, producer and star of “The Goldbergs,” arguably the first family sitcom. Director Aviva Kempner’s absorbing documentary tells the story of the tremendously popular program, which premiered on radio in 1929 and followed the struggles of a Jewish family living in a Bronx tenement. Moving to television in 1949, the show was a phenomenon, attracting a devoted, culturally diverse audience. Kempner’s film provides an intimate and detailed look into the life of Berg, who died in 1966, virtually forgotten by the executives of the industry that she helped build. This film is not rated. Tickets are $7 general admission and $6 for students and seniors.

This event begins with a complimentary Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m.

The Winter Series continues with three additional award-winning films:

  • Jan. 30 and 31—Villa Jasmin at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.;
  • Feb. 27 and 28—Lemon Tree at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.; and
  • March 27 and 28—Strangers at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

    The Kimball Theatre, located in downtown Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, is owned and operated by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century capital of Virginia. The Kimball Theatre box office is open 3:30-7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the Kimball Theatre box office at (757) 565-8588 or visit www.kimballtheatre.com.

    Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at www.history.org.

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121



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