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March 19, 2010

Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square concludes in March at CW’s Kimball Theatre

In March and April, Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre hosts two film festivals – the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square and the International Mercury EXPO Film Festival.

The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival concludes with “Strangers.”

March 27-28

  • “Strangers,” 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. In this drama directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv, an Israeli kibbutznik, Eyal, and a Palestinian living in Paris, Rana, arrive in Berlin for the World Cup finals and meet when their identical backpacks get switched on the subway. This chance encounter turns into three days of magnetic attraction as they fall in love amid crowds of roaring soccer fans. Hebrew/Arabic/French/German/ Aramaic/English with subtitles. Not rated.

    Movie admission is $7 for adults and $6 for seniors, students and children. Movie vouchers are not valid for festival screenings.

    The College of William and Mary presents the International Mercury EXPO Film Festival. The festival includes a collection of movies highlighting the impact and presence of mercury on a global scale. From fish markets to coal mining, mercury is everywhere: a hazard transcending traditional boundaries, seeping into our everyday lives.

    Friday, April 23

  • 7 p.m., Bonus Short: “Mercury: A Hazard Without Borders.” 15 minutes. 2009. United States.
  • “Minamata: The Victims and Their World.” This film focuses on the 29 families who sued the Chisso Corp., a chemical and plastics manufacturer in Minamata, Japan, which was believed to have caused Minamata disease or mercury poisoning after dumping tons of mercury into the sea. When this film was made, there were only 121 certified patients with this disease. Eventually there were 15,000 new applications for certification. Japanese with subtitles.

    Saturday, April 24

  • 6 p.m., Bonus Short: “God’s Country: The Dendron Power Plant Story.” 2010. United States.
  • “Kilowatt Ours.” This documentary explores energy production methods, including mountaintop removal, coal-generated electricity and nuclear energy, and identifies some of the hazards imposed, such as mercury contamination, global warming and childhood asthma. Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers practical solutions to these problems through energy conservation, efficiency and renewable sources. 2010. United States.

    Sunday, April 25

  • 1:30 p.m., Bonus Short: “Mercury Rising.” 2009. United States.
  • “Mountain Top Removal.” Across southern Appalachia, mountaintop removal coal mining is leveling forests, destroying communities and threatening water supplies so that all of us can enjoy cheap electricity. This compelling documentary film explores the issue and features interviews with coal industry officials, citizen conservation groups, scientists, physicians and coalfield activists, including Jeff Goodell, author of “Big Coal: America’s Dirty Energy Secret.” 2007. United States.

    All screenings are free and open to the public but tickets are required.

    Sponsored by the Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies, the series is presented in conjunction with the 2010 International Mercury EXPO at the College of William and Mary April 22-25.

    Located in Williamsburg’s Merchants Square, the beautifully restored Kimball Theatre presents films, live performances, musical concerts and special programs. Creative programming alliances with the College of William and Mary, community organizations and Colonial Williamsburg link the past with the present. The 410-seat theater also houses a 35-seat screening room which enables the theater to offer films to the community seven days a week, even when live performances are staged in the main theater. For more information, call (757) 565-8588 or visit

    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

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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