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October 26, 2010

Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival Kicks Off in November at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre

The Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival on Merchants Square opens with the dark comedy, “Nora’s Will,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre.

Mexican director Mariana Chenillo follows a Jewish family reunited after the suicide of the family matriarch. In poor health, Nora decides to end her life after Passover, but not before leaving her ex-husband José (Fernando Luján) detailed instructions on how to arrange her funeral, bringing together both family and friends for the occasion. José heeds Nora’s will, despite unresolved problems in their past, until he uncovers a hidden photograph among her belongings—one that leads him to the discovery that love is sometimes found in the most unexpected places. Not rated. Audience Award winner at the 2009 Miami Film Festival. Spanish with subtitles.

Following the film, a dessert reception will be held in the Henry Street Shops (the Old Post Office Atrium). Cost of the reception and film is $20

At 3 p.m. on Nov. 7, A Matter of Size explores the struggles and successes in loving your body and yourself. After losing his job and failing out of weight loss classes, 340-pound Herzl has no place to turn. Hopeless and living with his mother, Herzl begins washing dishes at a Japanese restaurant where he meets Kitano, a man who introduces him to a new love—the world of Sumo. Under Kitano’s coaching, and with the support of Herzl’s three best friends, Herzl discovers a new passion, and ultimately, the key to accepting the body that he’s in. An endearing comedy from directors Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor. Not rated. Winner of three Israeli Oscars. Hebrew/Japanese with subtitles. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for seniors/students.

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

Coming attractions in the Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival include:

  • Anita—Jan. 29–30, 2011.
  • Saviors in the Night—Feb. 26–27, 2011.
  • The Infidel—March 26-27, 2011.

    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

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

    Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

    Media Contact:
    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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