Israeli Film Festival: Gei Oni - Valley of Fortitude
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Gei Oni, directed by Dan Wolman
Saturday, March 5 at 8:00 PM, Drexel University, Edmond D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center, Mitchell Auditorium, 3128 Market Street, Philadelphia
(2010, 105 minutes, Hebrew, Yiddish, and Arabic with English subtitles)
Gei Oni - Valley of Fortitude
The Festival continues on March 5th at Drexel University's Mitchell Auditorium with Gei Oni, directed by Dan Wolman and based on the classic novel by Israeli author Shulamit Lapid. A historical epic, Gei Oni interweaves the story of the first wave of Jewish European migration to Palestine at the end of the 19th century with an unusual love story. Fania, having escaped the pogroms of Russia, seeks a new life in late 19th century Palestine. She meets Yechiel, a widower with two young children. Agreeing to marriage as a means of survival, Fania follows the farmer to a hard pioneer life in his tiny village near the city of Safed. Gei Oni is a dramatic narrative of the Jewish dream of returning and rebuilding the land of Zion. Director Dan Wolman will be the guest speaker following the screening.
The Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia celebrates its 15th Anniversary Season with eight prize-winning films by Israeli filmmakers over a six-week period beginning February 26th with screenings in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs. The Festival celebrates Israeli cinema with the aim of enriching the American vision of Israeli culture and society through film. (See our coverage of the Israeli Film Festival in 2006 and 2009.)
Advanced ticket sales are available online. There are a limited number of free tickets for high school and college students at each screening. Reservations for student tickets can be made online and must picked up one hour prior to each screening.
According to Nurit Yaron, the Film Festival's chair,
Each season the Israeli Film Festival presents a slate of feature films and documentaries that are carefully selected to represent a diverse reflection of Israel. It is our goal to celebrate the creativity of Israeli filmmaking and vibrancy of Israeli culture. Our program includes award-winning feature films and documentaries that have received wide recognition both in Israel and abroad.
3128 Market Street
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