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Jewish Film Festival

The 9th annual New Orleans Jewish Film Festival presents several intriguing films about identity and survival. The Ritchie Boys (7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, Nunemaker Auditorium; 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22; Roussel Hall) (pictured) is about three young men who fled Nazi Germany and joined the U.S. military, trained in intelligence and psychological warfare at Camp Ritchie in Maryland and returned to Europe. Live and Become (7 p.m. Saturday, Oct 21, Nunemaker Auditorium) is set during the rescue of Ethiopian Jews from a Sudanese refugee camp in 1984. A non-Jewish woman persuades an Ethiopian Jewish woman to take her son to Israel to save him from the camp. The boy is adopted by an Israeli family, and the film follows his difficult path of assimilating into a new culture and his struggle against racism. Everything is Illuminated (2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, Roussel Hall) stars Elijah Wood as a young American who goes in search of a Ukrainian woman who helped his grandfather escape Europe during World War II. The festival is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center and Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation in association with Loyola University Campus Interfaith Ministries and Black Studies Department. Tickets $10 general admission, $8 seniors, $5 students,$25 festival pass, $21 senior festival pass. -- Will Coviello

Thu., Oct. 19; Sat.-Sun. Oct. 21-22

Loyola University, Nunemaker Auditorium and Roussel Hall, 6363 St. Charles Ave., 897-0143 or


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