Preview of Washington Jewish Film Festival, Jan. 3 to Jan. 13

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The 23rd Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival kicks off on January 3, 2013. Just as you don't have to be black to enjoy a Tyler Perry movie, you don't have to be Jewish to enjoy the films scheduled for screening at the WJFF.

Though, in both cases, it probably helps.

Take, for instance, "The Fuhrer Gives a City to the Jews." Here is the official description provided on WJFF web site "The only film known to be made by the Nazis inside an operating concentration camp. Germany's Ministry of Propaganda produced this film about Theresienstadt, the`model' ghetto established by the Nazis in 1941 in Terezin." I happen to be a Romnichal Gypsy and lost more than a few of my ancestors in the concentration camps run by these German scum, but I know that I can only relate to what sounds like a genuinely fascinating movie in a way that cannot compare to the experience that some of the Jewish faith could relate to it.

On the other hand, "Hava Nagila: The Movie" sounds like a movie that will many who attend the Washington Jewish Film Festival will enjoy regardless of faith. You don't have to be aware of the spiritual history behind this familiar and uplifting music to be carried away by its infectious tune. "Hava Nagila: The Movie" represents the ideal film that marries a lack of familiarity with Jewish tradition with Gentile enjoyment of the trappings of that faith.

If you are planning to be in Washington, DC. between January 3 and January 13, you owe it to yourself to do two things. First, of course, is to visit your local and state representatives and tell them they WILL be out of a job if they don't stop putting their party first (this mostly applies to those with Republican Senators and Congressmen, of course). Secondly, stop by the Washington Jewish Film Festival and either revel in the history and traditions of your own faith or learn about someone else's spiritual journey. Communication and understanding has proven to work so much better than distancing and bigotry.

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