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Highlights from the 2014 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival

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'The Lady in Number 6' traces the life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and the oldest known living Holocaust survivor until she passed away at 110, just days before the film about her life was chosen for an Academy Award.";

The 2014 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, a signature program of Philadelphia's Gershman Y, runs November 1st through the 16th. The festival will showcase 17 films from eight countries, in seven different venues across the city.

Among the films to be shown is The Lady in Number 6, Music Saved My Life which looks at the life of Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest living Holocaust survivor and practicing pianist, until her death earlier this year at age 110. The film won a 2014 Oscar for Best Short Documentary.

Also, The Dove Flyer, which depicts the final years of the Jewish community in Baghdad before its expulsion and resettlement in Israel in the early 1950s.  And, Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not Be Silent, tracing the remarkable life of Rabbi Joachim Prinz, his contributions to strengthening Jewish-Black relations in America, and the power of our collective voice in the universal struggle for peace. 

We'll hear some of the incidental music used in these three movies, as Festival Director Olivia Antsis speaks with Jill about these and the rest of the festival's offerings.

Find out more about the 2014 Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

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