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Two new film festivals to be in Nevada County

Two organizations, one in Grass Valley and the other in Nevada City, will present inaugural film festivals in January.

Congregation B’nai Harim of Grass Valley will host a Jewish film series four Thursdays in January at 7 p.m.



Each film will be preceded by a short introduction and then followed by a discussion period.

Action as a theme will be explored with “Victory at Entebbe” on Jan. 9, adolescence and generational conflict will be addressed with “The Chosen” on Jan. 16, prejudice will be discussed via “Gentleman’s Agreement” on Jan. 23 and religious identity will be the topic with “Keeping the Faith” on Jan. 30.




Congregation B’nai Harim is at 506 Walsh St. For more information, call 477-0922.

South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) will present the “Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival” Jan. 10 and Jan. 11 at Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City.

Wildlife, rivers and dams, biotechnology, land use, forestry and activism are some of the festival topics. The styles of independent filmmakers range from animation to drama and from personal essay to investigative documentary.

Films include “Stories of the Yuba,” “Rivers and Tides – Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time,” “Baraka,” “Beyond Organic,” “The Shaman’s Apprentice” and “This is Nowhere.”

“The environmental film festival’s mission is to bring the community together in a forum of education, celebration, and inspiration through the powerful and entertaining medium of environmental film,” said Kathy Hempel, festival director and SYRCL’s RiverPeople director.

For more information about SYRCL’s film festival, call 265-5961.


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