21st Toronto Jewish Film Festival | May 1-11, 2014

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STUDENT EDUCATION OUTREACH

This past November, FilmMatters co-presented three screenings of Louder Than A Bomb with the Regent Park Film Festival. Over 800 students from priority area schools across the GTA attended the screenings and had the chance to meet one of the slam poets featured in the film.

As part of our in-school programme sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, FilmMatters travelled to a number of priority area schools with the films Louder Than A Bomb and Igor and the Cranes' Journey. This is the first year that we have taken a film into primary schools and student response to Igor was so enthusiastic that we will be hosting a repeat screening of it during the Festival.

During the Festival this year, FilmMatters is pleased to be co-presenting the documentary Misa's Fugue with the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre. This inspirational film tells the story of Frank "Misa" Grunwald whose love of music and art allowed him to survive the horrors of Auschwitz and Mathausen. The film was created through a collaboration with the staff and students of Fleetwood Area High School. Director Sean Gaston will be attending the screening.

Two other films round out this year's programme. Joachim Prinz: I Shall Not be Silent chronicles the life of civil rights activist Joachim Prinz who was expelled from Germany in 1937 after speaking out against the Nazis and encouraging Jews to emigrate. Once in the United States, Prinz became a leading civil rights activist in the 1960s where he took the stage before Martin Luther King Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington. Joining us for the screening will be Prinz's son, Jonathan Prinz.

Finally, FilmMatters will be screening the film Run Boy Run adapted from the bestselling novel by Uri Orlev. Both are based on the true story of Yoram Friedman who, as a young boy, fled the Warsaw ghetto and spent months surviving on his own in the woods and then moving from village to village posing as a Christian war orphan.

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