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For several years, filmmakers Ken Winikur and Ben Avishai have been following an ambitious team of lobbyists trying to change the nature of the conversation about Israel and Mideast policy in Washington. J STREET (the name of both the lobby group and the film) is a young, progressive, pro-Israel advocacy group challenging the establishment and pushing the Obama administration to take a more active role in negotiating a two-state solution. The film is near completion and, as tensions in the Middle East escalate, the project is ripe to start conversations across the country about what it takes to broaden opportunities for peace, what’s at stake for the Jewish community in the US, and how to penetrate a Washington culture long-committed to one vision of what being pro-Israel means. LEF Program Director Sara Archambault checked in on this filmmaking team to find out more about their process and approach to this story. Read the interview here.


News & Announcements

Two LEF-funded films have been selected to participate in the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival (CPH:DOX), taking place November 6 to 16. JP Sniadecki's film THE IRON MINISTRY has been selected to screen within the festival's Artists and Auteurs section. Additionally, Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill's THE REAGAN YEARS has been invited to pitch at CPH:FORUM.

On Thursday, November 6 at 6PM, Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library Film Series presents Abigail Child's The Suburban Trilogy, including her LEF-funded works THE FUTURE IS BEHIND YOU, CAKE AND STEAK, and SURF AND TURF. More info

Next up at The DocYard: HOAX_CANULAR, 7pm on Monday, November 3 at the Brattle! More info.

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