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Mini-Jewish Film Festival offers ‘Life is Beautiful’

Staff reports

The second offering in Temple Bat Yam’s mini-Jewish Film Festival will be the poignant Academy Award-winning Italian film, “Life Is Beautiful.”

The Holocaust story, last year’s best foreign film, will be shown at Movie Night on Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the temple, 3260 Pioneer Trail, South Lake Tahoe.

The event, with a $5 donation, is open to the public. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Proceeds from Movie Night will benefit Youth of Bat Yam (YOBY), the youth group for the temple that serves Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, Carson City and the Carson Valley. The proceeds will go to provide scholarships for youth group members to attend regional and national events.

Rate PG-13, “Life Is Beautiful” is a second Oscar-winning Holocaust-related film shown in the mini-Jewish film festival, which began earlier this year with “The Long Way Home.” That film told the story of the struggle faced by Holocaust survivors from their release after the war to the formation of the state of Israel.

“Life Is Beautiful,” created and starring Italy’s Roberto Bergnini, is the bittersweet tale of how a man tried to protect his son from the horrors of the Holocaust. Bergnini was named last year’s best actor for his performance.