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Jewish Film Festival
July 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us at The Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield for the screening and Q&A as part of the Stowe Jewish Film Festival 2022.
The Big Picture restaurant dining room opens at 5 pm. Come for an early seating by 5:30 for a 7 pm. screening Dinners can also be ordered ahead and brought into the theater.” Call 802-496-8994 with dining questions or check out the menu on their website bigpicturetheater.info
For virtual screening: UnRaveling will be available virtually July 24-27*
*The film can be shown on any platform. Just copy and paste the link on your laptop, computer, smart phone, etc. Link will be sent in email 24 hours before viewing start day. Be sure to check your spam/ junk and promotions folders for the email.
The Stowe Jewish Film Festival returns for its 7th season in 2022!
This year’s theme: The Jewish Experience: a multiplicity of cultures, languages, countries, traditions and colors. Patterns of immigration have taken Jews all over the world, melding and merging, creating hybrid cultures and complex identities.
“Did Pancho Villa really try to kill my grandfather? And if so, why?” In unraveling this mystery, filmmaker Stacey Ravel Abarbanel delves into memory, history, and contemporary life in the border town of Columbus, New Mexico, famed for being raided in 1916 by Villa’s army during the Mexican Revolution. While scholars have long debated why Villa attacked the village, one rumor persists: he was angry at Sam Ravel—a Jewish immigrant and local merchant—over an arms deal gone wrong. This probing-yet-delightful journey unfolds during the annual raid memorials, including the Cabalgata Binacional Villista, a magnificent cavalcade of equestrians who journey through Mexico for weeks in Villa’s hoof steps to join American riders on the border, turning the memory of a bloodbath into a festival of friendship. Broadening the mainstream narratives of both Jewish immigration and the borderlands, UnRaveling reveals an unusual personal history while examining broader, longstanding sagas about the border region—geopolitics, family, immigration, commerce, and culture, then and now.