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Evening of shorts to herald film festival lineup

A scene from 'A Children's Song'

The Tucson International Jewish Film Festival will hold a FAST (First Annual Short Topics) & Fun! evening to announce the schedule for the festival on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

The festival, which will run from Jan. 12-22, will feature more than 20 Jewish films from around the world.

An eclectic collection of five short films will be screened at FAST & Fun!

A scene from 'Siberia'
A scene from ‘Siberia’

In “Siberia,” the mayor of a small Orthodox town in Israel decides to locate a new building in “Siberia,” the Russian immigrant neighborhood. He soon discovers that the immigrants have misunderstood the purpose of the building in a tragic, comic — and extremely problematic — way.

“The Eulogy of Pini Gurevitch” starts with Yoni, a young actor, getting a bizarre gig: he is invited to a funeral to read the eulogy in the deceased’s own words. Things go from strange to stranger as Gurevitch’s secrets are revealed.

“The Man Who Shot Hollywood” chronicles the life of Jack Pashkovsky, a Russian Jewish immigrant who quietly compiled one of the greatest collections of celebrity photographs, never seen until his death in 2001.

Jo Milgrom, the subject of “Torah Treasures and Curious Trash,” is an 87-year-old artist/feminist/Jewish scholar who scavenges Jerusalem dumpsters for choice “junk” to blend with ritual objects salvaged from synagogues and funeral homes. Milgrom challenges the religious establishment with her juxapositions of the sacred and mundane.

In “A Children’s Song,” two students competing for a music scholarship discover that their “original” compositions are based on a single family song. Both are determined to prove ownership. Their quest uncovers the long-lost true origin of the melody, along with a story of salvation, hope and wartime Jewish immigration to Shanghai.

Tickets are $6 or free with a season pass. Tickets are available at

For more information, contact Lynn Davis at 299-3000, ext. 106.