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Israeli Filmmaker Coming to Purchase College

PURCHASE, N.Y. – Israeli filmmaker Avner Faingulernt will roll through Purchase to discuss parts of his work next month in a movie screening presented by the school's Jewish Studies program.

Two Faingulernt films, "War Matador" and "Fishermen's Diary," will be the featured screenings of the event alongside an open lecture and public discussion on March 6 at the Purchase College Humanities Theater at 6 p.m. Those in attendance will have the chance to ask the filmmaker questions about his work.

Faingulernt heads the film program at Sapir College in southern Israel and produces work that he said greatly deals with Middle Eastern conflicts.

"War Matador" focuses largely on the tourism that arises in war-stricken areas such as the Israeli-Gaza border. "Fisherman's Diary: Men on the Edge" was released in 2005 and deals with the issues of Israeli-Gaza political tensions.

Purchase Art and Design Professor Christopher Robbins is also familiar with the conflicts of the region, with experience from working including in Israel, the Gaza Strip, Serbia and Kosovo.

"Bringing huge, seemingly intractable issues to an interpersonal level is an essential step in addressing conflict," said Robbins in a press release about the films’ subject matter. "It makes the complexity understandable."

Purchase College students and the public will have the opportunity to ask Faingulernt, who heads the film program at Sapir College in southern Israel, questions about filmmaking and its particular challenges when dealing with the sensitive subject matter of the Middle East conflict.

For more information, contact the Jewish Studies Program by emailing rachel.hallote@purchase.edu or calling (914) 251-6516.

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