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~ Jan. 20-27at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center in downtown Norfolk
~ TCC profs to lead panel talks following Devil’s Arithmetic and Blood and Tears

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – (Jan. 3, 2007) – A region’s rich cultural events herald a thriving society, showcasing human joy, tragedy and the diverse fabric of everyday life. The 14th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film – in its second year of partnership with Tidewater Community College – continues to add to the area’s cultural renaissance with films such as The Devil’s Arithmetic starring Kirsten Dunst, and documentaries Blood and Tears and The Rape of Europa.

The Marilyn and Marvin Simon Jewish Community Center is pleased to partner with TCC in bringing this year’s Virginia Festival of Jewish Film to the Hampton Roads community. Any TCC student who presents his or her valid TCC ID has free admission to the films.

The eight-day festival, Jan. 20-27, takes place for the second time at the TCC Roper Performing Arts Center at 340 Granby St. in downtown Norfolk. Built in 1926 as the Loew’s State Theater, the Roper Performing Arts Center was renovated and restored by TCC, reopening its doors in 2000. Serving the community with classes and as a cultural venue, the Roper provides the “silver screen” for the Virginia Festival of Jewish Film, sponsored by Cox Communications and The Old Point National Bank.

This year’s Festival features a wide variety of films, including:

  • Festival opener, Knowledge is the Beginning features the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Yo-Yo Ma. “The Peace Orchestra,” made up of young Arab, Palestinian and Jewish musicians,performs to overcome prejudice;
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic the festival’s free movie – tells the story of two very different worlds through the eyes of a contemporary teen (Kirsten Dunst) who is transported to the wartime world of Nazi-occupied Poland;
  • Award-winning writer David Gow’s play Cherry Docs becomes the film, Steel Toes, to tell the story of a court-appointed Jewish lawyer assigned the case of a skinhead accused of a racially motivated murder;
  • The Darien Dilemma explores the untold story of 1,000 Viennese Jews stranded on the frozen Danube River in 1941 awaiting rescue by the Mossad (Israeli Secret Service), which had purchased a ship – The Darien;
  • Acclaimed documentary director Isidore Rosmarin offers Blood And Tears, with interviews of all sides in the Mideast conflict, including ordinary families battling extraordinary forces as they try to live a normal life;
  • Spanish comedy Only Human turns a dinner visit with the in-laws into a living nightmare, as a Jewish daughter brings home her Palestinian fiancé;
  • Perlasca: An Italian Hero tells the story of Gorgio Perlasca, a carefree Italian businessman who saved more than 5,000 Jews from extermination;
  • The Rape of Europa, a documentary based on the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning book, reveals the epic story of the survival of Europe’s art treasures;
  • 51 Birch Street, a moving, funny and heart-wrenching documentary, delves into the hidden truths of the filmmaker’s parents and their seemingly happy 54-year marriage.

For the schedule and a full description of the Festival and movies, go to or visit TCC's Events Calendar.

Opening night (Saturday, Jan. 20) will feature a New York City, deli-style reception immediately following the film. Film Festival passes or opening night ticket stubs are required to attend the reception.

Topical discussions will follow several of the films, with TCC professors leading panel talks after showings of Devil’s Arithmetic and Blood and Tears.

Festival Passes can be purchased at the Simon Family JCC and by phone, 321-2338. Individual tickets will be for sale at the Roper box office one hour before show times. Admission is free to TCC students with valid ID.


Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College is the second largest of the 23 community colleges in the Commonwealth of Virginia, enrolling more than 37,000 students annually. The 37th largest in the nation’s 1,600 community-college network, TCC ranks among the 50 fastest-growing large community colleges. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-four percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit