Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival: The Re-Annotated Alice

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Alice Shalvi/Photo: Paula Weiman-Kelman

Paula Weiman-Kelman’s documentary The Re-Annotated Alice, follows her 1998 film on Alice Shalvi, The Annotated Alice, encountering the prominent educator and activist, once more, in her 90th year.

Israel Prize Laureate, Professor of English Literature at the Hebrew University and Ben Gurion University, Head of the Pelech School for Girls from 1975 – 1990, founding Director of the Israel Women’s Network, and founder of The International Coalition for Agunah Rights, Alice Shalvi’s achievements are impressive and inspiring. The public figure of Alice Shalvi and her illustrious career are well known, Weiman-Kelman’s documentary offers a glimpse of the private individual, the person who is Alice Shalvi.

One sees a woman of strong convictions, who is equally ready to leap into action, or burst into song. Whether taking part in a peace march in her wheelchair, or reflecting on life and death, Shalvi is vivacious, open, and unflinchingly honest, radiating warmth and hope. One sees Shalvi at 90 looking at footage of Shalvi at 70, a woman reflecting on her past, present, and future. Looking at life with a lot of love in her heart and compassion for others, reserving the severest critique for herself.

Watching the film is almost like having an opportunity to sit down with Shalvi for coffee and conversation, and it’s a pleasure. The short film (33 min) will be shown on Tuesday, December 19th at 17:00 in Cinematheque 1, followed by a conversation with Alice Shalvi, MK Merav Michaeli, former MK Naomi Chazan, and Rabba Tamar Elad-Applebaum.

 

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