WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Sacred Spaces – From Temple to Synagogues: Absence and Presence
Dir. Celia Lowenstein | 90 min
Documentary France 2019
Thursday, May 236:20 PM Bethesda Row Cinema
Sunday, May 2612:15 PM AFI Silver Theatre
Celia Lowenstein’s visually audacious tour of the 3,000-year history of the Jewish Diaspora is told through a globetrotting escapade of Jewish spaces of worship. If synagogues could speak, they would tell the story embodied in Sacred Spaces – the architectural and spiritual tale of a people’s beliefs, perseverance, and diversity.
Starting in Jerusalem and winding through Tunisia, Venice, Cordoba, and even Elkins Park, Pennsylvania (where Frank Lloyd Wright teamed up with Rabbi Mortimer Cohen), Sacred Spaces employs enlightening interviews, stunning drone footage, and a spirited intellectual rigor to examine Jewish history from a spectacularly original perspective.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Celia Lowenstein.
Screenings followed by a conversation with filmmaker Celia Lowenstein
Celia Lowenstein is a director, writer, and producer of over 50 films whose subjects range from science, religion, art, philosophy, and music. She has been commissioned and made films for the BBC, ARTE, CBS, NBC, PBS, Discovery, NOVA, National Geographic, and Animal Planet.
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