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"It's like the old ad says: You don't have to be Jewish to like rye bread," says Roberta Bloom, director of the Mellon Financial Denver Jewish Film Festival. "There are lots of films that will be loved by everyone." In other words, don't let your goy-ness stop you from enjoying eight days of stellar films — starting today at 5:30 p.m. with the Opening Night Gala and the kick-off flick Live and Become, about a boy caught in the cross-cultural jetstream of Ethiopian Jews' exodus to Sudan.

Sit your tuches down at the Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, 350 South Dahlia Street, and watch everything from the mainstream romantic comedy Ira and Abby to the documentary Moshe Safdie: The Power of Architecture, about the heavyweight architect behind the Toronto Airport and the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial. In addition, each screening has a post-film discussion with directors, actors, critics and scholars. The newest addition is Ira and Abby writer and star Jennifer Westfeldt. Tickets range from low-end ($6 to $8 for individual films) to high ($300 gets you a twelve-film festival pass along with admission to the opening- and closing-night festivities). For complete schedule and ticket information, go to or call 303-316-6360.
Thu., Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m.


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