Jewish Cultural Arts


  • I am writing to inquire about the process of submitting our one-hour documentary Flory’s Flame to the Columbia Jewish Film Festival.

    Flory’s Flame interweaves the life story of 90-year old legendary Sephardic musician Flory Jagoda – a US National Heritage Fellow — with her Celebration Concert at the US Library of Congress.

    The documentary was released last November and has already had an impressive screening history. It has been/is an Official Selection at many film festivals, including:
    Palm Beach International
    Newport Beach
    Rhode Island International
    Garden State
    Cine Las Americas
    Zagreb Jewish (including offshoot events in Belgrade and Sarajevo)
    Seattle Jewish
    Ann Arbor Jewish
    Northern Virginia Jewish
    Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival
    Zamir Choral

    Flory’s Flame was also screened at the US Library of Congress in January 2015 at a special event organized by the Embassies of Croatia and Spain. It sold out at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival, the Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, and at three events of the Zagreb Jewish Film Festival, where it was voted by the audience as the best film of the festival (rated 4.95 out of 5.0). Pamela Lavitt, Director of the Seattle Jewish Film Festival and Cultural Arts, Stroum Jewish Community Center, had this to say about the film: “FLORY’S FLAME takes you on a luminous journey lit by Flory Jagoda’s inspired Sephardic song and story. Audiences will delight in her rich history and radiant afterglow, becoming, themselves ‘keepers of the flame.’”

    The documentary can be viewed at the following password-protected site:
    Password: FLORY

    The website for the film is Please let me know if you need any additional information from me to apply to your festival. We hope Flory’s Flame will have the opportunity to screen there.

    Thank you for your consideration,
    Ellen Friedland, Producer

    • Hello Ellen,

      Thank you for contacting us. I sent your comment to Laurie, our Jewish Programs Director, so she can contact you further. Thanks!


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