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Elie Wiesel: A Professor & Storyteller with Dr. Guila Clara Kessous

Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Film Festival Special Speaker

Friday, March 8, 1:00 pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear about the work of one of the greatest voices of a generation from internationally respected academic, actress, and human rights activist.

Elie Wiesel was a writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor, who authored 57 books, including Night, based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps.

Dr. Guila Clara Kessous, visiting from Paris, France for the Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival, is a producer, director, actress and UNESCO Artist for Peace. She completed her PhD under the direct mentorship of Elie Wiesel during more than 7 years of working on his plays (both published and unpublished). Considered by the Nobel Prize winner as his “spiritual daughter,” she is the only director who produced and directed the entire theatrical repertoire of Elie Wiesel.

Judy Levis Markhoff Boca Raton Jewish Film Festival Patrons and Film Circle Passholders: Free; General Admission: $12

The Iconic Isaac Mizrahi in Person

Wednesday, March 13
VIP Reception: 10:00 am; Program: 11:00 am

Chairs: Bonnie Kaye and Alisa Cohen

Isaac Mizrahi is a pop culture icon unlike any fashion designer of recent memory. Yet ever since he shot to fame in the 1980s, the private Isaac Mizrahi has remained under wraps. Until now. In his new memoir I.M., Isaac offers a candid and touching look back on his life so far. He tells the story of growing up gay in a sheltered Syrian Jewish Orthodox family. At the famed LaGuardia High School for Performing Arts, he found his people (and appeared in his first movie, Fame). As a budding fashion designer, he worked with luminaries such as Perry Ellis and Calvin Klein. After branching out on his own, his label’s instant success anointed him the wunderkind of the international fashion world. In his elegant memoir, brimming with intimate details and inimitable wit, Isaac reveals not just the glamour of his years, but the grit beneath the glitz. This is pure Isaac, as only he can tell it.

VIP Seating: $100; General Admission: $36

VIP includes preferred seating, meet and greet with Isaac Mizrahi, mimosas and light refreshments and a copy of Isaac’s memoir, I.M.

Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D. – Raoul Wallenberg: Holocaust Hero Who Vanished Without A Trace

Monday, April 1, 7:30 pm

Despite being in constant personal danger, Raoul Wallenberg succeeded in saving the lives of over 100,000 Jews from German Nazis and Hungarian Fascists during the later stages of World War II. After the Nazis fled from Budapest, Wallenberg was captured by the advancing Soviets. He disappeared. His ultimate fate remains a mystery.

Professor Nurnberger has appeared at The Smithsonian Institute, on television and radio and has taught at Georgetown University for 38 years.

General Admission: $25; Gold Members: $20; Platinum Members: Free

This program is made possible by a generous gift from Tom Gordon through the Ann Gordon Holocaust Fund established in honor of his mother.