Chattanooga Jewish Film Series Offers Free Virtual Community Screening

The Chattanooga Jewish Film Series celebrates its 15th season by offering the community free access to the virtual screening of Picture of Victoryproduced by Ehud Bleiberg.

The virtual screening is available from Sunday July 17 noon to Friday July 22 noon. To sign up to receive the link visit

“The Jewish Federation is proud to be able to offer this important film to the community as a celebration of Chattanooga’s only consecutive international film series,” said Michael Dzik, Executive Director.

The film is the prequel to the Chattanooga Jewish Film Series which begins August 17 with a sponsor event followed by five films in five consecutive weeks. Each of the films of the season will be screened in person and virtually.

Picture of Victory is a 2021 Israeli film directed by Avi Nesher. The film includes a re-enactment of the battle and subsequent loss of Kibbutz Nitzanim during the 1947-1949 war and is based on real events. The film’s plot focuses primarily on the days leading up to the Battle of Nitzanim and the battle itself (June 7, 1948). Kibbutz Nitzanim is successfully conquered and the surviving defenders are taken prisoner. It is considered Avi Nesher’s best film to date.

The story is about a young Egyptian journalist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, who accompanies an Egyptian volunteer fighting force heading to help the Palestinian Arabs, as the director of a propaganda film to capture an “image of victory of the Egyptian army. They camp in a village at the foot of the kibbutz in which the members, accompanied by a platoon of the Givati ​​Brigade, prepare to defend. The film is in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

Hannah Brown in The post of Jerusalemyou called the film “a great anti-war epic”. She hailed it as “not so much a political film as an existential statement about the price paid, literally, for the title image. It’s the rare film that can change the way you see the world.”

The Jewish Cultural Center, funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, offers programs, classes and exhibits, social services and a preschool, all rooted in Jewish values. The facility allows the Jewish community to increase its visibility, foster relationships and strengthen its identity in the Chattanooga area.

Located at 5461 North Terrace, the Center and its programs are open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation.

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