Award-winning Israeli Documentary Followed by Discussion with Filmmaker to be Shown on UNC Campus

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Following a bus bombing near Tel Aviv, Israel, 17 people were killed. 16 were identified; the 17th wasn't. The powerful film "No. 17" will be shown and discussed with filmmaker Elinor Kowarsky, April 17 at 6:30 p.m.

In June 2002, a bus on its way to Tiberius from Tel Aviv was bombed. 17 people were killed. 16 were identified. No. 17 was not.

No. 17 was buried - anonymous. The police stopped searching. The filmmakers step in, documenting over a period of six months the search for the identity of a man no one claimed missing. The film takes the form of a detective investigation, but also pursues the stories of several people who were affected directly or indirectly by this bombing. Through the search for No. 17, the film explores the stories of numerous people, creating a sensitive portrait of a society living under the shadow of death.

The film will be shown on Thursday, April 7, 2005 at 6:30 pm in Greenlaw Auditorium, on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Filmmaker Elinor Kowarsky, will be present to lead a discussion with the audience following the 76-minute documentary.

Kowarsky makes documentary films for Eden Productions, a leading Israeli production company. The company's films have won numerous awards, including Best Film and Best Editing at Doc Aviv 2003.

The community is welcome to attend at no charge.

Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Durham-Chapel Hill, an agency of the Durham-Chapel Hill Jewish Federation, along with Carolina Students for Israel and NC Hillel. Made possible thanks to a generous gift from the Adam & Beth Goldstein Philanthropic Fund, with assistance from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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