NEW DATE: Film Screening -- Eyes Wide Open
Monday, April 29, 20136:30 PM - 9:00 PM
James Bridges Theater
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Aaron, a respectable butcher in Jerusalem's ultra-orthodox Jewish community is married to Rivka and is a dedicated father of four children. One day, he meets Ezri, a handsome twenty-two year old student, and soon falls in love with him. Aaron is torn between his family and devotion to God, and the intense feelings he has for Ezri. Through Aaron, the film explores the tension between his sexual identity and his commitment to faith and community.
Discussion to follow the film screening with Dr. Joel L. Kushner, the first Director of the the Institute for Judaism, Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He also heads the Jeff Herman Virtual Resource Center (JHVRC) on Sexual Orientation Issues in the Jewish Community.
Dr. Kushner sits on the National Religious Leadership Roundtable of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and on the Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign's Faith and Religion Program. He is the co-editor of the book "Kulanu: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusion Guide for Congregations." He holds graduate degrees in counseling and clinical psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York and from the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
"Eyes Wide Open" is directed by Haim Tabakman / 2009 / 90 minutes / color / 35 mm / Dolby SRD
Sponsor(s): , Center for the Study of Religion, UCLA LGBT Resource Center, UCLA International Institute